13 March 2012

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WSU Claims National Title

      In only their third year of existence the Wichita State Wrestling Team was crowned the NCWA Division II National Champions on Saturday night at the Ocean Center Arena in Daytona Beach, FL. The eight national qualifiers proved to be enough to ease past last year’s national champions, Northwest Missouri State. The Shockers scored 57.5 points en route to their National Championship more than doubling Northwest Missouri State’s 27 who finished second amongst the division II teams.
      A National Championship trophy wasn’t the only hardware that Shocker Wrestlers brought home. Earning All-American honors were senior Pat Mosley (157) and senior Aaron Hynick (165). Mosley wrestled a total of nine matches finishing 7-2 to earn the 4th place spot in the 157 pound weight class. After losing a close match in second round of championships, Mosley battled through the consolation bracket where he eventually revenged his first loss in the consolation semi-finals. Hynick advanced to the quarterfinals where he lost to the eventual champion of the 165 pound weight class. Hynick did not disappoint though as he would not lose another match in order to finish 3rd earning All-American honors.
JPEGImage      Earning Academic All-American honors for the Shockers were junior Evan Amaro (125), junior Dusty Greer (133), junior Nick Thomas (141), senior Pat Mosley (165), and freshman Dakota Denny (235).
      At the conclusion of the tournament head coach Paul Myers was named the NCWA National Coach of the Year for his first year team’s outstanding accomplishments. When asked about winning the coach of the year award Myers responded,  “It’s kind of overwhelming earning the award, but in the end it was a total team effort. We had great work from our All-Americans and even those that just won some matches for us. Just coming from nowhere to where we are now is a testament to all of the hard work our guys have put in this season.”