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Colt Schilling Honored as Cal Poly's Most Outstanding Wrestler

Colt Schilling Honored as Cal Poly's Most Outstanding Wrestler

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


Tom Lane (Most Improved) with Jon Sioredas


Matt Wilhelm
(Leadership) with Mike Hatcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Cal Poly's four senior wrestlers: Luke Wilson, Colt Schilling, Spencer Empey, Killian Vendler