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About the Wrestling Program 

Pictured: Head coach Eric Walker (far left) and several Etown wrestlers with Rulon Gardner at a clinic held at Elizabethtown's Thompson Gymnasium in late 2004.

The Elizabethtown College wrestling program has a rich history that boasts 14 All-Americans and 36 Middle Atlantic Conference gold medalists in 37 years.

In 1997-98 alone, the Blue Jays earned three MAC individual gold medals for the first time in 18 years and sent four grapplers to the NCAA championships.

Etown also captured four team tournaments on the season and spent several weeks ranked among the nation's Top 25.

Elizabethtown finished fourth in the MAC Championships in 1998-99, and compiled a 14-8 dual meet record.

Elizabethtown wrestler Art Mattes earned a berth to the NCAA championships in the spring of 2000. Mattes was also nationally ranked for much of the 1999-2000 season at 197 lbs.

The 2000-01 season saw a pair of senior wrestlers, Mattes and Bill Van Winkle, reach the 100 career victory plateau.

Eric Walker took over as the head coach in the summer of 2003 and quickly went to work bringing new life to the program. In February 2005, Kyle Hart won the MAC individual title at 157 pounds, making him Etown's first MAC Champion since 1998. He also, as a result, earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Championships, making him the first Etown wrestler to compete at the NCAA championships since 2000. Walker was named the MAC Co-Coach of the Year in 2005. In November 2005, Walker became Elizabethtown's first wrestling coach on campus full-time since 1993.

In the 2006-07 season, a very young Elizabethtown team posted its best dual match record since 1999-00 and scored historically significant victories over Lycoming College and Messiah College.

Elizabethtown hosted the final MAC Wrestling Championships in 2006, and the Blue Jays competed in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional in 2007 before moving to the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Wrestling Association beginning in the 2007-08 season.