The Jayhawks traveled to Council Bluffs, IA to wrestling in the NJCAA Championships on March 1st & 2nd. They qualified eight wrestlers and earned one All-American. Corey Perkins from RH Richards HS in Chicago finished 8th at the 184lbs weight class. “I’m very proud of Corey,” said Head Coach James Tietema. “Corey has overcome many obstacles to get where he is today.” He had shoulder surgery this summer after wrestling in the University Nationals and was MCC’s first University Greco Roman All-American placing 7th. Corey also completed at the NJCAA Championships with a hernia. Corey was told he needed surgery and would have a month recovery time. Instead of stopping and ending his season, Corey decided to fight the pain and compete. Corey was also wrestling up a weight class weighing in 4 pounds under 184lbs at nationals. Instead of dropping to 174 for a wrestle off, he let team Tyler Blagg compete at 174lbs.
Tyler Blagg had a great career at MCC. “Tyler has beaten several All-Americans in his career,” said Coach Tietema. “Sometimes the national tournament doesn’t go your way.” Tyler lost to eventual National Runner-up Ashton Eyler of Iowa Central by an 8-5 decision and a heart breaking 6-5 decision to Tsogtbayar Tserendagua of Northwest Kansas Tech Community College, a 31-year-old Mongolian. Coach Tietema continued, “Tyler is a great wrestler and will have success at the next level.”
Other sophomores that wrestled well for the Jayhawks were 165lbs Blake Ross of Reeths-Puffer HS, 149lbs Jaycob Bechtol of Holt, and 125lbs Dylan Wilkins of Sparta. Freshman that qualified for the national tournament were 133lbs Michael Carrasco of Grandville, 141lbs Matt Lipka of Montague, and 157lbs Zach Young of Hesperia.