NWCA Division II Coaches Group Announces 2020 All-America Teams

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced the 2020 Division II All-American teams. Each year the NWCA recognizes the outstanding work of the DII Student-athletes by naming the All-Americans based on their achievements in the national championship, however, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the championships were canceled.

All-American honors were based on each wrestler’s overall body of work through the super-regional tournaments and up to the national championships.

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2019-20 NSIC Winter All-Academic Teams Announced

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced that 50 wrestlers have earned NSIC All-Academic honors for the 2019-20 winter athletic season; 22 wrestlers were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence, while 28 earned NSIC All-Academic Team honors.

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NCAA Update on COVID-19 and the NCAA DII and DIII Wrestling Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and NCAA President Mark Emmert’s discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, the decision has been made to conduct upcoming championship events with only essential staff and limited family attendance.

This includes the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday and Saturday.

Both tournaments will be streamed live on ncaa.com.

Ortloff Has Flourished Since Moving to 165

By Tom Berg

Braydon Ortloff’s season was coming down to less than 25 seconds.

The Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomore trailed Augustana’s Bailey Neises in the third period of the 165-pound third-place match at the NCAA Super Region V Wrestling Tournament. The winner of the match would advance to the nationals, while the loser would see his season finished.

“I’m looking at the clock (it’s) 15 seconds, in my mind, it’s over,” Ortloff said. “Then I took the kid down and cut him.”

After cutting Neises loose, Ortloff seized control again, got two back points just before time expired to clinch a 9-7 win. Ortloff’s win clinched his first-ever trip to nationals.

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Dragons’ Ortloff Punches Ticket to National Tournament

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomore Braydon Ortloff is headed to the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships. Ortloff finished third at 165 pounds at the Super Region V on Saturday to earn his first trip to nationals.

Ortloff (12-9) finished 3-1 on the day at 165. He had an opening round bye, and then lost to St. Cloud State’s Devin Fitzpatrick in the quarterfinals by an 8-4 decision. He stormed back through the wrestle backs, however, pinning Minot State’s Nathan Baca in 2:53 and following with a pin of Upper Iowa’s Brock Benitz in 4:43 to reach the third place match. In the third place match, Ortloff used a late takedown to take a 9-7 win to clinch his trip to nationals.

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