NCAA Division II
Regional Wrestling
WHERE: University of Findlay’s Malcolm Athletic Center.
WHEN: Today, 11 a.m. (Championship first round and quarterfinals, first and second consolations); Saturday 11 a.m. (championship semifinals; third and fourth consolations) 3 p.m. (finals).
TEAMS COMPETING: Findlay, Tiffin, Ashland, Lake Erie, Indianapolis, Bellarmine, Belmont Abbey, Coker, King, Limestone, Newberry, Shorter, North Carolina-Pembroke, Wisconsin-Parkside.
QUALIFICATION: Top four wrestlers at each weight advance to the NCAA Division II national championships which will be March 9-10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
ADMISSION: Adults $10 per session; senior citizens, children under 12 and students $5.
WHAT TO WATCH: The University of Findlay will be hosting the NCAA Division II regional tournament for the second time. Senior Brad Metz, a 100-match winner who is ranked second in the region at 184 pounds, is one of two returning All-Americans in the UF lineup. He was seventh at nationals a year ago. The Roughnecks’ Alonzo Turner (165), has been sidelined the last few weeks with injuries, but will return to the mat this weekend after finishing sixth in the NCAA tournament a year ago.
UF senior heavyweight Mimmo Lytle is a returning NCAA qualifier and is seeded second in the 285-pound division.
Another wrestler to watch could be 197-pounder Armani Robinson. Robinson knocked off unbeaten and top seeded Luke Cramer of Ashland a few weeks ago in a dual match. He won’t be seeded but will be a tough draw for anyone at this weight.
Brothers Josh (149) and James Wimer (157) are both ranked third in the region in their respective weight classes. Other UF wrestlers include Zach Collins (125), Mike Stewart (133), Ryan Skonieczny (141) and Nate Vandermeer (174).