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.
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.