We’ve got four local wrestlers ranked nationwide, according to InterMat, in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) or Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) first polls, released this week.
Highest ranking locally is Neosho (KS) Community College sophomore Josh Walker (Columbia ’15), who is currently sixth in the NJCAA poll at 197 pounds. Walker spent most of his freshman year wrestling up at 285, with his first in-season performance this year coming on Sunday, which we had in our #NextLevel update that day.
At 141, Pratt Community College sophomore Dy’Juan Carney (Wakulla ’15) is seventh in the NJCAA poll. Carney had his first action of the season on Sunday at the Dan Harris Open in Baldwin City, KS, falling by a 13-6 decision to Baker University’s Juan Rivera in his one match.
We have two local wrestlers standing at eighth in their respective associations and weight classes.
Iowa Western Community College freshman Derek Miller (Clay ’16) is ranked eighth at 133 in the NJCAA poll, and has yet to see action this season after not competing in the Grand View Open this past weekend. Life University sophomore Nadine Fiege (Sandalwood ’15) is eighth at 170 in the WCWA poll, with one dual victory in hand that we had in our #NextLevel update on Saturday.