MIAMI — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M showed why its wrestling program is so impressive.
Using a lineup stocked mostly with reserves, the Golden Norsemen still were able to rout Neosho County (Kansas) Community College Wednesday night at the Glen Wolfe Student Activity Center.
The starting lineup had only five regulars, but the Norsemen (13-1 in dual competition) still were able to score 44 points while limiting the visitors to only three.
The only setback came at 174 pounds, where Jacob Walker of Neosho County got a takedown with 25 seconds left in overtime to nip Sam Dawes 3-1.
Colton Stalford, Charley Diaz, Gus Boyd and Christian Robinson posted wins for the Norsemen.
“It very well could have been a shutout,” Norse coach Joe Renfro said. “That’s what we expect. Even in the matches that we did win, we could have done better. But it is what it is. It’s different in the spotlight than anywhere else.”
Boyd used a reverse with 1:21 remaining, then picked a bonus point for riding time to beat Josh Walker at 197.
Stalford and Diaz got pins and Robertson rolled to a 20-1 tech fall.
Caleb Basma got a reverse with 12 seconds remaining to nose past Alpha Diallo 4-2 in their 133-pound match.
Fourth-ranked Logan Terrill had a 16-4 major decision at 125.
Curtis Burnett, ranked third in the NJCAA at 141 pounds, rolled 17-2 over Mateo Soto.
The Norse received forfeits at 149 and 184.
‘They wrestled well, but that is our expectation: for you to go out and dominate,” Renfro said. “You’ve definitely got to give them a pat on the back for the night, go back to work tomorrow, clear some things up and get better.
“We have a lot of prep time and definitely put that to our advantage. We’re feeling really comfortable right now with the direction we are headed.”
The dual begins a stretch run for the Golden Norse, who enter the Central Missouri-Roger Denker Open Sunday, host Oklahoma City University on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and then wrap things up with the inaugural Golden Norsemen Open on Saturday, Jan. 28.
NEO travels to Pratt, Kansas, on Feb. 11 for the NJCAA West-Central Qualifier.