It was another step forward for the Central wrestling team, which climbed to third place in the rugged Iowa Conference race and placed 18th at the NCAA Division III national meet, its best showing in 24 years.
The Dutch posted a 10-2 dual mark for its highest winning percentage since 1991-92. Central had five national meet qualifiers, its most in more than 20 years, and two top-five finishes. Junior C.J. Pestano, second nationally a year ago, was fourth at 125 pounds while sophomore Cam Timok took fifth at 133.
Four Central wrestlers were recognized as Scholar All-Americans by the NWCA. Pestano and seniors A.J. McBroom, Zach Moss and Matt Seabold were cited. All carry grade point averages above 3.20 and excelled on the mat.
Central’s Eric Van Kley received the Division III Central Region Coach of the Year Award.