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WRESTLING: 2021-2022 North Idaho College Roster Reveal

9/14/21

The North Idaho College wrestling team will open the season with a large roster and plans to bring home the NJCAA Team National Championship to Coeur d’Alene for the first time since 2013. The Cardinals have a number of returners including eight national qualifiers and four All-Americans in Brandon BollingerWeston PresserNavarro Nanpuya, and Cohle Feliciano. Below will be a weight-by-weight breakdown of who will be in the mix to represent the Cardinals this season. Make sure to follow the us on Twitter (@nicwrestling), Facebook (North Idaho College Wrestling), and Instagram (@northidahocollegewrestling) for a look inside the team and for the latest updates throughout the season.

 

125

Two-time California state placer and returning starter, Izzy Tubera, returns as a freshman with the free year given to all athletes last year. Izzy will be tested and pushed in the room by Jett Strickenberger, a top 150 recruit in the class of 2021 based on Willie Saylor’s Matscout rankings. Strickenberger also placed in both Greco and Freestyle at Fargo during Summer. Temuujin Natsagdorj is another experienced freestyle wrestler who will contend for the spot at 125 and 133 from Mongolia. Idaho state champion Thomas Miracle transfers in from an NCAA Division II school and will be eligible to compete in January of 2022. Showcasing the depth for the team at this weight is WSWA Super State champion, Dorian Tollenaar, of Washington. Powell Gilbert of Georgia, and Gabriel Blessinger out of Pocatello, Idaho, will also seek to represent the team at this weight.

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: “This is a great weight class for us with a mix of experienced guys and newcomers to help push us to get better every day. I’m very confident that whoever earns the spot will have the potential to get high on the podium for us at the end of the year, as well as start dual meets right for us all season.”

 

133

Last year’s starter, Brant Porter, returns as a freshman and will be challenged for the spot by NCAA Division I Kent State transfer, Earl Blake. Blake, is a four-time Maryland state champion, and like Porter, has placed at the NHSCA National Tournament. Trenton Crowley, of Texas, and Jeremiah Pierre, of Georgia, Jahrease Mays, of Alaska, will also compete for the spot at this weight. Yakima, Washington area product, Dominic Sowers, may also see time at this weight this year.

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: “This is a weight where I think we have a clear 1 and 2. However, I’m excited to see the development of the others behind them as they have all been hard workers who love wrestling as we’ve progressed through the preseason. We have a lot of upright and strong men of character in this weight, who will define themselves not just by what they can do on the mat, but what they can do in life.”

 

141

The 141-pound weight class will be a weight class that will see contributions from many strong wrestlers throughout the season for the Cardinals. Last year’s national qualifier, Parker Corwin, returns though he may start the season at 149. Alex Lopez, who has spot started the last two seasons returns for a third year and is having a strong start to the preseason. East Valley’s Avery Sundheim and Orting’s Bryson Anderson also return with freshman eligibility at this weight. There are three newcomers to the team who are looking to earn the spot for the teams including Montana state champ Jordan Darby, Washington and Tri-State Champ Ky Haney, as well as California’s Sammy Silveria.

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: “I’m super excited about the depth in this weight class and think we have a number of guys who can pin down the spot and become an All-American this weight for us at nationals. Silveria, has been a really pleasant surprise and has looked like a force early. Whoever earns this spot will have earned it and will represent this team well. Haney could also see time for us at 149 this year.”

 

149

Returning All-American at 157, Brandon Bollinger, looks to return to 149 pounds where he started last season before swapping weights with the 2021 NJCAA National Champion, Sal Silva. A pleasant surprise and dark horse for this weight will be Kanai Tapia, a state champion out of Hawaii who has also looked good early this year. Ben Mitchell, out of Mead, Washington, Tyler Burton of Idaho, Cruz Riojas of Montana, and Dominic Maiorana of Washington will all provide additional depth at this weight. The recruiting inroads into California go beyond Bollinger at this weight with Mario De La Torre and JJ Gutierrez who may both potentially redshirt at this weight.

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: Returning All-American, Brandon Bollinger, will be the man at this weight early, and we may potentially redshirt Tapia, who has done a phenomenal job in the first couple weeks here. Bollinger could always shift up or down in weight as well as we have a lot of talent in the middle weights. Mitchell gives us unique looks and help us in the room with training our guys for things they will see throughout the year. We have a lot of guys that have come in at this weight and it’s provided a great atmosphere throughout the start of the preseason”

 

157

Weston Presser missed time on the mat last season because he was rehabbing an injury he suffered in the preseason but competed for the Cards at 165 during the national tournament, finishing as an NJCAA All-American. He will be the favorite to earn the spot at 157 this year. Fellow Nevada wrestler, Q Boyd, will challenge for the spot as well as Highline CC transfer, Devin Leach. Bryson Anderson’s brother, Olson Anderson, is also at this weight and has a great build and strong work ethic like his brother. Local wrestlers Soren Sabatke and Cooper Miethe provide depth in the wrestling room.

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: “The uniqueness of the free year last year allowed us to use Presser in a situation where any other year he would have had to redshirt. I am excited to see him wrestle a full season, we may even use the All-American at 165 again throught the season. Behind him we don’t have a lot of experience but the guys are working hard and developing the skills necessary to be a successful college wrestler.”

 

165

Oklahoma transfer and two-time Illinois State Champion, Jake Stiles, will compete with returning national qualifier, Ledger Petracek, for the spot at this weight. Both of these guys could potentially see time at 174 as well. NIC returner, Manaia Wolfgramm, will push to see time on the mat behind these Stiles and Petracek. Lakeland wrestler, Tucker Clugston, provides depth at this weight as well.

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: “Stiles, I feel, is going to have a great season and with freshmen eligibility, he may be one of the most talented and experienced wrestlers on the team this year while Petracek is one of the best pure athletes we have on the team. Both of those guys will contribute to the team this season. I’m excited to see the competition unfold at this weight as I think it will push one of them very high on the podium.”

 

174

Two-time national qualifier and returning All-American, Navarro Nanpuya, is taking advantage of the uniqueness of last year to return for his third season as a Cardinal. Returner Tucker Weatherman, and newcomers Joey Calene and Carter Miethe, both of Washington, will develop behind Nanpuya this season.

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: “It is exciting to have Nav back for a third year. To see his development in his time here as a person, a leader, and a wrestler has been truly a pleasure. He is a threat to win an NJCAA title and the losses he took in the semi-finals and for 3rd last year to finish 4th are driving him to get to the top of the podium. He has come a long way during the offseason and I am truly impressed with his development and the gains he has made in the classroom and in the weight room. He is a vastly improved wrestler and that is saying a great deal because of the success he has already had in college.”

 

184

Three wrestlers come in with freshman eligibility competing for this spot. Gendensuren Tsendjav, out of Monglia, has come the longest way and provides a different style of wrestling in the upper weights. The last two MOW of the national tournament has been Mongolian wrestlers and there have been a number of NJCAA Mongolian champions in recent years. Kaden Krouse is a three-time state champion out of Washington who missed a chance at a fourth title because of the pandemic. Krouse has placed multiple times at the Tri-State Tournament and has a style of wrestling that will attract fans. Devin Winston, a transfer from via SIUE and Minnesota is also looking to wrestle this weight. Winston is a KC Stampede winner, he won Flowrestlings “Who’s #1” and is a talented wrestler with a unique style of wrestling. Kyle Caldwell, a state finalist out of Washington, is overcoming an injury he had previoiusly but will provide depth at this weight. Reuben Thiil, a multiple time state placer out of Lewiston, Idaho is also in this weight.

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: “This weight really excites me as it has more depth than I’ve ever had in my time here. Thill is an athlete whose credentials don’t jump up off the page at you, but he battles and pushes everyone around him to be better. I’ve personally had a great deal of success with Mongolian wrestlers in the past and I respect the learning curve that Gendensuren is going through right now as he adjusts to folkstyle wrestling. I expect him to contribute to the team success sooner rather than later and we may see him at 197 as well. Krouse and Winston have not been together much this preseason but separately have worked really hard and have been impressive in their individual work.”

 

197

This weight class is one of two weight classes that does not have a returning national qualifier in it this year. Noah Kovick is a two-time Montana state champion who also placed at the prestigious Fall Grappler Classic last year. Hunter Suter is a talented wrestler out of New Jersey who battled injuries at the end of his high school career but has worked hard to get healthy. Shai Murray has worked hard to make it down to this weight class but will potentially redshirt this year. 

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: “Kovick was a great late addition to the team as he originally committed to North Dakota State University. His addition gives us the luxury of taking it a little slower with Suter if we need to. One of these two may redshirt but I have confidence that either one of them can make positive contributions to the team at the NJCAA National Tournament.”

 

285

Cohle Feliciano, a two-time All-American, returns with a chance to be North Idaho College’s first three-time All-American. Mikey Rhea out of University in Spokane, Washington has lifted hard this year and moves up to 285 from 184 last year. Peyton Whipple and JJ Rodriguez also return on the depth chart behind Feliciano. Transfer, Rod Nunnally, is a multiple time NHSCA placer as well as Georgia state placer who is working his way down to 285. Arizona state champion Cailor Benson also comes in at this weight.

What Coach Sebaaly has to say: “Cohle is a dangerous wrestler, evidenced by his 11 pins at nationals the last two years. Every time he gets on the mat, he strives to get the pin and is capable of beating anyone in the country. His training has improved in his time at NIC and he looks like a different person with greatly improved focus this year. His work ethic in the weight room has transformed his body and for a man his size he is incredible athletic. I’m also thrilled that we have plenty of different body types and styles of heavyweights for him to workout with this year.”

 


More Information

NIC Wrestling Head Coach Mike Sebaaly
(208) 769-3318 or mike.sebaaly@nic.edu

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