Tahlequah Daily Press


May 8, 2014

Sellers signs with NEO

Tahlequah wrestler Mitch Sellers signs letter of intent with junior college national champion


Mitch Sellers knows he has his work cut out for him.

That’s what he said shortly after signing his letter of intent to join Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s wrestling program, which won the junior college national championship only a couple of months ago.

“Knowing that I’ll be a member of the top JUCO college is awesome,” Sellers said. “It does not add no pressure on me, though. I just got to work harder and wrestle like I know I can.”

After all, that’s worked out nicely for him to this point.

On March 1 in Oklahoma City, Sellers capped off his high school wrestling career with a second-place finish at 145 pounds. Sellers’ lone loss at the state tournament was to Collinsville’s Will Steltzlen, who became a four-time state champion.

“I improved so much my senior season,” said Selles, who also had interest from Labette and Neosho junior colleges. “I wouldn’t be the wrestler I am today if it wasn’t for Coach (James) Rappe, Mike sheets, my brother — who I looked up to my whole life I wanted to be a wrestler just look like him — and especially my dad what he did for me through my 11 years of wrestling shows how much he really loves me and the sport I do.”

While Sellers never claimed a state championship during his days at Tahlequah High School, he still racked up four state tournament appearances — all of which ended in the top four.

“My high school career was amazing,” he said. “I didn’t win a state title or go out like I wanted to with a title, but I will work harder than I have ever before to go win a national title.”

If he does that, he could end up being Hestin Lamons’ teammate once again.

“My plans for NEO is to work hard on becoming a better wrestler and get an education,” Sellers said. “After my two years there my plan is to reunite with Hestin at OSU.”

Lamons, who won a state championship at 152 pounds this past season, signed with Oklahoma State recently.

As for Sellers and his signing with NEO, he said, “It felt amazing signing with them.”

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