David Hollingsworth won the national title at 157 pounds (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
CORALVILLE, Iowa -- The top-ranked Wartburg wrestling team concluded competition at the NWCA Division III National Championships on Saturday, March 13 at the Xtream Arena with one third-place finish, four national runner-ups, two national champions and eight All-Americans.
Junior David Hollingsworth and senior Kyle Briggs highlighted the tournament with national championships at 157 pounds and 174 pounds. Briggs ran through the first four rounds when he pinned all of his opponents and then won by major decision in the finals. Brady Kyner, Kris Rumph, Brady Fritz and Zane Mulder all finished in second in their respected weight class. After falling in his quarterfinal match, Joe Pins swept the consolation bracket and earned a third place spot on the podium.
During day two, the Knights went 11-6 with four pins, one technical fall and two major decisions. The Orange & Black concluded the weekend with an overall record of 40-11 with 17 pins, three technical falls and eight major decisions. Wartburg finished the year with a record of 9-1 overall and 8-0 in the American Rivers Conference.