Senior Dustin Kilgore of Kent State University finished his collegiate wrestling career on Saturday as he fell in the NCAA Division I Championship. Kilgore, who previously held a record of 43-0, lost to Penn State University’s Quentin Wright in a 8-6 decision. Wright finished the year undefeated.
Kilgore, the No. 1 seed in the 197-pound weight class defeated Taylor Meeks of Oregon State on Friday to reach the final.
Kent State’s Marie Case took home two honors as she won the Mid-American Conference All-Around Competition and was named the Co-MAC Gymnast of the Year. Case finished with scores of 9.775 (vault), 9.775 (bars), 9.800 (beam), and 9.900 (floor).
Senior Rachel Guida was also honored by the conference as she was named the MAC Specialist of the Year.
The Golden Flashes, who won the MAC regular season, finished third in the tournament.
The NCAA championship begins April 6, and qualifying teams and sites will be announced on Monday.
The University of Akron has two players in the Top 20 at the Furman Intercollegiate Tournament through two rounds. Charlie Bull and Carr Vernon are each just 1 over par after shooting an impressive round Saturday afternoon. They, along with Cameron Simmons (5 over), led the Zips who now sit in 13th place as they posted a team score of 290.
The tournament, which is hosted at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., will conclude today.
Track & field
Akron’s Alexis Cooks, Gabriel Genovesi, and Gabriela Szkolnicka were all event winners on Saturday at the LSU Tiger Relays in Baton Rouge, La.
Cooks won the discus throw following a throw of 169 feet, 9 inches.
It was her second event win of the weekend, as she took the shot put crown on Friday.
Gabriel Genovesi won the men’s 800-meter race with a time of 1:49.82, and Szkolnicka won the women’s high jump with a personal best of 5-10.
Akron (4-17) won its first series of the season as it swept Ball State (11-10) in a doubleheader.
UA won the opener 7-4 and the second game 4-3.
Matt LaRocca had a combined three hits on the day, scoring one run, and driving in a run.
Darius Washington added two hits, a run and two RBI.
Walsh University has announced that their coach, Laurel Wartluft, resigned at the end of her current contract.