By Kristie Kahl
Claiming your 100th win in the last meet of your college career is a good way to go out, especially for senior wrestler Doug Umbehauer.
“Doug started out the season with one of his goals in mind to have 100 wins,” said Head Coach Gary Taylor. “He’s very excited. It’s an exclusive group from over the past 31 years that only a handful have been able to reach.”
Umbehauer has found great success during his time at Rider. He has claimed numerous awards and a plethora of victories to round out his four years as a Bronc, as a huge asset to the wrestling team,
Closing out his college career, Umbehauer earned All-America honors for his competition during the quarterfinals of the 79th annual NCAA Division I wrestling Championships.
“It’s an honor to be an All-American,” Taylor said. “It is very limited throughout the nation and for Doug to come from a small private university says a lot.”
His honors came after defeating Philip Keedy 8-4 in overtime in the quarterfinals at the championships.
At Nationals on the final day of competition, Umbehauer won two bouts, claiming five of his six bouts throughout the entire competition. He took third place behind a pair of wrestlers who were both former National Champions.
“Doug’s competition was one of the strongest I have ever seen,” Taylor said. “He was focused, very intense, consistently aggressive.”
Umbehauer is only the fourth Bronc ever to reach the NCAA semifinals, where he lost 3-2 to Ohio State’s Mike Pucillo. He is the 13th wrestling All-American to attend Rider and the first since 2007.
Holding a 24-5 record this season, Umbehauer is a four-time NCAA qualifier and a two-time Collegiate Athletic Association (CAA) Champion, finishing as runner-up this year. He now holds 100 career wins under his belt with only 35 losses.
“Doug’s style is good for a national tournament,” Taylor said. “He rises to the occasion while some would get intimidated, which puts him ahead of his competition.”
Last season, Umbehauer made his name known, winning two bouts at Nationals while being only one win away from All-America honors. He went 7-0 in CAA duals as he claimed a team-high of 27 wins for the season. Throughout the year, he placed third at the Keystone Classic and fourth at the Cliff Keen Classic.
As a sophomore, Umbehauer won his weight class at the Keystone Classic while claiming sixth place at the Cliff Keen Classic. During his freshman year, he was a freshman All-American, ranking second in the nation among rookies at the 174-pound level. Umbehauer landed himself a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team while placing as a runner-up at the CAA Championships as a freshman.
As Umbehauer’s college career is coming to an end, Taylor has nothing but pride for his former athlete.
“You need to have a combination of work ethic, determination and technique,” Taylor said. “You need all three to be an All-American. That is exactly why Doug is an All-American. He is very sound and has only improved over the years. We are very proud of him and his accomplishments.”