Wrestling four weights for Lehigh, Shields was a bull of a wrestler who steadily improved from a 6-4 soph mark to 19-4-3 as a junior, the finally to 20-2 and the number one seed at 167 for the '71 Nationals.
More than a thousand LU fans stood to roar when he defeated Penn State's then-greatest ever wrestler, Andy Matter, 5-2 in the finals of the district qualifier at Princeton. The Lion (55-2 career) had edged Shields 3-2 in the EIWA finals then won a 1-1, 5-5 overtime referee's decision in their NCAA final. It was the first time three league rivals had met in finals on three straight weekends.
Facing nearly a dozen All-Americans in his 58 bout career, Shields cut often to 160 and 167 early on, but was an EIWA 3rd at 177 in '70, before placing 5th nationally. His career mark in duals as a 2-time All-American in his only two appearances there was a stellar 22-3-3 (.839).