Cumberland Athletics 2021-22 Recap

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland Athletics had a great 2021-22 year with tons of highlights all season long. Check out the year-end recap for our sports teams.


Cumberland Athletics finishes 19th in LEARFIELD Directors' Cup Final Standings

LEBANON, Tenn.--After the completion of the spring championships, Cumberland Athletics finished 19th in the LEARFIELD Directors' Cup Standings, the highest-finish ever for CU Athletics, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) officials announced on Thursday.


Cumberland Athletics finishes Fourth in MSC President's Cup

LEBANON, Tenn. - Cumberland Athletics finishes fourth in the Mid-South Conference President's Cup following completion of regular-season play for the 2021-22 academic year, conference officials announced Friday.


Cumberland announces 2022 Sports Hall of Fame class

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University announces the Class of 2022 for the Sports Hall of Fame, which includes three individuals Jake Williams (wrestling), Matt Greener (baseball) and Lisa Holloran Johnson (women's volleyball) along with the 2004 baseball team. Honorees will be recognized at the Hall of Fame dinner and banquet on Friday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the CU campus.


CU Wrestling signs Tennessee State Champ

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Mt. Juliet High Class of 2022 state wrestling champion Anthony Pyron signed scholarship papers Thursday, April 21 to continue his academic and athletic career at Cumberland University.


Cox, Laws, Smith named NWCA Scholar All-Americans

LEBANON, Tenn.-- The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced Carter Cox, Keshawn Laws, and Cole Smith have been named 2022 NAIA Men’s Individual Scholar All-Americans.


Cumberland in Fourth in the Mid-South Conference President Cup Standings

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland University Athletics sits in fourth place of the Mid-South Conference Presidents Cup standings following the winter season, conference officials announced.


Cumberland Athletics jumps to 29th in the LEARFIELD Directors' Cup Standings

LEBANON, Tenn.--After the completion of the fall and winter championships, Cumberland Athletics has jumped up 19 positions to 29th in the LEARFIELD Directors' Cup Standings, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) officials announced on Thursday.


WATCH: NAIA National Champion Cole Smith Interview

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland Wrestling fans, check out this sit-down interview with 165 lb. NAIA National Champion Cole Smith and Head Coach James Hicks.


Cole Smith wins the 165-lbs National Championship by pinfall

WICHITA, Kan.-- Cumberland's Cole Smith puts on a show in a thrilling come from behind victory to pin No. 3, Marty Margolis of Grand View, to win the 165 lb. weight class title at the 65th NAIA Wrestling National Championship on Saturday night.


Cole Smith advances to tonight's 165-lbs national title match

WICHITA, Kan.-- Cole Smith advanced to the 157 lb. NAIA National Championship match with a win over David Rubbio in his semifinal match earlier today. Carter Cox, Keshawn Laws, and Anthony Maia finished in eighth place as All-Americans in their respective weight classes.


Four Phoenix wrestlers secure All-American status on first day of National Championship

WICHITA, Kan.-- Cumberland Wrestling ends day one at the NAIA National Championship with four guaranteed All-Americans. Carter Cox, KeshawnLaws, Anthony Maia, and Cole Smith earned All-American status while Smith is also two wins away from a National Championship in the 165 weight class. As a team, The Phoenix are currently in eighth place overall with 38.5 team points with the opportunity to move farther up the standings tomorrow.


Phoenix Wrestling NAIA National Championships Preview

WICHITA, Kan.-- Cumberland Wrestling kicks off their weekend at the National Championships on Friday, Mar. 4, at 9 a.m., with the Championship matches in each weight class taking place on Saturday, Mar. 5 on ESPN 3 at 7 p.m.


Wrestling claims three MSC Individual Champions; Six earn auto berths to Nationals

BOWLING GREEN,Ky.--Cumberland wrestling finishes in second at the Mid-South Conference North Division Championships held in Bowling Green on Saturday. The Phoenix claimed three individual Mid-South Conference Champions and earned six berths to the NAIA National Championships in March.


Wrestling drops to No. 12 in final regular season Top-20 Poll

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland University wrestling has dropped one spot to No. 12 in the final regular season NAIA Top-20 Coaches Poll, released Wednesday by the national office.


Clarkson wins the 285 weight class at the Cumberland Open

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland wrestling hosted the Cumberland Open on Saturday and posted top-five performances across several weight classes.


Phoenix soar past Keiser 40-6 on Senior Day

LEBANON, Tenn.--No. 11 Cumberland wrestling cruises to a 40-6 win while honoring 10 seniors prior to the match at the Dallas Floyd Phoneix Arena Friday afternoon.


No. 2 Life tops No. 11 Cumberland, 26-14

MARIETTA, Ga.--No. 11 Cumberland picked up four wins including a po fall victory by Anthony Maia and No. 1 Coke Smith remained perfect beating No. 2 Sid Ohl, but No. 2 Life had too much firepower for the Phoenix to overcome.


CU Wrestling holds steady at No. 11 in NAIA Top-20

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland University wrestling remains at No. 11 in the latest NAIA Top-20 Coaches Poll, released Thursday morning by the national office.


Phoenix Wrestling ranks 11th in latest NAIA Top 20 Poll

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland University wrestling drops two spots to No. 11 in the latest NAIA Top-20 Coaches Poll, released Thursday evening by the national office.


Wrestling Announces Cancellations and Postponements

LEBANON, Tenn.-Cumberland University wrestling cancels their trip to the Fire Duals hosted by Southeastern University this weekend.


No. 7 Southeastern tops No. 9 Cumberland at NWCA Duals

LOUISVILLE,Ky.-- No. 7 Grand View took an early lead and never looked back with 24-13 win against No. 9 Cumberland ending the CU's time at the NWCA National Duals.


No. 1 Grand View overpowers No. 9 Cumberland, 43-6

LOUISVILLE,Ky.--No. 1 Grand View proved to have too much firepower for the Phoenix to handle sending No. 9 Cumberland to the loser's bracket with a 43-6 loss in the second round of the NWCA National Duals.


Fast Start Propels Phoenix past No. 10 Marian at NWCA National Duals

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--No. 9 Cumberland won the first six weight classes to jump out to a huge 22-0 lead and cruise past No. 10 Marian 25-10 to advance to the second round of the NWCA National Duals.


NWCA releases draws for National Duals

LEBANON, Tenn. – The No. 9 Cumberland wrestling team is set to return to the mat on Thursday and Friday at the NWCA National Duals in Louisville, Kentucky.


Wrestling drops two spots to No. 9 in NAIA Polls

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland University wrestling drops two spots in the latest NAIA Top-20 Coaches Poll, released Thursday evening by the national office.


Phoenix go 4-0 at the Valley Clash Duals

MARSHALL, Mo.--Cumberland wrestling picked up four dual wins at the Valley Clash Duals against No. 9 Baker, William Penn, St. Ambrose, and host Missouri Valley.


Wrestling wins big over Brewton-Parker in Home Opener

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland wrestling picked up a big 35-12 win over RV Brewton-Parker in their first home dual of the season on Monday night.


Smith named MSC Wrestler of the Week

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University’s Cole Smith was voted Mid-South Conference Wrestler of the Week after posting four dual victories at the Campbellsville Duals, as announced by the league office Monday.


Phoenix go 1-3 at the Campbellsville Duals

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.-- Cumberland dropped three matches with Top-15 teams at the Campbellsville Duals before closing the day with a win over Williams Baptist.


CU Wrestling moves up to No. 7 in NAIA Top-20 Polls

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland wrestling moves up one spot to No. 7 in the first edition of the NAIA Wrestling Regular Season Coaches’ Top 20 Poll, announced today by the national office.


Smith continues dominant start to season winning 165-weight class at Lindenwood Open

ST. CHARLES, Mo.--Cole Smith continues his impressive start to the campaign running the table at the 165-weight class to win the championship at the Lindenwood Open. Anthony Maia won the consolation bracket at the 157-weight class. Carter Cox finished in fourth at 125 and Keshawn Laws placed fifth at 133 in the gold bracket.


Smith wins 165-weight class at Georgia Open

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga.--Sophomore Cole Smith ran the table at the 165-weight class to win the Georgia Open, and Patrick Depiazza and Justin Oldknow finished in second on Sunday afternoon.


Wrestling takes on their first tournament of the season at the Patriot Open

CORBIN, Ky.--Cumberland wrestling had their first open of the season at the Pepsi Patriot Open on Sunday evening.


Chattanooga gets late points to beat Cumberland, 25-15

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--Cole Smith, River Henry, and Patrick Depiazza posted decisions and Carter Cox won via a forfeit, but Cumberland drops the season opener to Chattanooga, 25-15.


Cumberland Coaches Show: Wrestling Season Preview

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland Wrestling fans, this episode of the coaches show is a preview of the upcoming season with head coach James Hicks where he gives his input on the team and upcoming season.


Phoenix Wrestling starts the season ranked No. 8 in NAIA Top-20

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland is ranked eighth in the NAIA Wrestling Preseason Coaches’ Top 20 Poll and seven individuals are ranked in their respective weight classes, announced today by the national office.


Wrestling announces 2021-22 schedule

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland wrestling coach James Hicks announces the team’s 2021-22 schedule, which includes three home duals as well as the annual Cumberland Open at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.


NAIA announces 2020-21 NAIA Scholar-Team and Scholar-Athletes

LEBANON, Tenn. -- 74 Cumberland University student-athletes were named 2020-21 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and 12 Phoenix teams earned NAIA Scholar-Team distinctions, NAIA officials announced on Wednesday as part of the NAIA National Awards Day.


Smith returns to CU as Assistant Coach

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland wrestling coach James Hicks announced the hiring of former Cumberland University standout Tyler Smith as the full-time assistant coach.