Wrestling: Five Raiders Named NWCA All-Americans

Wrestling: Five Raiders Named NWCA All-Americans

MANHEIM, Pa. -- Five Mount Union wrestlers -- juniors Jordin James (Bedford) and Antwon Pugh (Copley), seniors Seth Hayes (Rootstown) and Conner Homan (Loveland) along with sophomore David Massey (Cuyahoga Falls / Woodridge) -- have all been named All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Typically wrestlers earn All-American honors with a top eight finish at the NCAA Championships, however, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the championships were cancelled. This year, All-American honors were based on each wrestler's overall body of work through the regional tournaments and up to the national championships.

James, the Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Year, won the 141-pound regional title with a 26-2 overall record to qualify for the national tournament for a second straight year. A year ago, James won the 133-pound national title and is the third Purple Raider to win a national title.

Pugh also qualified for the national championships for second straight season after placing second in the region at 165 pounds. Pugh did not wrestle at 165 until the NCAA regional meet as he went 16-3 at 157 pounds this season. A year ago, Pugh was an All-American with a second place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Hayes, Homan and Massey qualified for nationals after each finished third at the regional in their respective weight classes. Hayes was 17-8 at 125 pounds, Homan was 34-10 at 174 pounds and Massey was an All-OAC second teamer at 133 pounds with a team-best 36 wins.  

The five led Mount Union to a 17-3 record in dual meets and an OAC title.