LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Anthony Maia and Nathan Walton garnered All-America accolades based on their performances at the recently completed NAIA Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, the 26th and 27th All-America honors in the program’s history.
Maia placed fourth at 149, registering a 4-2 mark and reaching the national semifinals in the main draw. Walton finished seventh at 174 posted a 3-2 record in his five bouts.
Maia collected a 9-3 Decision against Reinhardt University’s Jody Mcalister and followed that with an 8-7 Decision over Southern Oregon’s fifth-ranked Chandler Michael. The Palm Coast, Fla., native posted a 9-7 Decision over Baker University’s 15th-ranked Colby Johnson at 149 in the quarterfinals.
He was pinned at 1:09 by Grand View’s second-ranked Devin Reynolds in the main draw semifinals but came back with a 9-5 Decision against Menlo College’s third-ranked Terrill Sidner. Maia lost by Fall at 2:32 in the third-place match to top-ranked Tres Leon from the University of the Cumberlands.
Walton earned a bye and then posted a 10-4 Decision versus Ottawa University’s Micah Miller. The Brownsburg, Ind., native dropped a 6-4 Decision to Grand View’s fourth-ranked Lawton Benna but recorded with a 15-0 Tech Fall against 19th-ranked Jarad Swank from the University of the Cumberlands.
He lost by Fall at 6:31 to Embry-Riddle’s sixth-ranked Daniel Butler but posted an 8-3 Decision in the seventh-place match against Missouri Valley College’s 12th-ranked Daniel Tipton.
Maia and Walton are the first All-Americas in two years for the Phoenix. Sammy Rosario, Nate Croley and Kyle Delaune all earned All-America honors for CU in 2016-17.