JJC Wolves wrestling team has qualified six wrestlers to compete at the NJCAA National Tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on March 6 and 7. It will be the first time in the program’s history that five freshman wrestlers will compete in the national tournament.
The Wolves will send the following wrestlers to the tournament, with their finish in the recent qualifier listed in parentheses: Jake Kendall (1), 165 pounds; Noah Boles (2), 174 pounds; Austin Rudsinski (3), 133 pounds; Adam Blonski (3), 157 pounds; Mark Guerrero (4), 125 pounds; and sophomore Anthony Munoz (5), 285 pounds. Munoz has entered as a wild card.
Coach A.J. Blahut described the hard work and the performance his wrestlers gave in the recent tournament and throughout the season.
“I’m extremely happy with the effort today,” Blahut said in comments released by the college “The men battled through some adversity early and earned their national ticket.”
Blahut singled out freshman Austin Rudsinski in his performance throughout the season.
“Austin Rudsinski beat two kids who he lost to earlier in the year,” Blahut said. “For a kid to not wrestle in his junior and senior year in high school and qualify for the national tournament is amazing,”
Blahut also praised the season freshman Noah Boles had for the Wolves.
“(He) was our backup at 157 pounds, and after we had a spot open at 174 pounds asked if he could go up,” Blahut said. “He was unseeded and beat a two and three seed before losing by decision in the finals.”
Freshman Jake Kendall was also singled out by Blahut.
“In addition, Jake Kendall has missed some time with sickness and a little injury but is really focused on his goal of being an All-American,” Blahut said. “That was shown this weekend. He wrestled very smart and stuck to his game plan to win a district title.”