WICHITA, Kan. — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M finished second at Sunday’s Jet Invitational, hosted by Newman University.
The Norsemen sent six wrestlers to the finals and had two winners: Sean DeShazer and James Wyatt Jordan. Eight of NEO’s 10 wrestlers placed in the top four.
Central Oklahoma, a perennial NCAA Division II power, finished first ahead of the Norsemen. UCO won three of four head-to-head matchups with NEO in the finals.
"This is the best showing NEO has had at the Jet Invitational (four years), but somewhat disappointing, seeing us lose four finals matches,” NEO coach Joe Renfro said. “We seemed to be flat in the finals, but a good experience to be under the spotlight on one mat, simulating our hunt for a national title in February.
“We still have work to do, and after a short break, we will be back after it."
DeShazer, a redshirt freshman from Wichita, won the 133-pound title and improved to 10-0 on the season.
Jordan, a freshman from Collinsville, pinned UCO’s Daniel Carillo, a former Norseman in the second period of the 165-pound finals.
The pin was the 11th on the season for Jordan, who is now 17-5.
Placing second for NEO were Curtis Burnett at 141, Alex Nelson at 157, Saul Ortiz at 174 and Ruston Duke at 197.
Burnett, reaching the finals for the second straight year, lost to the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler in the finals.
Burnett (18-3 on the season) defeated former NEO All-American Josh Ailey, now of Central Oklahoma, in the semifinal round.
Nelson is 14-4 after falling in the championship match at 157.
Ortiz (13-5) had two pins to reach the finals before being decisioned.
Duke now has finished first or second in all four tournaments so far this season. He has 11 pins while posting a 17-8 record.
NEO had two wrestlers — Logan Terrill and Dustin Hayden — advance to the consolation finals.
Terrill lost his first match then used two pins and a major decision while placing third.
Terrill has an 18-3 record with team-high 14 pins.
Hayden (16-10) went 2-2 on the day while placing fourth at 149.