The NCAA basketball tournament isn’t the only game in town in March, as the college wrestling season wrapped up with Penn State, Nebraska-Kearney and Wartburg crowned repeat team titlewinners at the 2013 NCAA mat championships in Division I, II and III, respectively.
Penn State three-peats as NCAA Division I champ: In a close race, the Nittany Lions won their third straight team title by just two points at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Des Moines March 23. Penn State, with 121.5 team points, had two individual champs – Ed Ruth at 184 pounds, and Quentin Wright at 197… while Oklahoma State, in second place with 119.5 points, also had two champs in Jordan Oliver at 149, and Chris Perry at 174.
The biggest news from the D1 championships was Cornell’s Kyle Dake winning the 165-pound crown, becoming only the third four-time NCAA D1 champ (joining Pat Smith and Cael Sanderson), and the first to do it at four different weights, and without taking a redshirt season. The Big Red senior was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, and, just last Thursday, was selected as the winner of the 2013 Dan Hodge Trophy as outstanding college wrestler of the year.
Nebraska-Kearney repeats as Division II champ: In another tight team title race, the UNK Lopers won its second championship by three points over St. Cloud State University at the 2013 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Birmingham, Ala. March 9. With 108 team points, Kearney claimed two individual titles from Daniel Deshazer at 133 pounds, and Raufeon Stots at 149, the only 2012 champ to successfully defend his title. St. Cloud State, with 105 points, had Shamus O’Grady win the 184-pound crown.
In Division III, Wartburg scores a three-peat as it says goodbye to coach Miller: Wartburg College helped send retiring coach Jim Miller out on a high note by winning its third straight team title at the 2013 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa March 16. With 103 team points – and the team crown locked up before the finals — the Iowa-based school had one individual champ, Kenny Anderson, at 133. In second place – 21 points behind Wartburg — was Elmhurst College, the only school with two titlewinners: Josef Rau and Mike Benefiel at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively.
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