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Magic Wrestlers Ranked No. 1 in Latest NJCAA Poll

January 10, 2008

For the first time in its 40 year history, Coach Ron Mirikitani’s St. Louis Community College-Meramec wrestling team is ranked first in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll released Jan. 9. The squad has two returning NJCAA All-Americans, Oakville High School graduates Ryan Sutton (heavyweight) and Kyle Foley (149 pounds). Both currently are ranked first in their weight classification.

"I think the No. 1 ranking is a culmination of a lot of years of my father coaching and a lot of high profile recruiting, especially the last year or two," said David Mirikitani, volunteer assistant coach and son of the longtime head coach.

Another wrestler ranked first in his weight class is Dirk Hurrin (174 pounds), a four-time Virginia state high school champion.  Magic grapplers ranked second nationally include Deren Winn (184), Aaron Senzee (141) and Jamelle Jones (197).  Miles Bolin (125) is ranked seventh.

The current squad also includes several top wrestlers from the area, including Donald Woods (McCluer North, 165 pounds), whom the St. Louis Post-Dispatch named its 2007 Wrestler of the Year; and Bobby Conn (Marquette, 157 pounds).