UNCG claimed its first-ever Southern Conference Championship in wrestling and three individuals qualified for the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
141-pounder Ivan Lopouchanski, 165-pounder Victor Hojilla and 174-pounder Byron Sigmon all won individual titles at their respective weight classes in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Andrew Saunders will also join those three teammates at this week’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb. after earning one of 50 at-large bids, David Percival (Athletics) notes.
Hojilla also came away with Most Outstanding Wrestler honors, while Coach Jason Loukides was honored as the SoCon Coach of the Year.
UNCG claimed the team championship by putting five wrestlers in the finals and three coming home with third-place finishes to score 81.5 points. The Citadel came in second with 74 points and Appalachian State was third with 71.5 points. Five-time defending SoCon Tournament champion Chattanooga finished in a distant fourth with 43 points followed by VMI and Davidson with 37 and 21 points, respectively.