Marcos Mercado wins national wrestling title for STCC

  • Marcos Mercado, of Northampton, competes in the NCWA Northeast Conference Wrestling Championship at STCC on Feb. 29. COURTESY STCC/ED COHEN

  • Marcos Mercado, of Northampton, won a national wrestling championship for STCC last month. COURTESY STCC

Published: 4/3/2020 6:31:23 PM
Modified: 4/3/2020 6:31:10 PM

Marcos Mercado, of Northampton, became the first national wrestling champion for Springfield Technical Community College last month.

Mercado led STCC to a third-place finish in Allen, Texas, the best finish in program history. The tournament was held on March 12.

“My wrestling career has been filled with many close calls and after getting third in the nation in 2017 and second in 2019, I decided to seal the deal and win a national title,” Mercado said in a statement. “I did this through hard work and trying to never miss a practice.”

Mercado placed first at 141 pounds at the Division I National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Tournament. He beat Wesley Hollingsworth, of East Carolina University, 7-4 in the final.

“I am immensely proud to not only be the first national champion in STCC history but also give my amazing coach Alberto Nieves his first national champion,” Mercado added. “Coach Nieves has worked with me, encouraging, supporting and helping me to believe that I can achieve what I set my mind to. I want to thank all who believed in me and helped fill my head with encouragement, and don't forget to believe in yourself.”

Chris Vega, of Holyoke, placed third at 125 pounds at the national championship. Vega and Mercado each placed first at the Northeast Conference championship on Feb. 29 to advance to nationals.

Mercado placed second in New England during his senior year at the Hyde School in Maine.




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