|Wrestling Team Honored Accomplished Seniors, the Most Since Its Inception in 2004|
Following the dual meet, the team honored seniors and their families for their commitment to Limestone College wrestling and for their achievements essential to the team's success.
Landon Hall, a double major in Biology and Chemistry, holding a 4.0 GPA, earned Academic All-American status this year. A team captain, he was a two year starter at 184 lbs.
Criminal Justice major John Jackson III assumed a vital role as leader in the first-ever collegiate junior varsity program and spent most of his Limestone career at the 141 lb division.
Mathematics major and US Marine Jeremy McPhearson's leadership also contributed to the successful development of the junior varsity wrestling team. McPhearson was a two sport athlete who started part of the year at the 157 lb weight class.
Another criminal justice major, JB Smith, spent most of his time competing at 133 lbs and 141 lbs during his career as a Saint.
Logan Raabe, majoring in physical education with a minor in coaching, proved his skills not only on the mat but as an exciting match commentator for the Saints. He competed this year at 197 lbs.
Dan Scanlan, a sport management major, served as a team captain this season. He was a three-year starter for Limestone College, a 2008 Super Region I Champion, and became the Saints' first and only National Champion in 2008. Undefeated Scanlan is ranked number one in the nation at 197 lbs. His accomplishments earned him this year's National Wrestling Coaches Association's Most Outstanding Wrestler award at the 2012 National Duals.
Nick Shappee, a strength and conditioning major, helped Limestone gain its first-ever top ten national ranking with his dual and tournament wins throughout the season, including wins at national duals and this year's home victories.
Sport management major Bryce Sopko is the only senior to start all four years for the Saints. This year he served as a team captain. Sopko is a two-time regional place winner, finishing 2nd in 2011, as well as a 2011 National Qualifier. This season, he tallied 18 wins and is undefeated at home. He currently holds the starting spot of the 174 lb weight class. Sopko's achievements have earned him rankings as high as 7th in the country.
Head Coach Trent Goodale said, " I really appreciate all the support the faculty and staff gave the wrestling team this season. It means a lot to the team and to those who are graduating this year. I would like to congratulate the seniors on an outstanding college wrestling career. Their hard work was instrumental to the development of the program which has made it what it is today."
In addition, Coach Goodale requested continued support as No. 15 Limestone wrestling (9-8) will send a program record four wrestlers, one being Senior Dan Scanlan, to the NCAA Division II National Championships. The Saints finished fourth overall at the NCAA Super Region II Tournament on Sunday, February 26th, and Scanlan was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Super Region II Tournament.
Juniors Mike Magaha, Jeremy Bommarito, and Kenneth Kampnich will also compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships on Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th in Pueblo, Colo. The two-day event will take place on the campus of Colorado State-Pueblo.