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Magic Grapplers Cap Record-Setting Season at NJCAA Tournament

February 25, 2008

St. Louis Community College-Meramec returned from the recent National Junior College Athletic Association Wrestling Tournament in Rochester, Minn., with three national champions, a runner-up finish in the team standings and the Coach of the Year.

 

Freshmen Aaron Senzee (Kearney, Mo.) at 141, Deron Winn (Liberty, Mo.) at 184 and Jamelle Jones (Dover, Del.) at 197 each captured individual titles, winning all four matches over the two-day tourney.

 

The Magic earned a second place team finish with 117.5 points, and Coach Ron Mirikitani was named National Coach of the Year.

 

For Senzee, the title did not come easily. His opponent, David Greenwald of Iowa Central, established a 5-0 lead in the first period, nearly pinning Senzee. In January at the National Duals, Greenwald pinned Senzee in just 22 seconds. This time, however, the Meramec grappler battled back, scoring seven unanswered points and holding on for a 7-6 victory.

 

Jones was deadlocked 4-4 heading into sudden death overtime against Chad Friend of Muskegon College. Jones scored a takedown for a 6-4 victory. Winn battled hometown hero Nathan Clements of Rochester College, but scored an impressive 22-7 tech fall victory.

 

The three also earn All-America status along with teammates Bobby Conn at 157(Marquette), Miles Bolin at 125 (Ft. Zumwalt West), Donald Woods (McCluer North) at 165, and Dirk Hurrin (St. Agnes, Va.) at 174.  Hurrin won a fifth place medal, while Conn and Bolin placed sixth, and Woods came in seventh.

 

The second-place team finish, three individual champions and seven All-Americans are single-season school records.