KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Miami Wardog Eli Hale was named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestler of the Year Friday, March 16,

He went 24-0 season and won the 125-pound NCAA Division II national championship as a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma.

"I'm happy for Eli to be recognized for his hard work," UCO head wrestling coach Todd Steidley said. "He comes to practice with a business-like attitude, like he's coming to work, and his hard work paid off with a national championship. I'm proud of him, and I'm really happy for him."

Hale is the 44th individual champ in UCO history. He's also just the fourth champion to finish a season undefeated.

Hale went unbeaten with 11 major decision's and seven technical falls. He had 19 total bonus-point wins on the season.

Hale went 4-0 in duals against MIAA foes this season. He won the MIAA postseason tournament, going 2-0 and outscoring his opponents 34-8.

He won the regional championship after that, going 4-0 and outscoring his opponents there 60-8.

At nationals, he kept it up, outscoring the competition 49-6 in four matches.

Hale also ended the season with a 9-0 mark against ranked opponents.