Corrected Scoring Gives #16 Mount Union OAC Wrestling Tournament Title; Raiders Win Five Weight Classes and Record 12th OAC Title
The Ohio Athletic Conference has announced that there was an error in the team scores tabulated at the OAC Wrestling Championship and as a result No. 16 ranked Mount Union has won its record 12th OAC Wrestling Tournament title Saturday at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.
In corrected scoring, Mount Union edged regular season champion Ohio Northern by a single point (90 to 89). Heidelberg was in third place with 80.5 points, followed by John Carroll with 48 points while Muskingum 16.5 points and Baldwin-Wallace 13 points made up the rest of the six-team field.
It is the second-straight conference tournament title for the Purple Raiders, who had five wrestlers win individual titles.
Junior Riki Reynolds (Marion/Pleasant) won his third-straight conference title at 125 pounds while seniors Josh Malave (Rocky River/Lutheran West) at 141, Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) and Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) at 285 all won their second straight titles.
Senior Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma), who finished second a year ago, came back to win the title at 149 pounds.
All five earned All-OAC honors and automatic bids to the NCAA Division III National Wresting Championships March 9-10 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Junior Lambert McElrath (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) also got All-OAC accolades with a second place finish at 174 pounds.
Seniors Joe Spooner (Willoughby/Willoughby South) and John Piechuta (Alliance/Marlington) both placed third at 157 and 165 pounds respectively.
OAC Wrestling Championship
Seiberling Gymnasium - Heidelberg University - Tiffin, Ohio
1. Mount Union 90, 2. Ohio Northern 89, 3. Heidelberg 80.5, 4. John Carroll 48, 5. Muskingum 16.5, 6. Baldwin-Wallace 13.
Mount Union Individual Results
#1 Riki Reynolds - OAC Champion
Riki Reynolds (MTU) maj. dec. Cole Cochran (ONU), 12-2 - Semifinals
Riki Reynolds (MTU) tech fall Delian Schneider (BERG), 16-1 - Championship
#2 Bryant Roby
Bryant Roby (MTU) dec. Patrick McKernan (MUSK), 9-3
Jake Weisman (BERG) dec. Bryant Roby (MTU), 6-4 - Semifinals
Andrew Taylor (BW) dec. Bryant Roby (MTU), medical forfeit
#1 Josh Malave - OAC Champion
Josh Malave (MTU) maj. dec. Phil Kail (JCU), 9-0 - Semifinals
Josh Malave (MTU) dec Chris Osborne (BERG), 4-2 OT - Championship
#1 Kevin Shadrach - OAC Champion
Kevin Shadrach (MTU) dec. Brandon Howes (ONU) 14-7
Kevin Shadrach (MTU) pin Samuel McIntosh (BW), 6:46 - Semifinals
Kevin Shadrach (MTU) tech fall Andrew Johnson (BERG), 17-2 - Championship
#3 Joe Spooner - Third Place
Michael Letcher (ONU) dec. Joe Spooner (MTU), 4-1 - Semifinals
Joe Spooner (MTU) dec. Mike Frasure (MUSK), 3-2 - Third Place Match
#3 John Piechuta - Third Place
John Piechuta (MTU) dec. Ronnie Harper (MUSK), 8-1
William Painter (ONU) dec. John Piechuta (MTU), 3-1 OT - Semifinals
John Piechuta (MTU) dec. Sean Gill (JCU), 12-5 - 3rd Place Match
#2 Lambert McElrath - Second Place
Lambert McElrath (MTU) dec. Jeremy Stepp (BERG), 9-6 - Semifinals
Kyle Kwiat (ONU) tech fall Lambert McElrath (MTU), 18-2 - Championship
#1 Andy Jenkins - OAC Champion
Andy Jenkins (MTU) dec. Jake Cochran (BERG), 9-3 - Semifinals
Andy Jenkins (MTU) dec. Bryan Steinmetz (JCU), 4-2 - Championship
#6 Chris Hahn
Jim Nemunaitis (JCU) maj. dec. Chris Hahn (MTU) 11-2
Joseph Georgian (BW) dec. Chris Hahn (MTU), medical forfeit
#1 Derick Hesson - OAC Champion
Derick Hesson (MTU) maj. dec. Brian Barnhart (MUSK), 9-0 - Semifinals
Derick Hesson (MTU) maj. dec. Cody Lovejoy (ONU), 10-2 - Championship