For the second time in four years, North Central will send a four-man delegation to the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships, the most the Cardinals have ever sent to the event in a single year.
While the road to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a well-worn path for one member of the group, the other three will make their initial trips after traveling very different routes to this point.
One of the most decorated wrestlers in North Central’s history, Gabe Youel ’10
(photo) is making his fourth and final appearance at the national tournament. Cowan Brown ’10
will be making his first trip to nationals after moving up two weight classes and overcoming an early loss in the regional tournament to earn his invitation to nationals. Also qualifying for the national championships after changing weight classes is Johnny Starzyk ’12
, who is seeded fourth at 141 pounds. Starzyk’s change in weight class became necessary because of the success of Nathan Fitzenreider ’12
at 133, who is seeded second at this year’s championships. More