Cumberland junior wrestler Jake Williams and senior Zeke Hunt were voted first team All-Mid-South Conference and senior Jacob Shirley, freshman Kyle Delaune, junior Cody Linton and junior Tyler Smith garnered second team All-MSC honors, as announced last week by the league office.
Williams won a national championship at 149 pounds, the third individual national title in program history. The Rio Rancho, N.M., native posted a 27-2 mark during the spring semester with the only losses to NCAA opponents. He won his final 10 matches of the year, including the NAIA East Region Qualifier, and is now a three-time All-American (last two years at Cumberland).
Hunt collected his second consecutive All-America honor after placing sixth at 174 at the national tournament. The Dacula, Ga., native also won the NAIA East Qualifier and finished 25-9 for the year. He ended his four-year Bulldog career with 97 victories, including a 37-13 mark as a junior.
Linton was the national runner-up at 184, dropping a 6-5 decision in the finals. The Winters, Calif., native also recorded his second straight All-America accolade after placing fourth in the national tourney as a sophomore.
Shirley battled injuries through most of his career but reached the NAIA Championships during his final campaign. The Harrison, Ohio, native’s best season came as a junior when he posted a 20-10 overall mark for the Bulldogs.
Delaune came on as the season progressed during his freshman campaign and his third-place showing at the NAIA East Qualifier earned him a spot in the national tournament. The New Orleans, La., native, who was coached by former Bulldog James Casadaban at Brother Martin High School, finished the year with a 20-11 record.
Smith registered a 27-14 record this academic year at heavyweight. The Calhoun, Ga., native was 10-8 in dual matches this season and placed third at the Mustang Open in January.