RICHMOND, VA. – Lake Erie College junior wrestler Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) won the 174-pound individual title in the College Division at the National Collegiate Open Wrestling Championship Sunday (Feb. 24) at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond.
The National Collegiate Open Wrestling Championship is a collegiate wrestling event that serves as a post-season championship for NCAA Division-I athletes that are not wrestling in their school's national qualifying tournament and for lower division back-ups and unattached wrestlers. The College Division featured wrestlers from NCAA Division II, III, NAIA and junior college ranks.
Tesny won his opening match by major decision over Kyle Koziel of Notre Dame College (16-6) and then pinned Shorter University's Jared Rector in the finals at 1:35.
In addition to Tensy, sophomore Mitchel Porter (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) second at 157 pounds, posting a 3-1 record. He picked up two decisions and a pin before falling to Martin Mitchell of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, 17-7. Freshman Nick Bloch (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) went 2-2 at 141 pounds to earn a fourth-place finish.
The top six finishers in each weight class earn National Open All-American honors.