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.