Kalkbrenner Prepares for 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships

Mar 7, 2017



2017 NWCA DIVISION III HALL OF FAME BANQUET on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.   TICKETS $10 (available at door)




INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The NCAA Division III Wrestling Committee announced Monday the participants in the 2017 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship. The championships will be held March 10-11 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will serve as the host. The University of Dubuque's Quincy Kalkbrenner (16-1 overall) received the #8 seed in the 157 lbs. bracket in the 2017 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. He will wrestle Ty Herzog of Roger Williams University in the first round. The winner of that match will face the winner of the #1 seed Robert Dierna of SUNY-Cortland (17-0) vs. Steve Bonsall of University of Chicago (31-11 overall) match on Friday night.

A total of 180 participants will compete in the 2017 championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championship by placing top-three in their respective weight classes at one of the six NCAA regional tournaments held on February 24, 25 and 26. The complete list of all wrestlers competing in the championship can be found below, and the complete seeded bracket will be available on NCAA.com on Monday, March 6. NCAA.com will stream all sessions. 

Tournament Seeding for 157 lbs. Weight Class:
1. Robert Dierna - SUNY-Cortland (17-0)
2. Logan Thomsen - Wartburg College (30-2)
3. Nick Bova - Wabash College (31-2)
4. Derek Arnold - Ursinus College (28-1)
5. Zach Joseph - Springfield College (27-2)
6. Cole Sladek - Concordia College-Moorhead (19-1)
7. Logan Meister - Ferrum College (26-6)
8. Quincy Kalkbrenner - University of Dubuque (16-1)


The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) will be hosting their 2017 Championship and Hall of Fame Ceremony on Thursday, March 9, in the La Crosse Center Ballroom beginning with a social at 6:00 p.m. with the Division III NWCA Hall of Fame Ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. Individuals joining the distinguished list of Hall of Famers include: Tim Fader, Greg Lonning, Brandon Novak, Jeff O'Gara, and Stef Sair.


Hall of Fame Inductee Tim Fader

Fader is in his second season as head wrestling coach UW-Eau Claire. Prior to UW-Eau Claire, Fader was most recently the assistant wresting coach at Wheaton College. Prior to Wheaton he spent 10 years as the head coach at UW-Whitewater and in 2013-14, guided the Warhawks to a second place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships, the highest finish in program history. Prior to coaching at UW-Whitewater, Fader was the head wrestling coach at UW-La Crosse.  His La Crosse teams finished in the top-20 in the NCAA tournament and won the WIAC each year that he was there. 

In his time in the WIAC, Fader was named WIAC Coach of the Year four times (1999, 2001, 2002, 2014) and National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Coach of the Year twice (2001, 2012).

The 2014 Division III Coach of the Year has coached 43 All-Americans and 53 Scholastic All-Americans. Fader led the Eagles to six top-10 finishes including a National Dual Meet Championship in 2000. With the Warhawks, he tallied four top-12 finishes including a third place finish in 2013, in addition to 2014’s national runner-up finish.

Prior to assuming the head coaching role at La Crosse, Fader served as a UW-L assistant for three seasons (1995-98), was an assistant at the University of Minnesota-Morris (1994-95), an assistant coach at Oregon (Ill.) High School (1993-94) and an assistant coach at Augustana College (Ill.) after graduating in 1991. 

Fader wrestled collegiately at Augustana College (Ill.), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance-Business Administration.  He earned his master’s degree in Sports Administration from UW-La Crosse in 1997. At Augustana, Fader was a three-time national qualifier, two-time NCAA Division III All-American, and was twice named Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Fader was born in Ida Grove, Iowa, in the northwest part of the state, but grew up in Rochelle, Illinois. His father Pete, a former wrestler at Coe College in the late 1960s, was a teacher and wrestling coach at Rochelle Township High School.


Hall of Fame Inductee Greg Lonning

Lonning was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. He was a three-year letter winner in wrestling (1980-83), two-time NCAA III All-American at 118 lbs. (1982, 1983), won a national championship at 118 lbs. (1983), two-time All-Iowa Conference champion (1982, 1983), two-time All-Lutheran champion (1982, 1983), and named Most Valuable Wrestler at All-Lutheran Tournament (1982).

As a coach he spent five seasons at Central College, two as an assistant and three as head coach and finished with a 23-10 dual meet record and coached 10 All-Americans including the school’s first national champion. He was named the Iowa Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year at Central College (1989). 

He coached at UW-La Crosse from 1992-98 (assistant coach for three years at UW-L before becoming head coach) and compiled a dual meet record of 77-19 during his tenure. He was named Wisconsin Conference Coach of the Year at UW-La Crosse (1994). He led his team to their first WIAC title in school history in 1993 and to league title again in 1998. UW-L finished second four times (1994-97) at WIAC Championships. He placed his team to top-12 finishes in all six seasons at NCAA III Championships (3rd in 1998, 4th in 1996, 6th  in 1993 and 1994; 8th in 1997 and 12th in 1995. Lonning was honored as 1993-94 WIAC Coach of the Year. He coached 19 NCAA III All-Americans, including three national champions, and 19 WIAC Champions.


Hall of Fame Inductee Brandon Novak

On the mat, Novak won the national wrestling title at 197 pounds in March 2001 for Saint John’s University (Minn.) and was a three-time All-American for the Johnnies. He ended his career with a 101-15 record and placed three times at the national championships (5th, 3rd, and 1st). 

After college he continued to share his love of the sport as a coach. He ended a 10-year tenure as the head wrestling coach at Saint John’s following the 2013-14 season. Thirty-eight Johnnies wrestled at the NCAA Division III Championships in 10 seasons under Novak’s direction, including 15 All-American performances and four national finalists, led by three-time national champion Minga Batsukh in 2011. Saint John’s posted an 82-73 dual record during his tenure. Novak served as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach in 2014-15.

Novak is in his 17th season as an assistant football coach for the Johnnies in 2016. A 2001 graduate of SJU, Novak was named the MIAC Most Valuable Player as a linebacker in 1999 and a two-time, first-team All-America selection. He currently is the co-defensive coordinator on the football team for the Johnnies.


Hall of Fame Inductee Jeff O'Gara

O’Gara wrestled for UW-La Crosse from 1992-96. He earned three career NCAA Division III All-America honors at 118-pounds, including winning the national championship in 1996 (34-0 overall). 

O’Gara was third in 1993 and second in 1994. He won Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) titles in 1994 and 1996 and was named to (WIAC) all-time wrestling team in 2012. His career record is 111-14 which includes 58 wins by falls. He ranks 10th on the UW-L all-time wins list. His team at UW-L finished with a career record 52-18 in dual meets from 1992-96.

The native of Elroy, Wis., has been Luther College’s lead assistant since 1996-97. During this time span, the Norse have posted top-10 finishes at the NCAA III National Championships nine times, had 45 All-Americans, eight national champions, four national runner-ups, 33 Scholar All-Americans, two NCAA Postgraduate Scholars and four CoSIDA Scholar All-America honors.


Hall of Fame Inductee Stef Sair

Sair wrestled for SUNY-Cortland from 2003-07 finishing with an 80-14 record. His 80 wins is tied for 24th all-time. He was Empire Collegiate Conference champion at 174 lbs. in 2005, 2006, and at 184 lbs. in 2007. He won a national championship in 2006 at 174 lbs. He placed 4th in 2005 (174 lbs.) and second in 2007 (184 lbs.).

He earned many team awards including: “Outstanding Rookie Award” in 2004, “Extra Effort Award” in 2007, Senior Student-Athlete of the Year in 2007 for his efforts in wrestling and football, and the “Red Letter Award” in 2007. 

He was three times voted by teammates as the squads Most Valuable Wrestler (2005, 2006, 2007). He was named a Division III Scholar All-American in 2006. He was also a two-time All-American in football at Cortland.


Schedule of Events for Hall of Fame:
6:00 p.m. - Social at The La Crosse Center Ballroom
6:30 p.m. - Division III NWCA Hall of Fame Ceremony - The La Crosse Center Ballroom 



2016      Akeem Carter, Wartburg College

2016      Henry Gerten, Augsburg College

2016      Cody Koenig, UW-Stevens Point

2016      Jimmy Wallace, Wilmington College

2015      Jason Bovenzi, St. Lawrence/Ithaca College

2015      Mike Jacoutot, Buffalo/Trenton State College

2014      Jesse Armbruster, Augsburg College

2014      Dustin Hinschberger, Wartburg College

2014      Matt Pyle, Luther College

2013      Ryan Allen, UW-La Crosse

2013      Duane Bastress, York College (Penn.)

2013      Garrett South, Luther College

2012      Joe Hoialmen, Augsburg College

2012      Tom Hogan, Wartburg College

2012      Yan White, UW-Stevens Point

2011      Nick Fornicoia, Augsburg College

2011      Zak Kallai, Case Western Reserve University

2011      Jason Ott, UW-La Crosse

2010      LeRoy Gardner, Wartburg College

2010      Steve Gliva, Augsburg College

2009      Rick Armstrong, SUNY-Cortland

2009      Mike Fusilli, Ithaca College

2008      Ron Bussey, The College of New Jersey

2008      Garrett Kurth, Luther College

2008      Zac Weiglein, Wartburg College

2007      John Beatty, Augsburg College

2007      Tyrone Fambro, Upper Iowa University

2007      Brandon Penzkover, UW-La Crosse

2006      Mike Helm, Messiah College

2006      Jamal Fox, Wartburg College

2006      Glen Sandull, The College of New Jersey

2005      Gary Kroelss, Augsburg College

2005      Mitch Brown, St. Lawrence University

2005      Mark Ambrose, Delaware Valley University

2004      Mike Connors, St. Lawrence University

2004      Matt Hamill, Rochester Institute of Technology

2004      Tom Smith, Wartburg College

2003      Dan Lewandowski, Augsburg College

2003      Paul Elsen, Wheaton College

2002      Brandon Totten, Delaware Valley University

2002      Shawn Voigt, Cornell College

2002      Ron Vosburg, SUNY-Brockport

2001      Peter Wang, University of Chicago

2001      Dan Boos, Luther College

2001      Eric Woolsey, Humboldt State University

2000      John Leone, SUNY-Brockport

2000      Doug Morse, SUNY-Oswego State

2000      Chris Ricklic, Case Western Reserve University

2000      Raphael Wilson, Augustana College

1999      Nick Milonas, Montclair State University

1999      Dan Pantaleo, Olivet College

1999      Mark Gamble, SUNY-Binghamton

1998      Jon McGovern, Central College

1998      Travis Young, Simpson College

1998      Chris Tironi, University at Albany

1997      Rob Llorca, UW-Whitewater

1997      John Monaco, Montclair State University

1997      Karl Monaco, Montclair State University

1996      Joe Bertolone, John Carroll University

1996      David Parisi, SUNY-Oswego State

1996      Andy Seras, University at Albany

1995      Duane Koslowski, University of Minnesota, Morris

1995      Fran Presley, Millersville University

1994      Bob Glaberman, Trenton State College

1994      Mike Rossetti, Trenton State College

1994      Nabil Guketlov, Montclair State University

1993      Jeff Bouslog, Luther College

1993      Mark Hawaald, John Carroll University

1993      Ron Winnie, SUNY-Brockport

1992      Frank Famiano, SUNY-Brockport

1992      Ken Mallory, Montclair State University

1992      Tom Martucci, Trenton State College

1991      Eric Mast, Elizabethtown College

1991      Chris Casey, Augustana College

1991      Brett Stamm, Wheaton College



2016      Bob Gaudenzi, Hunter College

2016      Dick Simmons, Cornell College (Contributor)

2016      Randy Steward, Loras College

2016      Scott Whirley, Augsburg College

2015      Jim Miller, North Central College

2014      Don Parker, UW-Eau Claire

2014      Scott Stever, Rochester Institute of Technology

2013      Gary Franke, Washington and Lee University

2013      Tom Kessler, York College (Penn.)

2012      Daryl Arroyo, Springfield College

2012      Roger Crebs, Lycoming College

2011      Gene Nighman, SUNY-Cortland

2011      Terry Shockley, Augustana College

2011      Dave Kemmy, Roger Williams University

2011      Steve Devries, Cornell College

2010      Dave Mitchell, Luther College

2010      Don Montgomery, Mount Union College

2009      Jim Miller, Wartburg College

2009      Dave Novickis, Lawrence University

2008      Rich Achtzen, York College (Penn.)

2008      Ron Beaschler, Ohio Northern University

2007      John Elton, St. Johns University (Minn.)

2007      Marty Loy, UW-Stevens Point

2006      Russell (Rusty) Carlsten, Rhode Island College

2006      Kevin Puebla, Augustana College

2005      Jeff Swenson, Augsburg College

2005      Paul Solberg, Luther College

2004      Charles Kunes, Susquehanna University

2004      Mark Vennis, Thiel College

2003      Kerry Volkmann, John Carroll University

2003      Bill Racich, Ursinus College

2003      Tom Jarman, Manchester College

2002      Ned McGinley, King’s College

2002      John Reese, Wilkes College

2002      Neil Turner, Messiah College

2001      Steve Strellner, Montclair State University

2001      Al Sosa, SUNY-Oneonta

2000      Al Baxter, Buena Vista University

2000      Marty Willigan, Gallaudet University

1999      David Icenhower, The College of New Jersey *

1999      Ron Zalokar, Carthage College *

1998      Mike McCready, Upper Iowa University *

1998      John Murray, Ithaca College

1998      Larry Sciacchetano, Montclair State University

1997      Mike McGlinchey, Salisbury University *

1997      John Summa, Baldwin-Wallace University *

1997      Jim White, Washington and Jefferson University

1997      Bob Skelton, Western New England University

1996      Joe DeMeo, University at Albany

1996      Steve Eldridge, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

1996      Bob Del Rosa, Case Western Reserve Univ. *

1995      Bob Marshall, Delaware Valley University

1995      Al Hanke, Lake Forest College/Elmhurst College

1995      Byron James, UW-River Falls *

1994      Ken Ober, Elizabethtown College *

1994      John Clark, St. Lawrence University

1994      Max Servies, Wabash College

1993      Baron Bremner, Coe College/Cornell College *

1993      Gomer Davis, Swarthmore College

1993      Dick Walker, Wartburg College *

1992      Steve Erber, SUNY-Binghamton

1992      Jare Klein, Olivet College

1992      Don Murray. SUNY-Brockport

1992      Willie Myers, UW-Whitewater

1991      Tony DeCarlo, John Carroll University

1991      Earl Fuller, Rochester Institute of Technology

1991      Jim Howard, SUNY-Oswego State

1991      Jerry Petrofes, Lebanon Valley College *

* = Deceased