NCAA Division III wrestling: Wartburg stumbles to sixth

By JIM NELSON jim.nelson@wcfcourier.com

ROANOKE, Va. — Three points.

That was the difference between three-time defending national champion Wartburg College leaving the Berglund Center Saturday with a strong talking point rather than talking about what could’ve been.

The Knights had three wrestlers in the Division III wrestling championship semifinals and all three lost by a point, marking the first time since 2002 that Wartburg did not produce a national finalist.

It is also the first time the Knights have not had a national champion in 16 seasons.

The end result was a shocking sixth-place finish, its lowest since also taking sixth in 2001 in Waterloo.

“No doubt about it ... it’s disappointing,” Wartburg head coach Eric Keller said.

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