Sophomore Devon Pingel Tabbed to 2019 All-MIAA Men's Wrestling Team in First Year with Bulldogs

Devon Pingel is a 2019 All-MIAA selection at 184 pounds. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Devon Pingel is a 2019 All-MIAA selection at 184 pounds. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

FREELAND, Mich.--Adrian College sophomore Devon Pingel has been named to the 2018-19 All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's wrestling team, the league office announced on Monday. Pingel is the Bulldogs' lone representative on the 10-member squad at 184 pounds.

An individual is deemed an automatic selection at their weight class when he goes 3-0 against MIAA competitors. The remaining weight classes, as well as the MIAA Most Valuable Player, were voted on by conference coaches.
"I'm very proud of Devon. It's great that we were able to get an all MIAA wrestler in year one (of the conference's modern era)," said third-year Adrian head coach Bill Schindel. "Moving forward we hope to have multiple wrestlers every year."
Pingel made an immediate impact in his first season in the Adrian lineup after competing his freshman year at NCAA Division I Cleveland State. Pingel has recorded a team-best 25-5 record and also leads the squad with nine pins. He has been ranked in the top-10 for most of the season by, and currently lists in the "contender" category (11th). During MIAA-only competition, Pingel won a 9-2 decision and pinned an opponent in just 79 seconds.
He is the first Bulldog to garner all-conference since Jim Bicknell in 1979. The MIAA is sponsoring men's wrestling as a championship sport for the first time since 1984. The College reinstated the Bulldogs program for the 2015-16 season.
Pingel and the rest of his teammates will be preparing for the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships hosted by Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.
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All-MIAA Wrestling 2019
125 - Austin Wieczorek, So., Alma
133 - Reese Wallis, Fr., Olivet
141 - Brendan Ladd, Jr., Alma
149 - Zachary Cooper, Jr.,Alma
157 - Cole Hersch, So., Olivet
165 - Tyler Grimsley, Sr., Olivet (Most Valuable Wrestler)
174 - Haydn Kinjorski, Jr., Olivet
184 - Devon Pingel, So., Adrian
197 - Jacob Harvey, Sr., Olivet
285 - Jacob Ransom, Fr., Alma