America’s Dairyland may also be the home state for great NCAA Division III wrestling, judging by recent awards from a national amateur wrestling website.
D3wrestle.com named University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Nazar Kulchytskyy as its 2014 Wrestler of the Year on Friday, while Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach Tim Fader was selected as Coach of the Year Wednesday.
The website made a very strong case for Kulchytskyy, pointing out that he won his third consecutive national title at the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids earlier this month, winning the 157-pound crown with a fall, pinning Coe's Dimitri Boyer at 4:20 in the finals. The UW-Oshkosh middleweight was also named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
This latest title capped off a second season where Kulchytskyy was undefeated against Division III opponents… and accompanies his 2012 NCAA championship at 157, and a 2013 title at 165. What’s more, Kulchytskyy closes out his UW-Oshkosh career with the best overall record of any Titan wrestler.
Fader earned Coach of the Year honors, in no small part by leading his UW-Whitewater Warhawks to their highest-ever finish in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships for the second straight year, topping last year’s third-place finish with runner-up status in 2014. As d3wrestle.com pointed out in its announcement, Whitewater had five All-Americans and put two wrestlers into the finals.
Since taking the helm at UW-Whitewater in 2004, Fader has coached 21 All-Americans, including four NCAA finalists… and guided the Warhawks to an overall record of 117-67-3.
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