The Georgia Southern University club wrestling team attended the NCWA National Championships in Hampton, Virginia this past weekend, bringing home a 5th place finish as a team in the Division-II standings, its first All-American in over a decade, and first ever national champion. The field saw 79 teams from across the country; 25 at Division-I status and 54 at Division II. Georgia Southern took 5th as a team in D-II and 16th overall as a team in the entire tournament field.
Brooks Pendleton took home the 2010 National Championship for the 235 pound weight class.
"Before the championship match I told myself I would not lose," said Pendleton. " After the match I collapsed from exhaustion. I was so weak I could not even stand on the podium to accept my metal but it was still the greatest feeling" said Pendleton about his championship match."
Pendleton has been an unstoppable force all year, posting a 23-3 record this season and continually leading the club wrestling team in takedowns, pins, and victories.
Pendleton competed in Nationals after recovering from an injury only few weeks earlier at the Southern Conference Championships. His injury caused him to forfeit the Southeastern Conference and therefore, enter Nationals unseeded.
His trouble at the Southeastern Conference only fueled Pendleton to arrive at the NCWA National Championship ready to fight. He showed no mercy against his five opponents, allowing no points to be scored on him the entire tournament. In his final match Pendleton came full force, sweeping a 5-0 victory against Brian Milford from Texas A&M for the win.
With Caleb Mock as the only senior on the squad, the Eagles will look to improve in the offseason with new additions and the same focus to bring home even more champions and an even higher finish going into their 3rd year returning to competition.
Side and Moye earn SoCon honors
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Georgia Southern's Jenny Side has been named Southern Conference Player of the Week for the week of March 22-28.
Side, a senior third baseman, batted .583 for the week. She hit two home runs, drove in the three, and scored three times in four games played last week. Side hit a two-run home run in the first game on Saturday against Appalachian State en route to the Eagles' 3-0 win. She also went 3-3 against North Florida last Wednesday, with a home run and two RBIs in that game. Side was a second-team selection to the Southern Conference Preseason team.
Georgia Southern returns to action on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla. as the Eagles head to Jacksonville University for a doubleheader scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Georgia Southern's Andy Moye has been selected as the league's Pitcher of the Week for all games from March 22-28.
Moye led Georgia Southern to its first shutout since 2007 by throwing 8.0 flawless innings Sunday against UNC Greensboro in a 12-0 win. The junior matched his career-high in innings pitched while striking out a career-high 13 batters. Moye scattered five hits and had excellent control by not surrendering a walk the entire day. The Spartans put runners on second base in the first, third, fifth and eighth innings, but Moye never allowed a runner to reach third, as he improved to 3-2 on the season.