Last week was a busy week for West Delaware senior Wyatt Voelker and it concluded Friday afternoon with a Junior Greco-Roman National Title at 195 pounds. Voelker began last Sunday at the Fargo Dome in Fargo, North Dakota with the freestyle portion of the tournament and started 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals where he fell to Caden Rogers of Pennsylvania. In the consolation bracket Voelker earned his first of two All-American honors of the week with a 7-5 win over fellow Iowan Spencer Mooberry of Osage, before falling in his final two matches to claim an 8th place finish.
After a day off Wednesday, Voelker began the Greco-Roman tournament as the 2nd seed and won by technical fall in his first four matches including a 11-0 win over John Gunderson of Wisconsin who handed him one of his losses in freestyle, setting up a rematch with Caden Rogers in the semifinals. In the semifinals Voelker took a 4-0 lead into the break and in a physical back and forth second period Voelker was able to advance to face Ryan Cody of Florida in the finals with a 4-1 win. In the finals Voelker fell behind 3-0 but would score the next four points to take a 4-3 lead with 1:30 left to go in the match. After Voelker was called for a headbutt which awarded Cody two points he scored a takedown on the edge of the mat and added one final point with a pushout to close out the scoring and win the match 7-5, earning the famed “Stop Sign” trophy which was awarded by members of the United States Marine Corps.
Wyatt will now turn his attention to the upcoming football season with the Hawks, as his next national wrestling competition will be at the Super 32 Challenge on October 23rd in Greensboro, North Carolina.