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Congrats! Brandon Womack (Cornell) = 2017 NCAA DI All-American!!
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Congratulations, Brandon!

You earned it.  Keep working to improve.

165 - Brandon Womack (34-11) placed 8th and scored 8.50 team points.
   Champ. Round 1 - Brandon Womack (Cornell) 34-11 won by major decision over Joseph Gunther (Iowa) 20-10 (MD 12-3)
   Champ. Round 2 - Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) 28-6 won by decision over Brandon Womack (Cornell) 34-11 (Dec 5-1)
   Cons. Round 2 - Brandon Womack (Cornell) 34-11 won by decision over Brian Hamann (NC State) 21-13 (Dec 7-2)
   Cons. Round 3 - Brandon Womack (Cornell) 34-11 won by fall over Austin Matthews (Edinboro) 20-9 (Fall 1:04)
   Cons. Round 4 - Brandon Womack (Cornell) 34-11 won by decision over Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) 34-7 (Dec 8-7)
   Cons. Round 5 - Daniel Lewis (Missouri) 28-6 won by major decision over Brandon Womack (Cornell) 34-11 (MD 10-0)
   7th Place Match - Chad Walsh (Rider) 33-4 won by decision over Brandon Womack (Cornell) 34-11 (Dec 8-5)
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Does he get the best wrestler to come out of Alabama title?
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(03-18-2017, 10:08 AM)MannysDad Wrote: Does he get the best wrestler to come out of Alabama title?

Well, not ready to pull the trigger to label as "the" best yet, but he has by far engraved his name deep among the best ever out of Alabama.  And he still has years to go ahead of him.



Joins the club (and I'm sure I'm missing some on this list...):

NCAA Division I
2016 Brandon Womack (165, Cornell U.) - NCAA DI All-American, 8th place
2016 Brandon Womack (165, Cornell U.) - NCAA DI EIWA Conference Champion
2013 Blake Herrin (285, American U.) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier
2013 Blake Herrin (285, American U.) - NCAA DI EIWA Conference Championship Runner-Up
2009 Seth Garvin (165, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier
2009 Seth Garvin (165, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Southern Conference Champion
2008 Seth Garvin (157, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier
2008 Seth Garvin (157, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Southern Conference Champion
2007 T.J. Sayers (165, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier
2007 T.J. Sayers (165, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Southern Conference Champion
1992 Byron McGlathery (U.T.-Chattanooga) - UTC Athletics Hall of Fame
1982 Gary Erwin (150, Jacksonville State U.) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier (invited as DII National Champ)
1981 Gary Erwin (150, Jacksonville State U.) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier (invited as DII National Runner-Up)
1980 Byron McGlathery (126, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI All-American, 5th place
1980 Byron McGlathery (126, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Southern Conference Champion
1979 Mark Snider (177, Auburn) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier
1979 Ray Downey (134, Auburn) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier
1978 Ray Downey (126, Auburn) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier
1978 Byron McGlathery (118, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier
1978 Byron McGlathery (118, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Southern Conference Champion
1977 Leif Erickson (Unlimited Heavyweight, Alabama) - NCAA DI Championship Qualifier
1976 Turner Jackson (158, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DI Championship Qualifier (invited as DII National Champ)
1976 Billy King (190, Alabama) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier
1971 Eddie Rew (118, Auburn) - NCAA DI Championships Qualifier

NCAA Division II
2017 Jordan Simpson (133, Newberry College) - NCAA DII Super Region II Championships, 5th place
2017 Kade Kitchens (165, Shorter U.) - NCAA DII Championships Qualifier
2017 Kade Kitchens (165, Shorter U.) - NCAA DII Midwest Super Regional Championship Runner-Up
2016 Jordan Simpson (133, Newberry College) - NCAA DII Championships All-American, 7th place
2016 Jordan Simpson (133, Newberry College) - NCAA DII Super Region II Championships, 6th place
2016 Kade Kitchens (165, Shorter U.) - NCAA DII Championships All-American, 8th place
2016 Kade Kitchens (165, Shorter U.) - NCAA DII Super Region III Championships, 4th place
2013 Anthony Bruno (125, Northern State U.) - NCAA DII Championships Qualifier
2013 Anthony Bruno (125, Northern State U.) - NCAA DII Super Region III Championships, 4th place
2013 Marty Carlson (133, Notre Dame College-Ohio) - NCAA DII Championships All-American, 6th place
2013 Marty Carlson (133, Notre Dame College-Ohio) - NCAA DII Midwest Regional Championships, 3rd place
1982 Gary Erwin (150, Jacksonville State U.) - NCAA DII National Champion
1981 Gary Erwin (150, Jacksonville State U.) - NCAA DII National Runner-Up
1976 Turner Jackson (158, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DII National Champion
1975 Turner Jackson (158, U.T.-Chattanooga) - NCAA DII National Champion

NCAA Division III
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NAIA
2007 John Salter (174, Lindenwood U.) - NAIA National Champion
2007 Ben Briscoe (197, Lindenwood U.) - NAIA Championships Qualifier
2006 Jonathan Prince (141, Cumberland U.) - NAIA Championships Qualifier

NJCAA
2016 John David Henderson (149, Northwest College) - NJCAA National Champion
2016 John David Henderson (149, Northwest College) - NJCAA West District Champion
2006 Jonathan Webb (141, Spartanburg Methodist College) - NJCAA Championships Qualifier

NCWA
2017 J. A. Jones (165, Emmanuel College) - NCWA All-American, 3rd place
2017 J. A. Jones (165, Emmanuel College) - NCWA SEC Conference Championship Runner-Up
2014 Ben Smith (125, Shorter U. / Buckhorn HS) - NCWA National Runner-Up
2014 DeAndre Beck (149, Marion Military Institute / Stanhope Elmore HS) - NCWA All-American, 7th place
2014 Greg Artalona (149, Auburn U. / Huntsville HS) - NCWA All-American, 8th place
2014 Jordan Killough (157, Auburn U. / Prattville HS) - NCWA Championships Qualifier
2014 Terrance Smith (184, Shorter U. / R.E.Lee-Montgomery HS) - NCWA National Champion
2014 Carl Brown (197, Auburn U. / Hoover HS) - NCWA All-American, 5th place
2014 Marlen Morgan (285, Shorter U. / Buckhorn HS) - NCWA All-American, 6th place
2006 John Mark Rives (165, Auburn U.) - NCWA All-American, 5th place
2006 Matt Baker (235, U.A.-Birmingham) - NCWA All-American, 3rd place
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NCWA 2017 JA Jones finished 3rd this year.
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(03-18-2017, 04:46 PM)kdbama4 Wrote: NCWA 2017 JA Jones finished 3rd this year.

Thanks.  Missed it.  Added to the above list now.
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(03-18-2017, 02:08 PM)BamaGrappler Wrote:
(03-18-2017, 10:08 AM)MannysDad Wrote: Does he get the best wrestler to come out of Alabama title?

Well, not ready to pull the trigger to label as "the" best yet, but he has by far engraved his name deep among the best ever out of Alabama.  And he still has years to go ahead of him.

Impressive stats you've compiled, BamaGrappler... but tally my vote as in favor of "the best" already... and that is meant with no disrespect towards the noteworthy accomplishments of the others on your list who also at least made it to the big show.  But when one considers what it takes to be a starter at a top 10 DI program let alone what it took to put up with the daily abuse from the likes of Dean, Realboto and Palacio as a freshman and sophomore.... all I can say is if you've really been there, you get it.  Just ask Ben Bridell how tough 4 years as a non-starter at University of Oklahoma was.  I greatly respect Seth and the rest... but are we not talking about the first DI AA in Alabama history?  Just my simple opinion of course.  Tongue
This post is meant only for folkstyle... best Olympic style wrestler from Alabama is a totally different issue.
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Agree (now that 2017 is over...the AA mark tipped the scale).   Smile
First DI AA that I know of since 1980.
I can only imagine the grind.  Nevermind that Brandon did it while at Cornell.  No easy classes and no easy wrestling room.
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Nice to see all that history from the 70's and 80's. Based on that information, I guess it would have to be Byron McGlathery for now with a higher finish but the future looks very bright for Womack. Very excited to see how he does next year.
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Same here.  Looking forward to next with Womack (#13 seed finished 8th)...and hopefully others?.
For those that missed it, check his blood round match (vs ASU) on Mat 6 Medal Round at the ESPN360 replay list.  It was not on tv but is online.

Good point on Coach McGlathery (#2 seed finished 5th).  He did win his conference twice and qualify twice and placed higher once (but below his seed).  I saw him at State this year but unfortunately did not get a chance to speak.  He was coaching at Guntersville HS and then Butler HS when I came through school so will always be 'Coach McGlathery' to me.  Tough dude.  I didn't wrestle for him, but I have a lot of respect for him.
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(03-21-2017, 10:21 AM)MannysDad Wrote: Nice to see all that history from the 70's and 80's.   Based on that information, I guess it would have to be Byron McGlathery for now with a higher finish but the future looks very bright for Womack. Very excited to see how he does next year.

Geez... how embarrassing... not only can I NOT read but the info on McGlathery is from around my historical period.   Blush   So Byron gets the title of first DI AA from Alabama and does indeed presently have a stronger post high school resume.  Would love to know more about him from those of you that know... could only find him shown in Brian Hoyt's site for 1974 (1st at 112) and 1976 (1st at 119) and was wondering about 1975?  At some point, BamaGrappler, I need to double check my memory but your list should also include Ray Downey... I know he went to the big show in 1978 I believe as an SEC champ from Auburn.  Anyone know anything about Jack Wurster from Carver in Birmingham (didn't even remember they had a team back then) from around that time... I know from another source that he wrestled with accomplishment after high school, but it may have been in Olympic styles?
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