By Tim Glon
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Four Ohio Northern wrestlers are still alive after the first day of the two-day NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Wrestling Championships on Friday afternoon at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Junior Dylan Dolph (Canton/South), sophomore Gavin Nelson (Oregon/Clay) and freshmen Seth Transue (Plain City/Dublin) and Nate Barcaskey (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) are all in the consolation quarterfinals.
Each man will need three victories without a loss on Saturday to finish third and receive a bid to the NCAA III Championships March 10-11 at LaCrosse, Wis.
Dolph posted a 2-1 record at 149 pounds with a pair of decisions and is now 17-12 on the season.
Nelson had the most impressive day, going 2-1 with a pair of pins at 157 pounds. He is now 22-10 on the season.
Transue improves to 18-16 after going 1-1 on the day at 125 pounds. He received a first round bye and only wrestled twice.
Barcaskey was 2-1 at heavyweight with a pair of decisions, increasing his team-leading record to 31-8.
The Polar Bears are tied for 11th place out of 16 teams with 14.5 points.
The final day of the tournament will begin at 10 am on Saturday.