ROANOKE, Va. – Junior AJ Aeberli is the lone Bear left standing after the first day of the a NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship. He will earn his first All-America honor of his career on Saturday as he secured spot in the top eight.
Coast Guard had a record five wrestlers earn a berth in this year's championship.
All-American Nick Remke dropped a 10-4 decision before beating Adrian Gonzalez from Johnson & Wales 6-3. He lost to Austin Whitney 16-9 in the consolation second round to end his career with a record of 84-29. He placed fifth last season to earn All-America honors and was second a the regional this season and had a record of 22-8 during this year.
Fifth-seeded A.J. Aeberli, appearing in his second straight NCAA championship, opened with a 5-3 win before falling to #4 Dan Kilroy from TCNJ 1-0 in the quarterfinals. He would beat Mike Settles from New England College 9-2 to remain alive for the second day of competition.
Fifth-seeded Paul Detwiler dropped a 15-9 decision to Josh Edel from Coe and lost 7-6 to Cody Baldridge from North Central to end his championship.
Jon Wagner earned 12-4 decision in his first match over Tyler Hammack from Heidelberg before falling to top-seeded Etiini Udott from Centenary 8-2 and then Dan D'Agostini 6-4 to close his championship.
Eighth-seeded Patrick Irwin was pinned in his pig tail match before recording an easy 17-0 tech. fall in 6:28 over Tommy Wrzesien from Johnson & Wales and a thrilling 2-1 tiebreaking win over Grant Miller from Wheaton of Illinois. He would drop a 2-1 decision in a tiebreaker to Connor Calkins to end his season.