Stephen F. Austin University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Sam Rayburn

BROOKELAND, Texas (Nov. 16, 2020) – The Stephen F. Austin University team of Cooper Thor of Mansfield, Texas, and Cody Barchenger of Taylor, Texas, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Sam Rayburn event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces. The victory earned the Stephen F. Austin bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.

The Lumberjacks duo won by a 1-pound, 4-ounce margin over the second-place team of Maguire Parker and Kyle McAllen from Northwestern State University, who weighed in five bass totaling 18 pounds, 3 ounces. The tournament launched from the Umphrey Family Pavilion in Brookeland, Texas.

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st:       Stephen F. Austin University – Cooper Thor, Mansfield, Texas, and Cody Barchenger, Taylor, Texas, five bass, 19-7, $2,000

2nd:      Northwestern State University – Maguire Parker, Stonewall, La., and Kyle McAllen, Stonewall, La., five bass, 18-3, $1,000           

3rd:       Louisiana State University – Jack Thomas, Prairieville, La., and Connor Turner, Albany, La., five bass, 18-0, $500

4th:       Louisiana State University – Heath Pinell, Plaquemine, La., and Bryan Bergeron, Port Allen, La., five bass, 16-12, $500       

5th:       Texas A&M University-Commerce – Frederick Arenas, Alba, Texas, and Brady Gaines, Caddo Mills, Texas, five bass, 15-10, $500

6th:       Stephen F. Austin University – Hunter Muncrief, Pineland, Texas, and River Lee, Nacogdoches, Texas, five bass, 15-4            

7th:       Texas State University – Hamilton Tarbett, Plano, Texas, and Collin Lansdale, San Marcos, Texas, five bass, 15-4       

8th:       Dallas Baptist University – Michael Postlewait, Astoria, Ore., and Andrew Rickman, Canton, Texas, five bass, 14-6            

9th:       Drury University – Grant Harris, Springfield, Mo., and Beau Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 14-5                

10th:     East Texas Baptist University – Jacob Keith, Jefferson, Texas, and Cannon Bird, Marshall, Texas, five bass, 14-0       

Complete results for the entire field can be found at

The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir was hosted by the Jasper County Development District. It was the third and final regular-season qualifying tournament for Southern Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will be on Nov. 20 – the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

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