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University of Georgia Team Press Releases

First University of Georgia National Champion Since 1998

03/20/2014 -
UGA wrestling defies the odds again! As one of the smallest and most underfunded programs in all collegiate wrestling the Georgia wrestling team demonstrates that attitude is everything!
Taking 3 wrestlers to the 2014 National Championships and significantly behind in the new point scoring system that favors the larger more well funded programs as points accrue throughout the season (similar to Nascar) the UGA wrestling team battled its way to the Top 10 out of the nearly 150 NCWA D2 Teams!
Sophmore John Cook, the 149 pound SEC Champion, scored two big wins, including one by pin, to bolster his team and earn the respect of his competitors.
Law Student, Sergio Ardila, the 165 pound SEC runner-up, also won two technical matches to push UGA into the Top 10.
Senior, Paul Ardila, became the first National Champion for UGA since 1998...the first year of the NCWA. In that first year UGA had two Champions, one won a bracket of 5 and the other a bracket of 8. Paul on the other hand was the Champion out of 37 wrestlers including scholarship athletes from NCWA D1 programs and NCAA transitional teams. When you compare the strength of the league now versus 1998 it is obvious how much weight his accomplishment carries. Congratulations to undefeated senior Paul Ardila!
"Thankful for the NCWA and the opportunity it gives honest college students to compete in wrestling while keeping their academic priorities in the forefront" Coach Drew Craver is "looking forward to another season where UGA, the continuous underdawg, will have the chance to compete at the national collegiate level!"

UGA Places 2nd at Classic City Championships

UGA wrestlers did not disappoint in front of their home crowd this past Saturday, taking 2nd as a team in the 4th Annual Classic City Championships. The Bulldogs fought through a tough tournament, with only 9 weight classes represented, to take 2nd behind a very tough Marion Military lineu....

UGA Wins Dr. Avery Harvill Dual Tournament

Dr. Avery Harvill Dual Tournament hosted by the University of Georgia On Saturday, November18th the University of Georgia won its inaugural event. The tournament was held in honor Dr. Avery Harvill, who started the NCAA wrestling program at UGA and coached from 1960 until 1966. Dr. ....

UGA Qualifies 3, will send 1 to Nationals

UGA took 4 wrestlers to compete in the SEC Championships held at Darton College in Albany, GA. Of those 4, 3 placed high enough to make it to the National Tournament in Lakeland, FL. Alan Taylor placed 3rd at 165, Mark Feeley placed 5th at 157 and Mason Deal placed 7th at 149. Kyle Dix wre....

University of Georgia off to a good start in 2010

The UGA wrestling team started off the new year right, with an increase in club membership and expecatations. Ten wrestlers competed in the Georgia State Championships at Mercer University, earning 2nd as a team. UGA brought home four champions: Frankie Miller (125), An Pham (141), Jackson....

UGA Qualifies 8 for Nationals

The UGA Wrestling team drove 290 plus miles in three separate vehicles down to Florida A&M University in Tallahasse this past weekend. They also returned home to Athens, Georgia in three seperate vehicles. However it would be remiss to not report the action and emotions between the sun's r....

UGA Places 4th at Seminole Rattler

On Saturday Febraury 5th, the UGA Wrestling team travelled to Florida A&M University's campus to compete in the annual Seminole Rattler, represented by five competitors. Frankie Miller took first at 125lbs. An Pham placed 2nd at 141 lbs. Mason Deal placed 3rd place wrestling hard at 149 l....

11th at National Duals

UGA competed in Dalton, GA for the NCWA National Duals and placed 11th, setting a new school record! Link features story on the event and local wrestler Mark Feeley in his last competitive year with UGA. A grad student and 165 pounder he is a returning All-American.....

UGA Qualifies 6 for Nationals

UGA competed in Florida for the 2011 SEC Championships and qualified 6 for the upcoming National tournament to be held in Macon, GA. Joel Hyder at 174 pounds won his first SEC Championship leading his team into a great post-season.....

First Ever 3-Timer!

Veteran wrestler Frankie Miller led his team at the National Tournament defeating last years National Champion to become a 3-Time All-American. Frankie is the first and only 3-Time All-American from the University of Georgia.....

5 Academic All-Americans

UGA is proud to announce that 5 of its starters have been recognized in 2011 as Academic All-Americans. Congratulations to Frankie Miller, An Pham, Jackson Govatos, Mark Feeley and Russell Holzgrefe. ....

Success is Contagious

The NCWA added its post season awards with Academic All-American awards and UGA leads the league with the most. We are proud of our guys making the most of their academic careers and preparing themselves for careers outside of wrestling. We want our wrestlers to become successful men first....

UGA Places 3rd at Georgia Collegiate Championships

UGA opened their season strong at the Georgia Collegiate State Championships placing 3rd overall. Congratulations to the 5 wrestlers who represented UGA. Roger Gunter 4th Jackson Govatos 1st Sergio Ardila 3rd Joel Hyder 2nd and Paul Ardila 2....

UGA Takes 2nd at Classic City Championships

UGA hosted their annual Classic City Championship Saturday February 4 and represented strongly taking 2nd Place. These are the individuals who made it happen: Wyatt Anderson 1st Place Paul Ardila 1st Place Andrew Lanham 1st Place Sergio Ardila 2nd Place Trey Nordone ....

SEC Championships

The UGA wrestlers traveled to the University of Central Florida to compete in the SEC Championships February 25th. Their results are as follows: Wyatt Anderson SEC Champion Paul Ardila Runner-up Sergio Ardila 3rd Place Joel Hyder 4th Place Jackson Gov....

UGA Places 3rd at Nationals D2

Wyatt Anderson, Sergio Ardila, Joel Hyder and Paul Ardila stormed the 2012 National Championships like the "4 Horseman" placing 3rd in the D2 team standings. Paul Ardila was named All-American placing 4th. While the others may not have placed they scored enough bonus points in the early ro....

First University of Georgia National Champion Since 1998

UGA wrestling defies the odds again! As one of the smallest and most underfunded programs in all collegiate wrestling the Georgia wrestling team demonstrates that attitude is everything! Taking 3 wrestlers to the 2014 National Championships and significantly behind in the new point scori....

UGA has a Strong 2015 Regular Season Opener

The University of Georgia traveled to South Carolina for a trimeet with Clemson University and Auburn University on 17 January 2015 to officially open their regular season. They wrestled aggressively and earned two solid victories defeating Auburn 30-28 and Clemson 28-18. Junior Jake Jense....

UGA Takes 3rd at Classic City Championship

The University of Georgia wrestling team hosted 13 teams at their Classic City Championship on Saturday February 7, 2015. With two Champions and one Runner-up the Bulldogs were able to rack up enough points to finish 3rd in the overall team standings. The individual Georgia wrestlers inclu....

Bull Dogs Place at Seminole Rattler

The UGA wrestling team traveled to Tallahassee, FL to compete in the Seminole Rattler hosted by Florida A&M on 14 February 2015. With 6 individual placers UGA took 3rd in the overall team standings. Junior Jake Jensen was the 2nd place finisher at 141. Junior Travis Scott won 4th at 149. G....

Georgia Qualifies 6 for Nationals!

Traveling to Orlando, FL to compete in the SEC Championships, hosted by Central Florida, on February 28, 2015 UGA placed 3rd in the D2 team standings with seven place winners and six National qualifiers. John Cook, Jacob Tripp, Geoff Rapp and Jd Holloway placed 5th in the 21 team conferenc....

2015 Nationals

The University of Georgia wrestling team returned from the National Championships in Allen, Texas the 24th place team out of the 144 teams in the NCWA Division 2. Junior Jake Jensen defeated Beggs from Tennessee and majored Panya from Texas A&M, but fell to Connell, the National Runner-up ....