Kissimmee, Fla. - Ty Haines Penn State DuBois 149 lb. wrestler claimed the NCWA National Championship with an 8-3 decision over Nick Cegelski of Univ. Southern California; Cegelski entered the final bout with a 26-0 record and was a 4x NCWA All-American.
Ty Haines Penn State DuBois 149 lb. wrestler claimed the NCWA National Championship with an 8-3 decision over Nick Cegelski of Univ. Southern California; Cegelski entered the final bout with a 26-0 record and was a 4x NCWA All-American.
Haines got the opening takedown in just 16 seconds and rode out the period with a 2-0 lead. He continued his dominance on top in the 2nd period and extended the lead to 6-0 before Cegelski got on the board midway through the 3rd period. Haines held off Cegelski the last 20 seconds to secure the first NCWA championship for the Penn State DuBois campus.
Along the way Haines defeated Robert Gaddis (TAMU) 3-1, TJ Nelson Penn State WC Main Campus 10-0, Julian Prieto Univ. Colorado 8-4, Jay Sheppard Emmanuel College 8-7 to set the title match with Cegelski.
Ty becomes the first NCWA Champion for the Penn State Athletic Conference. Ty finishes the season with a 28-8 record, Ty wrestled much of the season at 165 and 157 lbs.
John Prentice also earned All-American honors placing 5th at 165lbs. John was 5-2 at the Championships, he avenged his quarter final loss by pinning Jarred Pratt (Univ. Montana Western) in the 5th place match. Prentice won 5 matches and lost on the weekend; he defeated Matthew Wunderlich Central Florida 12-0, Chris Williams PSU WC Main Campus 9-1, Lost to Jarred Pratt Montana Western 3-1 Sudden Victory, defeated Michael Seymour Central Florida 3-1 Sudden Victory, Michael Bryant Liberty Univ. 3-1, lost to Taylor Workman 6-4, and avenged earlier loss for 5th place by pinning Pratt.
As a team Penn State DuBois finished in 5th place with 92.5 points. Winning the National Championship team title was Emmanuel College, 2nd was Grand Valley State, 3rd Central Florida, 4th Liberty University.
Coach Dave Hoare stated "I am so happy for the 2 guys who earned All-American honors, Ty winning the title was incredible for him and our wrestling program. I am proud of the way the entire team competed; Jake Himes, Devin Joiner, Matt Humes were injured and they gave their best efforts. We have 9 of the guys returning next year, all have worked extremely hard this season, the future looks good for PSUD on the mats."
The 5th place team finish also a great accomplishment, 12 of the 13 wrestlers scored points at the championships – an entire team effort. In the past two seasons PSUD wrestlers have earned 6 NCWA All-American honors, quite a feat for program in their 7th season and for a campus of 525 full time students.
Records of team competitors:
125 Brett Himes 2-2
133 Garrett Brown 2-2
141 Devin Joiner 2-2
149 Ty Haines 5-0 Champion
157 Jake Himes 2-2
157 Matt Humes 2-2
165 John Prentice 5-2 5th Place All-American
165 Joe Knarr 1-2
174 Deontay Wadley 5-2
184 Dennis Lumadue 3-2
197 Nate Rodgers 0-2
235 Andrew Bigley 1-2
285 Bryce Hanley 2-2
-Results courtesy of Ken Nellis, DuBois