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NW Ohio College Wrestling Roundup: 12-04-12

Here is this week’s NW Ohio college wrestling roundup

Kwiat has dominating performance for Ohio Northern
ADA — Senior All-American and defending national champion Kyle Kwiat turned in a domunating performance to lead the No. 13-ranked Ohio Northern wrestling team at the 32nd Annual ONU Invitational Saturday at the ONU Sports Center.
The Polar Bears finished fifth of 16 teams with 94.5 points in the team standings. No. 13 Olivet (Mich.) won the team title with 140.5 points, NAIA No. 3-ranked Campbellsville (Ky.) was second with 128 points and West Liberty State (W.Va.) was third with 116 points.
Five Ohio Northern wrestlers placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes.
Kwiat was named the Tournament MVP for the second consective season and sophomore Cody Lovejoy won the Most Pins Award with four in 8:42 on the day.
Kwiat won the 174-pound weight class in dominating fashion, posting a 5-0 record without giving up a point in any of his matches.
He won three times by tech, fall (15-0, 16-0 and 16-0) and won once by major decision (8-0) and was leading 13-0 when he recorded his only pin of the day.
He is the nation’s top-ranked wrestler in his weight class and is now 8-0 on the season.
Junior and No. 5-ranked Michael Pawlitz placed third at 197 pounds for the Polar Bears. Pawlitz finished with a 5-1 record, including three pins, and improves to 8-1 on the season.
Freshman Tyler Gargano placed fourth at 165 pounds. He posted a 4-2 record and is now 5-2 on the season, winning four times by decision on Saturday.
Lovejoy placed fifth in the heavyweight class with a 5-2 record. He picked up four pins on the day and is now 7-2 on the year.
Senior Jeremy Jones placed seventh at 133 pounds with a 4-2 record and improves to 4-5 on the season.
COMPLETE BRACKETS: http://www.onusports.com/sports/wrest/2012-13/files/WRONUInvitational12Results.pdf

Tiffin falls to Notre Dame College
Junior Alek Hughes and freshman Mike Screptock picked up wins as the Tiffin University wrestling team (4-5, 1-2 GLIAC) lost 35-9 to #8 Notre Dame College (2-0, 1-0 GLIAC), Sunday afternoon.
At 133-lbs, Screptock beat James Jenkins 7-0.  It was the seventh straight win for Screptock.  At 197-lbs, Hughes pinned Brandonn Johnson with 15 seconds left in the match.
Tiffin is back in action, Saturday when it hits the road to take on Alma. The match is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

125 — Hauser (ND) tech. fall Shoemaker 20-4
133 — Screptock (TU) dec. Jenkins 7-0
141 — Miller (ND) pinned Blackful 5:26
149 — Rivera (ND) dec. Beauch 6-3
157 — Pelton (ND) won by forfeit
165 — Burge (ND) won by forfeit
174 — Davis (ND) dec. Cramer 11-5
184 — Mason (ND) dec. Boggio 9-4
197 — Hughes (TU) pinned Johnson 6:45
285 — Scales (ND) dec. Christman 4-2

Mercyhurst tops Ashland on tiebreaker
Ashland University wrestling coach Tim Dernlan lamented his team’s ability to wrestle on the edge on Friday night (Nov. 30).
Dernlan probably has a point there, but here’s one thing he didn’t take into consideration. His young team, which made its 2012 home debut Friday night against Mercyhurst, knows how to keep a crowd on the edge of its seats.
After the bout at 157 pounds, the Eagles trailed the Lakers, 16-3. After that, AU won four of the next five weight classes, one by pin and one by major decision. After the battle at 285 pounds, the match was deadlocked, 19-19.
The Lakers won the match on the third criteria, total match points (41-32). The first criteria was wins and both teams had five. The next criteria is pins and each team had one. No verdict could be declared until the totals were in the books on the third criteria.
“I was happy with the way our upper weights wrestled,” said Dernlan. “They didn’t get down, they stayed focused on their matches. That’s what we talk about. We let a lot of the light weights get away from us. We didn’t wrestle well on the edge. They wrestled smarter on the edge. That’s something we don’t teach, but we have to get tougher on the edge.”
No doubt Dernlan and the rest of his staff were on edge after those first five bouts. Ashland’s only win in that string came at 133 pounds where red-hot freshman Michael Labry (Twinsburg, Ohio) clipped freshman Dylan D’Urso, 4-3.  The ‘Hurst rookie came into the match with an 8-0 record and two tournament championships this season. The win gives Labry a 10-0 record.
“Michael wrestled smart,” observed Dernlan.
The Ashland resurgence started at 165 pounds where junior Jake Piatt (Medina, Ohio) was a 3-1 winner over Clint Schaefer.  Piatt handed Schaefer his first loss of the year. Schaefer is 8-1 with a pair of tourney titles. Piatt is 6-4.
At 174 freshman Brandon O’Neil (Ashland, Ohio/Clear Fork) continued his strong early season run with a 6-5 win over Grant Chase. That was one of three matches decided by one point on the night. The Eagles won two of those close calls.
Dernlan always preaches about bonus point and at 184 pounds, sophomore Bryson Hall (Doylestown, Ohio/Chippewa) delivered some. Hall got his fourth pin of the year, stopping Eric Lundgren at 3:24. Hall shares the team lead in pins with O’Neil.
Hall’s pin got the Eagles to within a point of the Lakers, 16-15. AU got more extra points at 197 pounds where sophomore Joe Brandt (Versailles, Ohio), ranked first in the country, picked up a major decision over Tyler Landfried.
“He wrestled as well as I’ve seen him in a while,” said Dernlan of Brandt. “He didn’t let the guy slow him down.”
That Brandt win gave the Eagles a 19-16 spread going into the bout at 285 pounds.  Sophomore Kurt Schaefer (West Salem, Ohio/Northwestern), who normally wrestles at 184 pounds, lost a 5-1 decision to Jeff Pollard.
“Kurt fought hard, really hard,” said Dernlan. “He fought harder at heavyweight than he did at 184.”

Mercyhurst 19, Ashland 19
125 – Willie Bohince (MU) maj. dec. Max Byrd (AU), 15-2
133 – Michael Labry (AU) dec. Dylan D’Urso (MU), 4-3
141 – Joey Miller (MU) dec. Jake Garringer (AU), 7-2
149 – Michael Griffith (MU) pins Bobby Mason (AU), 2:51
157 – Tyler Berger (MU) dec. Zeb Beam (AU), 3-2
165 – Jake Piatt (AU) dec. Clint Schaefer (MU), 3-1
174 – Brandon O’Neil (AU) dec. Grant Chase (MU), 6-5
184 – Bryson Hall (AU) pins Eric Lundgren (MU), 3:24
197 – Joe Brandt (AU) maj. dec. Tyler Landfried (MU), 12-2
285 – Jeff Pollard (MU) dec. Kurt Schaefer (AU), 5-1

Heidelberg sixth at ONU Invitational
Head coach Ned Shuck and the Heidelberg University wrestling team traveled to Ada to compete in the Ohio Northern Open Invitational. The Berg placed eight individuals and finished sixth as a team, finishing one spot behind the host and 13th ranked Polar Bears.
The Comets of Olivet College claimed first in the team standings with 140.5 points, followed by Campbellsville University’s 128. The Heidelberg men collected 89.5 points as a team, just short of the Polar Bear’s 94.5.
Senior Justin Wharton (Oregon/Clay) and sophomore Jason Russell (Columbus/West) earned top honors for the Berg, finishing second at 165-pounds and 197-pounds respectively.
Wharton, who was the number one seed at 165-pounds, began his run to a second place finish with back-to-back technical falls over Dylon Gregg of Ohio Northern and Marco Crivelli of Thiel College, by a score of 17-2 and 16-1 respectively.
Following Wharton’s pair of technical falls, he claimed a pair of decisions, first over Eric Antesberger of Washington and Lee, 3-2.
Wharton then took on fifth seed Tyler Gargano of Ohio Northern. Wharton downed the Polar Bear, 9-0 to earn a spot in the championship bout against sixth seed Matthew Tuttle of Alma College. Tuttle would end Wharton’s unbeaten streak with a pin in 0:43.
Russell entered a 197-pound bracket that featured three wrestlers ranked in the top ten nationally, including Russell; Ohio Northern’s Michael Pawlitz, ranked sixth and Logan Renas of Olivet, ranked seventh by d3wrestle.com. No. 10 Russell sat in the fourth seed in Ada, while Pawlitz and Renas, opposite Russell on the bracket, occupied the second and third seed. If all went well, Russell would face one of the two in the championship bout.
Russell faced off against Aaron Edington of Lindsey Wilson, KY. in the first round, who he downed, 12-2. Following the major decision, Russell battled Danny Doyle of West Liberty University who he defeated 9-3.
In the quarterfinals, Russell squared off with fifth seed Trevor Maresh of Alma College. The two met earlier this season at the Olivet Comet Duals, where Russell topped Maresh, 3-2. In Ada Russell managed to keep Maresh scoreless, beating him 3-0 and earning a spot in the semifinals where he would face the number one seed, Allen Scruggs of Campbellsville University.
Scruggs kept the match close, but Russell emerged the victor by a score of 5-3. With the decision Russell earned a rematch against Logan Renas, who defeated Pawlitz, 7-3 in the other semifinal match.
Russell and Renas met at the Olivet Comet Duals, where Renas handed Russell his first loss of the season with a 10-2 major decision. The rematch did not end in Russell’s favor as Renas recorded a fall in 4:32.
Sophomore Brennan Kelly (Clinton Township, MI/De La Salle) claimed fourth place at 184-pounds for the Berg, finishing the day with a record of 4-2. Kelly occupied the fifth seed at Ohio Northern and would go unbeaten until the quarterfinals, collecting a bye and a 5-0 decision.
Kelly fell to the fourth seed, Derrick Williams of West Liberty University, by a score of 7-3, but then won his next two matches in the consolation bracket. The two decision victories earned Kelly a spot in the semifinals match against third seed Cody Catalina of Waynesburg University.
Kelly scraped by Catalina, 9-8 in the semifinals and battled Jeff Holm of Olivet College in the consolation finals. Kelly wrestled tough, but fell short losing, 6-4 and claiming fourth place.
Senior Delian Schneider (Tiffin/Columbian) and junior Chris Osborne (McComb) claimed fifth place at 125-pounds and 141-pounds respectively.
Schneider finished the day at 4-2 collecting one major decision, two decisions and a medical forfeit.
Osborne wrestled seven matches by the end of the day, wrestling to a 5-2 record. He tallied one fall, one technical fall, one major decision and three decisions, one of them coming in sudden victory overtime.
Senior Andrew Johnson (Weston/Otsego) placed sixth at 149-pounds. Johnson advanced to the semifinals with two major decisions, 17-3 and 14-2 followed by a fall in 5:24. In the semifinals, Johnson lost by decision, 10-7, and dropped into the consolation semifinal bout. Johnson did not compete for the rest of the tournament due to injury.
141-pounder, freshman Tyler Majoy (Norwalk/Edison) finished seventh, losing to Osborne in the consolation semifinals. He earned a medical forfeit in the seventh-eighth-place match.
Freshman Travis Luft (Asheville/Teays Vally) wrestled 149-pounds for the Berg and finished seventh, collecting two major decisions and two decisions.
Freshmen Ryan Hornack (Medina) and Mark Carosella (North Ridgeville) both wrestled to 3-2 records in Ada and finished a match away from the podium.
The Heidelberg grapplers will return to the mat on Sunday, December 16, when they travel to Fort Myers, Florida to compete in the Florida Gulf Coast Duals. Wrestling from Fort Myers is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.