Wartburg defeated North Central in a battle between ranked schools, Messiah ended Averett’s ten match winning streak, and UW-La Crosse won seven weights and the team title at the WIAC Championships, while Alvernia and Washington & Lee each wrestled their first matches of the year.
UW-La Crosse won their 5th WIAC championships in a row and 20th overall, outpacing second place UW-Eau Claire by 26.5 points. Konrad Ernst won the Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete award. It was the last competition of the season for the five WIAC teams in attendance.
#1 Wartburg jumped out to a 24-3 lead over #12 North Central before holding on for a 24-13 victory. All three ranked matchups went to the higher ranked wrestler as #6 Kyner topped #10 Rosen, #3 Mulder beat #7 Roman, and #5 Baldridge prevailed over #6 Woods.
Averett’s ten match winning streak came to an end in a 24-21 setback to Messiah. The teams split ten bouts, but three falls from Messiah made the difference, including #7 Brian Shermeyer pinning fellow 2020 NCAA qualifier #8 George Moseley.
The next two weeks are more limited in competition as teams wrap up their seasons and 35 or so teams prepare for the NWCA Division III Championships March 12-13.