CHANUTE — McPherson High graduate Tim Prescott, a sophomore at Neosho County Community College, has qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament to be contested in Spokane, Wash.
Prescott, at 125 pounds, is ranked No. 2 in the country for his weight class even though he missed significant time with an injury. He recently lost 3-2 to the No. 1 wrestler in the nation, NEO’s Josh Walker.
Prescott was a four-time state qualifier at MHS, making the semis each of his four years.
The Panthers were ranked No. 9 in the last national poll. Four of their wrestlers are ranked nationally and seven have qualified for Spokane.
“Now we go to work on preparing for the national stage,” Neosho coach Wayne Petterson said. “We have some guys that I think are ready to make some noise. We know these guys are gamers, and are intelligent enough to understand the training and preparation that goes into this. We were able to learn some things Saturday that we needed to experience against top-flight competition. Now we will work to help our guys find that edge they need whether it's mental, strength, strategy, or conditioning or some combination.”