2012-2013 Ohio Northern Preview

Ohio Northern Polar Bears (Mideast Region)
Head Coach: Ron Beaschler
Years at School as head coach: 25th
Career Record at school: 246-181-4

2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 12-4
2011-2012 NCAA Qualifiers and All-Americans: Kyle Kwiat (174, 1st), Jeremy Jones (133), Michael Letcher (157), William Painter (165)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: Kwiat, Jones

Top returning starters:
125 Cole Cochran – 4th OAC 22-15
133 Jeremy Jones – 1st OAC, NCAA qualifier
149 Nick Pataro – 4th OAC
174 Kyle Kwiat – 1st NCAA, 3x AA
184 Kyle Raber – 2nd OAC 2011, injured in 2012
197 Michael Pawlitz – 2nd OAC, 28-9
285 Cody Lovejoy – 2nd OAC, 28-14

Top incoming wrestlers:
165 Tyler Gargano – Kent State transfer, 3rd and 7th in PA
141 Shaun Lee – 3x MI qualifier
157 Jeff Stover – transfer, 7th OH

Season outlook:
Ron Beaschler enters his  25th season at Ohio Northern and brings back a solid team. Highlighting that group of course is 3x All-American and defending NCAA champion Kyle Kwiat at 174. He will be favored to repeat and become a four time All-American as well. Also back is NCAA qualifier Jeremy Jones at 133. Joining these returning OAC champs is a pair of former OAC runners-up at the top of the lineup in 197 Michael Pawlitz and 285 Cody Lovejoy. They will be hoping to improve on last year’s finish in the new Mideast region and make the trip to Cedar Rapids. The incoming class is led by Kent State transfer Tyler Gargano, a 2x Pennsylvania state placewinner who may slot into the spot vacated by graduated NCAA qualifier William Painter.