Cortland junior Bobby Dierna, a Wayne High School graduate, won the NCAA Division III national title at 157 pounds Saturday in a 7-5 decision over third-seeded Drew Wagenhoffer of Wartburg at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Dierna moved up a weight class this year after finishing runner-up at 149 pounds in 2014 and a third-place finish at 149 pounds in 2013.
The top-seeded Dierna won his semifinal match earlier in the day with an 8-2 decision over unseeded Tristan Zurfluh of Luther.
Dierna got to the semifinals with a pair of wins Friday. He defeated NYU’s Raymond Jazikoff in the first round by a 13-5 major decision. Dierna recorded six takedowns and earned a point for riding time. In the quarterfinals, he pinned Ty Herzog of Roger Williams in 1:38.
Dierna had to come back from a late deficit to capture the title. In the third final period, he took a two-point lead on a reversal but Wagenhoffer made it 4-3 with an escape.
Wagenhoffer took the lead with a takedown but Dierna responded with his second reversal of the match to take a 6-5 lead. Dierna earned another point on riding time.
He took an 2-0 lead in the first-period with a takedown, which Wagenhoffer followed with an escape to make it 2-1.
The match was tied 2-2 after the second period with a point to Wagenhoffer on an escape.
Dierna ends the season with a 24-2 record, which includes 10 pins. He improves his career record to 85-9.
Dierna won the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week three times this season.
In his time at Wayne, Dierna was a large schools state champion with more than 200 victories.
He was named 2011 All-Greater Rochester Large Schools Wrestler of the Year and placed in the top six at states five times.
As a freshman, Dierna won a state title at 96-pounds He followed that up with two top-four finishes at the state meet. As a junior, he lost in the semifinals at 130 pounds and finished as the runner-up at 135 pounds as a senior.