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Monday, March 11, 2013College wrestling: Two Roughnecks earn all-American honors
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- University of Findlay junior Adam Walters earned his second All-American award to lead the Roughnecks at Saturday's NCAA Division II national wrestling tournament at the Crossplex Complex in Birmingham, Ala.
Walters (32-5), a second-place finisher at nationals in 2012, strung together three straight wins after an 8-0 loss to St. Cloud State's Shamus O'Grady in Friday's 184-pound quarterfinals.
He stopped Western State's Kyle Piatt (11-8), Colorado State-Mesa's Nick Peterson (3-2) and Upper Iowa's Mitch Schultz (10-2) to reach the third-place match.
But Walters gave up a two-point takedown midway through the third period and a point for riding time in a 4-2 loss to Pitt-Johnstown's Travis McKillop to finish fourth.
The Roughnecks' Andrew Tumlin (32-14) finished his career by earning his first All-American honor at 285 pounds.
Tumlin lost to Grand Canyon's Tyrell Fortune 14-3 in the quarterfinals. He edged West Liberty State's Mike Carpenter 5-4 before falling to St. Cloud State's Jake Kahnke 4-1.
In the 285-pound match for seventh place, Tumlin scored a takedown with 30 seconds remaining to tie his match with Tiffin's Kevin Christman at 3-3. But Christman scored a takedown at the buzzer to pull out a 5-3 victory.
Meanwhile, things didn't go as well over the weekend for UF returning All-Americans Ben Sergent and Mason True, who both bowed out of the tournament on Friday night.
True (18-9), an Arcadia graduate and returning NCAA runner-up, jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against St. Cloud State's Gabe Fogarty in Friday's 165-pound opener before dropping a 7-3 decision.
True beat Colorado State-Pueblo's Trevor Grant 3-0 in his first consolation bout before falling to Minnesota State-Mankato's Cody Quinn 11-3.
Sergent (26-15), a junior, led 5-0 in the first period against Gannon's Matthew Turek in his 125-pound opener but dropped a 10-8 decision. He was eliminated in his next match with a 5-2 loss to Northern State's Anthony Bruno.
Findlay and Ashland finished in a tie for 15th place with 19? points.
Nebraska-Kearney scored 108 points to win a close three-way battle for the title with defending champ St. Cloud State (105) and Notre Dame College (103?).
1, Nebraska-Kearney 108. 2, St. Cloud State 105. 3, Notre Dame College 103?. 4, Central Oklahoma 73. 5, Upper Iowa 49. 6, Newberry 43?. 7, Adams State 40?. 8, Minnesota State-Mankato 35?. 9, Grand Canyon 31?. 10, San Francisco State 28. 11, Maryville 27. 12, Ouachita Baptist 26. 13, Colorado State-Pueblo 25. 14, Pitt-Johnstown 21. 15, Ashland & Findlay 19?. 17, Lake Erie & Wisconsin-Parkside 19. 19, Indianapolis 18. 20, North Carolina-Pembroke & Western State 17. 22, Colorado-Mesa & Truman State 16?. 24, Kutztown 16. 25, Simon Fraser & Northern State 15?. 27, Chadron State 12?. 28, Southwest Minnesota State 11?. 29, Gannon & Mercyhurst 10?. 31, Augustana 9?. 32, East Stroudsburg 9. 33, Tiffin 8. 34, Colorado School of Mines 6. 35, Seton Hill 3?. 36, West Liberty State 2?. 37, Shippensburg & Mary 2. 39, Anderson & Fort Hayes State 1. 41, Central Missouri, Limestone, Minnesota-Moorhead, New Mexico Highlands & Ohio Valley 0.
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