Ayen and Joseph Compete at NCAA Division III Championships

Ayen and Joseph Compete at NCAA Division III Championships

La Crosse, Wisc. - March 10, 2017 - Springfield College's Zach Joseph (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Hunter Ayen (Gouverneur, N.Y.) competed at the NCAA Division III Championships on Friday.

This marked the seventh-straight year that Springfield College sent multiple wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.     

In the 157 pound weight class, Joseph entered the competition with a 27-2 record and was seeded fifth in the 18-man field.  In his first-round bout, Joseph prevailed over Jimmy Davis from Loras by a 13-12 decision to advance to the national quarterfinals.  Going up against Derek Arnold of Ursinus, Joseph dropped an 11-4 decision before falling to Wabash's Nick Bova, 15-11, in sudden victory to conclude his collegiate career. 

At 197, Ayen wrestled on the national stage for the second time in his career and owned a 17-5 record heading into the day.  Ayen fell to third-seeded AJ Kowal, 6-1, in his opening round bout but rebounded with an 11-4 triumph over Concordia's Mason Baumgartner.  Ayen then delivered a gritty 6-4 sudden victory versus Matt Seabold's from Central before bowing out to Messiah's Kyle Koser by fall in 3:20.