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UCO has five named Scholar All-American

MANEIM, Pa. – National champion Gabe Johnson led a group of five Central Oklahoma All-Americans who were named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Scholar All-America Team.

Joining Johnson on the elite academic squad were Dalton Abney, Dylan Brown, Anthony DesVigne and Garrett Wells. That group all placed in the top six at their respective weight in leading the Bronchos to their second straight Division II national title March 15-16 in Wichita, Kan.

“It’s a great honor for these young men to be recognized for their academic work and we’re very proud of them,” head coach Todd Steidley said. “We want to compete for national championships, but our main goal is to help our guys graduate and become productive citizens.

“Wresting is a tough sport that takes a lot of hard work and dedication. We try to make sure that carries over to what it takes to succeed in the classroom and life in general and these guys are a great example of that.”

Johnson put together a sensational sophomore season at 157 pounds. A marketing major from Choctaw, he went 26-4 with 16 bonus-point wins and ended with a 15-match winning streak…

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