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.Jose Medina

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.

After graduating Gordon Tech, Medina's stock rose at Triton as he was a two-time All-American.

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 program."

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.

For more information on Triton College Athletics, visit or call Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784.