LINDSBURG, Kan. — Hoping for the success of the opening outing, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M wrestling team will compete in the Bethany Swede Open Saturday, Nov. 11 at Smoky Valley High School in Lindsburg.
The eighth-ranked Golden Norse had three first and 14 overall placers at the Oklahoma City University Open Sunday, Nov. 5.
“It should be a good weekend for the Golden Norsemen if strength in numbers is true,” NEO coach Joe Renfro said.
He said there will be 27 wrestlers on the team bus and that another 13 will be driving up on their own.
Expected to compete for the Norse are Mikey Mascarenas, 125; Jack Karstetter, 133; Jory Brummett and Josh Moore, 141; Kendon Lee, Marqual Graham and Cody Rains, 149; Zeke Rubio, Justin Peterson and Skye Paulk, 157; Colin Brennan, Wyatt Jordan, Preston Golden and Trevor VanVliet, 165; Jaron Howard, Carlos Diaz, D.J. Kessler and Devin Crawl, 174; Alex Kauffman, Justin Cates and Taylor Cook, 184; Gus Boyd, Jordan Dieringer and Jonathan Waters, 197, and Brian Andrews, Russell Coats and Ben Elledge, heavyweight.
Entering as unattached wrestlers are Paul Mascarenas, 125; Jeremy Fuentes, 133; Shawn Tillman and Cody Karstetter, 141; Henry Brown and Grant Sullivan, 149; Kyle Caldwell, 157; Jacob Mintzmyer and Christian Rosales, 174; Bryce Logan and Kole Rollins, 184, and Dion Brown, heavyweight.
First place finishers for the Golden Norsemen at Oklahoma City were Mikey Mascarenas at 125, Karstetter at 133 and Jordan at 165.
Placing second were Boo Dryden at 125 and Zeke Silva at 187.
NEO got third-place finishes from Cody Karstetter at 141, Mintzmyer at 174, Boyd at 197 and Andrews at heavyweight.
The Norsemen got fourth-place finishes from Paul Mascarenas at 125, Graham at 149, Peterson at 157, Kauffman at 184 and Dieringer at 197.
Others wrestling for the Norsemen but not placing were Lance Woodburn, Cooper Secker, Moore, Brandon Johnson, Brummett, Sullivan, Sam Shore, Rains, Lee, Rubio, Peterson, Golden, Brennan, Howard, Cates, Ben Elledge and Coats.
Ellsworth, Iowa; Iowa Western and North Idaho held down the top three positions in the first NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association rankings.
Four members of the Golden Norse wrestling team were included in the InterMat individual rankings.
Jordan was first in the 165-pound bracket. He’s the defending national champ at that weight.
Crawl is fourth at 174; Lee is seventh at 149, and Karstetter is eighth at 133.