CLEVELAND — After claiming a national title at 141 lbs. in 2018, Pitt-Johnstown’s Chris Eddins made it back-to-back national championships with a 7-2 victory over Tiffin’s Trey Grine in the 149-lb. title bout at Saturday’s 2019 NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Eddins led a group of five Mountain Cat who earned All-American honors.{

Pitt-Johnstown has 14 different national champions who have combined to win 22 national titles.

Along with Eddins, Pitt-Johnstown boasted four other All-Americans. Devin Austin (165 lbs.) placed third, Brock Biddle (184 lbs.) was fourth, while Joey Alessandro (141 lbs.) placed fifth, and Brendan Howard (125 lbs.) placed eighth.

The Mountain Cats finished in sixth-place in the 55-team field with 68.5 points. St. Cloud State claimed its second consecutive team national championship.

Eddins, last year’s National Champion at 141 lbs., made it two straight appearances in the national finals, with a 7-4 decision over No. 8 Isaiah Kemper (McKendree) in the 149-lb. semifinals. In the title bout against Tiffin’s Trey Grine, Eddins built a 4-1 lead with a take down and two back points. Grine road out Eddins the entire second period, but a take down by Eddins with a minute left in the match increased his lead to 6-1. Grine got a point for stalling, but Eddins added a point for riding time and became a back-to-back national champion with a 7-2 victory.

Recommended for you


Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.