Back-to-back-to-back first period pins lift No. 17 Wrestling to 30-15 victory over Manchester (Ind.)

Back-to-back-to-back first period pins lift No. 17 Wrestling to 30-15 victory over Manchester (Ind.)

By Tim Glon

ADA -- Back-to-back-to-back first period pins by senior Kyle Raber, No. 7-ranked junior Michael Pawlitz and sophomore Cody Lovejoy lifted No. 17 Ohio Northern to a 30-15 non-conference dual meet wrestling victory over Manchester (Ind.) Friday night at the ONU Sports Center.

The Polar Bears improve to 5-1, while the Spartans fall to 0-4.

Trailing 15-12, Raber posted a pin in just 24 seconds at 184 pounds to put Ohio Northern up 18-15.

Pawlitz followed with a pin in 48 seconds at 197 pounds and the Polar Bears had an unsurmountable 24-15 advantage.

Lovejoy put the match away with a pin in 2:43 at heavyweight.

Senior Jerry Pasquale got ONU off to a quick start, winning by decision 10-4 at 125 pounds.

After the Spartans posted a pair of decisions to go up 6-3, junior Ryan Fowler posted a 13-3 major decision at 149 pounds to give the hosts a 7-6 advantage.

Freshman Tyler Gargano gave the Polar Bears a 12-9 lead with a 21-6 tech fall victory at 165  pounds.

The Spartans regained a 15-12 lead with a pin at 174 pounds.  

No. 7-ranked senior Kyle Raber posted a quick pin in 24 seconds to put ONU back on top 18-15.

The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday and Sunday at the Midwest Classic at the University of Indianapolis.

#17 Ohio Northern 30, Manchester (Ind.) 15

125 - Jerry Pasquale (ONU) dec. Taylor Hart, 10-4
133 - Kalib Jackson (Man) dec. Jeremy Jones, 6-5
141 - Josh Juarez (Man) dec. Cody Harting, 6-4
149 - Ryan Fowler (ONU) maj. dec. Johnny Tullos, 13-3
157 - Charles Holmquest (Man) dec. T.J. Calton, 4-2
165 - Tyler Gargano (ONU) tech. fall Aaron Bullock, 21-6 (4:53)
174 - Toby Kirts (Man) pinned Colt Lovejoy, 2:16
184 - Kyle Raber (ONU) pinned Zachary Kurtz, :24
197 - Michael Pawlitz (ONU) pinned Raymond Wajda, :48
285 - Cody Lovejoy (ONU) pinned Jason Pedigo, 2:34

Junior Varsity
141 - Shaun Lee (ONU) pinned Bryce Roberts, 4:37
285 - Josh Mitchell (Man) pinned Greg Biben, 5:52