MIAMI, Okla. – Seeing their first action of 2020, the number 25-ranked Cloud County Community College wrestling team would open the NJCAA Coaches Duals with a pair of defeats to number 20 Iowa Lakes and number 22 Colby Community College at the Student Activities Center on the campus of Northeast Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Oklahoma on Friday.
Starting the day off against the Lakers, Cloud County would face an early hole as the dual would start at 157 pounds with the T-Birds having open weight classes at 157 and 165 pounds. Falls at both 174 and 184 pounds would give the Lakers a commanding 24-0 lead after four matches as another open weight class at 197 pounds would allow ILCC to go up 30-0 going into the heavyweight match. Elwin Trejo would get Cloud County on the scoreboard with a 53 second fall over Jose Concepcion and Blayne Harris would follow things up with an 8-2 decision at 125 pounds. The two victories for Cloud County would wind up being all that the T-Birds would get in the dual however as a fall at 133 pounds, major decision at 141 pounds, and technical fall at 149 pounds gave the Lakers a 45-9 victory.
In their match with the Trojans, the dual would start at the 174 pound weight class with Dante Harper dropping a 15-11 decision before Micah Sterling would respond with a fall over Aiden Smith in a time of 3:31 at 184 pounds. An open weight class for the T-Birds at 197 allowed the Trojans to reclaim the lead at 9-6, but Cloud County would get the six points back as Colby would not have a wrestler at the 285 pound weight class. The CCCC lead would grow 16-9 as Harris would earn a 14-1 major decision over Zach Tucker, but it would be the Trojans who would earn falls in matches at 133 pounds and 141 pounds to go up 21-16. A 13-4 major decision victory for Colby at 149 pounds would seal the match as Cloud County would not have a wrestler for the final scheduled bout at 165 pounds as the T-Birds finished off the match with a Nate Normandin fall at 157 pounds to fall by a score of 31-22.
The NJCAA Coaches duals will finish up Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. as the T-Birds will take on opponents that will be determined following the rest of today's action. The 15-team dual tournament features numerous top-25 teams and five Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference schools.