Junior Nick Goebel claimed third place at the 2016 NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championship, which ended on March 12 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Goebelm the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 149, reached the semifinals of the competition yesterday, but was upended in his first match on Saturday. He suffered a loss by pin fall to Nebraska-Kearney's Destin McCauley in 1:33 to end his hopes for a shot at the title in the 149-pound weight class. McCauley is ranked second nationally behind Goebel.
In the consolation bracket, Goebel scored a 7-2 win over sixth-ranked Jeremy Landowski of Mercyhurst to reach the third place match. He then claimed the bronze to earn All-American honors with a 5-3 victory over third-ranked Jay Hildreth of St. Cloud State.
Goebel, who went 4-1 at the national tournament, finishes the year with a 40-5 record. His 40 wins established a new single season school record at Findlay, eclipsing the mark of 39 set by former national champion Michael Lybarger during the 2011 campaign.