JCC Star Places Third At 184; Team Receives Academic Honors

JCC Star Places Third At 184; Team Receives Academic Honors

Article copied from Jamestown Post Journal (http://www.post-journal.com/sports/local-sports/2019/03/jayhawks-on-the-right-page/)

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Kris Schimek won't be returning to Jamestown Community College with an NJCAA individual wrestling champion, but the Jayhawks' head coach has plenty for which to be proud.

Cameron Page placed third at 184 pounds to earn All-American honors on the mat, and he and his teammates were the recipients of the All-Academic Award for having the best grade-point average of all the programs in the country.

"That was nice," Schimek said of the academic honor by phone Saturday night. "I knew we were good, but I didn't think we were going to win."

George Sisson, Jamestown CC's director of athletics and recreation, said he had a "lot of pride and excitement for these guys to be recognized for the work they are doing off the mat."

"To be recognized nationally across the board creates a lot of pride for our wrestling program, our entire athletic program and the institution," Sisson added. "I've been around Kris for a few years."

"For him to call me with the excitement that he had about this shows me that he is creating a culture of excellence," Sisson added, "not only on the mat, but on campus and in the classroom."

Speaking of excellence, Page fits that description.

Behind two technical falls and two major decisions, the Falconer Central School graduate went 7-1 on the weekend to earn his third-place finish after claiming seventh place in 2018.

On Friday, Page suffered disappointment when, after leading, he got caught and was pinned for his lone setback of the tournament. 

"It was very tough," Schimek said. "We believed and knew that he was the best guy in the weight class," Schimek said. "To have that happen (stinks), but he bounced back really well."

Winning four of five matches on Friday, Page captured all three on Saturday by a one-point decision; a 16-0 technical fall; and a 5-3 decision in the match for third place, an effort Schimek said was "dominant."

Page's All-American honors marks his second in a row. It is also the third straight year that a JCC wrestler has earned that status with Schimek at the helm.

"This has a lot to do with Kris and (assistant coach) Austin (Lynn), and the young men they've nurtured in their program," Sisson said. "What it means to me is that our coaches are doing the right thing. It is a balance between athletics, academics and social growth of the young people they are dealing with.

"It was a great weekend to be a Jayhawk."

In other results among the Jayhawks' wrestlers at the national tournament, Nick Kozlowski (133) and Wyatt Holley (197) finished 2-2; Ben Winkler (141) and Nick Jones (285) were 1-2; and Dan Torres (174) and Paul Manning (125) were 0-2. For Torres, the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Eastern 1 District Championships, he lost one match by one point and the other in overtime on an overturned challenge call.