Three-time National Champion 1999, 2001, 2002
Fresno State: (2001-02) Proved himself to be the undisputed best wrestler in the nation in the 125 division for the third time … was consistently ranked No. 1 in the 125 division throughout the entire season … beat Iowa’s Luke Eustice 8-4 in the finals at the NCAA Championships in Albany, N.Y., to win his third national championship … won the West Regional Championships and led Fresno State to a second-place finish … completed a perfect season, going 35-0 overall and 19-0 in dual meets … racked up 12 pins, three technical falls and nine major decision victories … is Fresno State’s first three-time national champion and second four-time All-American … set a Bulldog record in season win percentage (1.000) and career win percentage (.973) … finished his Fresno State career with a record of 144-4 … topped his brother, Gerry, in the record books for wins in a career … led the Bulldogs to a 19th place finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships.
(2000-01) Top ranked 125 division wrestler in the nation … captured his second national title at the NCAA tournament and became a three-time All-American … won the Western Regional Championships … was the first Bulldog to go undefeated through an entire season with a record of 34-0 … was voted among Fresno State’s Top-25 greatest athletes.
(1999-00) Took the year off from school and wrestling to train for the 2000 Olympics.
(1998-99) Captured the national title at 125 pounds, becoming the second person in Fresno State history to earn such an honor in wrestling … had only one blemish in his national championship season (37-1), a loss to three-time national champion Eric Guerrero … was the WAC champion for the second straight year … had a dual match record of 14-1 … voted Fresno State’s male athlete of the year … ranked second in Bulldog history with a single season win percentage of .974 … picked up the WAC Outstanding Wrestler honor for the second year in a row … racked up 11 technical fall victories and six pins.
(1997-98) One of the top freshman in the country … made an immediate impact in his first collegiate season with a 38-3 overall record while going a perfect 15-0 in dual meets ... was ranked as high as second in the nation at 118 pounds ... capped his standout season going 5-2 at the NCAA Championships to earn a fourth place finish and All-America honors ... was named the WAC Wrestler of the Year and conference Freshman of the Year after winning his first WAC championship at 118 ... opened the season winning his first 24 matches ... took first place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, All-California Open, UC Davis Aggie Open and at the California Collegiate Invitational ... was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament at the Las Vegas Invitational ... four times earned WAC Wrestler of the Week honors ... was named team’s Most Outstanding Wrestler ... won 17 of his matches by major decision, eight by technical fall, and four by pin.
(1996-97) Redshirted at Fresno State ... won the 123-pound division at the Espoir National Tournament/Junior World Trials, beating Penn State’s Jeremy Hunter (who Abas again beat in the 1999 NCAA Championship final) in the championship match.
High School: Finished his high school career with a 190-10 record ... was a three-time state champion and finished fourth his freshman year ... he is only the seventh wrestler in high school history to win three state titles ... holds the national season takedown record (406) and national career takedown record (1,246) ... was a three-time Junior National team member ... took first place at the 1996 Asics Junior National Freestyle Championships, finished fourth in ’95 ... placed sixth at the Junior World Freestyle Championships.
Personal: Born Jan. 12, 1978, in Santa Ana, Calif. ... mother is Mary Alice ... has four older brothers, Van, Greg, Gerry, and Norman, and two older sisters, Monica and Erica ... his older brother Gerry was a four-time All-American at Fresno State and is an assistant coach for the Bulldogs.
Abas’ Year-by-Year Results Year Overall Duals MD TF Pins 1997-98 38-3 15-0 17 8 4 1998-99 37-1 14-1 8 11 6 2000-01 34-0 19-0 6 11 10 2001-02 35-0 19-0 9 3 12