Tahlequah Daily Press

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May 8, 2014

Sellers signs with NEO

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

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

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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