College wrestling: Clackamas advances to National Duals semis
Clackamas Community College wrestlers Darryl Aiello, Ralph Tovar and Jasiah Williams each won by fall, leading the Cougars to a 50-2 rout over Northwest Kansas Tech in Thursday's quarterfinals of the NWCA National Duals Championships at War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The top-ranked Cougars, seeking a record fifth consecutive NJCAA division title, advanced to Friday's semifinals against Iowa Western CC, a 22-21 winner over Rochester Community and Technical College.
In Friday's other semifinal, No. 2 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M faces Western Wyoming.
Clackamas opened the tournament with a 51-6 win over Triton College of River Grove, Illinois, winning nine of the 10 bouts with four falls, three technical falls and two forfeits. The Cougars' four pins came from Isaiah Diggs at 157, Dayton Racer at 165, Gage Harrah at 197, and Aiello at 285.
The annual multi-divisional tournament features 88 of the top NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA and women's programs from across the nation.
In last year's final, Clackamas won seven of 10 bouts and overpowered Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 23-9 and became the second NJCAA team in tournament history to win four consecutive titles, matching the record first set by Iowa Central from 2007-2010.