#15 Roughnecks See 4 Advance to Nationals

#15 Roughnecks See 4 Advance to Nationals

The University of Findlay wrestling program will send four individuals to the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship as they wrapped up regional action on Feb. 24 inside the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex.

The Roughnecks, who are ranked 15th in the nation, were led by seniors Bradley Metz and Mimmo Lytle, and junior Josh Wimer. All three wrestlers took runner-up honors in their respective weight classes.

Metz, who is ranked fourth nationally in the 184-pound weight class, reached the finals with a 4-2 sudden victory win over Lake Erie's Tyler Hughes, who is ranked ninth nationally. Metz then dropped a 3-2 decision in the finals against second-ranked Jordan Murphy of Ashland.

Lytle, who is ranked seventh nationally, reached the finals at 285 with an 8-3 win over Lake Erie's Brandon Houle. Third-ranked Dylan Faulkenberg of Indianapolis then claimed a 3-1 sudden victory win over Lytle in the championship bout.

Wimer scored a pin against Tiffin's Trey Grine, who is ranked eighth, in 6:45 to reach the finals in the 149-pound weight class. Seventh-ranked Frank Yattoni of Wisconsin-Parkside then came away with an 8-6 sudden victory win over Wimer in the championship round.

Sophomore Nate Vandermeer punched his ticket to the national championship by taking third place at 174. Vandermeer pinned Tiffin's Chase Boyd in 1:54 to secure the bronze at the event.

The 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship is slated to take place on March 9-10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.