Kwiat posts pair of tech falls as No. 26 Wresling defeats DI foe Davidson, falls to ACC's North Carolina State

Kwiat posts pair of tech falls as No. 26 Wresling defeats DI foe Davidson, falls to ACC's North Carolina State

By Tim Glon

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Senior Kyle Kwiat posted a pair of tech falls to lead No. 26-ranked Ohio Northern to a 20-18 victory over NCAA Division I foe Davidson and a 32-11  loss to North Carolina State of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Sunday.

The Polar Bears wrap up their regular season with a 16-4 overall record.

NC State improves to 4-5 on the year, while host Davidson falls to 6-12.

In the win over the Wildcats, sophomore Cody Lovejoy won 7-2 at heavyweight to give ONU the victory.

Trailing 18-17 entering the final match, Lovejoy jumped to 6-0 lead and held on for the decision and improves to 28-10 on the year.

Junior Jerry Pasquale won by forfeit at 125 pounds to give ONU a quick 6-0 lead but Davidson rallied for three straight wins to go up 12-6.

Sophomore Kyle Brezovec and freshman Tyler Gargano then won by decision at 157 and 165, respectively, to tie the match at 12-12.

Brezovec is now 11-12 on the year and Gargano is now 20-13 on the season.

Kwiat then posted his NCAA-leading 22nd tech fall, winning at 174 pounds 17-0 in just 2:54, to put ONU up 17-12.

NC State and Davidson will wrap up the afternoon with a dual meet at 4 pm.

Against NC State, junior Michael Pawlitz and Kwiat each posted wins to lead Ohio Northern.

Pawlitz posted a first period pin in 1:38 at 197 pounds to improve to 26-7 with 14 pins on the season.

Kwiat, the No. 1-ranked defending NCAA III national champion got a first period tech fall, winning 16-0 in 2:35 at 174 pounds.

Kwiat is now 36-3 on the season.

The Polar Bears will return to action on March 2 when they host the first-ever NCAA III Mideast Regional Tournament at the ONU Sports Center.

#26 Ohio Northern 20, Davidson 18

125 — Jerry Pasquale (ONU) won by forfeit
133 — Anthony Ellis (DC) dec. Jeremy Jones, 9-3
141 — Matt Zarth (DC) dec. Shaun Lee, 10-3
149 — Kevin Birmingham (DC) pinned J.P. Hoopes, 2:15
157 — Kyle Brezovec (ONU) dec. Patrick Devlin, 2-0
165 — Tyler Gargano (ONU) dec. Nathaniel Powers, 6-3
174 — #1 Kyle Kwiat (ONU) tech fall Christopher Talevi, 2:54, 17-0
184 — KIan Solcz (DC) dec. Kyle Raber, 5-4
197 — Donald Patrick (DC) Michael Pawlitz, 14-7
285 — Mike Kosoy (NCSt) dec. Cody Lovejoy, 3-2

North Carolina State 32, Ohio Northern 11

125 — Joe DeAngelo (NCSt) dec. Jerry Pasquale, 8-2
133 — Sam Speno (NCSt) dec. Jeremy Jones, 7-4
141 — Tyler Hunt (NCSt) tech fall Shaun Lee, 5:37, 17-1
149 — Thomas Gantt (NCSt) dec. J.P. Hoopes, 12-6
157 — Matthew Nereim (NCSt) tech fall Kyle Brezovec, 6:00, 22-5
165 — Nijel Jones (NCSt) maj. dec. Tyler Gargano, 14-4
174 — #1 Kyle Kwiat (ONU) tech fall Bret Peltier, 2:35, 16-0
184 — Keegan Cerwinski (NCSt) pinned Kyle Raber, 4:21
197 — Michael Pawlitz (ONU) pinned Josh Lackey, 1:38
285 — Mike Kosoy (NCSt) dec. Cody Lovejoy, 3-2