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SMC Wrestling took 2nd place overall in the NE District II Championships hosted by Rowan College at Gloucester County in New Jersey. 3 wrestlers placed 1st: 133lbs Marvin Galette, 141lbs Aaron Fountain, & 149lbs Christopher Moungle Jr. 157lbs Cole Mangum took true 2nd place, and 184lbs Evan Makupson took 3rd place. That means that 4 wrestlers that automatically qualified for the NJCAA National Wrestling Championships and 1 wrestler, Evan Makupson, received a wildcard bid into the National Tournament.

133lber Marvin Galette sophomore from Rock Hill, SC took first place in the tournament automatically punching his ticket to the national tournament. Marvin cruised through the bracket giving up zero offensive points the entire tournament. He outscored his opponents 33-5.

141lber Aaron Fountain a Redshirt Freshman from Live Oak, FL came out slow into the tournament, but finished strong in the finals where he finished 1st, in Aarons first match he was losing the entire match before he came away with a fall. In Aarons finals match he had to face former foe of Camden County who beat Aaron earlier in the year. Aaron Fountain came out strong into that match pinning him in the first period, and ultimately getting his automatic bid into the tournament.

Chris Moungle true freshman from Charlotte, NC at 149lbs was not tested all tournament until his finals match against returning NJCAA National Qualifier Charles Bramble of Camden County College. During that match Chris came out with an early takedown in the first period, and dominated Bramble for the next two periods on top. Moungle gave up 1 point that entire match making the final score of the bout 5-1. Moungle took home 1st punching his automatic ticket to the National Tournament.

In arguably the toughest weight class in the tournament at 157lbs, Cole Mangum, an Appalachian State transfer and a Boiling Springs, SC native saw the MOW of the tournament, Dominic DeMarco of Camden County College, first round. In a back and forth battle Cole came out on the wrong side of a decision. Cole wrestled back taking third place, allowing him to wrestle for a true second place match where he would have to face formerly ranked opponent from Bergen Community College, Luke Bohn. Bohn beat Cole earlier in the year, but in dominating fashion Cole came away with the victory against Bohn 8-5. That win got Cole an automatic bid to the National Qualifier.

At 184lbs Evan Makupson of Thomasville, NC fought a hard battle to take third place. Evan did not get an automatic bid into the tournament, however, after a coaches meeting held at the end of the tournament the majority voted that Evan should be awarded 1 of the 3 wild card bids into the National Tournament.

In order for these gentlemen to qualify for the national tournament they had to essentially place top two in the tournament. Only 70% of our District tournament got to qualify for the national tournament including the wildcard bids.

You can follow the Pioneer Wrestling team as they head to Council Bluffs, IA on February 24-25 to wrestle at the NJCAA National Wrestling Championships. Brackets for the tournament will be released in a few days. For more information on the National Wrestling Championships follow the link below. http://njcaawrestlingcb.com/

You can track the tournament results through FloWrestling as well as watch live video of the tournament through the following link http://live.flowrestling.org/#/event/2067-njcaa-national-championships#/event/2067-njcaa-national-championships