UW-Platteville rang in 2018 with a bang, winning two weight classes and placing second out of 17 teams at the Cornell Matman Invitational in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
Augsburg, the top-ranked NCAA III team in the country, according to InterMat/NWCA, won the team title with 133, while the Pioneers were runners-up with 106.5.
Grant Wedepohl, ranked second nationally at 184 pounds, took down the top-ranked wrestler, Augustana's Christos Giatras, 8-1 in the championship match. Wedepohl won three earlier matches to set up the #1 vs #2 title bout.
Jon Goetz, ranked third at 174, won all five of his matches to win his weight class. He downed Augsburg's Tanner Vassar, ranked sixth, 9-2 in the finals showdown. Goetz pinned two of his early-round opponents and won another by a major decision.
Coach Mike DeRoehn's team returns to action Friday at Augustana and then again Jan. 23 at UW-La Crosse in a match postponed Thursday because of unsafe roads.
By Paul Erickson, UW–Platteville, Director, Communications, 608.342.1194, email@example.com