Colby Crank, a freshman from Hutchinson, Kan., has been named a 2012 NAIA Wrestling All-American. Honors were bestowed to the top-eight finishers of each weight class at the 55th Annual NAIA Wrestling National Championships that were held on March 1 to 3 at the Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Crank finished fourth overall in his 157-pound weight class at Bethany's inaugural appearance at the NAIA National Wrestling Meet.
Crank defeated his first two opponents before losing by 5-1 decision versus Charlie Pingleton of Lindsey Wilson College. Pingleton went on to win the weight class. Once in the wrestleback bracket, Crank suffered a separated shoulder while facing six opponents. He battled Chad Lowman of Grand View University for the third place spot but lost by a 5-7 decision.
"Colby showed tremendous heart and toughness to come back and place fourth after separating his shoulder in the tournament," Head Wrestling Coach Jacob Marrs said.
Bethany College President Ed Leonard says, "Colby's courage is an inspiration and the birth of Swede wrestling's first legendary story. It's a great day to be a Swede!"
Crank is the son of Stanley and Roxie Crank and is majoring in psychology.
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