A Tradition of Excellence

15 out of the last 17 years finishing in the Top 25 in the Learfield Sports Division III Directors’ Cup standings. Wartburg has placed as high as seventh and was 26th in 2016-17.

23 consecutive years winning individual or team national championships, including the wrestling title in 2017.

18 of last 20 Iowa Conference men’s all-sports championships.

14 Iowa Conference women’s all-sports championships.

15 consecutive Iowa Conference all-sports championship trophies for overall men’s and women’s programs.

2016-17 Achievements

Qualified for 11 NCAA Division III national tournaments: women’s and men’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, wrestling, baseball, volleyball, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.

DeVos wins NCAA Championship, Wrestling Finishes as National Champs
Junior Eric DeVos (Okoboji) won the national championship at 174 pounds and Wartburg won its NCAA Division III record-setting 13th NCAA Championships. The Knights have had an individual national champion every year since 2003 and have been the team national champion or runner-up in 15 of the last 16 years.

Men’s Basketball Advances to Sweet Sixteen
Wartburg qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1991.

Outdoor Program Highlights


  • 16 Iowa Conference championships in the last 20 seasons
  • Two-time NCAA Division III Central Region champions
  • Two College World Series berths

Cross Country

  • 14-time Iowa Conference men’s champions
  • 14-time Iowa Conference women’s champions
  • Four top-10 national finishes for men
  • Eight top-10 national finishes for women
  • NCAA Division III Central Region women’s champions in 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014


  • 2014 squad unbeaten and untied in regular season for the fifth time in school history
  • 11 national playoff qualifiers, including six since 2002
  • 14 Iowa Conference championships
  • 24 consecutive winning seasons, ranks fifth in all NCAA divisions


  • 11-time NCAA Division III women’s team national tournament qualifiers (2005-06 and 2008-16)
  • 11-time women’s Iowa Conference team champions
  • Six-time men’s Iowa Conference team champions


  • Three All-Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference selections in inaugural season (2015)
  • Wartburg has had an All-Conference selection in all three seasons in program history


  • Four overall Iowa Conference women’s titles
  • Six overall Iowa Conference men’s titles
  • Six men’s conference tournament championships
  • Nine men’s national tournament appearances in last 12 years
  • Five women’s national tournament appearances since 2007


  • Three-time Iowa Conference champions
  • 30 wins in seven of last 14 seasons
  • Three regional top-three finishes over past seven seasons (runners-up in 2006 and 2007)
  • College World Series berth in 2003


  • 15 men’s All-Conference selections in the last eight years
  • 11 women’s All-Conference selections in last six years

Track and Field

  • Eight top-20 finishes for men at outdoor nationals since 2001
  • 14 top-10 finishes for women at outdoor nationals since 1999
  • 18-time defending women’s Iowa Conference outdoor champions
  • Eight men’s outdoor conference titles since 2002
Track Champs

Indoor Program Highlights


  • Seven men’s national tournament qualifiers
  • 11 women’s national tournament qualifiers
  • 21 men’s Iowa Conference titles
  • Six women’s Iowa Conference titles

Track and Field 

  • Six top-20 finishes for men at indoor nationals since 2001
  • 10 top-10 finishes for women at indoor nationals since 2002
  • 14 of the last 15 women’s Iowa Conference indoor champions
  • Nine men’s indoor conference titles since 2003


  • 10 national tournament qualifying teams, including 2016
  • 20 or more wins in 11 of last 18 years
  • Two or more All-Conference selections in each of the last 20 years


  • 13 national titles since 1996, 11 national duals titles since 2003
  • First or second in nation in 21 of last 25 years
  • 24-time defending Iowa Conference champions
  • Haven’t been defeated by a current IIAC opponent in dual competition since 1993-94
  • Two or more individual national champions in 10 of the last 14 seasons


Wartburg student athletes enjoy some of the best NCAA Div. III athletic facilities in the country.