University of Findlay senior Mimmo Lytle has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Wrestler of Week after his performance in the Findlay Open last weekend.
Lytle posted a 5-0 record in winning the 285-pound division of the tournament.
ONU athletes named
ADA — Ohio Northern University swimmers Ian Simpson and Kierra Watson have been named athletes of the week in their sport by the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Simpson was named the OAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week after figuring in four wins in ONU’s 207-90 victory over Wittenberg. Watson won both backstroke events in the same meet to earn the OAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week award.
ONU players selected
ADA — Ohio Northern University linebacker Zach Schmerge, receiver Chad Rex and running back Christiaan Williams were first-team picks and nine Polar Bears earned honors overall in the Ohio Athletic Conference all-league football selections.
Schmerge led ONU’s defense with 94 tackles and is third on the school’s all-time list with 320 career tackles. Rex caught 51 passes for 926 yards and an OAC-best 14 receiving touchdowns. Williams led the OAC with 269 rushes, 1,623 rushing yards and 2,016 all-purpose yards. He was third in the OAC with 11 rushing TDs.
Cornerback Cyler Caldwell, punter Sean Devaney, offensive tackle Kyle Gonterman and linebacker Mark Niles were second-team all-OAC picks.
Offensive guard Nate Jones and defensive end Justin Croswell received honorable mention all-OAC recognition.
Wilcox earns award
ASHLAND — Ashland University senior wide receiver Matthew Wilcox, a graduate of Ada High School, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Jack H. McAvoy Award, which is presented annually to the GLIAC football player who best combines outstanding character and leadership on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
Wilcox carries a 3.73 GPA as an exercise science major. He is a two-time member of the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team and has been accepted into the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2022. Wilcox is also a three-year Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Leader, and has received both the Don Rinehart Award and the Humility Service to the Glory of God Award.
On the field this fall, Wilcox is Ashland’s leading receiver, catching 37 passes for 707 yards (19.1-yard average) and five touchdowns. He finished the regular season fifth in the GLIAC in receptions, fourth in receiving yards and second in yards per catch.