Mousaw ’24, Showers ’24 Named SoCon All-Freshmen

Wrestlers mid-tackle.

Blake Showers ’24 (left) earned a spot on the Southern Conference All-Freshman team. He wrestled at 157 pounds and finished the season 8-5, with five pins. Teammate Tyler Mousaw ’24 (197 pounds), who was also named to the SoCon All-Freshman team, finished third at the Southern Conference championship.—Photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

The Keydet wrestling team had a highly successful 2021 season, defeating The Citadel, Davidson College, and Bellarmine University in Southern Conference dual matches.

It is the third-straight season under head coach Jim Gibson that VMI defeated The Citadel.

Tyler Mousaw ’24 had a 12-2 record with five pins at 197 pounds. He finished third in his weight class at the Southern Conference Championships Feb. 28, pinning his last two opponents. He earned a spot on the SoCon All-Freshman team, as did Blake Showers ’24. Showers, wrestling at 157 pounds, finished 8-5 on the season with five pins.

Mousaw and Zach Brown ’23 (184 pounds) ended the regular season nationally ranked in their weight classes. Brown was 9-4 on the year with four pins, and Job Chishko ’23 posted a 10-4 mark at 149 pounds.