National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Inductee: 2003 Wartburg College

The Knights won the Division III NCAA tournament with a record-setting performance in Ada, Ohio. Wartburg set the record for points at the NCAA DIII tournament with 166.5 points. Every member of the team earned All-American honors, including three NCAA champions and three runner-ups. It was the third of 10 NCAA championships during Jim Miller’s tenure as head wrestling coach.

The starting line-up was Heath Ropp (1st at 125), Ozzie Saxton (2nd at 133), Wil Kelly (1st at 141), Bart Mehlert (3rd at 149), Kevin Bratland (2nd at 157), Ryan Sturm (4th at 165), Mark Sturm (6th at 174), Sonny Alvarez (2nd at 184), Alain Djoumessi (3rd at 197), and LeRoy Gardner (1st at 285). Assistant coaches were Eric Keller, Dave Malecek, Nick Mitchell, Steve Walker and Matt Walker.