#11 Roughnecks Place 3rd, Nelson Tabbed National Coach of the Year

#11 Roughnecks Place 3rd, Nelson Tabbed National Coach of the Year

The University of Findlay wrestling team, ranked 11th in the nation, finished third at the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship.  The Roughnecks scored 58 points during the tournament and had their highest placing in school history at the NCAA Division II level.

For his efforts in guiding the Roughnecks to their best finish, head coach Shawn Nelson was tabbed as the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year.

Junior Mason True, ranked fifth in the nation, advanced to the finals in the 165-pound weight class with a 6-3 decision over Mary's Taylor Nagel.

In the finals, Mike Williams, the second-ranked wrestler from North Carolina-Pembroke, scored a 5-2 win over True.

Sophomore Adam Walters, ranked seventh in the nation, reached the finals of the 184-pound weight class with a 5-2 victory against sixth-ranked Tanner Keck of Central Oklahoma.

Third-ranked Derek Scala of St. Cloud State then scored a 9-3 win over Walters in the championship match.

Sophomore Ben Sergent, ranked fifth, made his way to the third place match with a pair of pins on Saturday.  He pinned sixth-ranked Garrett Evans of Ouachita Baptist in 3:28 and then scored a fall in only 1:47 against Indianapolis' Joshua Kieffer, who is the eighth-ranked grappler in the 125-pound weight class.

In the third place match, Sergent came up short as he fell 4-3 by decision to Dave Fogle of Pitt-Johnstown.

Senior Michael Lybarger lost a 3-2 decision to top-ranked Luke Rynish of Wisconsin-Parkside and settled for fifth place in the 174-pound weight class.  Lybarger, who won a national title last season at 165, finishes his career with 116 wins, good for third all-time.