The Harrison Raider wrestling team has now won the NCC championship for three consecutive years.
Since joining the conference three years ago, Harrison has yet to be knocked off the top of the conference despite a close call this time around with the always tough Jeff Bronchos team.
The Raiders edged the Bronchos 213.5-200 with Cody Betourne (125), Owen Conklin (145), Myles Krintz (170), and Donnie Crider (220) all winning an individual championship for their weight class.
With it being so close in the dual-meet with Jeff, head coach and NCC coach of the year, Scott Van Der Aa knew it would be close.
Van Der Aa believes hard work has pushed the team to this point.
“With the work ethic our wrestlers have and the time they are willing to commit to improving both during the season and out of the season, it has really helped our program to continue to have great success,” said Van Der Aa. “Other schools have kids working hard and putting in time as well, but I always remind our wrestlers that to be the best, they must outwork the rest.”
The Raiders plan to keep the momentum going into this weekend as they will have to wrestle in one of the toughest sectionals in the state.
“Preparing for sectional is slightly different than preparing for the NCC as we do a lot more individual work leading up to sectional with a specific focus on each individual wrestler's opponent and each individual wrestler’s skills,” said Van Der Aa.
Harrison is looking to claim its sixth consecutive sectional title on Saturday and its seventh consecutive regional title on February 4.