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Big day for Iowa Central wrestler McDermott

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Boone McDermott of Iowa Central wrestles against Ellsworth earlier this season.

MIAMI, Okla. — Boone McDermott turned in a memorable day for the No. 9 Iowa Central wrestling team here Friday at the NJCAA Coaches Duals.

McDermott, a former state champion for Dubuque Wahlert, knocked off the No. 1 ranked heavyweight and sealed a 22-18 victory for the Tritons in the fifth-place match versus Northeast Oklahoma.

No. 5 Clackamas, which knocked off No. 1 Western Wyoming in the semifinals, downed fourth-ranked Iowa Western for the title, 38-15.

Daniel Vargas, Nolan Miller-Johnston, Ashton Eyler and Ja’Quez Bostic all had wins alongside McDermott in the final matches of a five-dual day that saw Iowa Central go 4-1. The lone loss for the Tritons came at the hands of Western Wyoming, 31-11, the dual in which McDermott controlled No. 1 Landon Brown to earn a 12-3 major.

“It was awesome,” McDermott said. “I just had a lot of fun with it and that was the plan from the beginning; just go out there and make a statement, so that’s what I did.”

After scoring a quick takedown, McDermott had back-to-back four-point near-falls to go up 10-1 after the first period. He finished his day 3-0.

“I believe that the team and I are fully prepared and only getting better every day,” McDermott said. “The rest of the NJCAA should be scared of us come the national tournament.”

Eyler, ranked fifth, was 5-0, with Miller-Johnston and the fifth-ranked Bostic each scoring three victories.

Vargas, Jaxson Roney, Andrew Gamble and Anthony Johnson had two wins each, while Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Triston Licht won as well.

Iowa Central also topped No. 18 Neosho (29-18), 19th-ranked Cowley (30-12) and No. 20 Iowa Lakes (30-16).

The Tritons head to Iowa Western on Wednesday for ICCAC action. They wrestle again at home on Jan. 29 vs. the Reivers.