We learned Eli Hale was transferring midseason about three months ago.
John Smith indicated that it was on good terms and that it was simply a move that everyone felt was best for Eli.
It worked out. He dominated his way to a National title only really being pushed in the semifinal which he won 4-3. He picked up a tech fall in 3:49 seconds in the final.
— NCAA Division II (@NCAADII) March 11, 2018
Former coaches and teammates quickly went to Twitter to congratulate Hale on the impressive accomplishment.
— Chris Perry (@chrisperry174) March 11, 2018
Congrats to my dude @eli_hale winning a national title with a tech fall….. ANIMAL!!! congrats Brotha! You deserve it!
— Nick Piccininni 🗽 (@NickyPich96) March 11, 2018
— OSU Cowboy Wrestling (@CowboyWrestling) March 11, 2018
— Daton Fix (@_Greatest_Ever1) March 11, 2018
Any feedback on Eli I’ve ever heard has been very positive. From high school coaches and wrestlers to people around OSU, everyone I know that knows him speaks very highly of him so it’s very cool to see him accomplish this.