By Bud Denega
WESTERVILLE — The Ohio Northern wrestling team got off to a good start Tuesday night at Otterbein, but couldn't hold on. The Polar Bears fell to the Cardinals 30-15 inside the Rike Center.
The loss dropped the Polar Bears to 6-4 on the season and 0-2 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The win improved Otterbein to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
Freshman Camden Spears (Plainfield, Ind.) gave Northern the start it was looking for at 125 pounds. He pinned Otterbein's Chase Nelson in 1:09 to give the Polar Bears a 6-0 victory.
After a couple victories for the Cardinals, freshman Chase Sumner (Ada) put ONU back out ahead at 149. He pinned Jacob Williams in 2:24, which made it 12-6 in favor of the road squad.
No. 26-ranked sophomore Connor Kwiat (Bloomville/Tiffin Calvert) vaulted Northern out in front, once again, at 165. With the team score tied at 12, Kwiat claimed an 8-2 decision win over Donny Didion, which gave the Polar Bears a 15-12 edge.
Otterbein won the final three bouts via pin to claim the victory.
Northern is back in action Saturday when it plays host to the 39th annual ONU Invitational.
Otterbein 30, Ohio Northern 15
125 — Camden Spears (ONU) pinned Chase Nelson, 1:09
133 — Joey Buckland (OU) dec. Brandon Bartlome, 5-3
141 — Santino DiSabato (OU) dec. #21 Jeff Andrews, 6-4
149 — Chase Sumner (ONU) pinned Jacob Williams, 2:24
157 — Ryan Whitten (OU) dec. Schuyler Caprella, 7-1
165 — Willy Plaisir (OU) dec. Adam Lenhoff, 8-2
174 — #26 Connor Kwiat (ONU) dec. Donny Didion, 8-2
184 — #17 Corbin Bunsold (OU) pinned Ben DePrest, 0:41
197 — Jarrod Setliff (OU) pinned Cole Mefford, 1:01
285 — #1 Drew Kasper (OU) pinned Logan Painter, 1:06