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2011 NAIA Wrestling All-Americans Announced

March 07, 2011
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March 7, 2011

Contact: Amanda Dahl, NAIA Manager of Sports Information & Media Services, adahl@naia.org

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2011 Wrestling All-Americans. Honors were bestowed to the top-eight finishers of each weight class at the 54th Annual NAIA Wrestling National Championships that were held March 3 - 5 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Andrew Sanchez of McKendree (Ill.) was the only wrestler to earn his fourth honor among the 80 that earned All-America accolades. Eight grapplers tallied their third All-America finish, four of which did so in their final season. Four others have placed among the top-eight in each of their trips to the NAIA Wrestling National Championships. Eighteen wrestlers became two-time honorees and 53 registered their first All-America finish.

Sanchez capped off his career by winning his second 197-pound national title, edging defending national champ Derek Foore of Notre Dame (Ohio) with a 2-1 decision. After a scoreless first period, Sanchez got on the board in with an escape in the second for a 1-0 lead. He was able to maintain control of Foore throughout the third period to accumulate 1:26 worth of riding time, which proved to be the deciding factor. The senior closed out his stellar Bearcat career with a 144-23 record, including a 38-1 mark in his final season. For his performance on the mat during his senior campaign, Sanchez was named NWCA/NAIA National Wrestler of the Year.

McKendree head coach James Kisgen was named NAIA National Coach of the Year. He guided the Bearcats to a third-place finish with 138.5 points, crowned two national champions in Sanchez and 133-pounder Wade Lowe, and had three other individuals take home All-America honors. Kisgen has coached Lowe and junior 141-pounder Kyle Williams to three All-America finishes. It is the second time Kisgen has been tabbed with the honor, with the first coming in 2008.

125 pounds
Name School Year
Dante Rini Notre Dame (Ohio) Sr.
Johnny Papesh Campbellsville (Ky.) Jr.
Justin Forrest Lindenwood (Mo.) So.
Brandon Benvenuti Lindenwood (Mo.) Jr.
Sean Blumhardt Jamestown (N.D.) Jr.
Larone Madison Cumberlands (Ky.) Jr.
Akmal Adilov Great Falls (Mont.) Sr.
Paulie Hansen Missouri Valley Jr.
 
133 pounds
Name School Year
Wade Lowe McKendree (Ill.) Sr.
Matt Katusin Midland (Neb.) Fr.
Tim Thurston Campbellsville (Ky.) Jr.
Rashad Riley McKendree (Ill.) Sr.
Alfonso Valles Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Fr.
Travis Evans Grand View (Iowa) Jr.
Cameron Neiss Montana State-Northern Fr.
Anton Prater Missouri Baptist Sr.
 
141 pounds
Name School Year
Anthony Varnell Great Falls (Mont.) Jr.
Eddie McCray Midland (Neb.) Sr.
Tommy Pretty Campbellsville (Ky.) Jr.
Kyle Wirkuty Southern Oregon Jr.
Myles Mazurkiewicz Great Falls (Mont.) So.
Drew Smith Morningside (Iowa) Sr.
Brett Freeman Notre Dame (Ohio) Sr.
Kyle Williams McKendree (Ill.) Jr.
 
149 pounds
Name School Year
Matt Burns Grand View (Iowa) Sr.
Ashtin Primus Notre Dame (Ohio) Jr.
Jeffrey Pelton Notre Dame (Ohio) Jr.
Ryan Jahn McKendree (Ill.) Sr.
Eric Burgey William Penn (Iowa) Fr.
Shay Shive Missouri Valley Jr.
Jarell Price Baker (Kan.) Jr.
Adam Kurimski Grand View (Iowa) Jr.
 
157 pounds
Name School Year
Corey Bleaken Cumberland (Tenn.) Sr.
Thomas Straughn Notre Dame (Ohio) Sr.
Tyler Chang Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Sr.
Vince Hannon Lindenwood (Mo.) Jr.
Tommie Norton/Hooper Southern Oregon Jr.
Kyle Conley Midland (Neb.) Jr.
Jeremy Padilla Waldorf (Iowa) Jr.
Nick Haferkamp McKendree (Ill.) Fr.
 
165 pounds
Name School Year
Ross Mosher Great Falls (Mont.) Sr.
Noah Hatton Great Falls (Mont.) Jr.
Kevin Hardy Notre Dame (Ohio) Jr.
Clayton MacFarlane Lindenwood (Mo.) Jr.
Drae Cox Lindenwood (Mo.) Jr.
Ben Knight Morningside (Iowa) Sr.
James Casadaban Cumberland (Tenn.) Sr.
David Clemens Campbellsville (Ky.) Sr.
 
174 pounds
Name School Year
Chris Chionuma Lindenwood (Mo.) Jr.
Glenn Rhees Grand View (Iowa) Sr.
Jon Bittenger Notre Dame (Ohio) So.
Austin Vanderford Southern Oregon Jr.
Brian Block Morningside (Iowa) So.
Alex McKinney Missouri Valley Sr.
Dirk Hurrin Lindenwood (Mo.) Jr.
Cameron Scrempp Dickinson State (N.D.) Jr.
 
 
184 pounds
Name School Year
Evan Hinebauch Montana State-Northern Jr.
Michael French Great Falls (Mont.) Sr.
Kyle Reid McKendree (Ill.) So.
Steven Urquizo Dickinson State (N.D.) Sr.
Tommy Perez Grand View (Iowa) Jr.
Derek Rottenberg Southern Oregon Jr.
Clete Hanson Simon Fraser (B.C.) Jr.
Andrew Hairston Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) So.
 
 
197 pounds
Name School Year
Andrew Sanchez McKendree (Ill.) Sr.
Derek Foore Notre Dame (Ohio) Sr.
Deron Winn Lindenwood (Mo.) Jr.
Charlie Gibbs Missouri Valley Sr.
Derek Nightser Grand View (Iowa) Jr.
Jeff Roman Waldorf (Iowa) Sr.
Spencer Adams Campbellsville (Ky.) Jr.
Jacob Bradford Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Fr.
Heavyweight
Name School Year
Orlando Scales Notre Dame (Ohio) So.
Levi Roberson Midland (Neb.) Jr.
Travis Ewart Missouri Valley Sr.
Levi Calhoun Baker (Kan.) Sr.
Rudy Schaffroth Montana State-Northern So.
Josh Geppert Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) Jr.
Steven Butler Lindenwood (Mo.) So.
Bojan Djukic Grand View (Iowa) Jr.