Areyano named Central wrestling MVP

Central College wrestler Rob Areyano (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

(from Central College)
PELLA— Central College sophomore wrestler Rob Areyano (Selma, Calif.) was named the team’s Most Valuable Performer as Coach Eric Van Kley recently released the team’s six postseason awards.

Areyano was appointed MVP based on a vote by his teammates. He went 23-2 at 149 pounds and qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships. The national meet was cancelled due to COVID-19 and all of the qualifiers were awarded All-American status.

“The biggest thing with Rob is the consistency,” Van Kley said. “He doesn’t just get consistently get wins, but he gets wins with bonus points. It’s very well deserved after a tremendous sophomore season.”

Daniel Radcliffe (senior, 141 pounds, Lockport, Ill., Lockport Township HS) was chosen as the Lawrence Award winner as the team’s hardest worker by the other wrestlers. He finished his Central career with 101 wins and four all-conference honors.

“I almost view this as a career award and not an award based on one season,” Van Kley said. “His work ethic is phenomenal. It not only elevated his status, but his example raised the work ethic of the entire team.”

The final award voted on by the team, Luke Condy (Memphis, Tenn., Christian Brothers HS) was chosen as the Outstanding Freshman. The 165-pounder started in the dual lineup for most of the season and earned top-six finishes at four tournaments. He finished with a 17-15 record, including eight pins.

The coaching staff appointed Duncan Lee (senior, 285 pounds, Newton) as the program’s Most Improved Performer and selected Nathan Fritz (senior, 184 pounds, Sigourney) for the Coaches’ Award. Both Lee and Fritz qualified for the national meet. Lee went 27-6 and Fritz was 24-4 this season.

Senior Tanner Zimmerman (184 pounds, Indianola) was given the Academic Achievement Award as the wrestler with the highest cumulative GPA.