The d3wrestle.com Freshman of the Year for 2013 is Josh Thomson of Messiah. Thomson finished his inaugural campaign with an outstanding 40-3 record and a 3rd place finish at the NCAA Championships. In those 40 wins were 10 falls and 9 major decisions. He was the champion of the Empire Conference and the Mideast Regional. He tied for the highest finish for a freshman this year and was one of just three freshman semifinalists at the NCAA Championships. Thomson also had the highest winning percentage (93%) of any freshman national qualifier.
Thomson attended Mechanicsburg Area High School where he placed 4th in the 2012 Pennsylvania AAA State Championships at 182 lbs. His brother Zach, a sophomore at Gettysburg College, also placed 3rd in the 2013 NCAA Championships at 174 lbs. Josh is the highest placewinner for Messiah since 2001.
Below you will find the 2013 d3wrestle.com All-Freshman Team
125 lbs. – Izzy Balsiger, UW-La Crosse – 31-5, 4th NCAA, 2nd Midwest Regional
133 lbs. – Ryan O’Boyle, McDaniel – 29-9, Round of 12 NCAA, 2nd East Regional
141 lbs. – Nathaniel Behnke, UW-Eau Claire – 44-13, 5th NCAA, 1st West Regional
149 lbs. – Bobby Dierna, Cortland – 26-3, 3rd NCAA, 1st Northest Regional
157 lbs. – Everet Desilets, Johnson & Wales – 24-4
165 lbs. – Shaun Gillen – Oneonta – 33-17, NCAA Qualifier, 3rd Northeast Regional
174 lbs. – Dallas Winston – Delaware Valley – 24-15, NCAA Qualifier, 3rd East Regional
184 lbs. – Josh Thomson, Messiah – 40-3, 3rd NCAA, 1st Mideast Regional
197 lbs. – Shane Siefert, UW-Whitewater – 33-9, 4th NCAA, 1st Midwest Regional
285 lbs. – James Buss, Loras – 37-6, 4th NCAA, 1st Central Regional