Kwiat celebration:?Calvert grad becomes 2-time champ
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Kyle Kwiat raised his arms and pointed to the crowd.
His collegiate career was over, but he went out in the best way possible.
Kwiat, a 174-pounder for Ohio Northern, defeated Jules Doliscar of Ithaca, 8-0, to win the Division III national championship for the second-consecutive season.
The top-seeded Calvert graduate, who assured himself All-American status for the fourth-consecutive season Friday, was never in any real danger in the championship match. He scored a first-period takedown on Doliscar (the No. 2 seed), then added another takedown in the second to go up 4-0. A reversal, followed by a technical violation on Doliscar, gave him a 7-0 edge as the clock ran out on the third period. Kwiat also received a riding time point to make it a major decision.
Kwiat is the fourth wrestler to win a national title for Ohio Northern, but the first one to do it twice.
The senior reached the finals by scoring a 7-4 win over Kevin O’Brien of Wisconsin LaCrosse earlier in the day.
Heidelberg 197-pounder Andy Lovins reached the podium Saturday, finishing fifth. The senior lost his first two matches of the day, and ended up wrestling in the fifth-place match against Delaware Valley’s Aaron Karns. Karns led 3-2 as time ran out on the third period, but Lovins was awarded a tying point for riding time.
In overtime, Lovins scored a takedown with four seconds left to win his final match.
TU lacrosse falls
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Indiana (Pa.) jumped out 14-4 by halftime and cruised from there Saturday to beat Tiffin University 25-7 in women’s lacrosse.
Alexandria Quast’s four goals and assist led the Dragons (1-4) in the loss. Emily Roussel added three goals.
Jessica Bombard had 15 saves in goal.
Wayne State bounced from tourney….
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Southern Indiana took advantage of Wayne State’s foul trouble and never trailed Saturday, beating the Warriors 79-70 in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Wayne State kept it close early on, tying the game at 15 on Jamar Ragland’s layup with eight minutes left in the first half.
But Southern Indiana took control with a 9-2 runs over the next three minutes, and Wayne State didn’t score from the field in the final 4:49 of the first half.
The Screaming Eagles opened the second half on a 17-6 run, eventually built the lead to 27 points and coasted from there.
… Findlay too
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Findlay was tied with Drury at halftime, and trailed by three with eight minutes left.
But the No. 7 Panthers took control after that, led by Brandon Lockhart’s 21 points, as they defeated the Oilers, 89-77 in the Midwest Regional.
Drury (26-4) dominated inside, outscoring Findlay – the No. 22 team in Division II – 52-24 in the paint. Five Panthers scored in double digits, with Alex Hall scoring 17 points.
Findlay (22-8) was led by Greg Kahlig, who had 20 points.