The 2016 d3wrestle.com Freshman of the Year is Angus Arthur of Adrian College. Arthur placed 4th in the NCAA Championships at 197 lbs. to give Adrian College an All-American in its first year as a resurrected program. Arthur entered the tournament as the 4th seed with an undefeated record. He picked up a pair of falls to reach the semifinals where he dropped a 3-2 decision to David Welch of Roger Williams, the eventual champion. After a 4-2 win in the consolation semifinals, Arthur fell in the 3rd place match to returning NCAA Champion Joe Giaramita of Cortland. Arthur finished the year with a 34-2 record.
During the season, Arthur won the Ohio Northern Invitational, North Central Invitational, NUWAY College Open, Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational, Mid States Invitational, and the Midwest Region.
Prior to joining the newly reborn Adrian team, Arthur was a two time Michigan state champion for Saint John’s High School and a member of the 2013 FILA Cadet world teams in freestyle and Greco-Roman.
Read on for the rest of the All-Freshmen team. The goal is to recognize true freshmen when possible.
2016 d3wrestle.com All-Freshmen Team
125 – Jacob Forsman, Norwich, 26-10, 5th Northeast Region
133 – Romeo Riley, Alma, 8th NCAA, 1st Midwest Region
141 – Brendon Seyfried, Williams, NCAA Qualifier, 2nd Northeast Region
149 – Austin Whitney, Cortland, 34-9, 4th Northeast Region
157 – Brandon Arteaga, Whitewater, NCAA Qualifier, 3rd Midwest Region
165 – Anthony Arroyo, 24-9, 5th Mideast Region
174 – Garrett Beaman, St. Olaf, 7th NCAA, 1st West Region
184 – Austin Cook, La Crosse, 6th NCAA, 2nd Midwest Region
197 – Angus Arthur, Adrian, 4th NCAA, 1st Midwest Region
285 – Paul Triandafilou, Gettysburg, 5th NCAA, 2nd East Region
2016 Results for 2015 Freshmen Team
125 – Jakob Stageberg, Concordia-Moorhead, 6th NCAA, 1st West Region
133 – Matthew Grossmann, Wilkes, 7-1, did not finish season
141 – Kaz Onoo, Wartburg, 18-3, top 8 Central Region
141 – Nashid Barrow, Buena Vista, 19-11, 5th Central Region
149 – Josh Evans, Wilkes, 25-9, top 8 Mideast Region
157 – Gable Frandsen, Augsburg, 3-1, wrestled in one event
165 – Nick Velez, Ithaca, 7th NCAA, 1st Northeast Region
174 – AJ Kowal, Stevens, 3rd NCAA, 1st East Region (at 184)
184 – Ben Swarr, Messiah, NCAA Champion, 2nd Mideast Region (at 174)
197 – Kyle Koser, Messiah, NCAA Qualifier, 3rd Mideast Region
285 – James Bethel, Oneonta, did not wrestle