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College wrestling: No. 1 Wartburg advances to NWCA semis

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Top-ranked Wartburg College lost just two matches as the Knights advanced to the NWCA National Duals Division III semifinals Thursday.

The Knights, in search of their seventh consecutive NWCA duals championship, opened with a 37-2 win over Wheaton College, before disposing of Baldwin Wallace in the quarterfinals, 35-3.

The victories run Wartburg’s win streak to 10 as the Knights improved to 10-0.

Wartburg registered eight bonus points wins on the day including two by second-ranked Eric DeVos at 174. DeVos improved to 7-0 with all of his victories by bonus this season.

Top-ranked Logan Thomsen recorded a pair of major decisions at 157 yo run his record to 19-1, with Thomsen being a perfect 16-0 against Division III competition.

The Knights face No. 6 Johnson & Wales in the semifinals.

After losing their opening match, 20-16 to Wisconsin-Parkside, Upper Iowa remained alive in the Division II bracket with victories over Tiffin, 24-15, and Maryville, 21-12.

Summaries

WARTBURG 37, WHEATON 2

125 — Arnulfo Olea (War) dec. Carlo Fuentez 5-3, 133 — Dusten Reed (War) dec. Josiah Fitzjerrels 14-0, 141 — Cross Cannone (War) won by forfeit, 149 — Blake Meyer (War) dec. Zacharay Harrell 10-2, 157 — Logan Thomsen (War) dec. Frank Aiello 16-5, 165 — Stephen Aiello (Wheat) dec. Brady Meyer 5-2, 174 — Eric DeVos (War) dec. Logan Walkup 15-2, 184 — Tyler Lutes (War) dec. Jared Fekete 3-2, 197 — Kyle Fank (War) dec. Michael Swider 4-2 SV, 285 — Lance Evans (War) pinned Max Gierke, 1:18.

WARTBURG 35, BALDWIN-WALLCE 3

125 — Olea (War) dec. Chris Doyle 17-7, 133 — Charlie Nash (BW) dec. Connor Campo 4-1, 141 — Cannone (War) dec. Joshua Decatur 6-3, 149 — Kenny Martin (War) dec. Zach Taylor 6-2, 157 — Thomsen (War) dec. Benjamin Hooff 11-2, 165 — Andrew Steiert (War) dec. Anthony Arroyo 3-2, 174 — DeVos (War) pinned Graham Montague, 1:00, 184 — Bryan Levsen (War) dec. Zechary Lehman 7-2, 197 — Fank (War) dec. Tyler Maclellan 3-0, 285 — Evans (War) won by forfeit.

Division II

UW-PARKSIDE 20, UPPER IOWA 16

125 — Ronzel Darling (UWP) dec. Maleek Williams 7-1, 133 — Airk Furseth (UWP) dec. Josh Walker 11-2, 141 — Jordan Roths (UIU) dec. Derek Gill 5-4, 149 — Damian Penichet (UIU) dec. Cody Walrath 12-3, 157 — Zak Benitz (UIU) dec. Brett Scoles 6-3, 165 — Colbey Vance (UIU) dec. Josh Anthony 10-6, 174 — Nick Becker (UWP) dec. Dalton Westerlund 12-4, 184 — Montrail Johnson (UWP) dec. Nick Baumler 10-6, 197 — James Lehman (UWP) pinned Ryan Parmely, :57, 285 — Logan Hopp (UIU) dec. Matt Halverson 4-1.

UPPER IOWA 24, TIFFIN 15

125 — Huner Langeloh (Tiff) pinned Williams, 4:01, 133 — Walker (UIU) pinned Cameron Gessner, 2:57. 141 — Roths (UIU ) dec. Trey Grine 3-1 SV, 149 — Penichet (UIU) dec. Michael Screptock 1-0, 157 — Samphanh Viengmany (Tiff) dec. Benitz 6-2, 165 — Vance (UIU) dec. Beau Minnick 8-5, 174 — Westerlund (UIU) pinned Chase Boyd, 3:38, 184 — Jared Chambers (Tiff) dec. Baumler 3-1, 197 — Kevin Christman (Tiff) dec. Parmley 8-7, 285 — Hopp (UIU) dec. Garrett Gray 4-2 SV.

UPPER IOWA 21, MARYVILLE 12

125 — Williams (UIU) dec. Alex Waggoner 5-4, 133 — Walker (UIU) pinned Dakota Bauer, 2:46, 141 — Nate Rodriguez (Mary) dec. Roths 5-0, 149 — Penichet (UIU) dec. James Krischke 6-2, 157 — Benitz (UIU) dec. Nick McGhee 11-4, 165 — Vance (UIU) dec. Matt Pratt 6-0, 174 — Travis Lang (Mar) dec. Westerlund 6-0, 184 — Zeb Wahle (Mar) dec. Baumler 11-5, 197 — Ethan Sheretz (Mar) dec. Triston Westerlund 5-0, 285 — Hopp (UIU) dec. Donnell Walker 6-5.

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