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.”