MIAMI — Joe Renfro hopes that the Norseman Open wrestling tournament provides a springboard for his Northeastern Oklahoma A&M wrestlers.
NEO’s final competition comes on their home mat Saturday, Jan. 27.
“This should be a great regular season ending tournament for us,” Renfro said. “We have a lot of guys that need some high caliber matches and we should definitely get those this weekend with some of the names that will be coming in.
“It would be nice to get big wins and I’m sure we’ll have a few, but the most important part of Saturday will be our focus in overcoming adversity in those matches. If we get out of position, how we recover. If we get down, how do we battle back.”
Competition starts at 9 a.m. at the Glen Wolfe Student Activity Center with four mats. Seating will be on the upper mezzanine level.
“I believe the guys are ready and excited,” Renfro said. “This will be a great building weekend before the post season starts.”
This will be the second year for the tournament.
Oklahoma State had winners in eight of the 10 weights.
That won’t happen again since the Cowboys are on a weekend swing through Colorado.
The only two titles that didn’t go to OSU wrestlers were claimed by Norsemen: Logan Terrill at 125 and Wyatt Jordan at 165.
Jordan went on to win a national championship at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Terrill wound up seventh at the national meet.
Next up for the Norsemen is the NJCAA West-Central District qualifier Feb. 10 in Goodland, Kansas.
NEO has qualified all 10 wrestlers for the national tournament all four times since the program was rekindled, winning a championship twice.
“We’re going to lose some matches, but what will be our reaction and how will we fight back,” Renfro said. “These are all issues we’ve been working on for the last six months and it will be nice to see our growth as a team through our reactions.”