INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — University of Findlay senior Bradley Metz beat two nationally-ranked opponents on Sunday in finishing third in the 174-pound weight class of the 38th Annual Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, Ind.
Metz went 7-1 in the two-day tournament and amassed 18.5 points for the Roughnecks. UF scored a total of 541/2 points and finished 13th among the 38 teams in an elite field that included 14 of the top 25 ranked NCAA Division II teams in the country.
Metz, ranked ninth in Division II in his weight division, clinched third place with a 2-0 decision over No. 3-ranked Huston Evans of Newberry College.
Metz posted a first-period pin (2:59) in his first match on Sunday, then edged No. 8-ranked John Blankenship from Pitt-Johnstown 2-1 to reach the consolation round finals.
UF’s Josh Wimer and Alonzo Turner both placed sixth in their divisions.
Wimer, ranked third in the nation at 141 pounds, went 3-1 on the first day and won his first Sunday match, a 9-3 decision over No. 9-ranked Jordan Roths of Upper Iowa. Wimer then lost to No. 2-ranked Nick Crume of Indianapolis and was forced to take a medical forfeit in the fifth place match.
Turner, wrestling at 165, also won his first match on Sunday, a 5-3 decision over Brandon Supernaw of Western St. Colorado. He then lost in a tie-breaker in the consolation semifinals and fell 4-2 to No. 11-ranked Colbey Vance of Upper Iowa.
The Roughnecks return to the mats on Jan. 5-6 when they travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. for the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals.