SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Senior 141-pounder Colt Schilling, the 2018 Pac-12 champion and two-time national qualifier, was presented with the Cal Poly wrestling team's Most Outstanding Wrestler Award during a team banquet Saturday inside the Advanced Technology Lab on campus.
In becoming Cal Poly's first Pac-12 champion since 2013, Schilling posted a 14-7 record with a team-leading nine falls, including three in 30 seconds or less.
A resident of Brownsville, Oregon, and a graduate of Sweet Home High School, Schilling also placed third in the Pac-12 finals as a junior and fourth as a sophomore.
He placed eighth in the 2017 Midlands and completed his Cal Poly wrestling career with a 73-46 overall record.
Four other team awards were presented by second-year head coach Jon Sioredas and his coaching staff at the annual banquet.
Tom Lane, a national qualifier at 197 pounds and a fourth-place finisher in the Pac-12 finals, was named Most Improved Wrestler. The sophomore from Garden City, N.Y., was 16-11 this season, second-place finisher in the Reno Tournament of Champions and sports a 45-30 career mark to date.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Farina earned the team's Academic Excellence Award as he has compiled the highest cumulative grade-point average on the squad. The Tempe, Ariz., resident majors in computer engineering.
Sophomore 174/184-pounder Matt Wilhelm was presented the team's Leadership Award as he leads by example on and off the mat on a daily basis. Wilhelm, from Manahawkin, N.J., finished second in the Pac-12 finals at 184 and was 15-7 for the season.
Senior Killian Vendler was honored with the Coaches Award, which goes to a student-athlete who displays dedication, commitment, sacrifice and unselfishness to the team on a constant basis.
Schilling, Vendler, Luke Wilson and Spencer Empey capped the program with senior speeches.
|Colt Schilling with Head Coach Jon Sioredas||Colt Schilling at Pac-12 Championship|
|Ryan Farina (Academic Award) with Mike Hatcher||Killian Vendler (Coaches) with Blake Kastl|
Matt Wilhelm (Leadership) with Mike Hatcher