Ownbey make his way to Newberry after a one-year stint at Greensboro College where he helped coach four regional placers.
Prior to Greensboro College, Ownbey had one-year stints with the N.C. Pride Club, UNC Pembroke, and Ferrum College. During his coaching experience, Ownbey had helped coach a combined eight regional placers and four national qualifiers.
“We’re excited to bring coach Ownbey to Newberry,” said Wainwright. “He brings a lot of knowledge and knows what it takes to compete at the highest level and to become a champion.”
Ownbey, a 2015 graduate of UNC Pembroke, was a four-time All-American along with being a two-time national champion in the 141-pound weight class. He became UNC Pembroke’s first-ever two-time champion, its third four-time All-American, and graduated as the program’s third-winningest wrestler with a career mark of 133-18 (.881).