PEMBROKE – After leading the UNC Pembroke wrestling team to an 11th place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships with a perfect run through the 141-pound tournament on Friday and Saturday, junior Daniel Ownbey has been named this week's UNCP Athlete of the Week, athletics department officials announced Tuesday.
Ownbey, an Asheville native who captured UNCP's second individual national championship in the last three years with the performance, registered a perfect 4-0 mark in the event, including a pair of overtime wins, as well as a thrilling sudden victory over top-ranked Ryan Fillingame of Adams State.
Ownbey began his quest by turning in a 22-5 technical fall in his opening match with Pitt-Johnstown's Sam Hanau on Friday, before dispelling of Fillingame in dramatic fashion to earn his third all-American award, as well as punch his ticket to Saturday's semifinal round. He advanced to the national championship match with a 5-3 overtime victory over eighth-ranked C.J. Napier of Fort Hays State in the semifinals.
Tied 1-1 after an escape in the third period of the title bout, Ownbey forced a clutch stall point with 15 seconds remaining in the final stanza to oust Ouachita Baptist's Joshua Myers for the national title.
A three-year starter for the Braves, Ownbey has compiled a 98-16 (.860) record over the last three seasons, including a 60-11 (.845) mark against NCAA Division II competition and a 35-3 (.921) clip in dual meets. He has turned in 52 career bonus point wins, including 21 pins, 15 technical falls and 16 major decisions.
|2013-14 UNCP ATHLETES OF THE WEEK|
|March 11||Whitney Jackson||Wrestling||Click Here|
|March 4||Natalie Klemann||Softball||Click Here|
|February 25||Blaze Shade||Wrestling||Click Here|
|February 18||Kamile Horne||Basketball||Click Here|
|February 11||Selena Ashley||Softball||Click Here|
|February 4||Garrett Hickman||Baseball||Click Here|
|January 25||Ariana Jones||Track & Field||Click Here|
|January 18||Stuart Nadeau||Wrestling||Click Here|
|January 7||Brandon Winford||Basketball||Click Here|
|December 24||Jazmine Kemp||Basketball||Click Here|
|December 17||Kierra Haney||Basketball||Click Here|
|December 10||Daniel Ownbey||Wrestling||Click Here|
|December 3||Fred Williams||Football||Click Here|
|November 26||Brach Walker||Wrestling|
|November 19||Quamain Rose||Basketball||Click Here|
|November 12||Rontonio Stanley||Football||Click Here|
|November 5||Connor Haskins||Football||Click Here|
|October 29||Abby Culp||Cross Country||Click Here|
|October 22||Amber Watkins||Soccer||Click Here|
|October 15||Luke Charles||Football||Click Here|
|October 8||Shekinah-Joy Toloumu||Volleyball||Click Here|
|September 30||Kyndal Boykin||Cross Country|
|September 23||Joel Johnston||Cross Country|
|September 16||Luke Charles||Football|
|September 9||Kyndal Boykin||Cross Country||Click Here|