Big Reds News · Former sexton wrestler Bebeto Yewah- to Olympic level


Bebeto Yewah won a pair of NCAA III titles while at UWL.

Wrestling World Championships

Las Vegas, N.V. – Former University of Wisconsin-La Crosse standout Bebeto Yewah of Lansing, Mich. (Sexton) is set to compete in the 2015 Wrestling World Championships at the Orleans Arena September 7-12. Yewah, representing Cameroon, will compete in the freestyle competition Thursday, September 10 in the 65 kilograms/143-pound division. Action gets started at 12 p.m. (Central Time) September 10 with the preliminary action. The bronze and gold medal matches start at 8:30 p.m. (Central).

It marks the first time since 2003 the United States has hosted the World Championships. The six-day event kicked off with the Greco-Roman competition Monday, September 7. Women’s freestyle starts Wednesday, September 9 wiht the men’s freestyle beginning Thursday, September 10.

The World Championships serves as the main qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games. The top-six qualifiers in each of the 18 Olympic weight classes, six in each style, will qualify their countries for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Yewah only wrestled two years in high school and was a State Runner Up in 2008 as a senior at Sexton High School

Yewah earned three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III All-America honors at UWL, including capturing a pair of titles. He won the 133-pound title in 2010 and the 141-pound division in 2011. Yewah finished second at 141-pounds in 2012.

Named the 2012 College Athlete of the Year at the Greater La Crosse Area Sports Connection Awards Banquet, Yewah finished 89-8 in his UWL career. He won three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) titles for the Eagles, including the 133-pound championship in 2010 and the 141-pound title in 2011 and 2012. Yewah was named the outstanding wrestler of the conference championships twice (2010-11, 2011-12) was selected the 2010-11 WIAC Wrestler of the Year.

Yewah is one of 13 athletes who competed at United States colleges representing other nations at the World Championships. He is training with the Minnesota Storm.

“We are really proud of Bebeto as he has worked very hard since leaving UWL,” said Eagles’ head wrestling coach Dave Malecek. “He has been training with the Minnesota Storm and they have an amazing coaching staff and training partners that have taken him to another level. Our entire wrestling program is excited for Bebeto as he competes on the biggest stage in wrestling.”

Sexton wrestling coach Chris Henderson agrees” Bebeto’s work ethic is like no other- extremely motivated and disciplined ” the wrestling community of Lansing is very proud and excited for Bebeto!