After earning places on the 2014 All-Ohio Athletic Conference wrestling team, sophomore Dan Mirman and junior Terner Gott qualified and competed in the NCAA Division III National Championships on March 14-15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mirman ended a four-year drought of All-Americans for John Carroll University wrestling, as he won both of his matches and advanced to the championship semifinals. On the way to the semifinal match, Mirman defeated 2012 All-American Will Keeter of Augsburg College at 149 pounds by a final decision of 10-5 and then unseeded Elroy Perkin of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Mirman had faced Perkin earlier this season at the Pete Willson Invitational, where Mirman won 3-1. The outcome proved to be the same the second time around as Mirman defeated Perkin 4-3.
In the semifinal, Mirman was defeated despite putting up a valiant effort against the tournament’s top seed, Bobby Dierna of SUNY-Courtland. The two wrestlers squared off and battled to a 2-2 tie at the end of the third period, but Dierna won the match 4-2 in the second overtime after scoring on a takedown.
Despite the loss, Mirman accomplished incredible things this season, finishing with sixth place at nationals, a 27-7 record overall on the season and becoming JCU’s first All-American wrestler since Ben Adams in 2010.
Gott also competed in the NCAA Division III Championships, but fell in his opening match against No. 8 seed Brett Yonkovic of Wartburg College, 10-4. The 157-pounder won his first consolation match over Josh Etzel of Washing & Jefferson College, 3-1, but fell short to in his second consolation match to Mark Savenok of Wheaton College, 3-1.
This is the second consecutive year Gott came one win short of becoming an All-American. But there is no doubting Gott’s success, as he finished the season with a record of 26-8.
Led by Mirman and Gott, JCU wrestling has a great shot at duplicating this successful season. The two headline a team filled with a ton of potential waiting to be discovered.