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Coutu finishes third at NCAA Div. II championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 9, 2013 – Former Griswold High wrestler Brock Coutu, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, earned All-American honors by finishing third at the NCAA Division II national championship tournament Saturday.

Coutu (23-10) beat No. 5 ranked Maurice Miller of Notre Dame-Ohio twice to finish third at 141 pounds. Coutu advanced to the semifinals with a 3-2 win over Dave Cawley of Pitt-Johnston and a 7-6 decision over Miller in the quarterfinals. Ryan Fillingham of Adams State beat Coutu, 6-4 to go to the championship match.

But Coutu remained strong with an 8-0 win over Michael Hamel of Grand Canyon and rallying for a big 8-6 win over Miller in the consolation final. Trailing 4-1 early, Coutu dominated the rest of the way with nearly three minutes of riding time to earn the victory.

No 3 Nebraska-Kearney had a one point lead over St. Cloud State going into Saturday night’s finals with four wrestlers in the finals.

Connecticut shutout at Div. III nationals
LA CROSSE, Wis. , March 16 — Wartburg College won its 10th NCAA DIvision III national championship in the final season for long-time coach Jim Miller. Wartburg had four individual champions and five finalists. No Connecticut wrestlers qualified for the tournament.

Connecticut Wrestling Online has been covering the sport of wrestling in Connecticut and New England since 2001.

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