The top ranked Loras College wrestling team engineered a historic performance at the NCAA Division III Lower Midwest regional at Five Flags Civic Center, qualifying eight wrestlers for the national tournament and securing the program’s first ever regional team title, finishing ahead of American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) foe No. 5 Coe College by 15 points. The lone regional champion for Loras was Brandon Murray at 157.
Milliken wrestler Braden Birt, a former Western Dubuque prep was named the Wrestler of the Meet winning the crown at 165. Birt and two pins, and two tech falls in claiming the title.
Dubuque finished in 8th place and had no national qualifiers.
For the second year in a row, T-J Miller and Assistant Coach Trevor Kittleson were voted Lower Midwest Regional Tournament Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year.
The NCAA Division III Championships will be March 13th and 14th in Cedar Rapids.