Caston hired as full-time assistant for wrestling

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland wrestling coach James Hicks announced the hiring of former Campbellsville University national champion and three-time All-American Davion Caston as a full-time assistant coach for the 2017-18 season for the Phoenix.


159 named to Spring 2017 Dean's List

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University released the Dean’s List for Spring 2017 last week with 159 student-athletes and athletic training majors recognized. The honor is reserved for undergraduate students who achieved a grade-point-average of 3.50 or above on all classes attempted during the spring semester.


Delaune garners Academic All-District recognition

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland wrestler Kyle Delaune was one of 10 individuals named to the 2017 CoSIDA Men’s At-Large Academic All-District 2 College Division team on Thursday, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


125 student-athletes set for graduation Saturday

LEBANON, Tenn. – One hundred and twenty-five current and former Cumberland student-athletes, athletic trainers and athletic staff will receive their degrees this Saturday in the 175th Commencement ceremonies on the lawn of Memorial Hall. It marks the fifth straight year of more than 100 graduates for athletic department student-athletes and personnel.


Wrestling ranked second in NWCA team academic standings

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University wrestling ranked second in the annual All-Academic team standings released last week by the National Wrestling Coaches Association while individuals Nate Croley, Orlando Nawade and Kyle Deluane were also recognized by the NWCA.


LAST DAY: CU accepting nominations for 2017 Hall of Fame class

LEBANON, Tenn. – The Cumberland University Athletic Department is accepting nominations for the Class of 2017 Sports Hall of Fame until Monday, April 3. Nominations must be made in writing and include full justification for the nomination, including statistics, honors, awards and any other pertinent information about the nominee. The 2017 Hall of Fame dinner is set for Friday, October 6, at 6 p.m. in Baird Chapel.


Croley earns Second Team All-MSC honors

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University senior Nate Croley earned Second Team All-Mid-South Conference honors, with accolades based solely on the results of the NAIA East Region Qualifier held February 18 in Bowling Green, Ky., as announced recently by the league office.


Deluane finds niche in sport of wrestling

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Wrestling was not Metairie-native Kyle Delaune's first sport of choice. Growing up playing at Little Farms Playground he did it all – basketball, baseball, soccer and football.


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

LEBANON, Tenn. – 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.


Carroll, Cole, Donchev garner NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland wrestlers Matt Carroll, Evan Cole and Peter Donchev were named 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes recently, as announced by the national office.


Croley, Rosario, Delaune named NAIA All-Americans

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior wrestlers Nate Croley, Sammy Rosario and Kyle Delaune were named NAIA All-Americans on Tuesday after their performances this past weekend at the national championships in Topeka, Kan.


Croley places third; Rosario, Delaune both finish sixth

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior Nate Croley dropped a 3-2 Decision in the semifinals but posted two wins in the wrestleback to place third, while seniors Sammy Rosario and Kyle Delaune each finished sixth during the morning session Saturday at the 60th Annual NAIA Wrestling Championships in Topeka, Kan.


Croley reaches semifinals at 157

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior Nate Croley continued his dominating performances Friday night at the the 60th Annual NAIA Wrestling Championships in Topeka, Kan., posting a Major Decision to reach the semifinals at 157 while seniors Sammy Rosario and Kyle Delaune both remained alive in the backdraw in Friday’s late session.


Rosario, Croley stay in main draw with wins

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland seniors Sammy Rosario and Nate Croley remained in the main draw with a pair of victories and junior Sean Nguyen also picked up two wins in Friday’s first session at the 60th Annual NAIA Wrestling Championships in Topeka, Kan.


Preliminary brackets announced for NAIA wrestling championships

LEBANON, Tenn. – Preliminary brackets for the 2017 NAIA Wrestling Championships were announced Friday afternoon for five Cumberland grapplers participating in the event scheduled for March 3-4 in Topeka, Kan.


Nine wrestlers named Academic All-MSC

LEBANON, Tenn. – Nine Cumberland wrestlers were named Academic All-Mid-South Conference, including seniors Matt Carroll, Nate Croley, Kyle Delaune, Peter Donchev, Orlando Nawade and Christian Varner along with juniors Evan Cole, Corey Daniels and Cody Johnson, as announced last week by the league office.


Five wrestlers earn bids to national championships

LEBANON, Tenn. – Five Cumberland wrestlers – seniors Nate Croley, Kyle Delaune, Orlando Nawade and Sammy Rosario along with junior Sean Nguyen – all earned automatic or received at-large berths to the 60th Annual NAIA Championships, as announced by the national office late Tuesday.


Croley places second, Delaune, Rosario both fourth at MSC Championships

LEBANON, Tenn. – Senior Nate Croley lost in the finals at 157, seniors Kyle Delaune and Sammy Rosario both finished fourth and Sean Nguyen, Brandon Weber, Orlando Nawade and Jon Floyd all placed fifth in their respective weight classes, leading Cumberland to a fifth-place team finish at the 2017 Mid-South Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday in Bowling Green, Ky.


Wrestling ranked 13th, four individuals in national poll

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland is ranked 13th as a team and seniors Sammy Rosario, Nate Croley and Kyle Deluane along with freshman John Oliveiri are all ranked in their individual weight classes in the latest NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, released recently by the national office.


Patriots defeat CU on Senior Night, 27-16

LEBANON, Tenn. – Nate Croley registered a Major Decision and Sean Nguyen and Orlando Nawade each picked up victories, but seventh-ranked University of the Cumberlands used two pins and a Technical Fall to post a 27-16 victory over Cumberland in wrestling action Wednesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.


Nguyen, Croley, Oliveiri pick up wins for CU

LEBANON, Tenn. – Sean Nguyen and Nate Croley each registered Major Decisions and John Oliveiri’s Decision at 165 gave Cumberland a one-point lead, but fourth-ranked Campbellsville University won the last four bouts in a 22-11 victory over the No. 18 Phoenix on Friday night in Campbellsville, Ky.


Wrestling splits duals at Life

LEBANON, Tenn. – Seniors Kyle Delaune and Orlando Nawade each won a pair of bouts and seniors Sammy Rosario and Nate Croley both picked up two wins, as 18th-ranked Cumberland wrestling split dual matches with Brewton-Parker and Life University on Tuesday night in Marietta, Ga.


Croley wins at 157; Crowell, Turner take second at Cumberland Open

LEBANON, Tenn. – Nate Croley posted an individual title at 157 and Tony Crowell and Tommie Turner both finished second, leading Phoenix wrestlers on Saturday at the Cumberland Open at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.


Wrestling posts 34-9 win versus Truett-McConnell

LEBANON, Tenn. – Sammy Rosario pinned his opponent in 90 seconds and Sean Nguyen, Nate Croley and Kyle Delaune all picked up victories by Technical Fall in 18th-ranked Cumberland’s 34-9 win Friday night over Truett-McConnell in wrestling action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.


Nguyen places fourth, Oiveiri fifth at MVC Open

LEBANON, Tenn. – Junior Sean Nguyen placed fourth and freshman John Oliveiri finished fifth, leading the Cumberland wrestling team on Saturday at the Missouri Valley College Open in Marshall, Mo.


133 named to Fall 2016 Dean's List

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University released the Dean’s List for Fall 2016 last week with 133 student-athletes and athletic training majors recognized. The honor is reserved for undergraduate students who achieved a grade-point-average of 3.50 or above on all classes attempted during the spring semester.


Wrestling drops to 18th, five individuals ranked for CU

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland dropped one spot to 18th in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll and five individuals – Sammy Rosario, Brandon Weber, Nate Croley, Orlando Nawade and Kyle Delaune – are all ranked in their respective weight classes, as announced late Wednesday by the national office.


Rosario garners NAIA Wrestler of the Week accolades

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior Sammy Rosario earned NAIA Wrestler of the Week accolades on Tuesday after posting three dual match victories and improving his overall mark to 21-4 this academic year, as announced by the national office.


Rosario earns MSC Player of the Week honors

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior Sammy Rosario posted three dual match victories and was voted Mid-South Conference Wrestler of the Week on Monday, as announced by the league office.


Wrestling claims dual wins over Southeastern, Ouachita Baptist

LEBANON, Tenn. – Sean Nguyen, Sammy Rosario and Kyle Delaune each posted a pair of victories and 17th-ranked Cumberland jumped ahead early in both duals en route to a 23-13 win against No. 19 Southeastern University and a 27-15 victory over Ouachita Baptist in wrestling action on Saturday in Lakeland, Fla.


Blue Raiders too much for CU

LEBANON, Tenn. – Sammy Rosario, Brandon Weber and Jon Floyd all posted victories, but 14th-ranked Lindsey Wilson posted four Major Decisions in a 25-13 victory over No. 17 Cumberland in wrestling action Wednesday night in Columbia, Ky.


Wrestling splits on final day of National Duals

LEBANON, Tenn. – Seniors Nate Croley and Sammy Rosario and freshman Robert Enmon all picked up a pair of victories on Friday, as 17th-ranked Cumberland defeated No. 8 Missouri Valley, 33-9, before taking a 26-13 loss to No. 17 Campbellsville University at the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Phoenix defeat pair of Top 10 foes at NWCA National Duals

LEBANON, Tenn. – Sammy Rosario and Kyle Delaune each won three matches and 17th-ranked Cumberland overcame a slow start in its opening match, winning the final two outings over No. 6 Oklahoma City, 24-14, and versus No. 3 Williams Baptist, 31-7, advancing to the consolation semifinals on Thursday at the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Rosario, Croley lead CU wrestling at Midwest Classic

LEBANON, Tenn. – Senior Sammy Rosario posted four wins and placed seventh at 133 and senior Nate Croley added four victories at 157 for Cumberland wrestling over the weekend at the 38th Annual Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, Ind.


Five individuals ranked in latest NAIA Top 20 Wrestling Poll

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland dropped one spot to No. 18 in the team rankings and five individuals – Sammy Rosario, Austin Meyn, Nate Croley, Orlando Nawade and Kyle Delaune – were all ranked individually in the latest edition of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, as announced by the national office.


Wrestling posts 25-13 dual match victory

LEBANON, Tenn. – Sammy Rosario won by Fall and George Clemens IV and Kyle Delaune each picked up Major Decisions in 17th-ranked Cumberland’s 25-13 victory over Limestone College in wrestling action Thursday night in Gaffney, S.C.


Delaune earns MSC Wrestler of the Week honors

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior Kyle Delaune improved to 4-2 on the year with a pin of Reinhardt University's Austin Brown in CU's 33-3 dual match victory over the Eagles, earning Mid-South Conference Wrestler of the Week honors, as announced Monday by the league office.


Wrestling takes 33-3 victory at Reinhardt

LEBANON, Tenn. – Senior Kyle Delaune won by Fall and seven other Cumberland wrestlers picked up Decisions in a 33-3 Mid-South Conference victory over Reinhardt University on Wednesday afternoon in Waleska, Ga.


Clemens loses in 125 finals at Joe Parisi Open

LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman George Clemens IV posted three Major Decisions and a pin en route to the finals at 125, leading the Cumberland wrestlers at the Joe Parisi Open on Saturday in St. Charles, Mo.


Carroll places second at King Open

LEBANON, Tenn. – Senior Matt Carroll won three of his four bouts to place second and senior Christian Varner, freshman Javon Walker and freshman Josh Elpers all placed third for Cumberland on Sunday at the King University Open in Bristol, Tenn.


Phoenix blank Bellarmine, 52-0

LEBANON, Tenn. – Seniors Kyle Delaune and Tommie Turner put an exclamation point on Thursday’s 52-0 victory over Bellarmine University with pins in less than two minutes and senior Orlando Nawade posted a Major Decision for Cumberland in wrestling action here at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.


Wrestling posts wins over Newberry, St. Andrews

LEBANON, Tenn. – Orlando Nawade posted a Technical Fall and Kyle Delaune picked up a Major Decision, helping Cumberland to a 24-16 victory over Division II Newberry College and the Phoenix also defeated St. Andrews University, 39-3, on Saturday in Laurinburg, N.C.


Crowell takes second at Georgia College Open

LEBANON, Tenn. – Tony Crowell won his first three matches and finished second while Christian Varner posted two wins and John Oliveiri picked up three for the Cumberland wrestlers on Saturday at the Georgia College Open in Franklin Springs, Ga.


Rosario wins at 133 in season-opening Patriot Open

LEBANON, Tenn. – Sammy Rosario won his weight class at 133, Austin Meyn lost in the finals at 141, Orlando Nawade placed third with a victory in the wrestleback and Evan Cole and Tommie Turner each finished fourth for Cumberland wrestling on its first weekend of competition Saturday at the Patriot Open in Williamsburg, Ky.


Phoenix ranked 17th in Preseason Coaches' Poll

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland is ranked 17th in the NAIA Wrestling Preseason Coaches’ Top 20 Poll and five individuals are ranked in their respective weight classes, including Sammy Rosario, Nate Croley, Peter Donchev, Orlando Nawade and Kyle Delaune, as announced recently by the national office.


CU tied for second in MSC Wrestling Coaches' Poll

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland wrestling received three first-place votes and tied for second in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll released recently by the league office.


Wrestling announces 2016-17 schedule

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland wrestling coach James Hicks announced the team’s 2016-17 schedule this week, with the Phoenix hosting four dual matches as well as the annual Cumberland Open as well as trips to the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, Ind., and the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind.


CU sports live video, audio, stats information

LEBANON, Tenn. – With Cumberland Athletics unofficially kicking off the 2016-17 academic year with tonight’s home football game, a little review for everyone and new information for first-timers about the live video, audio and stats links for CU sports teams.


CU hosting All-Sports Camp on Sept. 11

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University and the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Sports Council are teaming up for an 2nd Annual All Sports Camp for Wilson County residents ages 7-12 on Sunday, September 11 from 3-5 p.m. on the CU campus. Registration starts at 2 p.m. that day.


Nine squads earn NAIA Scholar Team honors

LEBANON, Tenn. – The NAIA honored nine Cumberland athletic squads Friday as NAIA Scholar Teams for the 2015-16 academic year. Teams must obtain a 3.00 cumulative grade-point-average or higher for all eligible varsity student-athletes during the past academic year to garner the award.


Former national champion Lowman joins CU wrestling staff

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University wrestling coach James Hicks announced the hiring of former two-time national champion and three-time All-American Chad Lowman as a full-time assistant with the Phoenix for the coming season.