Loht Closing in on National Championship

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

(Editor’s note: I attempted to get an interview with Kaleb but he had already left for nationals on Wednesday).

Former Indian Valley standout Kaleb Loht made the transition from high school to college wrestling a very successful one.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Some facts to digest on.

The Messiah College junior won the Midwest Regional Tournament as well as outstanding wrestler two weeks ago, qualifying for the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships this weekend.

Not only did he qualify, Loht is the odds on favorite to win it all.

The top-ranked 141-pounder in the nation according to Intermat, Loht brings the top seed and a 43-1 record into the event. The McClure native owns a career record of 112-12 for the Falcons.

Loht will take on Ferrum’s Logan Meister (17-10) in opening-round action, beginning Friday morning.

Loht came to Messiah after a stellar high school career for the Warriors, where he compiled a 97-17 career record with three trips to the PIAA state tournament, earning a sixth-place medal as a senior.

Once at Messiah, he racked up a 38-6 mark as a freshman and 31-5 as a sophomore. His 112 career wins are tied for fourth all-time in Messiah history.

To improve his skills even more, Loht spent last spring and summer wrestling in Greece and Bulgaria. The experience he picked up wrestling in Europe was invaluable.

He has accomplished all you can in a collegiate career except for one thing – a national championship. It is so close now, just five wins away, Loht can taste it.

Click on the link below to download the D-III brackets.

Division III Brackets

Category: College Wrestling

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