Shane Carwin set for induction into NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame

On March 11, Shane Carwin will be inducted into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame. While wrestling at Western State College, Carwin earned All-American status three times and won the 1999 NCAA Division II national championship at heavyweight.

From Press Release:
Carwin was the 1999 national champion at 285 pounds after finishing runner-up in 1997 and 1996. He holds Mountaineer records in career falls and season falls and was a three-time RMAC, regional and Colorado Collegiate champion. Carwin was also a two-time All-America football player, and used what would have been his 1998 wrestling season to prepare for the NFL Combine.

Carwin graduated from Western State with a degree in environmental technology in 1999 and earned a second degree from Colorado Mines in 2004 in mechanical engineering. He was a three-time Division II National Wrestling Coaches Association scholar-athlete. Carwin is currently 12-1 as a heavyweight in the UFC, with his only loss coming to Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 116. He also maintains a full-time position as an engineer with the North Weld County Water District.

On his website, Carwin said, “I love the sport of Wrestling and it continues to love me back. I am honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Wrestling is one of the greatest sports in the World. Thank you to MMA for giving us a home to continue our competitive ways.”

Former collegiate wrestlers have always been a force in MMA’s heavyweight division. Along with Carwin, current contenders Brock Lesnar, Daniel Cormier and Cole Konrad all wrestled collegiately. Current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was a two-time All-American at Arizona State.

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