CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Senior Paul Detwiler placed second at 184 pounds while sophomore Coy Spooner placed fifth at 197 pounds to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Wrestling …
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Senior Paul Detwiler placed second at 184 pounds while sophomore Coy Spooner placed fifth at 197 pounds to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships as Coast Guard placed 15th as a team.
With the COVID pandemic eliminating an NCAA championship last year, Detwiler. 6-1 in the COVID shortened season, finished second in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association national tournament to earn an All-American honor from the association.
Third-seeded Detwiler, a Fleming Island High School unbeaten state champion at 170 in 2012 after a third place finish as a junior, lost to fifth-seeded Jarrit Shinhoster from Wisconsin-Whitewater in the championship match 12-6. Shinhoster had three takedowns in the first period and led 6-3 after one and held an 8-5 led after the second period.
Detwiler finishes his magnificent career with a record of 77-9 including a mark of 22-1 this season. He was a two-time NWCA All-American and earned his first NCAA All-American honor this season.
As a freshman, Detwiler was named the New England Wrestling Association rookie of the year and a second team all NEWA team member at 21-7.
He beat second seeded Kyle Briggs from Wartburg 5-3 in the semifinals to earn the spot in the championship match. Briggs was the 174 NCWA national champion.
As a junior, Detwiler, 28-0, won the All-Academy Championship title to become only the second Coast Guard athlete to win the coveted award. The All-Academy Championship is one of the more unique gatherings of any sport in college because the teams include wrestlers from all military academies and range from NCAA Div. I; Air Force Academy, Army West Point, The Citadel, Virginia Military Institute and U.S. Naval Academy, to NCAA Div. III, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine and Norwich.
Third-seeded Spooner suffered his first loss of the season 6-5 to second seeded Jack Heldt from Wabash in the semifinals. He would then drop a 4-1 decision to Camden Farrow from York (Pa.) before beating Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann from Augsburg 6-3 in the fifth place match. Spooner finished the season with a record of 27-2 taking home the first All-America honors of his career.
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