Johnston, Eblen, Mellon claim individual titles at weekend tournament.
2012-13: Zach Synon finished his redshirt season with a 19-8 record while competing in five tournaments at 125 pounds. Synon opened his season with a second place finish in the UCM Open where his only loss was in the championship round where he fell to Big 12 champion Eddie Klimara of Oklahoma State in a 17-5 major decision. Zach earned a pair of wins via fall the Joe Parisi Open. Synon won five matches en route to a fifth place finish at the Kaufman-Brand Open. Zach finished in second place at the Roger Denker Open where he won his first three matches. Synon finished off his season with a fifth place finish at the Grand View Open. Zach Synon's eight wins by fall on the season tied him with Alan Waters for third place on the team trailing only Trevor Jauch and Cody Johnston, who each registered nine.
High School: Synon was a four-year member of the Prairie Ridge wrestling squad and closed his career with a third place finish at state at 126 pounds as a senior. He concluded his last two years with a combined record of 87-5. Synon was a two-time state champion in Greco, winning in 2010 and 2011, and finished eighth at Fargo Cadet and Junior Nationals in Freestyle in 2011. He was an Academic All-Conference and Honor Roll member as well.
Personal: Zach was born on May 4, 1994 to Dan and Michelle Synon in Barrington, Ill. His father, Dan, graduated from SIU-Carbondale. He has a younger brother, Max, and his uncle, Ryan Geist, wrestled at Illinois State. He chose the Tigers over Northwestern and Iowa.