Former Enka wrestler Daniel Ownbey was back in town Saturday to conduct the Daniel Ownbey Enka Champions Clinic at his alma mater.
And it came on the heels of a big-time award for the redshirt senior at UNC Pembroke.
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EDMOND, Okla. – Just two weeks removed from capturing his second-straight national championship at 141 pounds, senior Daniel Ownbey was selected as the NCAA Midwest Region Wrestler of the Year on Wednesday, the Division II Coaches Association announced.
Ownbey was just one of a foursome of national champions who were selected as finalists for the NCAA Division II Wrestler of the Year award as determined by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. The other finalists include Kutztown’s Ziad Haddad (285 pounds), Central Missouri’s Frank Cagnina (149) and Central Oklahoma’s Chris Watson (165). The eighth winner of the NCAA Division II Wrestler of the Year award will be announced on Monday.
Ownbey, an Asheville product, reeled off a 36-2 record this season and closed out his senior campaign with 16-straight wins, including eight in the postseason. Of his 36 wins this season, 14 were of the bonus point variety (3 pins, 4 tech falls, 7 major decisions). He tallied a 22-1 record against NCAA Division II competition, as well as a perfect 17-0 mark in dual meets. Ownbey made five trips to the podium in 2014-15, including three tournament championships.
Ownbey finished his career in the Black & Gold as the most decorated student-athlete in the history of the program. A four-year starter for the Braves, Ownbey compiled a 134-18 (.882) career record, including 66 bonus-point victories (24 pins) and an 83-12 (.874) mark against NCAA Division II competition. He made 20 trips to the podium over his storied four-year career, including taking home seven tournament titles.
His 134 career victories are tied for second on UNCP’s all-time wins list.