Des Moines, Iowa - Williams Baptist College’s Joshua Chiles and Nicholas Drendel found themselves on the podium at the 2018 NAIA National Wrestling Championships on Saturday. Chiles finished in third place in the 184 lb. bracket, while Drendel finished in fourth in the 157 lb. division.
“What an amazing career for Joshua Chiles. He has be a staple in the Arkansas wrestling community, becoming the first ever All-American to come from Arkansas, and now the first ever two time All-American. It has been a career worth highlighting for our program and the Arkansas wrestling community,” said Head Coach Todd Allen.
Chiles finishes in second place after finishing in fourth a season ago. After losing his first match, the third seeded Chiles fought his way back by winning six straight matches to win the 184 lb. division of the consolation bracket.
The senior won two of his matches by fall, and the other four by decision. He won the consolation bracket finals by an 8-1 decision. The Little Rock, Ark., native finishes his Eagles career as a two time All-American, an academic All-American and with 104 career wins.
Drendel’s first national tournament as a member of the Eagles wrestling team saw him reach the podium. He battled his way to a fourth place finish, becoming an All-American in the process. Drendel came into the tournament as the eighth seeded wrestler in the 157 lb. class.
“Nick has been out of wrestling for over four years and never thought he would compete again. It says a lot about his character as a man to come back and reach the top level again. I cannot put into words how proud I am to have watched his return to the top level of competition,” said Allen.
The sophomore received an opening round bye before dispatching his first opponent by fall in 54 seconds. In the quarterfinals, he was sent to the consolation bracket after losing a 6-3 (TB-1) decision against the top seeded Nosomy Pozo.
The Aurora, Ill., native flew through the consolation bracket winning his first contest by a 13-4 major decision, and following that up with a win by fall (3:51). In the semifinals of the consolation bracket he dispatched 11th seed Kenny Boyd by a 7-2 decision. Drendel narrowly fell in the final of the consolation bracket (third place match) 3-1 to 12th seeded Casey Dobson.
Drendel becomes the sixth All-American in school history, joining Isaiha Johnson, Tyler Fraley, Jeffrey Haley, Demetrius Thomas, and Joshua Chiles.
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