Jestin Hulegaard (133 pounds) and Aaron Cook (149) wrapped up competition at this year's NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships Saturday by each capturing All-American honors.
Hulegaard fell 14-2 in his first consolation match on Saturday before losing by medical forfeit to finish in eighth place. He became the school's first-ever four-time All-American wrestler. Even more impressive was the fact that he achieved the feat at the same weight class each season.
Cook closed the book on his first NCAA appearance by topping Luther's Johanson Quist, 8-2, and Elmhurst's Jeff Kastel, 7-6. The junior then fell in his consolation final, losing 18-6 and taking fourth.
Wartburg took the team title.
On Friday, Hulegaard, an Anoka, Minn., native, dropped his first match of the day, 8-4, but then bounced back in the evening session by chalking up a 13-8 victory over Brian Zane (Norwich) and a 7-4 triumph over seventh-seeded Raymond Sarinelli (College of New Jersey).
Cook, of Waconia, Minn., opened his day with a bye in round one Friday and then was knocked off 5-3 in round two. He came out of the gate strong in the consolation round Friday with a commanding 10-2 victory over John Barnett in his first consolation bout. He then continued his strong showing in the night session by picking up a pair of slim 6-4 and 2-1 victories, respectively.
Beavers sophomore Julian Mancha (165) saw his season come to an end in Friday night's session when he fell 8-1 in his first consolation match. The St. Paul, Minn., native finished 21-12 on the season.