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Getting II Know a DII Program: Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser

photo courtesy of Simon Fraser athletics

The lone NCAA institution North of the border in Canada, Simon Fraser has been an NCAA Division II member since the 2012-13 season. The Clan program was established in 1976, and is currently headed by Justin Abdou. The Clan head coach, who represented Canada at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, was a four-time NAIA national champion for Simon Fraser, and currently still holds the Clan record for career wins with 212.

In eight seasons in NCAA Division II, the Clan have sent 10 National Qualifiers to the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, with five of those qualifiers finishing as All-Americans. Morgan Smith highlights the Clan All-Americans, finishing 4th at 197 in 2017 and 3rd at 197 a season later. The last Simon Fraser wrestler to earn All-American honors was Ciaran Ball in 2019, at heavyweight.

A season ago, the Clan sent a lone representative to the 2020 NCAA Division II National Championships, in Logan Nelson at 174. Nelson earned his trip by way of a runner-up finish at the Super Region 6 tournament, where he fell in the final to the nation’s #1 wrestler at 174 in Colorado Mines’ Robert Gambrell. Two other Simon Fraser wrestlers placed at the Super Regional, with sophomore Randy McDonald taking 6th at 141 and redshirt freshman heavyweight Taniela Feliciano-Takafua taking 6th.

McDonald and Feliciano-Takafua should return to the 2020-21 Simon Fraser lineup, with the Clan roster coming in at around 25 student-athletes. 

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