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Andrew Atkinson

Freshman
Class
Lynchburg, Va.
Hometown
Liberty Christian Academy
High School

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2015, 2016, 2017 NCAA Qualifier – 157 pounds
2018 NCAA Qualifer – 165 pounds
ACC Third-Place Finish – 157 pounds (2017), 165 pounds (2018)
ACC Runner-Up – 157 pounds (2015)

NWCA Scholar All-American (2016, 2018)
ACC Wrestling All-Academic Team (2016, 2018)

2017-18
• NCAA qualifier at 165 pounds
• Four-time NCAA qualifier, the 10th all-time in program history
• Third-place finisher at the ACC Championships at 165 pounds
• Went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships
• Picked up his first NCAA Championship win with a pin of Eastern Michigan’s Zac Carson
• Posted a 19-9 record, including a 4-1 mark in ACC dual matches
• Went 12-2 in dual matches overall on the season
• Only losses of the dual season came to then No. 15, and eventual NCAA Champion,    
 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) and No. 3 David McFadden (Va. Tech)
• Posted eight bonus-point victories, including three falls and five major decisions
• Named to the ACC Wrestling All-Academic Team
• Named an NWCA Scholar All-American

2016-17
• NCAA qualifier at 157 pounds
• Third-place finish at ACC Championships with a 3-1 mark
• Posted a 20-12 mark on the season
• 157-pound champion at Clarion Open (11/6) to start the season
• Fourth-place finish at Southern Scuffle (1/2) with a 4-2 record
• Defeated No. 10 Jake Short of Minnesota in the run at the Southern Scuffle
• Nationally-ranked opponents accounted for 9-of-12 losses on the season
• Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the fourth time

2015-16
• Advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season
• Posted a 24-11 record wrestling at 157 pounds
• Delivered three tech falls, eight major decisions and one fall
• Opened the season 9-0 before his first loss at No. 5 Ohio State to Jake Ryan
• Finished first at the Clarion Open (11/1) to start the season
• Finished fourth at the Cliff Keen Invitational (12/5) with a 7-2 record
• Entered ACC competition with a 19-5 record
• Defeated No. 6 Cody Pack of South Dakota State in a 7-4 decision at Gopher Duals (11/7)
• Named to All-ACC Academic Team
• Named an NWCA All-Academic Selection

2014-15
• Earned first NCAA Championships berth
• Automatic NCAA qualifier after runner-up finish at ACC Championships (3/8)
• Went 0-2 at NCAAs, losing a pair of decisions to seeded opponents – No. 12 Mitch Minotti of Lehigh (8-4) and No. 5 Cody Pack of South Dakota State (3-2)
• Ranked No. 31 in final RPI and No. 32 in final Coaches Poll rankings
• Placed fifth at Hokie Open (11/9)
• Went 3-1 at Virginia Duals (1/9-10)
• Named to NWCA All-Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll

2013-14
• Redshirt season
• Posted 16-3 record at 141 while wrestling unattached
• Competed in four open tournaments, placing in each
• Dominated his competition, as only two of his 19 matches were decided by three points or fewer (both losses)
• Won final nine matches of the season, capturing championships at Franklin & Marshall Open (1/4) and Appalachian State Open (1/25)
• Took runner-up honors at Mat Town Open (12/1)
• Placed sixth in first tournament, the Hokie Open (11/10)

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
• Five-time state place-winner, earning a top-4 standing each year
• Four-time place winner at prep nationals
• Two-time All-Area Wrestler of the Year
• Posted 238-13 career record
• Was team captain all five years
• Took third at NHSCA in 2012
• Placed third at Super 32 in 2011
• Coached by Paul Anthony at LCA
• Member of National Honor Society

PERSONAL
• Parents are Steve and Cindy Atkinson
• Has one sister, Adelina, and one brother, Aaron
• Born in Bucharest, Romania

Weight Class  Overall Record Dual Record ACC Dual Record Dual Points Scored ACC Championship Record NCAA Championship Record Major Decisions Tech Falls Pins Fastest Pin
2013-14* 141 16-3 0-2 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 3-0 2-0 4-0 1:03
2014-15 157 17-15 9-7 3-2 30 2-1/2nd 0-2 2-4 1-1 1-1 0:31
2015-16 157 24-11 10-3 3-2 39 1-2 0-2 8-0 4-0 1-1 2:59
2016-17 157    20-12 8-7 1-3 32 3-1/3rd 0-2 6-1 6-0 3-0 1:21
2017-18 165   19-9      12-2 4-1 35 2-1/3rd 1-2 5-2 0-1 3-0 1:43
Career 80-47 39-19 11-8 136 8-5 1-8 21-7 11-2 8-2 0:31

 

*Denotes redshirt season which does not count in career records