Briar Cliff's Anthoiny Pike competes on the national stage. Photo courtesy BCU Sports Information
TOPEKA, Kan. — Anthony Pike wrapped up his junior campaign with an eighth-place finish at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships. The 174-pounder finished as an NAIA All-American with an overall record of 23-7.
Pike, ranked seventh nationally, opened the tournament with an 8-1 win over 12th-ranked Travis McIntosh. He then suffered a 3-0 loss to third-ranked Brady Beamon of Simpson in the national quarterfinals. Pike responded with a 3-2 decision over 15th-ranked Jared Bass of Oklahoma City. Fifth-ranked Eziekiel Hunt of Cumberland then topped Pike, 11-8. In the seventh place match, a knee injury forced Pike to default to 15th-ranked Erick Gomez of Lindsey Wilson.
Pike is the program's first all-American since Josh Rogers finished seventh at 133-pounds in 2010. Pike is the 11th different BC wrestler to earn all-America honors.