Three Cornell Rams Selected NWCA Scholar All-Americans

By Kerry Kahl, Cornell Sports Information

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MOUNT VERNON – Cornell seniors Ben Hewson (SR/Loveland, Colo.), Chris Lyons (SR/Overland Park, Kan.) and sophomore Bryce Oveson (SO/Wilton, Iowa) have been named 2019 NCAA Division III Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

The Rams have claimed 32 Scholar All-America awards since the 2009-10 season. This is the third consecutive year Hewson has been recognized for his performance on the mat and in the classroom. Lyons and Oveson are both first-time honorees.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry a 3.2 grade point average and meet one of the three criteria: qualify for the NCAA Championships, place in the top six at the NCAA qualifier, or win more than 66 percent of matches and wrestle in 50 percent of the scheduled dates.

Hewson, a four-year regional placewinner, led the team in wins with a 28-8 mark competing at 165 pounds. He placed fourth at the Lower Midwest Region Championships. A 2018 NCAA qualifier, Hewson finished his career with an 85-43 record and stands 13th on the program's all-time list with 28 pins.

Lyons, a 2019 regional competitor, went 16-8 at heavyweight in his senior season. He posted 46 career wins.

Oveson had a strong sophomore campaign, going 27-10 at 184 pounds. He took sixth place at regionals.

Coach Brent Hamm's Rams were also honored as an NWCA All-Academic Team. Cornell carried a 3.532 GPA, which ranked 19th among the 30 squads recognized.

The team GPA is calculated as an average of the top 10 student-athletes on each team. At least six wrestlers chosen must have competed in the NCAA qualifying tournament, and the others must have competed in at least 50 percent of the team's scheduled contests.