Northern’s Bartel named Cascade’s top wrestler

CORVALLIS, Ore. — After winning his first NAIA championship, Montana State-Northern’s Isaac Bartel was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Men’s Wrestler of the Year,  the league announced Tuesday.

Bartel, a senior 197-pound grappler, became a four-time NAIA All-American after winning his weight class at the NAIA National Championship earlier this month. He never finished below third place in his collegiate career, taking third as a freshman, followed by back-to-back runner-up finishes.

This year, the Mason City, Iowa, native got a first-round bye before dominating his next two bouts to advance to the semifinals. Bartel pinned Briar Cliff’s Jeremiah Glise in five minutes, 31 seconds and grabbed a technical fall (18-2) over Ottawa’s Carson Savage en route to the semis.

In the semifinals, top-ranked Bartel posted a 5-2 decision over Life’s Zane Lanham to secure his spot in the championship where he took on second-seeded Trevor Lawson (Lindsey Wilson). Bartel took control early in the championship bout and secured the victory with a 6-0 decision.

Bartel finishes the 2020-21 season with a perfect 14-0 record, with 11 of those victories coming as bonus-point wins. His current MSUN career record is an impressive 128-15.

— Cascade Collegiate College