Walton finishes third and Depiazza seventh in NAIA National Championship
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Walton finishes third and Depiazza seventh in NAIA National Championship
(Credit: SEU Athletics)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland sophomore Nathan Walton placed third and junior heavyweight Patrick Depiazza finishes seventh for the Phoenix on the final day of the 63rd Annual NAIA Wrestling Championships in Wichita, Kansas.

Walton started off his day facing top ranked Lucas Lovvorn. Lovvorn defeated Walton with an 8-3 decision giving Walton just his second loss of the season, both to Lovvorn. The loss sent him to the consolation bracket where he would defeat 10th-ranked Mahlic Salluh with a 5-2 decision to head to the 3rd place match. Walton finished off No. 4 Daniel Butler witha 10-0 major decision to take third place. Last year Walton finished seventh in The NAIA National Championship. His excellent work garners him his second straight All-American honors.

Depiazza fell in the opening match of the day to 3rd-ranked Shawn Beeson from Graceland via a sudden victory in overtime sending Depiazza to the sevnthe place match. He was slated to face No. 4 Matt Kent who defeated Depiazza in the championship round, but he got his revenge with a 9-3 decision to place seventh. Depiazza's finish also garners him with All-America honors.