By Matt Krumrie
Rochester Technical and Community College has developed into the premiere NJCAA team in the state of Minnesota and arguably the best non-scholarship program in the nation. Randy Rager has built the southern Minnesota two-year school into a perennial power, leading the team to the last eight MCAC State Championships while also earning NJCAA Division III team titles in 2014, 2017, and 2020.
NJCAA wrestling was the only collegiate wrestling level to complete its season with a national championship in 2020 (due to the coronavirus shutting down postseason competition). And what a year it was for RCTC. The Jackets finished 2nd in the NJCAA National Duals, won the MCAC Duals - going 40-0 in matches during the tournament - and rolled to the North District/Region 13 Championship. Rager was named the NWCA Non-Scholarship National Coach of the Year, and RCTC finished the 2020 national tournament with six All-Americans, a third-place overall finish, and an NJCAA Non-Scholarship (Division III) national championship.
Expect more of the same from a loaded team this season, with one significant change.