Timok repeats as All-American

By Joe Flaherty, Central Sports Information

Cameron Timok (Central (IA) won by decision over Eron Haynes (Neb. Wesleyan) (Dec 3-2)

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA—A successful homecoming for Central College wrestler Cam Timok (Glen Allen, Va., Hermitage HS) means the 125-pounder will be an All-American after notching two wins Friday at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Teammate Chase Petty (senior, 133 pounds, Pella) was eliminated from action after a second loss in the consolation quarterfinals. With plenty of wrestling action remaining in Friday night’s Session II, Central was 11th overall with 10 points.

Returning to his home state to wrestle for the first time since coming to Central, Timok made quick work of his first round opponent. He pinned York College’s (Pa.) Dylan Nuttall in 88 seconds.

“It’s a great weekend for a very special young man who has made a tremendous commitment,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “There’s maybe a little added enthusiasm wrestling back in Virginia where his career started with family and friends here.”

In a rematch of the NCAA Division III Lower Midwest Regional final from two weeks ago, Timok notched a takedown with 25 seconds to secure a 3-2 victory over Eron Haynes of Nebraska Wesleyan University in the quarterfinals.

“They had a good game plan and were trying to slow Cam down,” Van Kley said. “He got in a shot with 25 seconds left and finished it to seal the deal.”

In his opening match, Petty was defeated in a 11-1 major decision by No. 7 seed Ben Volsters from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He bowed out of the tournament with a 4-0 loss against Owen Doster of Wabash College (Ind.) in the consolation quarterfinals.

“I could not be any more proud in all of the world about Chase Petty,” Van Kley said. “He gave a tremendous effort in the last match. I’m unbelievably proud of the leader he’s been and the determination he’s shown this season and throughout his whole career.”

Timok will wrestler in the championship semifinals at the start of Session III, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (EST). With a win over No. 1 seed of Jay Albis (Johnson & Wales University {R.I.}), Timok would wrestle for a national title.