Harris signs with CCCC Thunderbird wrestling

BELOIT – Blayne Harris signed with the Cloud County Community College Thunderbirds on Monday to wrestle in the 125 weight division as a Thunderbird in the upcoming season.

"We are really excited about Harris wrestling for us," said CCCC Coach Cole. "He is a very talented wrestler and it is always nice to bring in local athletes. We hope to make him an All-American this next year with continued success."

"I am ready for the college level wrestling," said Harris. "I think I can improve a lot."

Cloud County was in their first year wrestling program this season. 

"We qualified six wrestlers for Nationals," said CCCC Athletic Director Matt Bechard. "For a first year program, we are very excited about that. We have a few positions to fill but are coming back with a solid group this next season with some very promising incoming freshmen."

Harris, a senior at Beloit High School has been wrestling for eight years and is a four time high school state qualifier.  He won the 2017 State title in the 113 weight division and was fourth at State this 2018 season in the 120 division. 

Harris is a four time league champion, a three time regional champion and a first time regional runner up. He placed fourth for the Beloit Wrestling Club in 2016 and was a State Champion for the club in 2017. 

Harris has earned this years  First Team All-Academic honors and ended his high school career with an overall 121-33 record. He finished his junior year at 34-2 and his senior year at 32-6.

"It is finally nice to have a Trojan wrestler advance to the college level," said Beloit Coach Andy Niemczyk. "It has been over 10 years. Blayne is going to be successful at the college level because he is already wrestling at that level."

Harris will be competing in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association (KWCA) Senior Classic "Battle of the Best", on Friday, March 23 in Topeka in the 120 weight division. The event is designed to pit the best seniors from around the state against each other with nothing but bragging rights on the line.

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