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Panther Matmen Earn Fourth Straight SEWC Crown

The Panthers pose with the tournament hardware.
The Panthers pose with the tournament hardware.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Ferrum College picked up its fourth Southeast Wrestling Conference Tournament title in as many years with today's win. The tournament was hosted this year at Huntingdon College's Catherine Dixon Roland Arena.

The Panthers crowned four individual champions and scored 112.5 team points to outdistance runner-up University of the Ozarks and third-place Greensboro College.

1. Ferrum 112.5; 2. Ozarks 90.5; 3. Greensboro 60; 4. Averett 55; 5. Huntingdon 52; 6. Southern Virginia 30.5

Blake Rosenbaum won his fourth title at 174 pounds and is the only wrestler in the four-year history of the event to accomplish the feat. Rosenbaum recently became Ferrum's first wrestler to reach the career 100-win mark.

Also winning individual titles today were Levi Englman (133), Collin Saunders (149) and Andrew Tolbert (165). Saunders dominated with a pair of pins and a major decision. Tolbert was a machine on his feet, posting 22 takedowns en route to three wins by technical fall.

Finishing second were Mario Vasquez (141) and Braden Homsey (184), while Jalen White (125), Austin Smith (157) and Alveno Matthews (285) all finished third. Placing fourth were Pablo Zanistanavicius (184) and Tyrique Nolen (285).

125: Jalen White 3-1, 3rd
133: Levi Englman 3-0, 1st; Steven Muller 0-2
141: Mario Vasquez 2-1 (1), 2nd; Javiaughn Basnight 2-2 (1)
149: Collin Saunders 3-0 (2), 1st; Caden Dalton 2-2
157: Austin Smith 3-1 (2), 3rd; Victor Allen 1-2 (1)
165: Andrew Tolbert 3-0, 1st; Christian Hite 2-1 (1)
174: Blake Rosenbaum 2-0 (1) 1st; Malik Barr 2-2
184: Braden Homsey 2-1, 2nd; Pablo Zanistanavicius 2-2, 4th
197: no entry
285: Alveno Matthews 4-1 (1), 3rd; Tyrique Nolen 2-2 (2), 4th

"I was so proud of our guys today at the SEWC Championships. I thought our effort was great. Some freshman put themselves in holes early, but they fought back hard. Blake Rosenbaum won his fourth title here, only one ever to do it, so that was pretty special. Congrats to him, Levi Englman, Andrew Tolbert, and Collin Saunders, who all won today. On to regionals." --Head Coach Nate Yetzer

Yetzer's men will now prepare for the NCAA Southeast Regionals, to be held at Lycoming College Feb. 22-23 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This is a qualifying tournament for the NCAA Div. III National Championships, which Ferrum is hosting for the first time March 8-9 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia.