I made this comment to Darren Miller of Iowa after watching Cash Wilcke of Iowa in a consolation match. Wrestlers are always told that a match isn't over until the final whistle blows. Wilcke was reversed in overtime and had a restart with two seconds left. Down by a point he escaped to tie the match. Starting sudden victory two, Frank Mattiace of Penn was whistled for his third false start. A point for Wilcke and the win. Two Seconds and a Caution.
Wrestling up at 197 from 184, Wilcke was 1 win short of being an All American after getting into the tournament from an injury withdrawel. Alex Meyer was also a match away from being an All American. Alex has graduated along with teammate and high school classmate Cory Clark. Clark capped his senior season with a national title and as a four time All American, three time finalist. Also placing for Iowa was Thomas Gilman , Brandon Sorensen and Michael Kemerer who finished third. Sam Brooks finished in fourth place This helped Iowa to a fourth place finish. Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa finished in fifth place. That was the highest finish for a UNI freshman since Mark Schwab did it in 1986. Drew Foster finished in Seventh place to give UNI two All Americans and an eighteenth place finish. Iowa State struggled this year at the Nationals. With the hiring of Humbolt native Kevin Dresser, I myself am looking forward to the Dresser era.
With two All Americans in Logan Hopp and Josh Walker, Upper Iowa finished in seventeenth place as the lone Division II school in Iowa
Wartburg won the Division III National Title for the thirteenth time, more than any other Division III school. Eric DeVos was the lone champion, but the Knights did have nine All-Americans.
Next up is The Predicaments Academic All State issue. This recognizes the achievements of the wrestlers in the class room as well as what they have done on the mat. This is probably the most popular issue that we do. Reminds me of a comment from a wrestler last year when told of his first team all state selection. "This makes my day." This is what makes this issue a joy to put together. Be sure to get all of your nominations in as soon as possible. It does take time to go through all of the nominations.
I Hope everyone had a very Blessed Easter.
As Always, Let's Keep Wrestling on the Move