COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- The Rochester Community and Technical College wrestling team has repeated as the non-scholarship national champion in junior college wrestling.
RCTC had all but wrapped up the non-scholarship title after the first round of the NJCAA national tournament on Wednesday. The Yellowjackets made it official in the final round on Thursday.
"The guys were excited," RCTC's first-year head coach Travis Rutt said. "The goal is to obviously to try to win the whole thing, but when you compare the landscape of what the non-scholarship teams are competing against, then it looks pretty good."
The Division III non-scholarship teams also compete with the Division I and Division II schools at the tournament. Clackamas out of Oregon rallied on the final day to win a third straight national championship. RCTC finished 10th overall with 79 points, 26 ahead of the runner-up non-scholarship school.
The Yellowjackets had four wrestlers in Thursday's semifinals.
Gavin Christofferson had RCTC's top individual finish as he placed second at 184 pounds.
"He looked great in the semifinals," Rutt said. "He scored a lot of points and then pinned the guy."
Christofferson recorded a pin in the semifinals to reach the championship match, where he dropped a tight two-point decision. Christofferson finished with a 4-1 record at the national tournament.
"That's the way Gavin is," Rutt said. "He's pretty consistent."
Kenyon-Wanamingo's Seth Brossard (165) and Parker Dobrocky (133) both lost in the national semifinals. They then battled back to win their next two matches to place third. Both wrestlers finished with 5-1 marks at the national tournament.
"They came back and got third, which is good," Rutt said.
Wyatt Simon (174) ended up finishing eighth. He lost in the semifinals and then lost his next match as well to close with a 3-2 record at nationals.
Christofferson, Brossard, Dobrocky and Simon all earned All-American status for placing in the top eight of their weight classes. Brossard and Dobrocky were both repeat All-Americans.
RCTC had 10 wrestlers at the national event.
"This was a great class and we're definitely going to miss them," Rutt said. "It was a great two years for them and I'm excited to see what they move on and do next year. I know there's a lot of guys who are going to continue to wrestle at the next level."