Thursday, March 17, 2011

Douglas College wrestler pins to win

Daniel Swain (top) "wrestled like someone who expected to win." And he did!
Douglas College freshman and wrestler Daniel Swain won a U.S. national championship in the 149 lb weight class last weekend. Daniel's originally from Newport, Wash., but now lives in Burnaby, and is taking General Studies at Douglas.

Daniel pinned his opponent, Daniel Carr of Maryland-Baltimore County, in the final at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships in Macon, Ga., March 10-12. Daniel wrestled in five matches at the championship, winning all but the semi-final by fall.

“Daniel has a huge amount of confidence and wrestled like someone who expected to win,” says Steve Rose, Head Wrestling Coach at Douglas College. “It was admirable how calm he was. He showed a great deal of poise.”

Douglas was the only Canadian school to enter the tournament. In winning the 149 bracket, Daniel completed his season undefeated at 10-0.