Pratt Community College wrestler Dy’Juan Carney has made his official decision to continue his academic and athletic career after his days at PCC end. Carney has signed to wrestle at Fort Hays State University with academic and athletic scholarships to provide for the rest of his collegiate career.
The Beavers took on their final test of the season as they traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for the NJCAA National Wrestling Championships held on February 24th & 25th at the Mid-America Center.
The Blue and White were coming off a fourth place team finish at the West Central District Wrestling Tournament held in Pratt, Kan. two weeks prior to nationals. PCC wrestling had five wrestlers qualify for the National Championships.
Pratt Community College wrestling has recently added some new faces to their program on Jan. 16, 2017 with their first installment of their 2017 Signing Class. These faces look very familiar over the past few years since they are all a part of the 4A wrestling classification and are from local programs. They are also known across the state for their All-State recognition.
On Feb. 11, the Pratt Community College wrestling team took battle against the rest of the district for a berth at the NJCAA National Tournament competing in the NJCAA West Central District Wrestling Tournament.
The Pratt Community College wrestling team continued their season at the Kansas Cup hosted by Fort Hays State University on Jan. 22.
Every collegiate team and wrestling program in the state of Kansas was represented at the event to compete and see who the best team in Kansas was for the 2017 season. The field included teams from the NCAA Division 2, NAIA, and NJCAA.
The Pratt Community College wrestling team continued their season at the Doane University Open before the Christmas Break.
Among teams competing included 45 Teams with 204 Wrestlers including some of the top NCAA Division 1 programs in the nation, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA, and top ranked NJCAA Teams. This tournament had a unique set-up to where you had to make the tournament semi-finals in order to place in the top four in your respective weight class and in the consolation wrestle backs, the highest place you could take was fifth place.
The Pratt Community College Wrestling team continued their season at the Bob Smith Open on the campus of Fort Hays State University on Dec. 3.
The Beavers competed in a field that included 52 Teams with 379 Wrestlers from some of the top NCAA Division 1 Programs in the nation, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA, and Top Ranked NJCAA Teams.
The Pratt Community College Wrestling team continued their season at the Holiday Inn Loper Open on the campus of University of Nebraska at Kearney on Nov 19.
The Holiday Inn Loper Open hosted 48 Teams with 512 Wrestlers. The Blue and White competed against strong competition at the open, including some of the top NCAA Division 1 Programs in the nation, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA, and Top Ranked NJCAA Teams.
The Pratt Community College Wrestling team continued their season at the Harold Nichols Open in Ames, IA on the campus of Iowa State University on Nov. 13.
Among teams competing included 32 Teams with 350 Wrestlers including some of the top NCAA Division 1 Programs in the nation. In attendance were #2 Iowa, #9 Nebraska, #12 Wisconsin, #15 Minnesota, #16 Iowa State, #19 Northern Iowa, #21 South Dakota State, Boise State University, the United States Naval Academy, Utah Valley, and Top NCAA Division 2 and 3 teams. Among the NJCAA, #5 Iowa Central and #9 Ellsworth.
The Pratt Community College Wrestling team started their season in the Dan Harris Open in Baldwin City, Kan. on the campus of Baker University.
Among teams competing included NAIA, NCAA Div. 2, and NJCAA programs around the Midwest. The Beavers had some top performances on the day from Sunday and a great team showing as they kicked off their season.
After finishing in the Top 25 for the last 4 out of 5 seasons, Coach Kepley has recruited a very talented team coming in with a lot of national level experience coming out of high school. The Pratt Community College wrestling program lost 7 of his National Qualifiers last year to Graduation and 2 NJCAA All-Americans. Coach Kepley looks to progress into a team looking to make history in February.
Two Pratt Community College wrestlers are moving on to continue their academic and athletic careers. Micah Felton has signed with Fort Hays State University, and Zachary Schridde has signed with Central Missouri State University.
On Feb. 13, Pratt Community College Wrestling competed in the West Central District Regionals in Chanute, Kan.
Wrestling qualified 8 for the national tournament which is a school record and placed third overall in the tournament.