CRAWFORDSVILLE – Wabash College junior wrestler Kyle Hatch received the Pete Vaughan Award as one of the college’s outstanding athletes of the year during Wabash’s annual Awards Chapel.
Hatch was joined by senior cross country and track and field runner Sam Henthorn to earn the award.
The award was established by the National Association of Wabash Men in 1948 in honor of Robert E. (Pete) Vaughan, thirty-one-year coach and director of athletics at Wabash.
Hatch, a Warsaw Community High School graduate, completed the 2019-20 wrestling season with a 33-0 record competing at 165 pounds. The number-one ranked Division III wrestler in his weight class earned All-America honors for the third consecutive season after qualifying for the 2020 NCAA DIII Wrestling National Champion Tournament as the top seed in the 165-pound bracket.
Hatch qualified for the national tournament after recording two pins and a major decision at the NCAA DIII Central Region Tournament in February. Hatch added individual titles at the Indiana Little State Tournament, the Concordia Open, and the John Summa Invitational.
Henthorn was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year and added Indoor Track and Field Men’s Distance Runner at the conference championship meet in February. He won the men’s individual title at the 2019 NCAC Cross Country Championships in November to help Wabash finish second overall in the team standings. He became the second Wabash runner to win the NCAC title since the Little Giants joined the conference in 1999.
Henthorn won both the men’s 3,000- and 5,000-meter races at the indoor track and field conference championship meet. His efforts helped Wabash win the indoor title for the seventh time in 10 years.