Austin Fehlhafer | Weight class: 174
Hometown: Seward, Neb.
Previous School: Seward HS
Major: Business Administration
2014-15 NAIA National Qualifier
2014-15 NAIA North 4th place (184 lbs)
2013-14 GPAC First Team All-Conference
2013-14 NAIA National Qualifier
2013-14 NAIA North Runner Up (174 lbs)
2013-14 GPAC Wrestler of the Week (Jan. 28)
Battling injury, Fehlhafer went 16-12 overall and qualified for the national championships for the second-straight year ... recorded seven pins and two wins via major decision ... posted a record of 6-3 in dual meets ... went 8-4 against GPAC opponents ... placed at three tournaments: Briar Cliff Open (second), NAIA North Qualifier (fourth) and Buena Vista Open (sixth).
Fehlhafer enjoyed a big freshman season in which he led the team in wins and pins and reached the national championships after finishing runner up at 174 at the NAIA North Qualifier ... went 28-11 overall and 11-4 in dual meets (all at 174) ... recorded 20 wins by pin (top five in the NAIA), seven by decision and one by forfeit ... won the 174-pound title at the UNK Open and was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler after going 5-0 with four pins ... also placed fifth at the Buena Vista Open ... went 9-2 against GPAC opponents.
Started and lettered for four years at Seward High School ... coached by Bob Core, Jeramie Schoepf and Josh Schoepf ... served as team captain for three years ... qualified for the state championships three times and medaled three years ... earned runner-up state finishes as a junior and senior and sixth place as a sophomore ... won two district titles ... captured conference medalist honors every year, winning a conference title as a senior ... holds Seward High records for pins in a season (36) and career pins (104) ... also played football and baseball ... participated in FFA, FBLA, served as an outdoor ed counselor and helped with youth wrestling.
Born in Seward, Neb., on June 21, 1994 ... son of Brian and Cindy Fehlhafer ... has an older brother, Matthew, a younger brother, Brogan, and a younger sister, Felicity ... active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Goehner, Neb. ... enjoys wakeboarding, hunting and fishing.