AKRON, Ohio – Alex Mossing earned Outstanding Wrestler honors in the wake of his Greco-Roman national championship finish at UWW University Nationals in Akron, Ohio. Mossing, a junior out of Toledo, Ohio, is the first Falcon in program history to earn Outstanding Wrestler accolades and a UWW Greco-Roman national championship title.
A small contingency of Falcon wrestlers competed in the UWW Greco-Roman and Freestyle national tournament over the weekend. Three Falcons returned home with All-America honors.
Mossing met with Anthonie Linares (San Jose, Calif./New York AC) in the finals match, where he proved to be the dominant wrestler. The national finalists got to work quick, adding a four-point throw apiece for eight-collective points in the first 50 seconds. Mossing pulled away by the end of the first period following a takedown and turn for an 8-5 lead. Early in the second period, Mossing scored on a step-out and followed up with four-point throw to secure a 13-5 win and the national title.
“He’s a tough wrestler, really long, and that’s not something I’m very good at wrestling,” Mossing said. “He’s a great competitor and it was a good match. Overall today, I was kind of slow at first, but after that I started picking it up. I felt the takedowns, felt the locks and the throws.”
Josh Mossing, teammate and cousin of Alex Mossing, earned a seventh-place finish in the 75 KG class. The finish marks his first All-America accolades since joining the program in 2015-16.
In the Freestyle segment of the tournament, Anthony McLaughlin led the pack with a sixth-place finish for All-America status. McLaughlin saw a notable win against one-seed Ben Darmstadt in the quarter-finals match. The Cleveland, Ohio, native dropped his semi-finals bout to Jared Kasunic who went on to win the title.