Darren Wynn and Niiauni Hill

Darren Wynn, McKendree University - Wrestling

The senior standout from Champaign, Illinois was the national runner-up at 140 pounds at the NCAA Division II Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Wynn pinned all of his opponents at the NCAA’s before being edged 4-2 by Chris Eddins of Pitt-Johnstown in the national championship match. Wynn finished the season with a 31-1 record.

Wynn finished his career as the first four-time All-American in McKendree’s history. He finished first, seventh and second twice during his outstanding career in which he compiled a record of 149-33.

Niauni Hill, Lindenwood-Belleville - Women’s Wrestling

The sophomore standout from Oakland, California became the first national champion in the history of the Lindenwood University women’s wrestling program.

Hill was the 155-pound national champion at the recent WCWA Nationals in Oklahoma City. She won all five of her matches to improve her individual record to 34-0.

Hill won her first three matches by technical fall. In the semifinals, Hill defeated Evonne Evlen of Menlo College. In the championship match, Hill rallied from an early deficit to defeat Tatum Sparks of the University of Providence 7-5.

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