Kent State sophomore wrestler Ian Miller finished fourth in the NCAA Division I Championships in Oklahoma City on Saturday. Miller became the second KSU wrestler since 1985 to record a top-four finish.
In the morning session, Miller beat the defending 157-pound champion Derek St. John of Iowa 14-9. Miller recorded five takedowns in the win to advance to the consolation finals. Miller then faced Nebraska’s James Green, who advanced to the third-place match via forfeit. Green beat Miller 13-1 for third place.
The Kent State women’s gymnastics team just missed winning the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich. The Golden Flashes were second as a team with a score of 195.125 to Central Michigan’s first-place point total of 196.475.
Kent coach Brice Biggin took home his ninth Coach of the Year award, marking Kent State’s 11th overall. Golden Flashes senior Marie Case, the MAC Senior and the MAC Gymnast of the Year, won three events. It was Case’s third consecutive honor as the Gymnast of the Year. Case was the all-around winner (39.500) for the second consecutive year. She also won the balance beam and was co-champion on the vault. She was second on the uneven bars and tied for third on the floor exercise.
Kent State was the MAC regular-season champion with a perfect 6-0 record in dual competition and advances to the NCAA Tournament, which begins April 5.
Eastern Michigan beat Akron 6-1 Saturday at the LaTuchie Tennis Center in Stow. Martina Zerbola was the lone winner for the Zips (9-6, 2-0 in the MAC), taking the No. 4 singles match.
• At the Kentucky Tournament in Lexington, Ky., Kent State improved to 14-11 overall, winning twice Saturday. In the first game, Lauren McNeil (3-2) shut out Fairfield 7-0. Ariele Patterson hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer for Kent.
Against Saint Francis (Pa.) in the second game, the Golden Flashes trailed 3-0 in the first inning before stringing together 11 hits to come back and win 8-7. Maddy Grimm hit two doubles, a sacrifice fly and drove in three for Kent.
• The University of Akron improved to 13-6 on the season after cruising to a doubleheader sweep of Niagara in its home opener at Lee R. Jackson Field on Saturday afternoon. The Zips won the first game 10-1 and took the night cap 11-0.
The University of Akron scored five runs over the last two innings Saturday to beat Eastern Michigan (8-10, 0-2) 10-5 at Lee R. Jackson Field. Right fielder Joey Havrilak led the Zips (9-10, 2-0) with four hits and two RBI. Akron catcher Brian Lees was 2-for-5 with two RBI.