Kenosha, Wisconsin - The University of Findlay wrestling team, ranked no. 24 in the country, took part in the 47th Annual Jim Koch Wisconsin Open in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 1. Findlay had 12 wrestlers compete with six of those wrestlers finishing in the top five of their respective weight classes.
Senior Ryan Skonieczny, competing at 141-pounds, went 3-1 in the tournament including a win over Division I Wisconsin's Jeremy Schoenherr. In the championship match, Skonieczny lost to Norther Iowa's Michael Blockhus 12-2 and finished the event in second.
Another runner-up finish came from senior Devin Rogers who also went 3-1 in the tournament. He won his first three matches, a pair of which were against opponents from DI Northern Iowa, to earn a spot in the championship match. In that matchup, Rogers fell by a 6-4 decision to earn a runner-up finish.
Ranked no. 11 in the country at 174-pounds, junior Nate Vandermeer took third place in the event and finished with a 4-1 record. He won his first two rounds with pins, lost in the semifinal, and then won the consolation semifinal, again by pin. In his third place match, Vandermeer won with a convincing 9-2 decision over Sam Greco of Davenport to earn third.
Junior James Wimer took fourth at 157 pounds, finishing 3-2 for the day. He opened up with a pin over Shamar Pugh in Maryville and followed with a 5-2 decision in the quarterfinal. After a loss in the semifinal, Wimer won his consolation semifinal match and the lost in the third place match by an 11-9 score.
Senior Armani Robinson competed at 184 pounds and went 4-2 in the tournament. He won by pin in his first matchup and, after a quarterfinal loss, won back-to-back matches by pin. After dropping his fifth bout of the day, Robinson took down Joey Williams of Maryville in the fifth place match by major decision, 11-1.
Sophomore Zachary Collins finished the event with a 4-2 record and finished in fifth place, winning a tightly contested 8-7 decision in his fifth place match over Anthony Pisciotta of Maryville.
The Roughnecks will be back in action on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16 when they travel to the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, IN.