Bay City, Mich. - Notre Dame College freshman Joey Davis (Compton, Calif./Santa Fe), was named Regional “Freshman of the Year” and "Most Outstanding Wrestler" while freshman teammate Almonte Patrick (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) was awarded the Most Falls, Least Amount of Time Regional award. Lake Erie College’s Kevin Hoogenboom was named Regional “Coach of the Year."
|2013 Regional Awards|
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Notre Dame has earned a first-place finish at the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament, and nine Wrestling Falcons are now bound for the sport's national tournament. Maurice Miller (141 pounds), Joey Davis (165), Brandonn Johnson (197) and Orlando Scales (Hwt.), Marty Carlson (133), Jonatan Rivera (149), Jeffery Pelton (157), Eric Burgey (174) and Charles Mason (184). Brian Hauser placed fifth at 125 and will be an alternate for the National Championship Tournament field.
Genetin finished third on Sunday to clinch his fourth trip to the NCAA Championships. That will come in Birmingham, Ala., in two weeks (Mar. 8-9). Genetin is one of four Ashland wrestlers who will head south. Freshman Max Byrd (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) won a regional title at 125 pounds. Another freshman, Michael Labry (Twinsburg, Ohio), was the runner-up at 133 pounds. At 197 pounds, sophomore Joe Brandt (Versailles, Ohio) was second. To advance to nationals, a wrestler must place in the top four at regionals.
After making their first appearance at the national meet a year ago, the Lake Erie College wrestling team is going back for more after qualifying three wrestlers for the NCAA Division II Championships in Birmingham, Ala. March 8-9. Sophomores Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) and Dylan Zivic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) along with junior Zak Vargo (stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) are “’Bama Bound” after earning top-four finishes at the Super Region 2 Wrestling Championships which concluded Sunday (Feb. 24) at Ashland University. All three are making their first appearance at the national championships.
The Roughnecks racked up 78 points during the tournament and will send four individuals to the NCAA Division II National Championship on March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala. Junior Ben Sergent, senior Mason True, junior Adam Walters and senior Andrew Tumlin each finished as the runner-up in their respective weight classes to lead the team.
Sophomores Jake Cramer and Kevin Christman placed fourth as the Tiffin University wrestling team closed out the NCAA Super Regional #2, Sunday. The finish qualifies the two for the NCAA Division II National Championships.