Photo by Kodiak Creative, courtesy of King Athletics
Chey Bowman (La Habra, Calif./King University) has been selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week on January 10, 2023.
Bowman had a perfect 3-0 record, competing at both 170 pounds and 191 pounds, helping lead King University to the NCAA women’s team title at the 2023 USMC/NWCA National Duals in Louisville, Ky., January 6-7.
Bowman, who is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA women’s national rankings at 171 pounds, won her first two matches of the event by technical fall, defeating Jewell Gonzalez of Gannon, 10-0, then stopping Alexandra Castillo of McKendree, 10-0. King won both of those dual meets, putting the No. 1 seed King into the finals dual against No. 2 North Central.
In the finals dual, King led 20-15 heading into the 170-pound bout. King coach Jason Moorman chose to forfeit the 170-pound match to No. 1 ranked Yelena Makoyed of North Central, which tied the dual meet at 20-20.
Bowman moved up to 191 pounds, where she faced Trae Haynes of North Central, who is No. 5 ranked at 191 pounds. Bowman scored a four-point takedown in the second period, the key move in her 5-1 victory over Haynes. King won the dual meet 23-21, for its second straight NWCA NCAA women’s National Duals title.
Bowman was a 2022 NCWWC All-American for King, placing fifth at the national tournament. She won three California CIF state titles for Rowland High School.
Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling from youth programs through the Senior level.
To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete's name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Director of Communications Gary Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org.