NEW YORK – The Associated Press' Little All-American Team was released today, honoring the top players from the Division II, III and NAIA ranks, and senior Justin Bell (Columbus, Ohio) was a First Team selection while sophomore kicker Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio) was a Third Team selection.
This is the fourth All-American team that Bell has been named to this postseason, while it is the first such honor for Wahle.
Wahle authored the best season of any GLIAC kicker, setting a conference record by booting 19 field goals in GLIAC play while hitting 21 total field goals. He drilled five kicks of 45 yards or longer and also set a school-record with a 51-yard field goal. He's made 31 field goals in his career, which is already a school-record, and he also holds the school-record for most points scored with 195.
Wahle was a First Team All-GLIAC selection in both football and soccer and earned a pair of GLIAC Player of the Week honors in both sports. In football, he was named to the Daktronics Super Region Four Team, while in soccer he earned NSCAA Midwest Region First Team honors and Daktronics Midwest Region First Team accolades.
He entered the postseason leading all Division II kickers in field goals made, and he led the men's soccer team with seven goals as well.
Bell continues to collect the hardware, as previously he was named to the Daktronics, BSN and AFCA All-American lists.
Bell capped his career with a school-record 294 career tackles and a school-record seven fumbles forced. He tied a school-record with nine career interceptions and is tied for second with six fumble recoveries. Bell's career 14.2 punt return average is also a school-record.
In 2013 alone, Bell made 101 stops, had two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered one. He also returned 24 punts for an average of 14.4 yards per return and tied a GLIAC-record with a 91-yard return for a touchdown against Grand Valley, earning GLIAC Player of the Week honors.
Bell was named the GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year and is a two-time First Team All-GLIAC selection. He was also selected to the Daktronics Super Region Four First Team.
Ohio Dominican wrapped up its 2013 season with a 10-1 record overall, winning the GLIAC title outright and qualifying for its first postseason berth since joining Division II in 2010.
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