Top-ranked Wartburg Seven-Peats as NWCA National Duals Champions

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 1 Wartburg Knights were victorious over No. 3 Augsburg 31-9 in the championship finals to take the crown as NWCA National Duals champions.

The win marks the seventh consecutive title for the Knights and the eleventh overall in tournament history.

Earlier in the day, Wartburg defeated No. 6 Johnson & Wales 30-4 during the semifinals.

Championship Dual Summary vs. #3 Augsburg 
125: #Victor Gliva (AUG) won by 9-5 dec vs. #5 Arnulfo Olea (WB)
133:  #5 Sam Bennyhoff (AUG) won by 11-9 dec vs. Connor Campo (WB)
141: Cross Cannone (WB) won by fall (2:50) vs. David Flynn (AUG)
149: Kenny Martin (WB) won by 15-4 maj dec vs. Ryan Epps (AUG)
157: #1 Logan Thomsen (WB) won by 6-1 dec vs. #3 Grant Parker
165: Andrew Steiert (WB) won by fall (2:33) vs. Lucas Jeske (AUG)
174: #2 Eric DeVos (WB) won by fall (1:33) over Austin Boniface (AUG)
184: #2 Owen Webster (AUG) won by 9-4 dec vs. #6 Bryan Levsen (WB)
197: #5 Kyle Fank (WB) won by 6-2 dec vs. Sebastian Larson (AUG)
285: #3 Lance Evans (WB)  won by 4-0 dev vs. #2 Donny Logendyke (AUG)

Semifinal Dual Summary vs. #6 Johnson & Wales 
125: #5 Arnulfo Olea (WB) won by 9-6 dec vs. Bobby Jordan (JW)
133:  #3 Jay Albis (JW) won by 11-2 maj dec vs. Connor Campo (WB)
141: Cross Cannone (WB) won by 4-2 2OT dec vs. Joseph Ferinde
149: Kenny Martin (WB) won by 11-7 dec vs. DJ Tirelli (JW)
157: #1 Logan Thomsen (WB) won by 5-2 dev vs. Daniel McBrinn (JW)
165: Andrew Steiert (WB) won by 7-0 dec vs. Desmond Towns (JW)
174: #2 Eric DeVos (WB) won by 8-2 dec vs. #8 Stephen Jarrell (JW)
184: #6 Bryan Levsen (WB) won by 4-0 dec vs. Michael Labell (JW)
197: #5 Kyle Fank (WB) won by 2-0 dec vs. Khamri Thomas (JW)
285: #3 Lance Evans (WB) won by fall (1:26)  vs. Jonah Aurelio (JW)

Notes:
-Olea earned his 17th win of the season.
-Olea moved his winning streak to nine.
-Cannone won his 15th match of the season.
-Martin moved his winning streak to 18, which dates back to last season (Jan. 16, 2016 at the Cornell Invite)
-Thomsen earned his team-best 20th win of the year.
-Thomsen moved his winning streak to 17 and remains undefeated in DIII.
-Steiert moved his winning streak to 11, which dates back to last season (Dec. 5, 2015 at the UW-LaCrosse Duals vs. Southwest Minnesota State).
-DeVos increased his winning streak to eight.
-This halted DeVos’ streak of seven straight wins by bonus points.
-DeVos remains undefeated on the year at 8-0.
-Levsen earned his 14th win of the season.
-Levsen increased his winning streak to seven.
-Fank earned his 19th victory of the year.
-Fank moved his winning streak to 12.
-Evans earned his 14th win, moved his winning streak to 14 and remained undefeated on the year at 14-0.
-Evans recorded his ninth fall of the season which is tied for team-best.
-Wartburg moves overall winning streak to 46.
-Wartburg has now been in the finals of the NWCA National Duals since the competition’s inception (15 years).
-This will be the 11th time Wartburg and Augsburg have met in the National Duals Championship.
-From 2002 (when the NWCA National Duals was created) until 2012, it had only been Wartburg and Augsburg in the finals each year. This did not happen in the 2013 Duals due to both programs being on the same side of the bracket. The 2014 finals was between Wartburg and Concordia-Moorhead, 2015 was between Wartburg and UW-Whitewater and 2016 was Wartburg vs. Wabash.