Wartburg takes slim lead into semifinal round

The Wartburg Knights are up to their usual antics as they lead the Division III team race heading into the final day of competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Wartburg has just a two point lead over #2 Augsburg, although Wartburg does have an advantage as they have eight wrestlers who will earn All-American honors and Augsburg only has six wrestlers still alive in the championship race.

Team Score after the first day
1. Wartburg 58.0
2. Augsburg 56.5
3. Wisconsin-Whitewater 41.0
4. Wabash 36.5
5. Delaware Valley 29.5
7. Luther 26.0
8. Coe 25.0
11. Loras 21.0
23. Central (IA) 10.0
36. Cornell College 5.0

Garnering All-American nods for the defending champions will be Kenneth Martin (149), Andrew Steiert (165), Devin Peterson (184), and Benjamin Nagle (285) who have all reached the semifinals for Wartburg and can place no lower than sixth. Still fighting through the consolation bracket are Jake Agnitsch (125), Connor Campo (133), Drew Wagenhoffer (157), and Gerard Roman (197) who will finish no lower than eighth. Augsburg has placed three in to the semifinal round, so Wartburg will need to continue to win matches to capture their fifth national title.

Luther head coach Dave Mitchell has his squad sitting just a few points out from a top five finish with 26 points after the first day. The Norsemen will be leaving the championships with three All-Americans, with Evan Obert (133) and Drew Van Anrooy (141) both still alive to try and punch their tickets to the finals. Heavyweight Conner Herman is still alive on the consolation side of the bracket.

Likewise Coe College may have only brought five wrestlers to the championships, but last night three of those wrestlers made the semifinals including Donnie Horner (197) who pulled an upset over #6 Roman of Wartburg to reach his semifinal. Horner will be joined by second ranked Farai Sewera (165) and Ryan Harrington (174) in today’s semifinals.

Loras College has placed their two wrestlers in the semifinals in Nick Steger (141) and Steven DeWitt (157). At 141 there will be an all Iowan semifinal between Steger and Luther’s Van Anrooy. Steger will be the underdog as he is ranked 8th in the nation, compared to Van Anrooy who is ranked 2nd.

Central College will be bringing home a pair of All-Americans as well with Daniel Page (125) and Matt Seabold (197) both alive on the consolation side of the bracket. While Cornell College and Buena Vista College college saw their wrestlers season come to end at the conculsion of yesterday’s bloodround.