Shakur Named SoCon Freshman of the Year
Boykin grabs a spot on the All-SoCon team.Kamaal Shakur was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, the league office announced today. Junior Scottie Boykin made the All-SoCon team, while Shakur was joined on the all-freshman squad by Alonzo Allen, Dominic Lampe and Chase Zemenak.
Shakur is the eighth Moc to win the SoCon Freshman of the Honor and the first since Nick Soto (2012-15) in 2012. He is tied for the team lead in wins with a 21-6 overall record and a 12-2 mark in dual matches.
Boykin is 18-6 at 197, earning his third All-SoCon honor. He went 12-1 in dual competition, including a 7-0 mark in SoCon matches.
"Both of those guys have had great years, and they are wrestling really well right now," stated head coach Heath Eslinger. "It is great to get these honors but both are hungry for the NCAA Tournament.
"Kamaal has gotten better each week and is buying into the little things he needs to do to be great."
Allen was 11-11 overall as the starter at 125 while the youngest of the three Lampes went 16-10 at 165. Zemenak joined the program in January and was 3-1 in league duals, 6-2 overall.
Competition for an automatic bid to the NCAAs takes place on Saturday, March 5, in the SoCon Tournament in Asheville, N.C. Action starts at 10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) at UNC Asheville's Kimmel Arena. The finals take place on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Links for full coverage are available on the wrestling page on GoMocs.com.
2015-16 Wrestler of the Year
Denzel Dejournette, R-Jr., 285, Appalachian State
2015-16 Freshman of the Year
Kamaal Shakur, R-Fr., 157, Chattanooga
2015-16 All-Southern Conference Team
125: Vito Pasone, R-Jr., Appalachian State
133: Nathan Kraisser, R-Jr., Campbell
141: Michael Longo, So., Appalachian State
149: Chris Vassar, R-So., Gardner-Webb
157: Aaron Walker, Jr., The Citadel
165: Austin Trott, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
174: Nick Kee, R-So., Appalachian State
184: Hunter Gamble, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
197: Scottie Boykin, Jr., Chattanooga
285: Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State
2015-16 All-Freshman Team
Irvin Enriquez, Appalachian State
Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State
Jere Heino, Campbell
Nate Higgins, SIUE
Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga
Dominic Lampe, Chattanooga
Kamaal Shakur, Chattanooga
Chase Zemenak, Chattanooga
Dominick Gallo, VMI
Neal Richards, VMI