EDMOND — Central Oklahoma 125-pounder Eli Hale was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA Division II West Regional.
The top-ranked senior from Miami rolled to four lopsided wins in capturing the regional title and qualifying for the national tournament.
He started the regional with a technical fall and then won three straight major decisions, capped by a 16-4 rout in the finals over sixth-ranked Josh Portillo of Nebraska-Kearney.
Hale carries a perfect 20-0 record with 15 bonus-point wins, having compiled 10 major decisions and five technical falls.
The high-scoring lightweight has also been a defensive whiz, having given up just one takedown in 20 matches.
Hale will be joined the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships by heavyweight teammate Caleb Cotter, a former Northeastern Oklahoma A&M All-American who is ranked fourth nationally.
Cotter, the West Regional runner-up and a returning All-American, is 30-3 on the season.
The national tournament starts its two-day run Friday, March 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Hale will take on Austin Petril of Kutztown and Cotter goes against Terrance Fanning of Wheeling Jesuit in the first round, which starts at 11 a.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center.