WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Jamie Taxted didn't win an Iowa Conference championship, but he got something even better.
The Buena Vista 125-pounder won a national championship on Saturday night as he beat Carlos Restrepo of Ithaca College 7-3 in the finals at the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Taxted's victory helped Buena Vista place fifth out of 105 schools in the nation with 63.5 points.
Augsburg won the team title with 87 points. Wartburg and Upper Iowa tied for second place with 81 points. Wisconsin-LaCrosse was fourth with 68 points.
All five Buena Vista wrestlers finished in the top eight to earn All-America status.
Taxted, a fifth-year senior from Duncombe, defeated Mitch Marcks of King's College 5-0 in the quarterfinals and then got revenge from Central's Jeremy Hendricks in the semifinals with a 1-0 victory. It was Hendricks who beat Taxted in the finals of the Iowa Conference tournament earlier this season.
Aaron Loewens and Dax Doran both finished fourth at their respective weights.
Loewens posted a 5-2 win over Jeremy Jirele of Augsburg in the quarterfinal round at 157 pounds. Loewens then lost by technical fall 22-6 to Jimmy Wallace of Wilmington College in the semifinals. Wallace was undefeated.
Loewens came back in the consolation round with an 8-7 victory over Brent Rider of Cortland State. Loewens then wrestled Wartburg's Kevin Bratland in the third-place match and suffered a 4-3 defeat.
Doran suffered a 5-2 setback to Wartburg's Leroy Gardner in the quarterfinals at 285 pounds. Doran then went to the consolation bracket and defeated Marcelle Roberson of Springfield College 2-0.
Doran continued on with a 2-0 victory over Mike Flanagan of Augsburg. He then beat Pat Thomas of Loras 3-1, setting up another match against Gardner.
The Wartburg heavyweight beat Doran again - this time 3-1 - in the third-place match.
Pat Wilsbacher finished fifth at 165 pounds. Wilsbacher beat Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Chad Koening 7-4 in the quarterfinal round, but suffered a loss by pin in 4 minutes, 33 seconds to Tony Abbott of Augsburg in the semifinals.
Wilsbacher then lost to Pat North of Rochester Institute of Technology by technical fall 19-2 in the consolation round.
He rebounded with a 3-2 win over Lee Kadinger of Lakeland College in the fifth-place match.
Taylor Wood placed sixth for the Beavers at the 141 pounds. Wood suffered a 10-2 defeat to Wartburg's Wil Kelly in the quarterfinals. Wood bounced back with a 4-0 win over Bobby Romano of John Carroll College in the consolation round.
Wood then beat Marc Israel of Ithaca College 12-7, but then lost to Brad Fisher of Augsburg by decision 7-3.
In the fifth-place match, Wood was defeated by Keith Poloskey of Springfield College by decision 10-5.