February 9, 2010

#30 Wrestling Drops Regular Season Dual Meet Finale to Ohio Northern, 32-13

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Josh Malave improved his record to 23-7 on the season with a win at 141 pounds.

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union's wrestling team, ranked No. 30 in the nation, suffered a 32-13 defeat to Ohio Northern in the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season dual meet finale Thursday night at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Ohio Northern win the OAC title outright with a perfect 6-0 mark in the conference, while Mount Union (4-2) finishes in third place behind Northern and second place Heidelberg (5-1).

Mount Union got an early 7-6 lead after a win by sophomore T.J. Arnone (Willoughby/Willoughby South) at 133 and a major decision by sophomore Josh Malave (Cleveland/Lutheran West) at 141 but the momentum stopped there as Ohio Northern won the next six weight classes to take the match.

Sophomore Derrick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) was up 11-0 at 285 when he won the match on an injury default disqualification.

Mount Union next competes at the 2010 OAC Championships which the Purple Raiders will host Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 am at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Ohio Northern 32, Mount Union 13

125: Louis Piszker (ONU) won by forfeit

133: TJ Arnone (MTU) dec. Jeff Penny, 8-4

141: Josh Malave (MTU) maj. dec. Garrett Freeman 13-4

149: Nick Letcher (ONU) pin Richie Clark, 5:24 

157: Luke Miller (ONU) tech. fall Kody Severino, 6:07

165: Billy Painter (ONU) dec. John Piechuta, 4-2 OT 

174: Kyle Kwiat (ONU) tech fall Darin Lyles, 16-0       

184: Matt Alexander (ONU) dec. Andy Jenkins, 9-3 

197: Drew Swick (ONU) maj. dec. Corey Hagan, 12-4 

285: Derick Hesson, (MTU) dec. Justin Southwick dq (injury def.) 4:41

Records: Ohio Northern (16-10, 6-0 OAC), Mount Union (9-5, 4-2 OAC)

Ohio Northern wins the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title

Mount Union hosts 2010 OAC Wrestling Championships next Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 am at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex

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