CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa--Adrian College freshman Angus Arthur wrapped up his first foray in the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Wrestling Championships on Saturday in fourth place at 197 pounds, becoming the first Bulldog wrestler to garner All-America accolades.
In its fifth all-time NCAA appearance (1975-76-77-79-2016), Adrian finished in a three-way tie for 23rd place (with Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Wisconsin-Whitewater) out of 58 teams with 15-1/2 points--establishing program records in both. The 2015-16 campaign is the first for the Bulldogs since the College reinstated varsity status after a 31-year absence.
The No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championships and ranked fifth by National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) coming into the weekend, Arthur posted a 3-2 record to wind up 34-2 overall.
"Angus had a goal to win an NCAA Championship this year," Bulldogs first-year coach Chris Williams said. "Even though he did not achieve that accomplishment, I am very proud in the manner in which he represented himself, his family, coaches and Adrian College in becoming an NCAA All-American.
"Angus is a fierce competitor and I am confident he will gain from this year's experience to become a NCAA Champion (before his career is over)."
This afternoon, Arthur lost his first match (after 33 consecutive wins) of the season in heartbreaking fashion to top-seeded David Welch of Roger Williams University in the semifinals by a 3-2 decision. Arthur grabbed a 2-0 lead before Welch cut the deficit to 2-1 with an escape and then managed to get a two-point takedown near the out-of-bounds circle with just 3 seconds left in the final period.
In the consolation semifinals, Arthur rebounded after that tough loss to defeat Alma College's Jamie Jakes, who is the No. 6 seed, by a 4-2 decision. It marked Arthur's third victory this season over the junior for the nationally-ranked Scots.
In the third-place match, No. 3-seed Joe Giaramita of SUNY-Cortland won 8-4. The top-six placers, including Arthur, in each weight class are an NCAA All-American.
The NCAA Midwest Regional champion dominated on the first day of the event hosted by Cornell College at the U.S. Cellular Center. Arthur pinned two opponents to end Friday in the championship semifinals.
In his first career NCAA bout, Arthur earned a fall over Kyle Koser of Messiah College in 4 minutes and 57 seconds. Then in the quarterfinals, he dispatched fifth-seeded Matt Seabold from Central College (Iowa) in shorter time--2:42.
(Editor's note: Action photos courtesy of D3photography.com)