Lucas Malmberg has hopes of building on his runner-up finish in the 125-lb. class at last year's National Championships. (photo by GoMessiah)

Lucas Malmberg has hopes of building on his runner-up finish in the 125-lb. class at last year’s National Championships. (photo by GoMessiah)

Jake English
Student Writer

“The Red-Headed Assassin” is what they call him in the wrestling room, but most people know him better as Lucas Malmberg.

Malmberg, a sophomore seeded No. 2 in the 125-lb. weight class, is one of four national qualifiers on Messiah’s wrestling team. He will be striving to win a national championship this weekend on Mar. 13-14.

He started wrestling when he was just in third grade, but Malmberg did not necessarily enjoy wrestling until he was in eighth grade. Once he saw the amount of success his older brother was having, he discovered the benefits of the hard work put into the sport. He then began to take it more seriously.

Over the course of a very impressive high school career, Malmberg became a two-time Sectional Champion and a two-time New York State Champion. It was clear that he was meant to do great things in wrestling. However, wrestling is not the only thing that brought him to Messiah.

Majoring in Christian ministries with a concentration in cross-cultural missions, he says he has a strong vocational call to ministry.

“I wanted to learn as much (as possible) about God, the Bible, and how to take the Gospel to other countries” says Malmberg. After graduation, he is planning on serving God and others in the mission field somewhere overseas.

Malmberg says he likes to spend most of his free time eating ice cream and hanging out with his teammates. He loves Messiah’s team culture because, “We are a team that loves God and loves one another.”

As a freshman, Malmberg was the runner-up in the 125-lb. weight class and broke the all-time record for takedowns in one season. He will have to overcome a deep field that includes Augsburg’s Mike Fuenffinger, who defeated Malmberg in last year’s championship bout and is the No. 1 seed again this year.

With a record of 37-2 this season, Malmberg is prepared to take his shot at grasping a National Championship for the Falcons at the Giant Center in Hershey this weekend.

“I know there will be a lot of support from the local Messiah community,” he says.

Lucas Malmberg is excited, to say the least. But most of all, he wants to praise God and point others to Christ on the mat.

Stay tuned the rest of the week to learn more about Messiah’s other national wrestling qualifiers. They will be in action at the NCAA National Championships on Mar. 13-14 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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