NJCAA Wrestling: Karstetters qualify for National Championship

Jack Karstetter competes at the OSSAA 6A State Championship in 2017.

Charles Page High School graduates Jack and Cody Karstetter recently qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship after making the finals in the West Central District Championship.

Cody, a redshirt sophomore, won the championship. Jack, a freshman, came in runner-up. Both wrestle for Northern Oklahoma A&M in Miami. Jack is currently ranked fourth in the country at 133 pounds, while Cody is ranked third at 141.

Jack Karstetter (27-3) recently came in fifth at the Roger Denker Open, pinning Von Gray in twelve seconds before falling 13-6 to Isaac Jacquez. In consolation he defeated Corey Muniz 11-5 and pinned Weston Cronan in 49 seconds. He took first place at the Golden Norsemen Open, pinning Chris Hansen in 4:38 and Terrell Banuelos in 2:36, then defeating Jet Taylor 13-6 and Corbin Nirschl 12-4. At the West Central District Championship he majored Garret Wild 12-4 and pinned Ottis Rollins in sixteen seconds before falling 8-7 to Gage Gomez in the finals.

Cody Karstetter (26-5, 33-10) won both of his matches at the recent UNK Midwest Duals, pinning Conner Mares-Ballard in 5:36 and topping Scott Cook 4-3. At the District Championship he received a forfeit in the first round, then defeated Alec Castillo 11-3 and Keaton Sander 6-4 for first place.

The Norsemen took first place at the UNK Duals, the Golden Norsemen Open, and the District Championship. They placed third at the Roger Denker Open behind the Universities of Missouri and Nebraska. They claimed the No. 1 ranking in the latest NJCAA poll.

The Karstetters will return to action Friday, February 23rd at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Jack will rematch Garrett Wild in the first round, while Cody will take on Tre Pone.