MIAMI, Okla. — The Western Wyoming Community College Wrestling team headed east this weekend to take part in the 2020 National Junior College Athletics Association Coaches Duals in Miami, Okla. The tournament is being held at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
Western Wyoming goes into the tournament as the #1 team in the nation. A total of 17 teams are at the tournament with eight NJCAA top ten ranked teams and 14 top 25 ranked teams.
We will post Western’s results from the tournament as we receive them throughout the weekend.
Round 1: WWCC Bye
Round 2 Quarterfinals: WWCC 31 vs ICCC 11
The Mustangs earned a first round bye to advance to the second round of Friday’s bracket. Western’s first dual was against Iowa Central Community College where they ended up winning 31-11. The Mustangs won seven of ten matches. The victory pushed Western into the third round of the bracket to take on Clackamas Community College.
Round 3 Semifinals: WWCC vs CCC
Clackamas Community College challenged the Mustangs late Friday afternoon in the semifinals. Western came up short 27-10 against CCC which knocked them out of the reach of winning Friday’s bracket. The Mustangs will now compete for third place against North Idaho College.
Round 4 Third Place: WWCC vs NIC
North Idaho College proved to be no match for Western Friday night as the Mustangs took care of business in a 45-6 landslide score. After dropping the opening match, the Mustangs won out the rest of their matches. The victory earned Western third place in the tournament against a handful of ranked teams.
Round 7: WWCC 60 vs CCCC 0
Western wrapped up the NJCAA Coaches Duals on Saturday with two duals. The first dual was an incredible performance against #25 ranked Cloud County Community College. The Mustangs shutout Cloud County in a 60-0 victory. The dual only lasted 19 minutes and Cloud County’s wrestlers only scored two match points during that span. In addition, there was only one match that went beyond the first period.
In head coach Art Castillo’s words, the match was “perhaps the most dominating victory I have ever seen in my life.”
Round 8: WWCC 52 vs CCC 1
To close out the tournament, Western again shut down their opponents in a 52-1 victory over Colby Community College.
Western heads home with a 5-1 record this week. They outscored their opponents 248-48 in the six duals. All five wins were against ranked opponents including #3, #9, #22, #24 and #25 teams.