NEW LONDON, CT - Coast Guard Academy sophomore wrestler Paul Detwiler garnered back-to-back honors with a Coast Guard Academy athlete of the week choice and a second tournament Most Outstanding …
NEW LONDON, CT - Coast Guard Academy sophomore wrestler Paul Detwiler garnered back-to-back honors with a Coast Guard Academy athlete of the week choice and a second tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler just six days later with a win over the defending national champion in his 184 pound weight class.
"Paul has raised his game immensely from last year, although I say that as him coming here as an outstanding wrestler to start with," said Coast Guard wrestling coach Kevin Bratland, who has his team on the edge of a top 10 national ranking for NCAA Division III with a handful of possible All-American candidates for post-season thought. "His speed and hand-fighting has improved and he still makes watching wrestling fun."
Detwiler is a graduate of Fleming Island High School in Clay County, FL, and an undefeated state wrestling champion for the Golden Eagles at 170 pounds.
Detwiler was named CGASPORTS.COM Athlete of the Week, presented by First Command, after winning the 184 pound weight class at the Jim Aguiar Invitational at Plymouth State University on Sat., Jan. 12 leading Coast Guard to the team championship.
At the Aguiar Invitational, Detwiler, ranked sixth nationally, cruised to the finals with a pin in 2:17 and a 16-0 tech. fall in 4:19 before winning via tech fall 20-5 in 4:24 over Daniel Curran from Norwich for the championship.
A week later, Sun., Jan. 19, at the New England Dual Championships in Rhode Island, Detwiler, the 2019 outstanding wrestler of the tournament, was named outstanding wrestler a second time after winning all four of his matchups including a 5-3 win over the preseason number one ranked John Boyle of Western New England College; also the defending national champion. Boyle defeated Detwiler in the 2018 Doug Parker Invite final, 8-6, in overtime. Detwiler then returned to the 2019 NEWA Dual Championships to defeat Boyle, 2-1 in overtime, in that quarterfinal.
"We talked about the possibility of him facing John Boyle and he got real excited about that," said Bratland. "Last year, Paul lost in overtime to Boyle early in his season, then beat him at this meet, but did not get a chance at the nationals due to his illness (Detwiler, sick prior to the national meet, was fifth seeded and lost his first two matches). Earlier this year, Boyle had a minor injury, but Paul knew he would be here."
Nationally, in NCAA Division III as per D3wrestling.com, Boyle was ranked fourth with Detwiler at 12th prior to the meet. In the same NCAA Division III rankings, the preseason number one was Boyle with Detwiler ranked ninth. Boyle (33-4 last year, beat No. 2-ranked Jake Ashcroft of Ithaca 5-3 in overtime in NCAA final) and Detwiler (21-7 last year) were ranked one and two in the New England Wrestling Association polls released in late October.
Detwiler won his four matches at the New England Duals with scores of 16-4, 7-0, 5-3 and 11-5.
In his final match, Detwiler won 11-5 over Johnson & Wales Nicholas Munsch, ranked 25th nationally.
This season, Detwiler is a perfect 17-0 with six pins at 184 pounds.
Coast Guard is ranked 10th nationally and the Bears have won three Invitationals with the second place finish on Sunday.