Wartburg Wrestlers Make History At NCAA Championships
It’s never been done at the NCAA Division-III level until now. The Wartburg wrestling team won it’s fourth-straight NCAA Championship on Saturday (March 15, 2014) and in doing so became the first team in the country to four-peat.
The title is the 11th in program history for the Knights. The 11th team championship ties Augsburg’s NCAA record. The National Championship has been won by either Wartburg or Augsburg every year since 1995.
While winning their latest team title, Wartburg also crowned three individuals national champions for the second time in school history.
The Knights won their latest championship with 103.5 team points. Wartburg’s individual titlists were Kenny Anderson at 133 pounds, Cole Welter at 165, and Landon Williams at 174. Ryan Fank finished as a national runner-up for the Knights at 285 pounds.
It took overtime for Anderson to win his match. With his 4-2 decision over Ithaca’s Alex Gomez, Anderson won his third-straight crown and became the third three-time national champion in school history and the 13th three-time champion in NCAA history.
This year’s NCAA Championships were held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.