Fanning Captures WJU Wrestling First National Title

  WJU Athletics
  Monday, March 12, 2018 8:20 AM
  WJU News, Athletics

Wheeling, WV

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Confident heading out to Iowa, the big and agile heavyweight knew it would be tough! Terrance Fanning capped his best wrestling of his three-year career by overmatching No. 1 ranked Kameron Teacher of Notre Dame College for an 8-2 win and captured the NCAA Division II 285 National Championship!

image_handler.aspx.jpegWith three ranked wrestlers defeated, Fanning took down Teacher in the opening 20 seconds, added his 45 seconds left in the second and finished the bout with a third for good measure as the clock showed 18 seconds left for the national title victory.
The Fanning title capped the most successful Cardinals Culture wresting performance at the NCAA DII National Championships. Adding to this title earlier on Saturday, redshirt freshman Tyler Warner made the Championships WJU's first with multiple All-America awardees. Warner polished off his own All-America run by defeating four-time All-America and No. 2 ranked Nick Crume of Indianapolis, 7-5, to take seventh.

In the final team standings, WJU found itself standing alone in 13th place with 25.5 points, a program record. St. Cloud State took the top spot with 92.5 points followed by Notre Dame College (84.0) and California Baptist (70.5).
"Terrance Fanning was dialed in and he is a force to be reckoned with as the entire nation noticed over the last two days. It was so much fun being in his corner this year and to cap it off like that will be something no one will ever forget," noted WJU head coach Danny Irwin. "Him winning a National Title puts our program on another level and for the overwhelming majority of our team to witness it firsthand will undoubtedly make this a regular occurrence! With that, the top student-athletes know they can get a top notch education and pursue their highest aspirations athletically (here at WJU)."

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