2011 NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Chapionships: Session I highlights

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St. Johns wrestler Chad Henle fights off a reversal attempt by Wartburg's Tommy Mirocha in their 133-pound first round match at the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships in La Crosse, Wis. Henle defeated the eighth-seeded Mirocha 10-8 in overtime. Henle placed seventh while Mirocha placed fourth.

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Concordia's Daron Hohbein (bottom) prepares to start the third period against Dan Herr in their 133-pound first round match at the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships in La Crosse, Wis. Hohbein pinned Herr 1:41 into the period.

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St. Olaf's Ryan Timmerman (right) grapples with Wartburg's Matt Kelly in their 141-pound first round match at the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships in La Crosse, Wis. Timmerman defeated Kelly 4-3.

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St. Olaf's Ryan Timmerman (right) grapples with Wartburg's Matt Kelly in their 141-pound first round match at the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships in La Crosse, Wis. Timmerman defeated Kelly 4-3.

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St. Johns' Matt Baarson (right) grapples with Wartburg's Adam Weber in their 165-pound first round match at the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships in La Crosse, Wis. Baarson defeated Weber 4-3.

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Augsburg's Jared Massey (left) tries to free his leg from Buena Vista's Brian Broll 197-pound first round match at the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships in La Crosse, Wis. Massey won by an 8-0 major decision.

Featured Photo: March 15, 2010

Augsburg assistant coach Brad Fisher (left) and head coach Mark Matzek watch the action between Paul Bjorkstrand (Augsburg) and Bebeto Yewah (Wisconsin-La Crosse), not pictured, in the 133 pound final of the 2010 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 6. Yewah won the match 14-9. Augsburg won the team title for the 11th time in 20 years.

Tech Specs

Canon 30D + Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8; 1/320 @ f/2.8; ISO 1600

Featured Photo: March 9, 2010

Today’s featured photos is from the end of the 2010 NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 6, 2010 showing the Augsburg wrestling team, it’s coaches and student managers.

The Augsburg Wrestling Team after the 2010 NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 6, 2010

Featured Photo: March 8, 2010

Today’s photo is the first in a series from the 2010 NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 5 and 6, 2010. I was hired by Augsburg College, Concordia Moorhead and St. Olaf College to shoot the event.

Here is the Augsburg team lined up before the night session of Day 1.

The Augsburg College Wrestling team listens to the National Anthem before Session II of the NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 5, 2010. Augsburg won their 11th team title the next day.

From left to right: Andy Witzel, Jared Massey, Zach Molitor, Orlando Ponce, Jason Adams, Tony Valek and Paul Bjorkstrand. Not pictured: Josh Roberts, Mark Matzek.

Unlike most the the photos I post here, I have edited this one quite a bit with the burn and dodge brushes, so no editorial uses of this photo. Of course, I still have the RAW file. I did notice that the flag has been overburned — especially in the web sized file — but that can be worked around, or better yet, the editing can be redone.

Tech specs:

Canon 30D + 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS. f/40 at f/5.6. ISO 1600.