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Drew Venteicher
Drew Venteicher

All-American

SIOUX CITY — Briar Cliff men’s basketball’s Jackson Lamb has earned his second All-American honor of the season and third of his career.

The senior from Greenfield was named to the Academic All-America first team two weeks ago and earned second team NAIA All-American accolades on Thursday. Lamb was an an honorable mention All-American as a junior last season.

“This is another well-deserved honor for Jackson,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “He had an outstanding season for us this past year, ending up in the top five in the country in scoring. It’s a nice cap to his career to join only a handful of players in our program’s history to earn multiple All-American honors.”

Lamb, a 6-4 guard, averaged 23.8 points to lead the Chargers and the GPAC in his senior season. His scoring average also ranks fifth in the NAIA Division II this year. Lamb grabbed. 7.1 rebounds, forced .8 steals and blocked .5 shots per contest, also team-bests.

Lamb is the fifth Briar Cliff player that have earned All-American honors in the past five years, including Creston native Jay Wolfe in 2018 and 2019.

Loras bound

LENOX — Bedford/Lenox wrestler Drew Venteicher has announced he will continue his career at Loras College in Dubuque. He will join his older brother Derek on the DuHawks wrestling team.

Drew Venteicher placed third at the state tournament as a junior and was fourth this year at 170 pounds in Class 1A, finishing with a 35-2 season record.

In the 2019-20 campaign, Loras had a 14-1 dual record, including 8-0 in the American Rivers Conference and a third-place finish at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NWCA) Duals.

The DuHawks topped Wartburg 19-17 to snap Wartburg’s 27-year conference championship streak. Loras coach T.J. Miller is the son of longtime Wartburg coach Jim Miller.

Wrestling mostly at 184 pounds, Derek Venteicher was 24-13 last season for Loras, including 10 victories by fall.

Upper Iowa

FAYETTE — Jared Hensley, a redshirt sophomore from Lenox, had a 22-9 record wrestling at 125 pounds last season at Upper Iowa University.

At the NCAA Division II Super Regional Tournament, Hensley placed fifth at 125 pounds. He defeated Ethan Cota of Augustana, 10-6, in the fifth-place match.

Earlier in the tournament, Hensley lost 9-2 in the quarterfinals to Joe Arroyo of Wisconsin-Parkside; pinned Cameron Williams of Minnesota State-Moorhead in 3:48, won an 8-2 decision in the consolation third round over Jeremy Leintz of Mary College, and lost a 3-2 decision in the consolation semifinals against Brandon Betancourt of St. Cloud State.

— Compiled by Larry Peterson, CNA senior feature writer

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