Notre Dame College Wrestlers Win Nationals, Earn Academic Honors

Notre Dame College’s wrestling team won its fourth national title in the last eight years, with three members winning individual championships, a total of seven earning All-American honors and now four have been recognized as Academic All-Americans.

Junior Ivan McClay, who won an individual National Championship at 125 pounds, has been named first team Academic All-American. David Bavery, also a junior, who finished eighth in the 133-pound bracket in the national tournament, earned an academic honorable mention for the 2016-2017 season, as did sophomore Seth Elwood and junior Robert Janis. Elwood and Janis did not qualify for nationals.

In addition to McClay, freshman Isaiah White and senior Garrett Lineberger also won national titles, in the 165-and 184-pound brackets, respectively. This is the second national championship for Lineberger. He also won a title at 184 pounds in 2014.

The three, individual national champions, along with Bavery; senior Cobey Fehr, 141 pounds; sophomore Juwon Edmond, 149 pounds; and freshman Kameron Teacher, 285 pounds, finished as All Americans.

The College qualified eight wrestlers, including Justan Rivera at 174 pounds, for the national tournament.

The team won the tournament in Birmingham, Ala., with 103.5 points, compared to the 67 points for second-place finisher St. Cloud State University.

The Falcons won their first NCAA Division II National Championship  in the 2013-2014 season and previously won two NAIA Championships in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

The Academic All-American awards are given by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

27 March 2017

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