The University of Findlay wrestling program is sending three individuals to the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championship as the Roughnecks wrapped up their regional tournament on Feb. 27 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Junior Nick Goebel led the way after capturing a regional title in the 149-pound weight class while fellow junior Joey White secured a second place finish at 157. Red-shirt freshman Alonzo Turner placed third at 165 as well. All three wrestlers will now represent Findlay at the NCAA Division II National Championship, which is scheduled to take place on March 11-12 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Goebel reached the finals with an 11-0 major decision victory over Wisconsin-Parkside's Frank Yattoni. He then took home the regional crown in the 149-pound weight class with a 10-9 win over Ashland's Brent Fickel in the finals. At the end of the two-day tournament, Goebel posted a convincing 4-0 record.
White reached the finals in the 157-pound weight class with a 3-2 win over Coker's Rashad Cunningham. He then fell 1-0 to Belmont Abbey's Scott Bosak in the championship to finish as the runner-up. White ended the tournament with a 3-1 mark.
Turner lost his semifinal match against Wisconsin-Parkside's Nick Fishback by a score of 5-4 and quickly rebounded with an 8-5 win over Indianapolis' Clayton Monebrake in the consolation bracket to earn a trip to the third place match. In the third place match, Turner faced off against Shorter's Kade Kitchens and claimed the bronze with a 12-6 victory. He ended the regional with a 4-1 record.
Freshman Devin Rogers, sophomore Dalton Ishmael and sophomore Ryan Skonieczny also competed for Findlay on the second day of the tournament. Rogers and Ishmael each finished with a 2-2 record while Ishmael posted a 1-2 mark.