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By DANA BECKER Sports Reporter dbecker@messengernews.net
Triton national qualifiers

If Sunday’s Central District Wrestling Championships were any indication of what’s to come, Iowa Central will definitely factor into the upcoming NJCAA national title race.

The Tritons claimed six of the 10 individual crowns inside Hodges Fieldhouse, distancing themselves from runner-up Iowa Western by 30 points. Iowa Central scored 173 team points, with the Reivers, Ellsworth, Iowa Lakes and NIACC rounding out the Top-5.

All five programs are ranked in the Top-11, with the Tritons sitting at No. 3 behind Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Clackamas.

Iowa Central head coach Luke Moffitt, who guided the program to the top last year, sees the positives and minuses to competing in such a stacked qualifier.

“There isn’t another meet out there that has as many tough kids and potential All-Americans as this one,” Moffitt said. “At the same time, that means we have to get our kids up not once but twice for two big, big meets. That can be tough, but these guys want to compete against the best and have embraced that challenge this year.”

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