WICHITA, Kan. - Northeastern A&M had wrestlers place in seven of the 10 weight classes during the Jet Invitational Sunday at Newman University.
The Golden Norsemen finished third in the team standings behind two of Oklahoma's other wrestling powers.
Oklahoma City University, ranked fifth in the NAIA, finished first and Central Oklahoma, 15th in NCAA Division II, was second.
Individual winners for NEO were freshmen Curtis Burnett at 133 and sophomore Blake Andrews at 285. Both went 3-0 on the day.
Burnett (20-9) rolled to a 14-3 major decision against Parker Bohannon of OCU, who is ranked fifth in the NAIA.
Andrews (20-5) squeezed out a 3-1 overtime decision over OCU's Korey Walker, who is No. 12 in the NAIA at heavyweight.
Sophomores Dawaylon Barnes and Josh Latham, were second at 165 and 197, respectively.
Barnes fell to Ricky McCarty of Oklahoma City University in overtime. The title was the fifth in as many tournaments for McCarty, who is the defending national champ at his weight.
Latham, ranked sixth in the NJCAA at 197, suffered a 3-1 loss to Cody Sivertsen of OCU in the finals.
Others placing for NEO were Mitchell Sellers, third at 141; Logan Terrill, fourth at 125, and Jacob Hill, fourth at 184.
“It was a pretty good weekend for the Norsemen,” NEO coach Joe Renfro said. “There were a lot of close matches that we won, which shows how good our focus is in pressure situations. Our line-up will change slightly for the second semester and we believe that this will only strengthen our chances at another national title.
“It will be an interesting finish if things keeps rolling the way they have been.”
NEO was one of five two-year schools in the 10-team field.
Fort Hays (Kansas) State University was fourth, followed by Newman, Barton (Kansas) Community College, Labette (Kansas) Community College, Bethany College of Lindborg, Kansas; Northwest Kansas Technical College and Neosho (Kansas) Community College.
Former Norseman Josh Ailey won the 141-pound title for Central Oklahoma. Brock Warren, another ex-Norseman now at UCO, was third at 184.
Also, Spencer Rutherford – a senior from Grove – took first at 149 for UCO.
NEO is idle until Jan. 7-8, when it travels to Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the NJCAA National Dual Meet Championships.