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Ferrum served as host institution for the championships, the first time an NCAA Div. III Wrestling Tournament has even been held in the state of Virginia. It was also the first time Ferrum has hosted an NCAA national championship in any sport.
A freshman from Stafford, Virginia, Englmen finished seventh. Vasquez, a junior from Amarillo, Texas, finished eighth. Both earned All-America and are only the third and fourth wrestlers to earn such honors in the six-year history of Ferrum’s mat program. As a team, the Panthers scored 14.5 points to place 27th in a field of 74 teams.
Unseeded at 133 pounds, Englman opened the day with a loss by fall to #4 seed Bobby Johnson of Johnson and Wales University, then bounced back to post an 8-2 decision in the seventh-place match. On Friday, Englman faced a rough challenge, facing the #1, #2 and #3 seeds, posting wins over the defending NCAA champ and defending NCAA runner-up.
Unseeded at 141 pounds, Vasquez opened Saturday with a 9-4 loss to Evan Drill of New York University, then dropped his seventh-place match 14-0 to #5 seed Brendan Ladd of Alma College.