NWCA Announces the 2022 NJCAA Men’s Scholar All-America Awards

Manheim, PA – On Tuesday, the NWCA announced the full slate of 2021-2022 Scholar All-America Team and Individual honorees for the NJCAA Men’s division with awards going to 73 individuals representing 22 institutions.

“On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, It is my honor to recognize these exceptional athletes and teams,” NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer said. “Wrestling takes much focus and sacrifice and we are proud to honor these wrestlers for their obvious commitment to their academic pursuits!”

In the team race, Pratt Community College finished atop of the field with a 3.654 GPA followed by Western Wyoming’s 3.52, and Itasca’s 3.5.

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Minnesota West wrestlers headed to the nationals

BY DOUG WOLTER – dwolter@dglobe.com

WORTHINGTON — On some levels, it’s been a rough year of wrestling at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. But now, with three Bluejay freshmen ready to rumble in the national NJCAA tournament Friday and Saturday in Council Bluffs, Iowa, it’s all worth it.

Damon Ashworth, a state high school champion from Missouri, won a regional championship last week in Willmar at 165 pounds and brings a 19-8 record to the year’s biggest tournament. Jacob Vogel, another state prep champ from Dell Rapids, S.D., placed second in the region at 141 pounds and sports a 16-11 record. Kyler Grems, from northwest Iowa’s West Lyon High School, is the regional runner-up at 149 pounds. He’s 3-11 on the season, but his struggles to get to where he is today is as inspiring as any of them.

Grems, who is a National Guardsman, took a year off from wrestling a season ago. He worked hard to get back into wrestling shape, then suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss about a month of college wrestling. His high school career did not result in a state tournament berth, let alone a title like Ashworth and Vogel have accomplished. But through hard work and a growing confidence, he’ll be in Council Bluffs like his teammates.

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