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Takedown Report analysis of NCAA Division III championship coaches

In recent weeks, InterMat has shared the links to the Takedown Report blog's analysis of the NCAA Division I wrestling coaches who have tallied the most team titles ... followed by a similar study of the most successful championship coaches in NCAA II.

Now, TDR has performed its insightful analysis of NCAA Division III championship coaches.

The first D3 National Championships took place in 1974, joining the existing NCAA Division I and II wrestling championships.

Augsburg coach Jeff Swenson led the Auggies to 10 national championship in a 17-year span (Photo/Augsburg University)
"Ten different schools have won at least one championship," according to TDR's Martin Fleming's analysis of the Division III titleholders. "Recent fans of the D-III teams may find this hard to imagine as it for the last 25 years only two teams have traded off championships. It has been a relatively safe bet that a 'burg' would win as Augsburg University or Wartburg College has been the champion each year. In 17 of those years the other school was the runner up or tied for that honor."

As one might expect, Wartburg and Augsburg rank at the very top in terms of number of Division III team titles. Iowa-based Wartburg has won 14 team championships to earn the top spot in the rankings. Augsburg, located in Minneapolis, won their 13th championship in March to rank second just behind Wartburg. The College of New Jersey and the State University of New York-Brockport are tied for third place with five team titles each. Ithaca College came in fifth with three titles.

As for the D3 coaches who can claim the most team titles under their direction ... that's a bit more complicated. For the rankings, check out the TakeDown Report's Division III analysis.

Want to know about the coaches and colleges beyond NCAA Division III? TakeDown Report already shared its analysis of Division I championship coaches as well as Division II championship coaches. In the near future, TDR plans to also provide similar analysis of coaches who head up NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) wrestling programs that have won national titles.

Questions? Comments? Contact TDR editor Martin Fleming directly at martinkfleming@gmail.com.

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