MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE NAMES THREE WRESTLING POST-SEASON AWARDS
Buffalo's Jim Beichner, Kent State's Dustin Kilgore and Ohio's Jeremy Johnson earn honors
For Immediate Release-Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Cleveland, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference announced today three wrestling post-season awards for the 2011 season as Buffalo Coach Jim Beichner was named Wrestling Coach of the Year, Kent State's Dustin Kilgore was awarded the Wrestler of the Year award and Ohio's Jeremy Johnson was named Freshman of the Year. All three awards were voted on by each of the conference's six head wrestling coaches.
Beichner, in his 16th season as wrestling coach at Buffalo, led the Bulls to 9-8 overall record, including 2-3 in conference matches. Beichner has a 153-112-4 career dual meet record with the Bulls. Buffalo tied with Kent State as both programs sent six wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, the most of any MAC wrestling program. In addition, Buffalo finished third in the 2011 MAC Wrestling Tournament as Andrew Schutt (141), Desi Green (149), Mark Lewandowski (157) and John-Martin Cannon (165) each won their weight class for the Bulls.
Kilgore, a native of Berea, Ohio, pinned Oklahoma State's Clayton Foster to win the NCAA National Championship at the 197-lb. weight class. Kilgore became the first Kent State finalist since 1942, and also became only the second wrestler in Kent State history to become a two-time All-American. Kilgore won the MAC 197-lb. title over Ohio's Erik Schuth in a 12-6 decision and helped the Golden Flashes' to a regular season share of the conference title with Central Michigan and Ohio. Kent State finished second in the MAC tournament.
Johnson, a native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, was the number three seed in the 285 weight class at the MAC Wrestling Tournament. Johnson was part of the Bobcats squad that shared in the MAC Regular Season Title along with Kent State and Central Michigan with a 4-1 conference record.