DII Super Regional Wrestling Awards
Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association is proud to announce the following winners from the six Super Regional Tournaments which took place at the following six locations; Super Region I, Mercyhurst University, Super Region II, Coker College, Super Region III, West Liberty University, Super Region IV, Lindenwood University, Super Region V, Minnesota State Moorhead, Super Region IV, University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The following six wrestlers were selected as the Wrestler of the Year for their respective Super Regional.
Super Region I: Chris Eddins 149 (Pitt-Johnstown) Eddins closed out his junior season with a perfect 24-0 overall record and a 17-0 dual meet record on his way to winning the Super Region I title and claiming his second consecutive Division II National Championship at 157 lbs. with a 7-2 decision over Tiffin’s Trey Grine.
Super Region II: Isiah Royal 141 (Newberry) Royal qualified for nationals after taking first at the Super Regional II Championships. At the NCAA DII National Championships, Royal found himself in the finals, where he lost to Jose Rodriguez of Notre Dame (OH) by a 16-5 major decision.
Super Region III: Tyler Warner 133 (Wheeling Jesuit) Warner earned Super Region III Wrestler of the Year honors after winning the NCAA Division II National Championship at 133 earlier this month in Cleveland. In the final versus Wesley Dawkins of Nebraska-Kearney, Warner notched a 4-1 decision to become one of three national champions ever in school history. Warner finished the season 29-1 overall and scored bonus points in 33 percent of his matches.
Super Region IV: Carlos Jacquez 125 (Lindenwood) Jacquez won his Super Regional semi-final and championship matches in sudden victory then went on to win his first National Championship. He finished the season with an unblemished 30-0 mark.
Super Region V: Vince Dietz 197 (St. Cloud St.) Dietz, a two-time conference wrestler of the year and 2x National Finalist, earned his second Regional Wrestler of the Year Award following his Regional title and National Runner up finish. He has a career record of 113-17 which is a .869 win percentage and also boasts 43 wins by fall.
Super Region VI: Matt Malcolm 157 (Nebraska-Kearney) Malcolm, completed his season with a 29-5 record while capturing the Super Regional and National Championship crowns. During his run to the Super Regional title, he secured bonus points for his team in each match.
The following six wrestlers were each named the Freshman Wrestler of the Year for their Super Regional.
Super Region I: Brock Biddle 174 (Pitt-Johnstown) Biddle, a red-shirt freshman from Martinsburg, Pa., joined the Pitt-Johnstown starting line-up early in the season and wrestled at both 174 and 184 lbs., before settling at 184 lbs. Biddle was the runner-up in the 184-lbs. weight class at the Super Region I Tournament and became an All-American with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Cleveland.
Super Region II: ZeBrandon Gant 184 (Newberry) Gant, a true freshman, posted a season record of 23-10 with a perfect 6-0 record in conference action. Gant picked up five wins by fall including three during the conference portion of the schedule. Gant ground his way to the Super Regional II title, winning all of his matches by decision.
Super Region III: Cole Laya 125 (Wheeling Jesuit) Laya was named the Super Region III Freshman of the Year after going 21-3 overall at 125 this season. After winning the Super Region III title at West Liberty, Laya took third place and earned All-American honors at the National Championships with a pin of Brett Velasquez of St. Cloud State.
Super Region IV: Cameron Frame 149 (Newman) Frame earned his Super Regional Freshman of the Year award after finishing as the runner-up. He went on to the National Tournament where he fought his way to a 6th place finish garnering his first All-American honors.
Super Region V: Garrett Vos 133 (St. Cloud St.) Vos was named the Super Regional V Freshman of the year after he captured the 133 Super Regional title and went on to earn his first All-American award by finishing in 6th Place at the National Championships. He finished with a 22-5 record and picked up five wins by fall.
Super Region VI: Jonathan Andreatta 125 (Adams St.) Andretta posted a 15-1 overall record during the regular season while going 7-0 in dual action. At the Super Region VI Championships, he went 2-1 to earn a runner-up finish and qualify for the NCAA National Championships. Andreatta posted a 1-2 record to close out the season and just missed qualifying for the placing rounds on day two of the National Championships.