Coolidge, Wartburg Win Wrestling Titles

By K.J. Pilcher, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alex Coolidge added to Cornell's rich wrestling history, while Wartburg continued to make history of its own.

Both achieved something that will never be erased.

The Rams' 197-pound senior captured the school's first individual national title in 24 years and the Knights continued its winning ways with a division record fourth straight national team title last night at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at the U.S. Cellular Center. Wartburg crowned three champions, tallying 103 ½ points, 36 ½ more than runner-up Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Top-ranked Coolidge provided the host crowd plenty to cheer about with a 6-5 victory over Wisconsin-Whitewater's Shane Siefert. He experienced the thrill that eluded him with a runner-up finish a year ago.

"Right now, the high is phenomenal," said Coolidge, who became Cornell's first champion since Shawn Voigt in 1990 and first two-time NCAA finalist since Walter Romanowski in 1950-51. "It's an unbelievable feeling. Every second of hard work is well worth it."

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