Former Triton wrestler inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame
The Triton College wrestling program
enjoyed a wealth of success during the mid-1990s as the Trojans were
consistently in the championship mix, both at the regional and national levels.
A major part of that success was due to the contributions of Jose
Medina who had a combined record of 64-21 in his two years at
Triton from 1994-96.
The Chicago native's impact on the program and his
impressive two- year run wearing the cardinal red and gold singlet earned Medina
the distinguished honor of being inducted into the National Junior College
Athletic Association (NJCAA) Wrestling Hall of Fame on March 1, prior to the
national finals in Spokane, Wash.
Medina is the eighth Triton wrestler to
be inducted into the NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame. In addition, former coaches
Art Kraft, Rex Branum and current Trojan wrestling coach and Triton Athletic
Director Harry McGinnis are enshrined under the coach/administrator wing of the
Hall of Fame.
"I want to thank God for blessing me with such great people
in my life, especially my parents, wife, coaches, teammates and friends," the
37-year-old Medina said. "If it wasn't for their support and guidance, I
wouldn't have accomplished what I have done in this journey called life."
Prior to Triton, Medina attended Gordon Technical High School where he
wrestled on the varsity squad as a freshman under legendary coach Charles
Farina. By his senior year, Medina was a state qualifier.
Gordon Tech, Medina's stock rose at Triton as he was a two-time
In his freshman year, Medina was 32-15 and placed fifth at
the national tournament on a Trojan team that finished third in the nation. The
other highlight for Medina that season was being crowned champion at 190 at
Triton's prestigious Art Kraft Memorial Tournament.
During his sophomore
campaign in 1995-96, Medina was 32-6 en route to a national runner-up finish at
177. He accounted for 20 team points at nationals and that same summer was
selected to represent the NJCAA National Team that competed in Europe.
Medina's achievements on the mat led to him getting a scholarship to attend
the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he was coached by another legend of
the sport, Mike Denney. While in Omaha, Medina placed fourth in 1998 and third
in 1999 at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. Similar to Triton, Medina
earned All-American honors both seasons, making him a four-time All-American
throughout his entire college career.
"To be a four-time college
All-American is an amazing feat," said coach McGinnis. "What Jose was able to
accomplish at this level and then at the NJCAA Division II level is nothing less
than remarkable and worthy of the Hall of Fame! I am so happy and proud of Jose
and greatly appreciate his contributions to the Triton College wrestling
Medina has worked for the Cook County Sheriff's Department for
the last 10 years and currently serves as a gang investigator. He is active at
New Life Covenant Church in Chicago, where he teaches workout classes. Medina
still resides in Chicago with his wife of four years, Christina.
information on Triton College Athletics, visit www.triton.edu/athletics or call
Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784.