All-American

Scottsboro alum and Cornell University wrestler Brandon Womack earned All-American honors at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Brandon Womack has added another impressive accomplishment to his already impressive wrestling résumé.

The 2014 Scottsboro High School graduate and former SHS star wrestler is a now a college wrestling All-American after earning the honor during the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships over the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.

Womack, a sophomore for the Cornell University wrestling team, earned the All-American nod by finishing eighth in the 165-pound weight class. He’s the first Alabama native to be a collegiate All-American wrestler since Butler High School alum Byron McGlathery of UTC in 1980.

Womack cemented his All-American status with an 8-7 win over Arizona State’s Zahid Valencia, who had defeated Womack twice during the regular season. Womack used a six-point move early in the second period, reversing Valencia to his back and nearly earning the fall to go up 7-2 before holding on to advance to the 165-pound weight class’ final eight.

Womack went 4-3 during the tournament and finished the season with a 34-11 record.

Womack is considered by many to be the state’s best ever prep wrestler. He closed his career with a 422-8 record, is one of only three wrestlers to win six career Alabama state championships and won a National High School Coaches Association national tournament senior division national championship.

CornellBigRed.com contributed to this report.

 

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