Now, both are national champions.
Rotert matched the feat in the 189 sophomore division.
Klapprodt made his way to the finals by downing Arizona’s Tyler Lowy 11-4, New Hampshire’s Corey Beck, North Carolina’s Ridge White and Delaware’s Josh Snook(H.M. @ 171). He captured the title with a 3-2 victory over Jakob “Bubba” Scheffel (No. 13 @ 171) of Maryland.
“I thought it was a great way to finish the year, and I took every challenge head on,” said Klapprodt, who also won the 160-pound national title as a sophomore. “I got that first takedown in the champisonhip match and never felt in danger.”
Rotert pinned Pennsylvania’s Taylor Schermerhorn and used a major decision and a decision to reach the finals. Rotert won his title in overtime against Pennsylvania’s Tyler Greene 4-2.
“I really did surprise myself because I thought if I could just get All-American it would be a huge deal,” said Rotert of his first trip to the national tournament. “I just knew that I had to keep it close and it was just like a match with (Terrance) Maier or (Jarran) Jensen and I got the takedown in overtime.