WAVERLY - Four days after surging into the national rankings for the first time, Cornell College sophomore Nick Loughlin picked up five wins on his path to the 157-pound title at the recent Dick Walker Invitational here.
Loughlin, the son of Jay and Mollie Loughlin of Cherokee, validated his #1 seed in the tournament and stretched his team-high winning streak to nine matches. He currently sports a sparkling 15-2 record this season.
"Loughlin is really wrestling well and is getting better technically," said Cornell coach Mike Duroe. "He's the toughest, most hard-nosed guy on our team when he competes. He's tough. There's no other way to describe his style. That wins a lot. He's always out to get you, always trying to score."
Loughlin, ranked #7 nationally in his weight class, was named the Iowa Conference Wrestler of the Week for his dominating performance here.
The Rams competed in the Gator Duals in Orlando, Fla. Dec. 20.