SPOKANE, Wash. – NIACC’s Nosomy Pozo and Yoanse Mejias are national champions.
Pozo (24-3) stopped Northeast Oklahoma A&M’s Zack Dobbins 18-6 to claim the 149-pound title at the NJCAA national meet Saturday night and minutes later Mejias (36-2) stopped rival Richie Lewis of Iowa Central 7-3 to win the 159-pound national title.
For Mejias, it was his third win of the season over Lewis. Mejias topped Lewis 3-2 on Jan. 31 in a dual meet in Mason City and nipped Lewis 5-3 in the finals of the NJCAA North Central district meet in Spencer on Feb. 16.
The national titles by the duo from Miami are the eighth and ninth for the NIACC wrestling program and first since 2008 when the Trojans claimed three individual national titles.
Pozo, who was ranked ninth, stopped fifth-ranked Tyler Stenberg of Muskegon Community College 10-4 in the 149-pound in Saturday morning’s semifinals and tbe third-ranked Mejias downed Clackamas Community College’s top-ranked Eleazar DeLuca 7-4.
NIACC 174-pounder Thomas Daniels placed eighth to earn all-American honors. Daniels did not wrestle in Saturday’s consolation rounds because of injury.
It’s the fourth straight season that NIACC has three all-Americans. Last season, Basil Minto, Shakheim Chapman and Alex Stockton earned all-American honors.