Findlay Claims First GLIAC Wrestling Championship
ASHLAND, Ohio - The University of Findlay wrestling team, ranked #19 in the nation, claimed the first ever Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship on Sunday, Feb. 5 in Ashland, Ohio.
The Oilers, who were seeded second, posted a 3-0 record at the event. UF defeated Lake Erie College, 20-15, in the first round, Tiffin University, 35-7, in the second round, and Ashland University, 21-9, in the final round.
Findlay's 174-pound wrestler, Michael Lybarger, was named "Most Outstanding Wrestler" after going 3-0 on the day. Lybarger, the second-ranked wrestler in the 174-pound weight class, won 5-0 over the Storm's Zev Green, pinned Tiffin's Jacob Cramer in 4:42 and concluded the event with a 3-1 win over the Eagles' Bryson Hall.
Lake Erie's Zac Vargo earned "Newcomer of the Year" honors after posting a 3-0 mark. Vargo won all three of his matches at 149 pounds by decision and was the only Storm wrestler to go undefeated on the day.
Findlay's Shawn Nelson took home GLIAC "Coach of the Year" honors after guiding the Oilers to the Conference crown.