Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brashear Standout Earns All-American Honors

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brashear Standout Earns All-American Honors

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When Brashear High School wrestling coach Nate Geller found out that his former protege, Godwin Nyama, would be facing Canon- McMillan's Connor Schram in the third-place match at the USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle Championships, he thought Nyama would have a tough time beating Schram.

"I thought Schram would get revenge," admitted Geller, referring to Nyama's overtime upset of Schram in the PIAA Class AAA title match at 120 pounds. "Schram had been wrestling freestyle a long time and Godwin had only wrestled two summers. Godwin was also battling a minor injury."

Because of those factors, Geller felt Schram would have the upper hand.

"That's the last time I doubt Godwin," said Geller, after watching Nyama pin Schram on an Internet broadcast. "He did a great job against Schram. He never ceases to amaze me."

Nyama had a 9-2 record in the tournament. He fell short of a title berth after losing to Maryland's Nathan Kraisser and Iowa's Cory Clark. Clark won the tournament, while Kraisser placed seventh.

"I was hoping for a rematch with Schram ... but in the title match, not the third-place match," said Nyama, who pinned Schram in the second period of their consolation match. "I didn't reach my ultimate goal, but did become an All-American."

Schram, a senior this year at Canon-McMillan, had an 8-2 record in the tournament. His first loss was to New Jersey's Joey McKenna, the eventual runner-up.

"Last year, I didn't place," said Nyama, referring to his first trip to Fargo. "This year was much different. I focussed on wrestling and tried not to worry about who I was facing."

Nyama will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Pittsburgh.

"I'm already taking summer classes," Nyama said. "My hope is to start at 126 next year as a freshman, but I may be red-shirted. I will just have to wait and see how it goes. …

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