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Newman’s wrestling program was established in 2004, and became an NCAA Division II program for the 2008-09 season. The Jets have qualified 15 to the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in 12 years in D2, with seven of those student-athletes returning to campus as All-Americans. Noel Torres is the lone National Champion in program history, winning the 184 title in 2018 for head coach Ryan Smith, who will enter his 13th year at the head of the Newman program in 2020-21.
“The Newman University Wrestling Staff provides student-athletes with the best possible environment to be a champion on both the mat and in the classroom,” Smith said. “We are striving to ingrain a championship mindset from enrollment to graduation.”
Smith has coached all seven of the Newman All-Americans, with all seven coming since the 2016 season. Kameron Frame is the latest in the string of Jet All-Americans, earning his second AA finish last season via entering the 2020 NCAA Division II National Championships as the four-seed at 157. Frame finished sixth a season earlier, and returns for his redshirt junior season in 2020-21 as a two-time D2 All-American.
Eight total starters will return for the Jets this coming season. Joining Frame with NCAA accolades will be 2020 National Qualifier at 133, Tyler Lawley. With the addition of local Kansas recruits, Smith’s roster will look to number around 25 for the 2020-21 season.