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A Notre Dame College student-athlete has been named Most Dominant Wrestler by the NCAA for 2019-2020.

Jared Campbell, a redshirt freshman criminal justice major at the College, finished the season with an overall record of 23-2 while going 19-0 against Division II competition. The heavyweight averaged 4.95 team points in the most dominant category to take the top spot.

“I’m super proud of Jared and what he’s done this wrestling season,” said Notre Dame Wrestling Head Coach Sonny Marchette. “He’s an instrumental part of the wrestling team, and his energy is infectious. I’m happy for him for what he’s accomplished thus far and look forward to what he can do in the future.”

Campbell is joined on the most dominant list by his teammate Hunter Bray, who wrestles at 133, and finished sixth overall in the division with an average of 4.06 team points. Bray is a redshirt junior and sports management major at the College.

The Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated by dividing the total number of team points awarded through match results by the total number of matches wrestled, according to the NCAA. Wrestlers need a minimum of 17 matches to be ranked and must have qualified for and been eligible to compete in the national championships in their division.

Campbell’s Dominance

In addition to the Most Dominant Wrestler honor, Campbell also ended the season tied for ninth overall in Division II for falls, with a total of 10.

At the National Collegiate Wresting Association National Duals Campbell finished with a 5-0 record, including four pins. He earned First Team All-Conference by winning his 285-pound weight class at the inaugural Mountain East Conference Tournament.

Campbell also finished with a 3-0 record at the Super Regional III Tournament, which earned him an individual regional championship and a spot in the 2020 NCAA Division II National Tournament.

Team Prominence

In addition to Campbell, Bray and four other Notre Dame wrestlers qualified for nationals: Kelan Mckenna in the 141-pound weight class, Taylor Misuna at 157 pounds, Jordon Tague at 157 and Tony Vezzetti at 184. The tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campbell is the second wrestler in program history to finish at the top of the Most Dominant Wrestler category. Joey Davis earned the Division II honor for the 2013-14 campaign.

Each year in each of its three divisions, the NCAA honors the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes who have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular season, conference tournaments and NCAA super regionals.

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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