It's really hard to win an NCAA title.
Each year only 10 wrestlers are crowned champions.
Ron Bussey of Trenton State, Ryan Valek of Augsburg, and Tony Smith of SUNY-Brockport know it all too well, each having made it to the finals three times without reaching the top of the podium.
Check out the best DIII wrestlers to never win an NCAA title ranked by NCAA medals!
Here are the top nine!
Rank - Name - Year - Score - Medals
#1 - Ron Bussey
- TCNJ - 1984 - 46 - 3,2,2,2
#2 - Josh Thomson
- Messiah - 2016 - 41 - 3,4,3,2
#3 - Jason Lulloff
- Wisconsin-La Crosse - 2007 - 39 - 3,4,3,3
#4 - Dick Gruber
- Wisconsin-Oshkosh - 1984 - 38 - 4,2,3,5
#4 - James Bethel
- Oneonta State SUNY Oneonta - 2019 - 38 - 4,5,2,3
#6 - Chris Williams
- Millikin - 2019 - 37 - 6,4,3,2
#7 - Jorge Lopez
- Williams - 2016 - 36 - 6,3,3,3
#7 - Tony Smith
- SUNY-Brockport - 1981 - 36 - 2,2,2
Over 200 wrestlers made the list!
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