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Williams wins national championship
By Curtis Brooks Sports Editor
March 15, 2012
UNCP junior Mike Williams became the first Black and Gold wrestler to ever win a national championship, etching his place in history on March 10 at the 2012 NCAA National Championships in Pueblo, Colo.
Daniel OwnbeyOwnbey opened his first national tournament with a 16-7 major decision victory over Maryville's Tyrell Galloway before losing a 7-4 decision to the top-ranked wrestler in the 147-pound weight class, Dalton Jensen from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Ownbey won four-straight matches as he fought through the consolation bracket to earn third-place laurels in his weight class. He opened the winning streak with a 15-6 major decision win and then grabbed a 7-5 sudden victory to stay alive before notching a 9-7 decision win to get to the third-place matchup.
In the third-place contest, Ownbey defeated No. 3-ranked Chism Fink from Augustana to cap his first season as a Brave.
Shane NolanNolan collected a pair of victories over Sean Derry from Augustana College and Joseph Brandt from Ashland University in the 197-pound division in the opening day's action, before dropping his quarterfinal bout to No. 1 Dan Scanlan from Limestone College 17-0 by technical fall to the consolation bracket.
The first-time All-American lost his final two bouts of his collegiate career, to seventh-ranked Ed Wbewo of East Stroudsburg and sixth-ranked Charles Morgan from King College to finish sixth in the 197-pound weight class.
OverallThe three Black and Gold wrestlers gave UNCP an eighth-place finish out of 42 teams that competed in the NCAA Championships.
The Braves finished with 42½ team points as they grabbed their best overall team finish since 2004-2005.
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