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Cumberland Athletics will honor NAIA National Champion wrestler Corey Bleaken, All-American James Casadaban and the entire Bulldog wrestling team during a reception on Tuesday, March 15 in Baird Chapel on the CU campus. The get-together begins at 11:30 a.m. and fans can have cake with the athletes and coaches beginning at 12 Noon.

Bleaken claimed the school’s second individual wrestling title on Saturday at the 54th Annual NAIA Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The redshirt senior defeated Notre Dame College’s Thomas Straughn, 4-3, in overtime at 157 pounds, joining Keith Cupp in 2005 as the only individual national champions in school history.

Bleaken ended his Bulldog career as a three-time All-American after claiming honors at 149 pounds in 2007 and 2009. He also earned the prestigious Gorriaran Award as the NAIA Most Outstanding Wrestler in the national tournament, becoming the first-ever Bulldog to garner the award.

Casadaban claimed his second straight All-American honors, placing seventh at 165 pounds. The Bulldogs finished 13th nationally as a team.

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