College wrestling: Roughnecks send 4 to nationals

TIFFIN — Two University of Findlay wrestlers won championships and two more punched their tickets to the NCAA tournament after their performance at the NCAA Super Regional wrestling championships at the Heminger Center.
The Roughnecks’ Ben Sergent (125) and Adam Walters (174) both won individual crowns while Dalton Nicely (149) and Bradley Metz (165) also qualified for the Roughnecks.
The top five wrestlers in each weight class earned a spot in the NCAA Division II national championships set for March 14-15 in Public Hall in Cleveland.
Sergent, a senior two-time NCAA qualifier with a 19-6 record, was the master of overtime matches beating Indianapolis’s Alex Johns 7-4 in the semifinals and stopping Newberry’s Jeff Vesta 3-2 in double overtime for the title.
Walters, a senior two-time All-American, raised his record to 28-3 by whipping Limestone College’s Tanner Saranceno 18-6 in the semifinals and nipping North Carolina-Pembroke’s Blaze Shade 2-1 in the title bout.
He also earned the region’s Outstanding Wrestler Award.
Metz ripped off three straight wins to finish third and earn his first NCAA bid.
He stopped Ohio Valley’s Jabari Irons 5-2 in his opener Saturday and whipped Newberry’s Blake Ridenour 11-0 in the consolation semifinals. In the third-place match, Metz improved to 30-12 on the season with a 6-4 win over Maryville’s Dimitri Willis.
Nicely, who will head to his first NCAA Tournament with a 14-21 record, stopped Tiffin’s Sam Viengmany 5-3 in his first match before falling to Ashland’s Brent Fickel 9-2 in the consolation semis.
He secured his berth to nationals with a 2-1 win over Limestone’s Mel Levergne to finish fifth.
Indianapolis won the tournament with a 125½-106 margin over McKendree. Findlay was eighth in the 17-team field with 62½ points.

1, Indianapolis 125½. 2, McKendree 106. 3, Newberry 105½. 4, Ashland 100. 5, Maryville 99. 6, Lake Erie 70. 7, UNC-Pembroke 65½. 8, Findlay 62½. 9, Wisconsin-Parkside 46½. 10, Limestone 28. 11, Belmont Abbey 27½. 12, King 26. 13, Coker 22. 14, Tiffin 19. 15, Anderson 14. 16, Alderson-Broaddus 4. 17, Ohio Valley 2½.


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