UW-La Crosse wrestlers Tyler Schneider, Richard Carlson and Eric Twohey advanced to the national semifinals Friday night at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania. All three wrestlers won both of their matches, securing All-America honors. It is the first career All-America award for Schneider and Carlson and second for Twohey.
Schneider, wrestling at 165, won by decision (6-0) over Mitchell Fucile of Lakeland College (Wis) and then by decision (7-0) over Jake Krogstad of Concordia College-Moorhead (Minn) in the quarterfinals. He faces the top-seed Andrew Steiert of Wartburg (Iowa) in Saturday's semifinals.
Carlson, wrestling at 184, won by decision (3-1) over Tyler Beckwith of State University of New York-Cortland. He then advanced to the semifinals by beating Ryan Sheldon of Coe (Iowa) in a 1-0 decision. Carlson will face Devin Peterson of Wartburg in the semifinals.
Twohey, wrestling at 197, won by technical fall over Danny Pike of Concordia-Moorhead (17-2, 6:33), and then by decision (6-0) over Matt Hechsel of Augsburg (Minn) in the quarterfinals. Twohey will wrestle Joe Giaramita of SUNY-Cortland in Saturday's semifinals.
UW-L's Ryan Weinmann and Cody See were eliminated in the championships after finishing 1-2 on Friday.
As a team, the Eagles are in sixth-place after the opening day of competition at Giant Center. The Eagles have 28.5 points while Wartburg College leads with 58 points.
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