Wartburg wins Central Regional, qualifies all 10

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The No. 1 ranked Wartburg wrestling team won the NCAA Central Regional title with 161.0 team points. Most importantly, the Knights had all 10 competitors qualify for the NCAA National Championships in Cedar Rapids in two weeks.

"Our game plan going into today was just that, to qualify all 10 guys," said co-head coach Eric Keller. "We knew it wouldn't be easy and we knew it was going to be a fight."

Co-head coach Jim Miller echoed Keller's thoughts as he said, "we did what we needed to do (in having everyone qualify). This is how you win a championship as guys stepped up when other things went wrong."

"The National Championships are going to be hard and we'll need to work hard in these next two weeks," he continued.

The Knights had five individual regional champions in Gilberto Camacho, 125; Kenny Anderson, 133; Kodie Silvestri, 149; Cole Welter, 157 and Landon Williams, 165.

Dylan Azinger, Puna Soriano and Ryan Fank all placed second at 174, 197 and 285, respectively.

Anderson and Silvestri scored bonus points in all of their matches on the day.

Tommy Mirocha and Sam Upah completed the Orange and Black's quest for all ten competitors to qualify as both won the third-places matches.

All ten also received All-Conference honors as the top three IIAC place finishers in each weight received this honor.

Wartburg returns to action in two weeks at the NCAA National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This marked the third time in program history that the Knights had 10 qualifiers, with the most recent being last season.

"We will use these next two weeks to really focus in on little things we need to improve on as some mistakes were made," said Keller. "While the rest of the school is on school break, our guys will be in two-a-day practices."


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