Lawrence senior Ben Dictus was crowned champion of the 184-pound division at the North Central College Invitational last weekend in Naperville, Ill. Now ranked eighth in the nation by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, Dictus went 3-0 on the day with a close 3-2 decision over Ryan Newberry of Olivet College in the championship. Three other Viking grapplers placed at the event. John Budi took fifth at 174 pounds, Joe Austin was sixth at 165, and Kenny Hamm seventh at 285. The team finished in eighth place out of 15 schools. The Vikes competed at home against UW-Platteville Wednesday and travel to the Wisconsin Private College Championships at Concordia (Wis.) Saturday. They then return home Sunday to face the Blugolds of UW-Eau Claire in a dual meet scheduled for 3:00 pm. Hockey splits with Marian LU hockey had a weekend of intense scoring over two games with the Marian Sabres with both teams netting 12 goals each during the affair. The Vikes won the first game in Fond du Lac by a final score of 5-3. Goals were distributed evenly over five skaters and Nick Jennette recorded 3 of his team-high 5 points on the weekend. Defense faltered in Saturday’s game as the Sabres managed to score a whopping nine goals on only 35 shots. Lawrence’s power play shone, however, as the team went 4 for 7 with the man advantage. The Vikings are home over the tail end of this weekend with matchups against Northland on Saturday at 7:00 and Monday at 3:00.