Roetman first Alaska wrestler to qualify for NCAAs since 2012
Naval Academy junior wrestler Joshua Roetman of Kotzebue went 4-2 and finished in fourth place in the 197-pound division at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships in Vestal, New York.
He was one of five Navy grapplers to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships, making him the first Alaskan to qualify for the D1 tournament since 2012 when Peters Creek’s Cayle Byers at Oklahoma State and Anchorage’s Nathan Hoffer at Arizona State did it.
Roetman, of Kotzebue High fame, has won 27 of 38 matches this season.
“Josh Roetman was the best I have seen him this season,” Navy coach Joel Sharratt said. “He was at one of the most challenging weights in the event and really exemplified some of our basic skill sets in the areas he did not display earlier this season.”
The Mids placed fifth as a team with 92.5 points. Lehigh was the winning side with 153.
Roetman was a two-time Alaska state champion in high school and in 2015 became just the sixth wrestler from the 907 to win the Reno Tournament of Champions. He was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
He enters his first NCAA Championships with a 42-23 career record.