Findlay and Ashland Finish in the Top 15 at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships
Pueblo, Colo. -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had two teams finish in the top 15 at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. The University of Findlay finished in third place with 58.0 points and Ashland University finished 13th with 38.0 points. Lake Erie College scored 7.5 points to finish in 29th place. Findlay's head coach Shawn Nelson was named the NCAA Division II "Coach of the Year."
(Release courtesy of the Findlay Sports Information Department)
The University of Findlay wrestling team, ranked 11th in the nation, finished third at the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship. The Roughnecks scored 58 points during the tournament and had their highest placing in school history at the NCAA Division II level.
For his efforts in guiding the Roughnecks to their best finish, head coach Shawn Nelson was tabbed as the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year.
Junior Mason True, ranked fifth in the nation, advanced to the finals in the 165-pound weight class with a 6-3 decision over Mary's Taylor Nagel.
In the finals, Mike Williams, the second-ranked wrestler from North Carolina-Pembroke, scored a 5-2 win over True.
Sophomore Adam Walters, ranked seventh in the nation, reached the finals of the 184-pound weight class with a 5-2 victory against sixth-ranked Tanner Keck of Central Oklahoma.
Third-ranked Derek Scala of St. Cloud State then scored a 9-3 win over Walters in the championship match.
Sophomore Ben Sergent, ranked fifth, made his way to the third place match with a pair of pins on Saturday. He pinned sixth-ranked Garrett Evans of Ouachita Baptist in 3:28 and then scored a fall in only 1:47 against Indianapolis' Joshua Kieffer, who is the eighth-ranked grappler in the 125-pound weight class.
In the third place match, Sergent came up short as he fell 4-3 by decision to Dave Fogle of Pitt-Johnstown.
Senior Michael Lybarger lost a 3-2 decision to top-ranked Luke Rynish of Wisconsin-Parkside and settled for fifth place in the 174-pound weight class. Lybarger, who won a national title last season at 165, finishes his career with 116 wins, good for third all-time.
(Release courtesy of the Ashland Sports Information Department)
Four Ashland University wrestlers secured All-America honors on Saturday (Mar. 10) at the NCAA Division II Championships in Pueblo, Colo.
Senior Jacob Southwick (Bowling Green, Ohio/Otsego) got to the podium for the second consecutive year. Last season, Southwick finished fourth at nationals. This year, he moved up a spot to third place. Southwick entered this tourney ranked fourth in the nation. In his final match on Saturday, he grabbed a 1-0 decision from Nebraska-Kearney freshman Kevin Barrett.
The other three Ashland wrestlers to place on Saturday became All-Americans for the first time.
At 133 pounds, sophomore Adli Edwards (Gahanna, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) was eighth. This was the first trip to nationals for Edwards. In the battle for seventh place, he lost to Justin Reinsma of Southwest Minnesota, 6-2.
Senior Marc Hoff (Liberty Center, Ohio) placed eighth at 149 pounds. Hoff lost by major decision (13-5) to Josh Hensley of Adams State in the bout for seventh place.
True freshman Joe Brandt (Versailles, Ohio) was seventh at 197 pounds. In his final match of the season, Brandt pinned Celic Bell of Grand Canyon in 1:41. Bell went to Colorado ranked third in the nation.
The Eagles finished 13th in the team standings with 38 points. Nebraska-Kearney won the national title with 107 points. St. Cloud State (95) was second and Findlay (58) was third.