COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The even-year magic continued for the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M wrestling team here Saturday, Feb. 24.
The Golden Norsemen claimed their third national championships in five years — 2014 and 2016 were the others.
NEO finished with 141.5 points — 23 ahead of runner-up Clackamas (Oregon) Community College.
The Norse wound up with 147.5 points while Clackamas tallied 124.5.
Iowa Central was third with 121 points.
The Norsemen had nine of their 10 wrestlers make the medal platform over the course of the day.
Wyatt Jordan was second at 165 pounds, Kendon Lee and Brian Andrews, third at 148 and heavyweight, respectively; Boo Dryden and Devin Crawl, fourth at 125 and 174, respectively; Alex Kauffman, fifth at 184; Jack Karstetter, seventh at 133, and Cody Karstetter, eighth at 141.
Dryden received the tournament’s most falls award with five and coach Joe Renfro was named coach of the year.
Second-seeded Troy Keller of Niagara (New York) Community College dashed Jordan’s dreams of becoming a two-time national champ.
Keller jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, made it 4-0 in the second then coasted the rest of the way.
The loss was just the second of the season for Jordan.
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