Freshman Blake Gonzalez graduated from one of the top high school wrestling programs in the country before taking his talents to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. The former Broken Arrow High School wrestler said he was prepared for the new challenges of college wrestling thanks to his high school coaches.

“The jump from high school to college was not to much in the room. Coach (Shawn) Jones did a good job of keeping an intense practice and that’s how coach (Joe) Renfro likes it at NEO. As for opponents, everyone wrestlers with more heart and passion because of the level they are at,” said Gonzalez.

Coach Renfro, in his 16th season as head coach, has acquired an impressive resume, going 174-34-3 in duals with 12 West Central District Championships. His program has produced 94 All-American wrestlers and 17 National Champions. Gonzalez is the latest product to add his name to that list.

“The way the coaches push us to become better and the family and bond we have as a team, it’s one of a kind,” said Gonzalez. “I won it at 141-pounds, it was amazing the feeling is indescribable of how I felt after I won. The tournament went good. I didn’t feel so good the second day after weight-ins, but I still fought and found a way to pull the win out! But it was a good tournament overall.”

The coaching staff and faculty help student-athletes like Gonzalez adjust to college list, but for Gonzalez the adjustment was not too difficult.

“I adjusted pretty well. It was hard having to remember all the information and I couldn’t rely on anyone but myself and after I adjusted it’s been awesome,” said Gonzalez. What’s up next for the champ? More wrestling for NEO and possibly another national championship.

“I’m going to continue my sophomore year at NEO and try to get my second title for NEO and hopefully a team title as well and then hopefully God will give me an opportunity to continue wrestling at the next level,” said Gonzalez.

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