Victor DeJesus of Iowa Lakes Community College defended his 2010 national championship, defeating Jason Gray of Highline Community College in a hard-fought 3-2 decision to become a two-time national champion at 149 pounds and two-time All-American for the Lakers.
“Anytime you're fortunate enough to have a national champion it makes the tournament much sweeter. I can't say enough about Victor as a competitor; he does the right things and gets himself ready to go,” said Coach Ty Eustice.
“There are not too many two-time Junior College national champions walking around out there. What a great accomplishment for him and we look forward to him doing big things wherever he goes next." Coach Eustice added.
Dan McGillivray, at 165-pounds, took third place with a pin in the second period over Isaiah Tatum (North Iowa Area CC). Matt Wyss placed 4th at Heavyweight after a tough 6-2 loss to Chalfant (Harper CC). Both McGillivray and Wyss earned All-American honors for the Lakers.
"Dan has had quite a journey at Iowa Lakes, he left the program last year then found out Iowa Lakes is where he needs to be,” Coach Eustice said. “He had a great year and showed great toughness coming back for third.”
Matt Wyss had a tremendous year at arguably the toughest weight class (285-pounds) in the country. He doesn't realize his full potential yet but wrestles extremely hard,” said Coach Eustice. “Matt scored three pins for the tournament, really a good tournament for him.”
Each was named an All-American.
“These three All-Americans wrestled with intensity, passion and toughness on the mat. I can't say enough about their effort," Eustice said.
Overall, the Laker team finished 10th nationally. Eustice said, “Top 10 is respectable but the coaches expectations were much higher. We cannot win wrestling matches wrestling tentative."
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