Keller Repeats as MAC Champion, Spann also Qualifies for Nationals
March 08, 2020


DEKALB, IL – Troy Keller made history on Sunday afternoon by becoming the first 165-pounder in school history to repeat as Mid-American Conference champion, winning his class for the second straight year. Derek Spann also qualified for the National Championships by finishing fourth at 133.

Keller faced Northern Illinois' Izzak Olejnik's in the title bout, looking to avenge his only MAC dual loss of the season. This time it was all Keller as the senior cruised to a 10-5 decision. He jumped out to 6-1 lead and never looked back.

"It feels good," Keller said. "This is just a step. I need to get on the podium in Minneapolis."

Keller is a national qualifier for the second straight season. He will look to become UB's first All-American since Kyle Cerminara in 2004.

Spann also earned a spot in the national tournament on Sunday afternoon. In his first match of the day, the consolation semifinal, Spann earned a 2-1 decision over Bloomsburg's Josh Mason to earn a spot in the third place match. With five allocations at 133, the win punched Spann's ticket to the NCAA Championships. Wrestling injured for the second half of the season and a spot at nationals already secured, Spann took the medical forfeit in the third place match. Spann is a national qualifier for the second straight year.

Marcus Robinson and Michael Petite also advanced to Sunday action in the consolation bracket. Robinson lost his first match of the day, but rebounded to win the seventh place match. He earned a 7-5 decision over Northern Illinois' Anthony Gibson.

Petite dropped both of his matches on the day to finish eighth.

"We wrestled great today," head coach John Stutzman said. "A lot of highs and lows. I'm excited for the future as we return eight starters and a bunch of redshirts."

The NCAA Championships begin on March 19 in Minneapolis.