By JAMIE BAKER
Some newslinks and college wrestling today. I’ll have my annual statewide entry grid posted sometime tomorrow.
Best of luck to everyone as sectionals begin tomorrow.
Wayne Trace wins Paulding County title
Wrestlers open postseason with survival in mind
Buckeye Central’s Kissell working hard beyond the mat
Edgerton’s VanVleet aiming for state title
Bryan wrestlers ready for challenge at BGSU
Fierce competition set at Archbold Sectional
Fremont Ross’ Grine has big goals
Ashland, Mansfield Senior making the most of what they have
Wrestling is a team sport at Genoa
COLLEGE WRESTLING: Heidelberg upends Ohio Northern, 21-11
TIFFIN — Heidelberg upset No. 17 Ohio Northern 21-11 in an Ohio Athletic Conference wrestling dual meet Tuesday night at Sieberling Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears fall to 15-3 overall and are OAC tri-champions with a 4-1 league mark.
The Student Princes improve to 11-8 overall and 4-1 in OAC action. Mount Union also shared the league title with a 4-1 record.
Defending national champion, three-time All-American and top-ranked senior Kyle Kwiat posted his NCAA-leading 20th tech fall at 174 pounds to lead ONU.
He won 18-0 in 4:19 to improve to 34-3 on the season.
Senior Jeremy Jones got ONU on the board with a 7-4 decision at 133 pounds. Jones, the defending OAC champion, is now 23-15 on the season.
Sophomore heavyweight Cody Lovejoy won by decision 8-3 to improve to 27-9 on the year.
The Polar Bears will wrap up their regular season on Sunday with a tri-match at NCAA Division I Davidson with ACC member North Carolina State.
Heidelberg 21, #17 Ohio Northern 11
125 — Delian Schneider (Berg) dec. Jerry Pasquale, 10-5
133 — Jeremy Jones (ONU) dec. Colin McDermitt, 7-4
141 — Chris Osborne (Berg) dec. Shaun Lee, 11-4
149 — Andrew Johnson (Berg) dec. J.P. Hoopes, 11-4
157 — Damon Creek (Berg) dec. Kyle Brezovec, 6-2
165 — Justin Wharton (Berg) dec. Tyler Gargano, 14-8
174 — #1 Kyle Kwiat (ONU) tech. fall Jeremy Stepp, 18-0; 4:19
184 — Richard Dowdley (Berg) dec. Kyle Raber, 7-6
197 — Andrew Lovins (Berg) dec. Michael Pawlitz, 7-6 tb
285 — Cody Lovejoy (ONU) dec. Nino Majoy, 8-3
COLLEGE WRESTLING: Ashland drops finale to West Liberty State
The Ashland University wrestling team closed out the regular season with a 21-19 win at West Liberty on Tuesday (Feb. 12). The win gives the Eagles an 11-6 dual meet record.
AU head coach Tim Dernlan gave the majority of his regulars the night off.
Ashland’s lone pin of the night came at 125 pounds where Johnny Maurice (Bellefontaine, Ohio) won in 1:51 over Joe Wagstaff.
The Eagles won five decisions against the Hilltoppers.
Ashland returns to the mat on Feb. 23-24 when the NCAA Super Regional 2 Championships come to Kates Gymnasium.
Ashland 21, West Liberty 19
125 – Johnny Maurice (AU) pins Joe Wagstaff (WL), 1:51
133 – Scott Spreng (AU) dec. Cole Nance (WL), 8-7
141 – Bobby Mason (AU) dec. Johnny McComas (WL), 8-4
149 – Nick Wykoff (WL) pins Anthony Pavlich (AU), 1:18
157 – Daniel Carptenter (WL) maj. dec. Patrick Kovacs (AU), 18-8
165 – Randall Perkins (AU)) dec. David Schlieper (WL), 4-2 (OT)
174 – Jonathon Beam (AU) dec. Ben Giles (WL), 9-3
184 – Kurt Schaefer (AU) dec. Derrick Williams (WL), 2-1
197 – Danny Doyle (WL) dec. Jacob Howarth (AU), 3-2
285 – Mike Carpenter (WL) pins Tyler Houska (AU), 6:26
COLLEGE WRESTLING: UF drops to 9th in NCAA Division II rankings
EDMOND, Okla. — St. Cloud State (Minn.) maintained its stranglehold on the NCAA Division II wrestling rankings Wednesday as the Huskies stayed atop the latest Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll.
SCSU received all eight first-place votes in balloting of head coaches from around the country to finish with 160 points as the unanimous No. 1 pick for the third straight poll. The Huskies are 20-0 and take a 46-match winning streak into Thursday’s dual finale against Minnesota State-Mankato.
Division II newcomer Notre Dame (Ohio) earned all eight second-place votes and remained No. 2 with 152 points. Seven-time Division II champion Central Oklahoma is third with 143 points, followed by Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) with 130 and Newberry (S.C.) with 128.
Rounding out the top 10 is Upper Iowa, defending national champion Nebraska-Kearney, Minnesota State-Mankato, Findlay (Ohio) and Mercyhurst (Pa.). Adams State jumped into the rankings at No. 11 after being among those teams that received votes in the last poll.
St. Cloud State has five ranked individuals, led by No. 1 Shamus O’Grady at 184 pounds. North Carolina-Pembroke is the only team with two No. 1s — 141 Daniel Ownbey and 174 Mike Williams.
The top 20 poll, with points and each team’s last ranking following by the individual rankings at each weight:
NCAA DIVISION II TOP 20
1. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 160 1st
2. Notre Dame (Ohio) 152 2nd
3. Central Oklahoma 143 3rd
4. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 130 5th
5. Newberry (S.C.) 128 4th
6. Upper Iowa 124 6th
7. Nebraska-Kearney 93 8th
8. Minnesota State-Mankato 89 10th
9. Findlay (Ohio) 88 7th
10. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 79 13th
11. Adams State (Colo.) 71 NR
12. Kutztown (Pa.) 67 12th
13. Wisconsin-Parkside 58 14th
14. Colorado Mesa 54 9th
15. Ashland (Ohio) 45 19th
16. Indianapolis (Ind.) 44 16th
17. Augustana (S.D.) 42 15th
18. North Carolina-Pembroke 40 18th
19. Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 24 11th
20. Fort Hays State (Kan.) 14 17th
Others receiving votes: King (Tenn.), Lake Erie (Ohio), Mary (N.D.), Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Southwest Minnesota, Western State (Colo.).
1. Jesse Hillhouse, Colorado State-Pueblo
2. Alex Johns, Indianapolis (Ind.)
3. Eric Forde, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
4. Jeff Vesta, Newberry (S.C.)
5. Jerry Huff, Adams State (Colo.)
6. Kyle McCrite, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
7. Max Byrd, Ashland (Ohio)
8. Ben Sergent, Findlay (Ohio)
1. Casy Rowell, Central Oklahoma
2. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
3. Andy Pokorny, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
4. Daniel DeShazer, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Marty Carlson, Notre Dame (Ohio)
6. Michael Labry, Ashland (Ohio)
7. Alphonse Vruno, Minnesota State-Mankato
8. Justin Reinsma, Southwest Minnesota
1. Daniel Ownbey, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Trevor Johnson, Mary (N.D.)
3. Ryan Fillingame, Adams State (Colo.)
4. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
5. C.J. Napier, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Josh Myers, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
7. Dave Cawley, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
8. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
1. Raufeon Stots, Nebraska-Kearney
2. Jordan Basks, Central Oklahoma
3. John Rivera, Notre Dame (Ohio)
4. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Cameryn Brady, Indianapolis (Ind.)
6. Keenan Hagerty, Maryville (Mo.)
7. Deral Brown, Newberry (S.C.)
8. Bobby Ward, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
1. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
3. Chase White, Nebraska-Kearney
4. Bobby Williams, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
5. Braden Turner, East Stroudsburg State (Pa.)
6. Taylor Knapp, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Clinton Poster, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Jeremy Bommarito, Limestone (S.C.)
1. Joey Davis, Notre Dame (Ohio)
2. Matt Vandermeer, Lake Erie (Ohio)
3. Isaiah Jimenez, San Francisco State (Calif.)
4. Chase Nelson, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Jacob Begin, Southwest Minnesota
6. Robert Shade, North Carolina-Pembroke
7. Cody Quinn, Minnesota State-Mankato
8 Wade Gobin, Upper Iowa
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Elliot Copeland, Western State (Colo.)
3. Eric Burgey, Notre Dame (Ohio)
4. Brendon Eichmann, Minnesota State-Mankato
5. Patrick Martinez, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Kelly Henderson, Central Oklahoma
7. Jarrod Purvis, Adams State (Colo.)
8. Bryson Hall, Ashland (Ohio)
1. Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Adam Walters, Findlay (Ohio)
3. Dallas Smith, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
4. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State-Mankato
5. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
6. Travis McKillop, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
7. Matt Gille, Wisconsin-Parkside
8. Kyle Piat, Western State (Colo.)
1. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
2. Matt Baker, Maryville (Mo.)
3. Brandon Johnson, Notre Dame (Ohio)
4. Joe Brandt, Ashland (Ohio)
5. Tanner Kriss, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Tyson Searer, East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
7. Jayd Docken, Augustana (S.D.)
8. Davion Willis, Wisconsin-Parkside
1. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
2. Jake Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Tyrell Fortune, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
4. James Malechek, Wisconsin-Parkside
5. Orlando Scales, Notre Dame (Ohio)
6. Ziad Haddad, Kutztown (Pa.)
7. Andrew Tumlin, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Cody Dauphin, Central Oklahoma