CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Top-ranked Wartburg will send six to Saturday's championship semifinals. The Knights have 56.5 points, leading second-place Messiah, which has 38. Wisconsin-Whitewater follows with 35.5, Cortland State is in fourth with 30.5, and Johnson & Wales (R.I.) rounds out the top five with 28.5.For Wartburg, Gilberto Camacho (125), Kenny Anderson (133), Cole Welter (165), Landon Williams (174), Puna Soriano (197) and Ryan Fank (285) all advanced to the championship semifinals
Camacho earned his 31st major decision of his career which remains second on the program's all-time career leader list. Williams recorded his team-best 39th win of the season and increased his winning streak to 17. He also remains undefeated against Division III opponents.
Kaleb Loht (141) and Josh Thomson (184) of Messiah both won their preliminary matches with pins to move on to the first round of bouts. Loht's came at 5:55 in the match, while Thomson finished off his opponent in 1:08 in the first period. Loht then won his next match with a 7-3 decision and Thomson won in an 11-2 major decision.
The third Messiah wrestler to advance to the semifinals was Ricardo Plummer with a 9-6 victory against Lou Puca of Cortland State.