FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Top-ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College lived up to its billing by coasting to wins in its first two matches at the National Wrestling Coaches Association Multi-Divisional National Duals here Thursday.
The Golden Norsemen rolled to a 38-3 win over Northwest Kansas Technical College then breezed to a 31-15 win against Western Wyoming in the quarterfinals.
NEO faces No. 5 Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College in Friday’s 11 a.m. semifinal. The winner then moves on the 2 p.m. final.
Ellsworth picked up a first-round bye when Muskegon (Michigan) Community College was a no-show.
The Panthers then rolled 45-9 against Harper (Illinois) College.
The other two quarterfinal matches were held later Thursday afternoon.
Six Norsemen won both of their matches, including 197-pounder Ruston Duke, who pinned Chance Shull of Northwest Tech at 0:17 and Aspen Naylor of Western Wyoming at 0:20.
Wyatt Jordan won both of his matches by fall.
Other double winners for the Norsemen Thursday were Sean DeShazer, Dylan Lucas, Saul Ortiz and Dustin Crawl.
Lucas had a decision and a technical fall while Crawl had a fall and major decision. Ortiz picked up a pin and a decision.
Shawn Beeson was a hard-luck loser against Odgerek Batkhishig of Northwest Kansas Tech, dropping a 4-2 sudden victory decision.
He came back to get a 5-1 decision against Wade French of Western Wyoming.
Others representing the Norsemen are Logan Terrill (1-1) at 125, Caleb Basma (1-1), 141, and Alex Nelson (1-1), 157.