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McKENZIE — The Bethel University Bass Fishing team recently received national championship rings. It is a feat that would make any college sports team member proud, as well as giving each …
McKENZIE — The Bethel University Bass Fishing team recently received national championship rings. It is a feat that would make any college sports team member proud, as well as giving each member of the team a lifelong memory to their momentous achievements. The Bethel University Wildcat Bass Fishing teams are certainly no strangers to wearing championship rings.
Since the start of America’s first scholarship fishing program at Bethel, the team has won back-to-back Southern Collegiate National Championships in 2011 and 2012, Bass Pro Shops ACA National Championships in 2013, 2018 and 2019 and back-to-back Bassmasters National Championships in 2018 and 2019. Bethel also won the National Championship Bassmasters Classic Bracket Series titles in 2016 and 2019. The 2018-19 squad won the coveted ACA School of the Year title in 2018 and the Bassmasters Team of the Year award in 2019.
The new championship rings just received by the Bethel Bass Cats represent four national championship wins and a classic bracket win, School of the Year and Team of the Year, all within two years, 2018-19.
The Bethel team also won second place in the FLW Nationals in both the 2018 and the 2019 seasons.
No other college or university fishing program has won so many titles or championships in such a short period of time.
“We are so very proud to accept these national championship rings, and I know that our Wildcat Bass team will wear them with pride,” said Coach Garry Mason. “We have accomplished so much in collegiate bass fishing competitions all over the country while fishing against some of the very best anglers and the biggest schools in America each time we get on the water.”
“It has been my privilege to have coached the very best college anglers of our sport, and to see them achieve so many awards and championships over the past eleven years has been amazing,” said Mason. “Since the start of Bass Fishing program in 2009, every Bethel Angler that has graduated from Bethel University has done so with a national championship ring on their finger.”
The Bethel Bass Team has also won over 15 regional championships since its founding, as well as their seven national championships and two classic bracket national championships all since 2009.
Many of the records of Collegiate Bass Fishing are held by Bethel University, and the school continues to be a nationally-recognized leader in the sport of competitive college Bass Fishing.
Congratulations to all of the Bethel Bass Fishing team, its coaches and all who have helped to accomplish such amazing achievements at Bethel University.