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Three Ouachita wrestlers earn All-America honors in teamís second year of competition
Monday, Mar 26, 2012
By Josh Fink

PUEBLO, Colo. (BP)óThe Ouachita Baptist University wrestling team, which debuted in 2010 as the first collegiate wrestling program in Arkansas, earned a national ranking and had three student-athletes named All-America wrestlers during the teamís second season of competition.

The Tiger wrestling team traveled to Pueblo, Colo., to participate in the recent NCAA Division II National Tournament. The Tigers collected 27 points in the competition, ending the season ranked 15th nationally.

Noting that wrestlers must finish among the top eight competitors nationally in their weight class to earn All-America honors, Head Coach Kevin Ward said, ďThe All-America award for these student-athletes is a huge accomplishment. As a team, we had a decent showing as well, placing 15th in the 42-team field.Ē

Among those who earned All-America honors, Ouachita's Garrett Evans competed in the 125-pound weight class, recording a 2-2 record throughout the event.

Bobby Williams was the second of three Tigers who finished with All-America honors, placing fifth overall at nationals with a 3-2 record in the 157-pound weight class. He defeated Braden Turner of East Stroudberg University to secure his fifth-place finish.

Dallas Smith also finished the tournament with All-America honors for the Tigers, placing sixth overall with a final record of 3-3 in the tournament at the 184-pound weight class.

Josh Myers, who also qualified for nationals, finished the event with a 1-2 record in the 141-pound weight class.
Ouachita's three All-America wrestlers are the first in the short history of the program. This year, Ward led his team to both its first regional championship tournament and first national ranking in the programís two-year history.

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