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Day One Recap
Luther posted a record of 2-1 after the first day of the NWCA NCAA III Cliff Keen National Duals.
No. 12 Luther lost to Mount Union 22-17 in the opening round. Mount Union won five consecutive matches after forfeiting at 125 and held a 22-6 advantage. No. 8 Jayden DeVilbiss (184) and Nick Pearch (197) both recorded major decisions, while Conner Herman (285) tallied a 7-1 victory to close out the match.
In the first round of the consolation side of the bracket, Luther crushed New York University 37-6. The Norse picked up bonus points thanks to falls by No. 7 Garrett Wangsness (125) and No. 6 Evan Obert (133), and major decisions by Blake Letney (157) and Herman (285). Jarid Groth (174) also recorded a 15-0 tech fall.
Luther faced No. 9 Coe College in the second round of the consolation bracket and posted a 22-18 victory. The Norse jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to major decisions by Wangsness (125) and Dakota Gray (141). Obert (133) posted a 4-2 decision over No. 5 Jimmy Gotto and John Leibforth (149) defeated Peyton Wagner 4-0.
Coe responded with three consecutive victories and held a 15-14 lead heading into the 184-pound bout. DeVilbiss gave the Norse the lead for good thanks to a 15-0 tech fall over Ryan Sheldon. Herman sealed the victory with a 6-1 decision over Cory Becker.
Tomorrow the Norse will face No. 3 Wabash College at 9:00 a.m. with the winner advancing to the fifth place match. The loser will wrestle for seventh place. Last weekend, Wabash defeated Luther 26-15 at the Knox Duals.
Day Two Recap
Luther finished the two-day Division III National Duals in seventh place after defeating Mount Union 29-9 this afternoon. The win was a bit of sweet revenge as Mount Union handed Luther an opening round loss of 22-17.
In the consolation semifinals, Luther was defeated by No. 3 Wabash 23-13. After jumping out to a 10-3 lead after the first three matches, Wabash outscored the Norse 23-3 in the final seven bouts.
Luther wrapped up the two-day tournament with a record of 3-2, increasing its overall dual meet record to 11-4.
The Norse will return to Iowa Conference dual meet action on Thursday, Jan. 16 when they will host top-ranked Wartburg College. This match will take place at Decorah High School at 7:15 p.m. Decorah will be wrestling Waukon, and both matches will be taking place at the same time.
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Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586