Spearman Ranked By NWCA At 125 Pounds
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College freshman 125-pounder Jacob Spearman (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) has entered this week’s National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III individual national rankings.
Spearman is the ninth-ranked wrestler in the 125-pound weight class. He is one of only 10 freshmen ranked by the NWCA in any of the 10 weight classes. Spearman is also the only wrestler from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference to receive the national recognition.
The last W&J wrestlers to earn a national ranking were the all-time wins leader, Kevin DeJuliis ’03 (133 lbs.), and Aaron Gibbs (165 lbs.) during the 2002-03 season.
Nate Giorgio of the United States Coast Guard Academy is the NWCA’s top-ranked 125-pounder. Paul Bewak of Johns Hopkins is second followed by Ricardo Gomez (Ithaca), Lillashawn Coleman (Elmhurst), Jesse Gunter (Baldwin-Wallace), Jacob Scholten (Augustana), Gilberto Camacho (Wartburg), Sean Ambrocio (Concordia, Wisc.), Spearman and Isaac Balsiger (Wisconsin-Lacrosse).
Spearman owns a 19-2 record during his first collegiate season with a pair of falls. He has won six consecutive matches and his only two losses have come to fifth-ranked Gunther (6-2 at W&J Open on Nov. 10) and second-ranked Bewak (10-4 in championship match of Waynesburg Invitational on Jan. 5).
Washington & Jefferson returns to action on Saturday at the 27th Annual Baldwin-Wallace John Summa Tournament in Berea, Ohio.