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    Wabash's Lefever d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Year

    Riley Lefever, three-time NCAA Division III champ at 184 pounds for Wabash College in Indiana, has been named Wrestler of the Year by d3wrestle.com, the website announced Friday.

    Riley Lefever was named Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAAs and also earned the NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Award for the second consecutive season
    A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lefever concluded a flawless 44-0 junior season -- including 23 pins and 10 technical falls -- with a dominating performance at the 2016 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. He was the only wrestler in the tournament to score bonus points in every match, pinning his first two opponents before putting up major decisions against eventual 3rd place placer A.J. Kowal of Stevens Institute of Technology in the semifinals and runner-up Josh Thomson of Messiah in the finals.

    With his third title at 184, Lefever became only the fifteenth wrestler in Division III history to accumulate three consecutive national titles. If that weren't enough, Lefever -- now 119-3 in his collegiate career -- was also named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament by the Nationals Wrestling Coaches Association and earned the NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Award for the second consecutive season.

    Lefever's performance helped propel Wabash to fourth place in the team standings at the 2016 NCAAs.

    After claiming his third NCAA crown, Lefever said, "There were no nerves out there. The whole goal was to go out there, have fun, and put on a show. That's what I did. It was honestly just a blessing to be out here to compete with my teammates for a national title. I'll take the team trophy over an individual title any day."

    "Next season, Lefever will return with a chance to become the second ever four time NCAA Division III champion," is how d3wrestle.com concluded its announcement about its choice for 2016 Wrestler of the Year. If that happens, Riley Lefever would have to be a shoo-in for the website's 2017 Wrestler of the Year honors.

    Wabash College is one of only three all-male colleges in the U.S. Located in Crawfordsville, Ind. in far western part of the Hoosier State, Wabash has a total enrollment of just under 1,000 students.

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