Scottsboro wrestling legend Brandon Womack is back on the national mat.
The Cornell University junior begins competition Thursday in the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Womack is a three-time national qualifier, one of only 31 Cornell wrestlers in program history to qualify for the national tournament three times. He earned All-American honors during his freshman season, posting an eighth-place finish in the 165-pound weight class in 2017.
Womack is 20-8 this season — his career record is 74-30 — with five wins via pins.
He is coming off of a runner-up finish in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Tournament. Womack was an All-Ivy League first-team selection this season.
Womack is the No. 16 national seed in the 174-pound weight class and opens the tournament today vs. VMI’s Neal Richards. If he wins, Womack wrestles top-seeded and undefeated Mark Hall of Penn State in the second round. A loss puts him into the “wrestlebacks” bracket Thursday evening. The tournament runs Thursday through Saturday.
The top-eight finishers in each weight class earn All-American honors.
Womack wrestled at Scottsboro High School from 2008-14, going 422-8 while becoming at the time just the second ever Alabama six-time state champion. He finished 77-0 during his senior season at Scottsboro and then won the Senior 160-pound division national championship at the National High School Coaches Association National Tournament a month later.