The University of Findlay wrestling team is currently in 18th place at the NCAA Division II National Championship, which completed the second and final day of competition on March 15 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Oilers had two wrestlers in championship matches. Seniors Adam Walters and Ben Sergent earned All-American honors yesterday as they reached the semifinals in their respective weight classes.
Walters, who competed in the 174-pound weight class, defeated Western State's Elliot Copeland in the semifinal to advance to the championship match and Sergent did the same in the 125-pound weight class, taking down Gannon University's Matthew Turek.
Sergent, a 2012 All-American, entered the finals with a 25-6 record on the year and tied for 7th all-time at the University of Findlay with 108 wins. He would take on TJ North from Augustana College in North Dakota. North came into the tournament ranked third in the nation in his weight class with his record of 30-3. Sergent and North faced off earlier this season at the Ranger Duals in Kenosha, WI with North coming out on top by a 6-1 decision. However, when the duo met for the national title, it was Sergent who came out on top, 4-0. The win ends Sergent's career and placed him in a tie for 6th in career wins at UF.
Walters, a now three-time All-American, the first two at the 184-pound weight class, took on Notre Dame College Falcon Joey Davis. This season, Walters was named the Midwest Regional Wrestler of the Year and in 2013 was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Wrestler of the Year. He enters the match tied for 10th all-time at Findlay with 102 career wins. Davis, a defending national champion at 165-pounds, entered the match at 71-0 in his young career, setting up what would be the marquee matchup of the tournament.
Walters, who was 34-3 on the year, scored early, earning a point in the first period, but his lead would fall quickly. Davis tied the match but struck the big blow with a takedown in the third period, pushing his lead to 3-1. The final was 4-1 and move Davis to 72-0 in his career. Walters was national runner-up for the second time in his stellar career at Findlay.
Together, the duo of Walters and Sergent earned 210 wins.
Walters was named first team All-GLIAC three times (2012, '13, '14), was All-American three times (2012, '13, '14), and finished with a career record of 102-29.
Sergent earned All-GLIAC three times (2012, '13, '14), won two regional titles (2012, '14), earned All-American twice in four trips to the national tournament (2012, '14), capped his career with a National Championship (2014), and ended with a record of 108-47.