NEO last had a wrestling team from 1975-93, but it was re-started this season under coach Joe Renfro. He guided the Golden Norse to nationals, where it won the team title by 20 points over Northwest (Wyo.).
Renfro, who won two titles at Labette (Kan.), is the second coach in juco history to lead two program to national championships. Late Saturday in Spokane, Wash., Payne Hatter was the only individual champion for NEO, winning the 174-pound division.
But Josh Walker (125), Michael Williams (141) and Zack Dobbins (149) picked up big team points by finishing second in respective weight classes.
GONZAGA SACKS SOONERS
Gonzaga twice came back from deficits to beat Oklahoma 6-4 on Sunday on the final day of the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz. The Bulldogs (3-8) scored three runs in the sixth inning and three more in the eighth off pitchers Jake Elliott and Ralph Garza Jr.
Taylor Alspaugh had three hits for OU (7-4), which next plays 6 p.m. Tuesday against Abilene Christian (Texas) at Mitchell Park in Norman.
Oklahoma State’s game vs. Arizona State at the Sanderson Classic was in a rain delay at press time.