Monday, March 14, 2022

Wartburg By a Whisker


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Wartburg by a Whisker


Wartburg claimed its 15th national championship - this one by the slimmest of margins - edging Wabash by a single point, 79-78. The Knights' score is the second lowest winning score since 1994. Although Wartburg did not have an individual champion, all seven wrestlers earned All-America honor by placing in the top eight.

Final Team Standings

  1. Wartburg, 79
  2. Wabash, 78
  3. Augsburg (tie), 62.5
  4. North Central, Ill. (tie), 62.5
  5. Stevens, 46
Individual Champions
125-Jacob Decatur (Baldwin Wallace) d. Carlos Champagne (Wabash), 6-3
133-Robbie Precin (North Central) d. Andrew Perelka (John Carroll), 6-4
141-Jordin James (Mount Union) d. Zayren Terukina (Wartburg), 3-2
149-Brett Kaliner (Stevens) d. Michael Petrella (Baldwin Wallace), 4-2
157-Nathan Lackman (Rhode Island College) d. Kaidon Winters (RIT), 5-3, SV-1
165-Bradan Birt (Millikin) d. Kyle Hatch (Wabash), 14-2
174-Cornell Beachem (Mount St. Joseph) d. Michael Ross (Johnson and Wales), 5-1
184-Jaritt Shinhoster (UW-Whitewater) d. Paul Detwiler (Coast Guard), 12-6
197-Cody Baldridge (North Central) d. Jack Heldt (Wabash), 3-2
285-Jordan Lemcke (UW-Oshkosh) d. Donovan King (Olivet), 2-0

>> Notes: Top seeds held serve, winning seven individual titles. Lackman (#3), Shinhoster (#5) and Lemcke (#5) were the non No. 1 seeds to capture crowns. James won his second NCAA title. Kaliner is Stevens' first champion. It is the closest team contest since 1993 when Augsburg edged Wartburg, 93-92. The closest all-time was 0.25 points in 1979 as TCNJ defeated Brockport. Heldt was honored as the Elite 90 recipient.

>> Complete Results

2. Photo Finish

In what can only be described as an unbelievable conclusion to the event, UW-Eau Claire and Washington (Mo.) tied for the men's team title at the 2022 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship. Loras captured the women's crown.

The men's competition came down to the final event - the 4x400 relay. WashU finished second, while Eau Claire placed fifth to end in a tie. A protest, though, DQ'd the winner of the race, propelling the Bears to the lead. Another protest was made to DQ the top two finishers, giving UWEC the championship. In the end, neither protest was upheld.

The Duhawks captured their first indoor national title thanks to four event titles and a runner-up finish in another. Kassie Parker was a double-winner, capturing the 3000 and 5000. 

Final Men's Team Results

  1. UW-Eau Claire (tie), 35
  2. Washington, Mo. (tie), 35
  3. Williams, 32
  4. Loras, 30
  5. Geneseo, 27
Men's Champions
Heptathlon: Ryan Rogers (Loras), 5484
4x400 Relay: Rowan, 3:16.56
DMR: Washington, Mo., 9:54.26
60: Jalen Leonard-Osbourne (Ithaca), 6.76
Hurdles: Andrew Whitaker (Washington, Mo.), 7.95
200: JP Vaught (Centre), 21.37
400: Kiran Sheridan (Geneseo), 48.36
800: Ryan Wilson (MIT), 1:50.92
Mile: Aidan Ryan (Williams), 4:05.60
3000: Alex Phillip (John Carroll), 8:16.62
5000: Phillip, 14:10.02
High Jump: Kyle Rollins (St. John Fisher), 2.12m (6-11 1/2)
Long Jump: Kenneth Wei (MIT), 7.44m (24-5)
Pole Vault: Ben Drummey (Southern Maine), 5.05m (16-6 3/4)
Shot Put: Kevin Ruechel (UW-Stout), 17.78m (58-4)
Triple Jump: Jonathan Wilburn (UW-Oshkosh), 15.49m (50-10)
Weight Throw: Alex Kristeller (Widener), 20.39m (66-10 3/4)

Final Women's Team Results
  1. Loras, 59
  2. UW-La Crosse, 44
  3. Ithaca, 40
  4. Johns Hopkins, 33
  5. Washington, Mo., 25
Women's Champions
Pentathlon: Hannah Zenkovich (UW-La Crosse), 3744
4x400 Relay: Loras, 3:46.45
DMR: Wartburg, 11:41.85
60: Adalia Coleman (Bridgewater), 7.61
Hurdles: Julia Babinec (North Central, Ill.), 8.61
200: Isabella Hogue (Nebraska Wesleyan), 24.66
400: Alyssa Pfadenhauer (Loras), 55.52
800: Esther Seeland (Messiah), 2:05.75
Mile: Ella Baran (Johns Hopkins), 4:47.97
3000: Kassie Parker (Loras), 9:43.81
5000: Parker, 16:15.06
High Jump: Jaidyn Appel (Tufts), 1.76m (5-9 1/4)
Long Jump: Victoria Kadiri (Johns Hopkins), 5.91m (19-4 3/4)
Pole Vault: Meghan Matheny (Ithaca), 3.95m (12-11 1/2)
Shot Put: Skye Digman (UW-La Crosse), 15.31m (50-2 3/4)
Triple Jump: Lia Rotti (Tufts), 12.40m (40-8 1/4)
Weight Throw: Kaitlyn Wilder (Dubuque), 19.28m (63-3 1/4)

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>> Complete Results


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3.  One More Weekend

The final fours are set. And what a weekend it promises to be.

The women's field features teams ranked 2, 5, 8 and 12, while the men have Nos. 1, 2, 15 and 16 in the semifinals.

NCAA DIII Women's Basketball National Championship Information


No. 2 Hope d. No. 7 New York U., 83-64
Kenedy Schoonveld led the way with 21 points as the Knights (30-1) return to the Final Four for the fourth time.

No. 5 Trine d. No. 3 Transylvania, 54-47
Sam Underhill topped the Thunder with 11 points off the bench. Trine (28-3) is making its first national semifinal appearance.

No. 8 Amherst d. No. 13 Trinity, Texas, 79-68
Dani Valdez had a double-double with 17 points and 15 boards as the Mammoths (25-3) make their eighth Final Four trip.

No. 12 UW-Whitewater d. UW-Oshkosh, 68-62
Nikki Arneson poured in 21 as the Warhawks (27-4) outscored the Titans, 21-12, in the final period to send UWW to its fourth national semifinal.

National Semifinals - Thursday
No. 8 Amherst vs. No. 12 UW-Whitewater, 5:00
No. 2 Hope vs. No. 5 Trine, 7:30

>> Complete Bracket

Wabash Basketball Players Celebrate NCAA Tourney Win at Illinois Wesleyan


No. 1 Randolph-Macon d. No. 13 WPI, 76-53
Buzz Anthony 
scored a game-high 23 points as the Yellow Jackets (31-1) advanced to their second Final Four.

No. 2 Marietta d. No. 4 Christopher Newport, 81-79
Lukas Isaly
 made seven triples on his way to a 38-point effort as the Pioneers (29-2) qualified for the national semifinals for the first time.

No. 16 Elmhurst d. No. 6 Mary Hardin-Baylor, 87-84
Jake Rohde
 tallied 21 points as the Bluejays (26-6) held off the Cru in overtime to make their first Final Four.

No. 15 Wabash d. No. 7 Illinois Wesleyan, 81-75
Jack Davidson
 led four Little Giants (28-3) in double figures with 29 points as Wabash advanced to the national semifinals for the first time since 1982.

National Semifinals - Friday
No. 1 Randolph-Macon vs. No. 2 Marietta, 5:00
No. 15 Wabash vs. No. 16 Elmhurst, 7:30

>> Complete Bracket


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4.  Vermont On Their Minds

Kylie Quinlan
Kylie Quinlan, Middlebury
Middlebury and the Green Mountain State will be the home for the 2022 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey semifinals and finals.

The top-ranked Panthers (25-0) blanked Endicott, 4-0, to remain unbeaten and host the Final Four for the first time since 2009. Middlebury will take on No. 3 Elmira (25-2-1), a 2-1 victor over No. 6 Nazareth, in a 7 p.m. semifinal on Friday.

No. 2 Plattsburgh (25-2-1) and No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus (24-3-2) will meet in the first semi at 3 p.m. The Cardinals needed overtime to subdue No. 9 Colby, 3-2, while the Gusties dispatched No. 4 UW-River Falls, 5-3.

>> Notes: Middlebury's Kylie Quinlan became just the 13th player in tourney history to notch a hat trick. It will be Plattsburgh's ninth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. Gustavus has never reached a NCAA championship game in eight previous attempts.

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      Track and Field
    • Nebraska Wesleyan senior Reagan Janzen (4.0, Nursing) and Carroll senior Steve Hermsen (4.0, Exercise Science) named Elite 90 winners.
    • Taylor Biggs twirled a no-hitter as Defiance blanked Carthage, 7-0. The senior struck out six and allowed allowed one baserunner via a third-inning error.
    • Christopher Newport head coach Keith Parr won the 600th game of his career as the Captains downed Muhlenberg. 
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