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The National Junior College Athletic Association Wrestling Championships return to the Rochester Community & Technical College’s Regional Sports Center. Competition begins Friday at 9:30 a.m. and concludes with a championship session Saturday that starts at 7 p.m.

Wrestlers will vie for championships in 10 weight classes. At the team level, two NJCAA crowns are handed out, for Division I and Division III. (NJCAA Division I programs have scholarship athletes; Division III programs do not.) A total of 233 wrestlers, representing 43 colleges from 17 different states, qualified for this event.

The only returning national champion is Raymond Stephens from Waubonsee Community College (Sugar Grove, Ill.). Stephens wrestles in the 125-pound division.

RCTC qualified five wrestlers for this weekend’s tournament, including 184-pounder Nathan Clement and Jeff Sellman, a 157-pounder who was one match away from attaining All-American distinction last year.

Other RCTC competitors are 141-pounder Brent Bunne, who wrestled for Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland in high school, 149-pounder Zach Juusola and 285-pounder Cory Scanlon.

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RCTC is hosting the NJCAA Wrestling Championships for the ninth consecutive year, and is currently designated as the event host through 2009.

• Iowa Central comes from wrestling hotbed, C5

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