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Wrestling-Central District Championships

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Two Jayhawks Win District Titles; Five Headed to Nationals

Muskegon Community College traveled to River Grove, IL to compete in the NJCAA North Central District. Two Jayhawks captured titles and another made the finals. As a team the Jayhawks finished 4th and are ranked #16 in the country heading into the NJCAA National Championships.

#1 ranked sophomore Benny Gomez (Holt, MI/Holt HS) won the 125 lbs. title with a 7-2 victory over the second seed Britches Sikula of Harper College. “Benny controlled the match from start to finish,” said Head Coach James Tietema. “Benny’s wrestling the best he has all year. The 7-2 win in the finals is his closest match with a Junior College wrestler this season.”

Freshman Dren Bratrum (Greenville, MI/Greenville HS) at 149 lbs. was the other Jayhawks to bring home a title. “Dren ran through this tournament,” continued Coach Tietema. “Dren didn’t have anybody score an offensive point on him. He pinned his first opponent and won 18-2 in the finals. An Amazing performance.”

Sophomore Baker Hadwan (Dearborn, MI/Lavonia Churchhill HS) was the other Jayhawk to make the finals. “Baker wrestled a great tournament,” said Coach Tietema. “He avenged a loss from earlier in the season in the semi’s and came real close to a win in the finals.” In the championship match Hadwan lost a tough one 2-1, losing by a riding point. Sophomore Corey Robinson (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS) finished 4th and qualified for nationals. “Corey has been wrestling up a weight class all season for us and has been outstanding,” added Coach Tietema. “You can’t ask for a better person the Corey. He did what was best for the team by wrestling up a weight, qualifies for nationals, and is also an Academic All-American.” Freshman Sage Gonzales (Alma, MI/Alma HS) received a wild card invite to the national tournament with a 5th place finish at the North Central District. “Sage had a great season and that got him the wild card,” said Coach Tietema. “Sage didn’t have his best tournament of the year, but the coaches from the other schools and myself believe he can compete at the national tournamnet and have a lot of success. That’s why he got the wild card.”

They Jayhawks also had 5 wrestlers earn Academic All-American honors for the 2018 season: Sophomore Benny Gomez, sophomore Corey Robinson, freshman Dren Bratrum, freshman Blake Ross, and sophomore Baker Hadwan. To earn the Academic All-American award you have to have a 3.0 or higher G.P.A. The Jayhawks finished the season with a team GPA was a 2.97.

The Jayhawks will compete in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Friday, Feb 23rd and Saturday, Feb. 24th at the NJCAA National Tournament.

North Central District Results for Muskegon Community College:

125 – Benny Gomez – 1st
Benny Gomez (MCC) over Hunter Lajiness (Henry Ford) (Maj 14-3)
Benny Gomez (MCC) over Britches Sikula (Harper College) (Dec 7-2)

133 – Corey Robinson – 4th
Corey Robinson (MCC) over Khalil Johnson (Triton College) (Fall 3:43)
Dearion Stokes (Joliet Junior College) over Corey Robinson (MCC) (Fall 1:11)
Corey Robinson (MCC) over Stephen Biancardi (Ancilla CC) (TF 18-0)
Santos Alvarez (Henry Ford College) over Corey Robinson (MCC) (Maj 18-5)

141 – Zeke Breuninger – 5th
Christian Kanzler (Lincoln College) over Zeke Breuninger (MCC) (Maj 17-5)
Vinny Piunti (Joliet Junior College) over Zeke Breuninger (MCC) (Fall 5:39)
Zeke Breuninger (MCC)

149 – Dren Bartrum – 1st
Dren Bartrum (MCC) over Andy Santana (Triton College) (Fall 5:42)
Dren Bartrum (MCC) over Wilyonde Bell (Lincoln College) (TF 18-2)

157 – Jojo Dowdell – DNP
Joshua Cooper (Ancilla CC) over Jojo Dowdell (MCC) (Dec 6-4)
Brandon Turner (St Clair CC) over Jojo Dowdell (MCC) (Dec 7-5)

165 – Sage Gonzales – 5th
Sage Gonzalez (MCC) over Joel Marron (Triton College) (Fall 4:32)
Nick Dado (Joliet Junior College) over Sage Gonzalez (MCC) (Dec 4-3)
Anmar Al-Abolidi (Henry Ford College) over Sage Gonzalez (MCC) (Dec 3-2)
Sage Gonzalez (MCC) over Wilson Lopshire (Ancilla CC) (Fall 1:15)

174 – Blake Ross – 6th
Placide Niyigena (Harper College) over Blake Ross (MCC) (TF 18-0)
Blake Ross (MCC) over Charles Lanam (Ancilla CC) (Dec 12-6)
Burk Van Horn (Lincoln College) over Blake Ross (MCC) (Fall 1:29)
Adrian Cervantes (Joliet Junior College) over Blake Ross (MCC) (Fall 6:53)

184 – Ronnell McGhee – DNP
Dominic Gallo (Harper College) over Ronnell McGhee (MCC) (Fall 6:17)
Nick Sanford (St Clair CC) over Ronnell McGhee (MCC) (Dec 1-0)

197 – Baker Hadwan – 2nd
Baker Hadwan (MCC) over Kyle Reppert (Ancilla CC) (Fall 2:08)
Baker Hadwan (MCC) over Gabriel Rangel (Lincoln College) (Dec 5-4)
Ryan Cone (Triton College) over Baker Hadwan (Muskegon Community College) (2-1)

285 – Brock Johnson – 5th
Jordan Williams (Harper College) over Brock Johnson (MCC) (Fall 1:16)
Colin McFarland (Henry Ford College) over Brock Johnson (MCC) (Dec 8-6)
Brock Johnson (MCC) won by fall over Vicente Vasquez (Ancilla CCC) (Fall 0:51)

Details

Date:
February 11
Time:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Triton College
2000 5th Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171
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Phone:
(708) 456-0300
Website:
http://www.triton.edu/Athletics/