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2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: NWC wrestling district champs

Trapper wrestlers and coaches pose at the podium after the announcement that Northwest College was the champion at the NJCAA Rocky Mountain District National Qualifier at home on Feb. 11. Trapper wrestlers and coaches pose at the podium after the announcement that Northwest College was the champion at the NJCAA Rocky Mountain District National Qualifier at home on Feb. 11. Tribune file photo by Toby Bonner

The Northwest College wrestlers hosted the National Junior College Athletic Association Rocky Mountain District Qualifier, qualifying nine individuals for nationals and placing first as a team.

Head coach Jim Zeigler also received the Rocky Mountain District Coach of the Year Award and heavyweight wrestler Lisiate Anau won the Outstanding Wrestler award. 

Champions at the qualifier included Riley Loveless at 141 pounds, Justin Polkowske at 149 pounds, Matthew Widdicombe at 174 pounds, Jeffrey Oakes at 197 pounds and Anau at 285 pounds.

Placing second was Taylor Jeffries at 133 pounds, Andrew VonRein at 165 pounds and Heber Shepherd at 184 pounds.

Cameron Braden placed third at 157 pounds.

At the NJCAA National Championships, the Trappers placed 12th as a team, with both Oakes and Anau finishing as All-Americans with their fourth and sixth-place finishes respectively.