The top-ranked Wartburg wrestling team shutout conference foe, Loras, 32-0 to take home the program’s 25th consecutive Iowa Conference championship.
Head Coach Eric Keller said the win against Loras was important, because it kept the team’s Iowa Conference streak alive.
“It’s a big deal. I’m proud of them,” Keller said.
The top match of the night was at 197 pounds, which featured No. 2 Kyle Fank and No. 10 Guy Patron Jr. of Loras.
Fank prevailed with a 10-5 decision, and Keller was pleased with his efforts on the mat.
“It was a high-paced match for sure. Really, for him [Fank], he just had to keep his head, he was kind of getting flustered there a little bit on the edge,” Keller said. “I thought he wrestled well.”
No. 5 Arnulfo Olea started things off for Wartburg with a 4-0 decision over Loras’ Matt Randone at 125 pounds.
At 133 pounds, Connor Campo took on Loras’ Michael Triplett and won by a 6-2 decision.
No. 3 Cross Cannone defeated Loras’ Clint Lembeck by a narrow 5-4 decision in the 141-pound bout.
Top-ranked Kenny Martin was victorious by a 10-8 decision over Evan Weaver of Loras at 149 pounds.
In the 157-pound bout, No. 3 Logan Thomsen got the first bonus point of the night by taking down Jimmy Davis of Loras by a 9-0 major decision.
Halfway through the dual, the Knights led the Duhawks, 16-0.
At 165 pounds, No. 3 Andrew Steiert grappled with Ross Lembeck of Loras and won by a 4-1 decision.
No. 2 Eric DeVos got the team’s second and last bonus point of the night with a 12-4 major decision over Eddie Smith of Loras.
In the 184-pound bout, No. 5 Bryan Levsen defeated the Duhawks’ Awais Arain with a 5-2 decision.
At 197 pounds, Fank won by a 10-5 decision over Patron Jr.
Wrapping up the dual at 285 pounds was No. 2 Lance Evans and Quin Gilliam. Evans was victorious by a narrow 1-0 decision.
Next up for Wartburg will be the NCAA Central Regionals on Feb. 25 at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque.