Wartburg College had already secured the team title at the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships before the finals Saturday night… so it was icing on the cake that the program’s two big men came through with individual titles.
The Knights’ 197-pounder Byron Tate and heavyweight John Helgerson both won their finals matches in La Crosse, Wis.. A third finalist — Bradley Banks — was pinned by Augsburg’s Zach Molitor in the 174-pound title bout.
The Waverly, Iowa-based school won its eighth D3 championship with 117 points. Defending champ Augsburg came in second with 88.5 points, with Molitor as its only champ. In fact, no other school had more than one individual titlewinner.
Results — Finals matches
125: No. 1 Clayton Rush (Coe) dec. No. 3 Lloyd McKinney (UW-La Crosse), 11-8
133: No. 3 Seth Ecker (Ithaca) dec. No. 4 Mike McInally (RIT), 6-2
141: No. 1 Bebeto Yewah (UW-La Crosse) dec. No. 2 Jeremy Stierly (Ithaca), 4-3
149: No. 3 Myanganbayar Batsukh (St. John’s) dec. No. 4 Tony Valek (Augsburg), 7-4
157: No. 8 Dan Twito (Merchant Marine) dec. No. 2 Orlando Ponce (Augsburg), 3-3
165: No. 1 Josh Terrell (Dubuque) dec. No. 6 Nick LeClere (Coe), 6-5
174: No. 3 Zach Molitor (Augsburg) pinned No. 8 Bradley Banks (Wartburg), 3:20
184: No. 1 Phil Moenkedick (Concordia-Moorhead) dec. No. 2 Ben Engelland (UW-Stevens Point), 2-1
197: No. 1 Byron Tate (Wartburg) dec. No. 2 Jared Massey (Augsburg), 9-4
Hwt: No. 1 John Helgerson (Wartburg) dec. No. 2 Mark Corsello (Elmhurst), 3-1
Final Team Standings (Top Ten)
1. Wartburg (117 points)
2. Augsburg (88.5)
3. UW-La Crosse (76.5)
4. Ithaca (72.5)
5. Coe (67)
6. St. John’s (64.5)
7. Concordia-Moorhead (52)
8. Merchant Marine (37)
8. Mount Union (37)
10. Elmhurst (32)
Other Awards and Honors
- Rookie Coach of the Year: Nathan Shearer (Heidelberg)
- Coach of the Year: Marty Nichols (Ithaca)
- Most Pins: Tony Valek (Augsburg)
- Outstanding Wrestler: Myanganbayar Batsukh (St. John’s)
Want to know more? For a more detailed report of the finals action from TheMat.com — including final brackets and complete team standings — click here. For the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships official website, click here.
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