By Staff Reports TLNsports@limanews.com
March 15, 2014
ONU wrestler 7th
at D III nationals
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Ohio Northern junior All-American Cody Lovejoy placed seventh in the heavyweight class at the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Lovejoy (43-5), the No. 5-seed in the heavyweight division, defeated Rick Caruso (42-8) of Bridgewater State (Mass.) in the seventh place match by a 4-0 decision to finish the Championships with a 3-2 record.
Lovejoy is the 19th wrestler in Ohio Northern history to be named an All-American and marks the 30th time a Polar Bear wrestler has earned an All-America honors.
His 43 victories this season are the second-most in ONU history.
“It is gratifying to be an All-American,” Lovejoy, an Allen East graduate, said. “But at the end I didn’t want to wrestle for seventh place. My goal was to ba an All-American, but once I reach that, I had hoped for a higher finish. I wrestled a solid match this afternoon and it was nice to avenge an earlier loss.”
“Cody took another step this season,” ONU head coach Ron Beaschler said. “Last year, the goal was to make it to the national championships and this year it was to be an All-American. Next year the goal is to take another step and finish in the top four.
“He wrestled well all weekend, but he made a couple of mistakes that cost him two overtime decisions and that resulted in a seventh place finish. The goal is to correct those, get back here and compete at a higher level next year.”
Earlier Saturday morning, he dropped a 3-1 sudden victory decision in overtime to Mackenzie Green of Trine (Ind.)
Late Friday night, Lovejoy got a pair of 3-point nearfalls to build a 6-2 lead and went on for an 11-4 victory over No. 3 seed Cody Kasprick of Concordia (Minn.) in the Consolation Third Round to clinch a top-eight finish and the All-America honor that goes with it.
Earlier Friday night, Lovejoy used a second period reversal and more than three minutes of riding time advantage to post a 3-1 victory over Zack Gibson of St. Olaf (Minn.) in the Consolation Second Round.
In his first match of the tournament, Lovejoy fell 6-4 in sudden victory to Caruso.
Also on Saturday, Lovejoy was named the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Elite 89 Award winner.
Lovejoy, a pharmacy major, becomes wrestling’s first-ever repeat winner of the prestigious award, given annually to the student/athlete with the highest grade point average at each of the NCAA’s 89 Championships events.
He also won the award as a sophomore in 2013.