They still have the NJCAA finals round left to go in Des Moines, but Iowa Central has officially clinched the team title after the placewinning matches concluded earlier this afternoon.


Alex DelaCruz(125), Richie Lewis (157), and Chris Ballard (285) each won their 3rd place matches while both Teddie Harvey (149) and Ryan Niven (165) each won their 5th place matches to officially clinch the title. Lewis took the long way to get to 3rd, after suffering a first round loss he then won seven consecutive matches – four of those coming by bonus – to win the consolation bracket.

Jason Alfau (141), Tyler Hoffman (184), and Patrick Downey (197) will wrestle tonight in the finals for Iowa Central.

1.  Iowa Central Community College  144.5
2.  Clackamas Community College  131.5
3.  North Idaho College  105
4.  North Iowa Area Community College  103
5.  Northeast Oklahoma  91.5
7.  Ellsworth Community College  72
8.  Iowa Western Community College  63.5
12.  Iowa Lakes Community College  55

NIACC, who sit in 4th place failed to win either of their placewinning matches. As mentioned in the previous post Paul Mascarenas (125) injury defaulted out of the tournament to take 6th and Shiquan Hall (133) lost his 3rd place match.With three wrestlers in the finals they could easily make a move over North Idaho to finish third.

Other Iowa college wrestlers finishing their All-American matches: Matthew Rodriguez-Kirkland (165 – Ellsworth) took 4th, Andres Gonzales (141 – Iowa Lakes) took 3rd, Clay Stine (133 – Iowa Western) took 8th, Matt Walker (174 – Iowa Western) took 3rd, Jhalen Flanders (184 – Iowa Western) took 7th, and Luke Nohns (197 – Iowa Western) took 8th.

Finals matchups for Iowa wrestlers:

125 – #1 Alfredo Rodriguez (Iowa Lakes) vs #6 Deshun Brown,(Ellsworth)
141 – #9 Jason Alfau (ICCC) vs Jake Marlin (NIACC)
149 – #1 Nosomy Pozo (NIACC) vs Oscar Ramirez (Iowa Western)
157 – #3 Eleazar DeLuca (Clackamas) vs #2 Yoanse Mejias (NIACC)
184 – #1 Matt Hurford (Ellsworth) vs #2 Tyler Hoffman (ICCC)
197 – #1 Patrick Downey (ICCC) vs #3 Ihoghama Odighizuwa (Clackamas)

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

One thought on “Iowa Central clinches NJCAA title”
  1. […] Eight of Iowa Central’s ten qualifiers for the tournament ended up on the stand, with all eight of those wrestlers winning their last match of the tournament. 3rd place om the team race NIACC finished with five total All-Americans. Iowa Westerns also finished with five All-American’s and finished just inside the top ten for team race. Despite only having three All-Americans Ellsworth finished ahead of Iowa Western for 7th place in the team race. Matthew Rodriguez-Kirkland taking 4th, and their two finalists was enough to carry Ellsworth over their Iowa college rival. Rounding out the Iowa colleges was Iowa Lakes, who finished 12th with just two All-Americans. For a more indepth look at how the consolation All-American wrestlers did, see this post. […]

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