ALLEN, TX – With several sporting events having to suspend or cancel their season last week, the Wayne State College club program wrestling closed out their 12th season where a pair of individuals shined during nationals March 12 – 14.
From the Allen Event Center Arena in Allen, Texas, WSC sent six members of the wrestling program to compete in the 2020 National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Championships.
For the first time in Wayne State wrestling history, two All-Americans medaled while five others earned academic All-American honors with a 3.25 GPA or higher. Including the 10 points from the regional duals, Wayne State College placed 15th with 50 points in the nation during the NCWA Division I Championships.
Seniors Tyson Cisneros (235) placed third which was the highest placement in WSC wrestling history while fellow senior Hunter Weiss (149) took eighth.
Greg Vander Weil said Tyson’s finish is the best national tournament performance he’s been a part of the past 12 years.
“The championship match was the semifinal match,” said Vander Weil. “The champion I think had a major decision in the finals. So then Tyson wrestled the consolation-semifinal, pinned him, and then won 3-1 for third place.”
Weiss made it to the heartbreak round last year and Vander Weil added 149 was the toughest weight class this year.
“The outstanding wrestler of the tournament came out of 149,” Vander Weil added. “Probably had more returning All-Americans than any other weight class. He (Weiss) slipped into the heart-break round and had a major decision; really took care of business. Then on Saturday finished in eighth place.”
Other results came from senior Ethan Fitzler (157) going 4-2 being eliminated in the ‘blood round’, freshman Ryan Zoucha (133) went 1-2 while freshman Marcos Osorio (141) and junior Dalton Sobotka (197) both went 0-2.
Academic All-Americans were Zoucha, Fitzler, Weiss, Sobotka and Cisneros.
Vander Weil mentioned the leadership and the direction of Wayne State wrestling is going to continue to climb.
“We’re looking at a very strong recruiting class,” Vander Weil mentioned. “I think that high school wrestlers realize that Wayne State crowns two All-Americans this season there’d be no reason for them to not jump on board and be part of a good quality program here at Wayne State College.”
Fourth-seeded Cisneros (went 5-1 at nationals) won by forfeit over Lucas Peckham (University of Rhode Island), won by decision (3-1) over #20 Mario Roberts (Central Michigan) and won by major decision (8-0) over #12 Nicholas Nash of University of Akron. Tyson then suffered a 3-2 loss by decision to #1 Jeffrey Allen (Liberty) in the semifinals who eventually won the weight class. Cisneros then defeated #3 David Smith of Liberty by fall (3:55) in the consolation semifinal before winning by decision (3-1) over #23 Kaleb Cantrell of Ohio State.
10th-seeded Weiss (4-3 nationals record) opened with a win by forfeit over Ethan Boucher of Maine Maritime Academy, won by fall (3:27) over Domenic Garcia of Fresno State and won by decision (5-2) over #7 Nathan Egbalic of UNLV in the round of 16. Weiss then lost to #2 Zach Blevins of Toledo who finished runner-up by fall (0:35) in the quarterfinals. In the consolation round, Weiss defeated #11 Christian Govan of East Carolina by decision (10-0) but lost to #6 Andrew Halko of Akron by decision (4-3). From the seventh place match, #8 Daniel Veleas of UCONN defeated Weiss by major decision (13-3).
#6 Fitzler suffered a round of 32 defeat to Adolfo Delacruz of Sacramento State University by fall (3:26) before winning four straight matches. He defeated Ryan Bost of Georgia by fall (5:15); over Darius Govan of East Carolina by fall (4:37); over #16 Kimani Johnson of Grays Harbor by decision (2-1) and #14 Jolan Martori of Springfield Tech CC by decision (5-4). Fitzler fell one-win shy of the medal round falling to #2 Colin Cronin of Temple by fall (2:47).
#20 Zoucha suffered a round of 32 defeat to #13 Michael Hazelton of Macomb Community College by technical fall (17-2). In the consolation round, Zoucha opened with a win by forfeit over Jacob Armstrong of Williamson College of The Trades before being eliminated by #10 Casey Oleson of Treasure Valley Community College by fall (2:45).
Unranked Osorio lost to #1 Marcos Mercado of Springfield Tech CC by fall (3:00) and was eliminated by technical fall (18-2) from #17 Derek Vincelette of UCONN.
Unranked Sobotka lost by fall (1:51) to #8 Tyler Roling of Iowa State before suffering a loss by technical fall (20-3) to Michael O’Brien of Williamson College of The Trades.