Local Sports

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Locally: ONU athletes honored
ADA -- A pair of Ohio Northern University athletes were honored by the Ohio Athletic Conference this week.

Senior returning NCAA DIvision III champ Kyle Kwiat was been named OAC Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season.

On Saturday, at the Alma (Mich.) Open, Kwiat won the 174 pound weight class. He recorded a pin and two tech falls on his way to the title.

On Tuesday, Kwiat recorded a 17-0 (3:00) tech fall as the Polar Bears topped John Carroll 42-4.

The Tiffin Calvert graduate is ranked No. 1 at 174 pounds and has a team-best 27-3 record.

Senior Alison Steinbrunner was named OAC Women's Indoor Track & Field Runner of the Week.

At the OAC Indoor Split Meet on Friday, she won the 1,000 run in 3:02.83. Steinbrunner also was part of the distance medley team that took first place with a time of 12:22.27.

The Polar Bears finished second of five teams in the meet with 138 points.

UF equestrian wins

The University of Findlay western equestrian team hosted two shows over the weekend. It finished as the reserve champions in the first show and won the second show.

In the first show, the Oilers trailed Tiffin University by a score of 27-26 to earn reserve honors. They then put up 33 points in the second show to claim top honors by nine points over the University of Akron.

Ashley Winters was named the high point rider in the first show with Elizabeth Hayes taking home reserve honors. Winters again was named the high point rider in the second show while Kaitlin LeBlanc and Callie Paul shared reserve champion honors.

Lynch honored

New Riegel resident Nate Lynch was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches at its banquet in Columbus recently.

Lynch serves as the district/regional track and field tournament manager at Tiffin Columbian and is the treasurer of the Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District.

The award acknowledges individuals who have given exceptional service to the sports of track and field and cross country in Ohio.

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