Wrestling ends year ranked 11th, three individuals also ranked in final poll

Staff Reports • Mar 22, 2017 at 5:06 PM

Cumberland ended the year ranked 11th in the NAIA wrestling coaches’ top 20 poll and three individuals – seniors Nate Croley, Kyle Delaune and Sammy Rosario – were all ranked in their respective weight classes, as announced recently by the national office.

Croley repeated as an All-American after placing third at 157 at the national championships. The Pigeon Forge native lost in the main draw semifinals but came back with a pair of victories in the wrestleback. He finished the year 32-10 overall.

Delaune garnered his second career All-America accolade (also in 2015), placing sixth at 184. The New Orleans, La., native dropped his first bout of the tournament but won three times in the backdraw. He posted a 22-13 mark during the 2016-17 academic year.

Rosario finished his Cumberland career with his first All-America recognition, placing sixth at 133. The Cartersville, Ga., native lost in the quarterfinals of the main draw before picking up two wins in the wrestleback. He registered a 31-9 overall mark this season.

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