COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- The Rochester Community and Technical College wrestling team will have four NJCAA All-Americans.
The Yellowjackets were assured of that total after the first day of the NJCAA National Tournament on Wednesday as four wrestlers went unbeaten and reached the semifinals of their weight class. The top eight in each weight division earn All-American honors.
Kenyon-Wanamingo's Seth Brossard (165 pounds) and Parker Dobrocky (133) will repeat as All-Americans while Wyatt Simon (174) and Gavin Christofferson (184) also went 3-0 on Wednesday to reach the semifinals.
"Not what we wanted, but still a lot of upside with the way the guys wrestled," RCTC coach Travis Rutt said.
Bossard is taking aim at an individual national title. He has been stellar as he has pinned all three of his foes.
"Seth's been dominating," Rutt said.
Dobrocky had to survive in one of his early matches. He was nearly pinned, but he avoided the fall and rallied from a six-point deficit to win by decision.
"That was extremely exciting and that showed a lot of grit," Rutt said.
RCTC is also guaranteed a top-10 team finish and has all but wrapped up the non-scholarship team national title for the second straight season.
The tournament is double elimination. RCTC had wrestlers in all 10 weight classes and six were eliminated on Wednesday.
"We had two or three guys who wrestled extremely hard, they just made small mistakes," Rutt said. "And that cost them."
Medford's Willie VonRuden (157) and Noah Broderson (285) both reached the quarterfinals with two straight wins to start, but both then lost their next two matches.
"Noah and Willy were kind of the big heartbreak ones," Rutt said.
Brandon Kidd Jr. (149) won his first match and then dropped two straight. Faribault’s DJ Saunders (141) also finished 1-2. Chatfield’s Cael Bartels (125) and Tristen Wilson (197) both went 0-2. Wilson was competing despite having a leg injury that forced him to get around in a wheelchair or on crutches.
"He fought for the team, fought for the guys," Rutt said of Wilson.
The final day of the event is Thursday.
Western Wyoming is leading the team standings with 103.5 points. RCTC is in ninth overall with 57 points and Rutt says the Yellowjackets could finish as high as sixth overall, behind all scholarship teams.
"We're going to win the non-scholarship title," Rutt said. "We probably already did."