SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Southwest Minnesota State senior heavyweight Cole Wilson finished the opening day of the NCAA Championships with a 2-1 record and also garnered All-American honors.
Wilson open the championships with a 6-3 win over Andy Welton (26-7) from Mercyhurst (Pa.).
Wilson then faced Joseph Fagiano (27-5) from California Bapist in the quarterfinal round and suffered a close 3-2 decision loss.
In the first round of wrestle backs, Wilson wrestled Damon Sims (30-9) from Pitt. Johnstown and recorded an 8-3 decision to earn All-American honors for the first time in his career. Wilson is the 12th Mustang to earn All-American honors at the Division II level.
Wilson is now 32-6 overall this season—tied for eighth for most wins in a season—and will face Austin Akins (24-13) from Coker College (S.C.) tomorrow. The championship resumes tomorrow with session III at 10 a.m., with the finals starting at 7 p.m.
Wilson, who has finished with a 1-2 record at both the 2014 and 2015 NCAA championships, now has 104 career victories—tied for sixth in team history.
The top eight in each class earn NCAA All-American honors. SMSU’s last All-American was last season, when Jacob Begin finished fourth. SMSU has recorded 12 NCAA All-Americans, including one national champion, since moving to Division II in 1996.
A total of 160 wrestlers qualified for the NCAA championships with four per weight class from the four Super Regionals.
NCAA Division II National Championships Brackets/Results on TrackWrestling.com