YOU didn’t know where to turn your attention. In St. Louis, the Adams State wrestlers were making waves at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, while in Pittsburg, Kan., the Grizzly runners were turning heads at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.
And for good measure, Adams State women’s softball was earning victory No. 300 for head coach Dervin Taylor.
You could say Adams State athletics had a weekend.
“I have never had a weekend like this, it’s unheard of,” said Adams State wrestling coach Jason Ramstetter, who was named the national wrestling tournament Coach of the Year. “I am in awe.”
Ramstetter watched as Adams State crowned three national champions: Jonathan Andreatta at 133 pounds, Noah Hermosillo at 149 pounds, and Josiah Rider at 157 pounds. It was the first time since 1982 that Adams State won three individual national wrestling titles. You can read more about Adams State wrestling here. You’ll also enjoy this Three Amigos meme celebrating Andreatta, Hermosillo and Rider.
Noah Hermosillo, Josiah Rider, Jonathan Andreatta
Then in Kansas, running sensation Brianna Robles was adding to her glory. Robles won the 5,000-meter women’s NCAA DII Indoor Championships in a record time of 16:00.98. She also finished 3rd in the 3,000 meters. Robles, you’ll recall, led Adams State to the NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country team title in the fall.
Adams State women also had Top 10 performances from freshman miler Ava O’Connor, who finished 3rd in the NCAA DII Indoor Championships; Fiona Hawkins, 6th in the 3,000 meters; Morgan Hykes, 9th in the 3,000 meters; Franziska Althaus, 9th in the 5,000 meters; and third in the women’s distance medley with Nicole Lawrence, Sadie Butler, Jessica Simon, and Morgan Hykes.
In the men’s NCAA DII Indoor Championships, Adams State finished 3rd in the distance medley with the team of Davonte Jett-Reynolds, Jonah Vigil, Andrew O’Keefe, and James Dunne; Leroy Elliott, 3rd in the 60-meter hurdles; and Awet Beraki finished 8th in the 5,000 meters.
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