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Northern Review Athlete of the Week

Cody Lovejoy squares up with opponent last year at the NCAA Division III Championships. (Northern Review Photo/ Tim Glon)

All athletes at ONU aspire to blaze their own trail and one athlete in particular has certainly done that. Senior wrestler Cody Lovejoy has created quite the resume for himself in his days as a Polar Bear. Cody’s stellar performance over the weekend earned him the title of Athlete of the Week.

Cody led the Ohio Northern wrestling team to a seventh place finish out of 15 teams at the 34th annual ONU Invitational at the ONU Sports Center on Saturday. Lovejoy was also named the OAC Wrestler of the Week.

The senior All-American is ranked no.4 nationally in heavyweight Division III, and added yet another reason for him not to be messed with. He defeated top-seeded and No. 7-ranked in NCAA Division II, Garrett Gray of Tiffin 8-5 in the finals. He also topped No. 3-ranked Mackenzie Green of Trine (Ind.) 8-4 in the semifinals. Lovejoy went 5-0 on the day and is now 14-0 with a team-high 11 pins on the year. These major feats are just one of many ornaments that Lovejoy can hang on his Christmas tree of his wrestling career.

With all of the accomplishments Lovejoy has conquered so far, it’s a challenge to see how he keeps his sights set higher each year. “The ultimate goal [for me] is the same. I want to see how good I can become and so with this, it is important to constantly be evaluating how I am competing, as well as what I need to fix and what the next step for me is to take. In short, it means that I cannot become complacent with what I have achieved and that I must continue to improve upon my wrestling,” said the All-American. Since he is nationally ranked and has been to the NCAA national tournament two times already, Lovejoy will constantly be tested by the best competition he can see.

There are many opportunities for Cody to showcase his talents and strengths, but the heavyweight standout says that the ONU Invitational this past weekend is one of the higher anticipated invites. “I have looked forward to the ONU Invitational because we have the opportunity to host this tournament,” said Lovejoy. Even though the regular season matches help the team, Lovejoy will ultimately come to the national stage and have to bring his “A game” for himself and represent ONU. “I am looking forward to competing at the regional tournament and the national tournament,“ stated Lovejoy. The final chapter of his season has already begun and it will be fun to watch his historic career goes out with a hopeful bang.

As his 4th year has come upon him, the senior will have to dig deep and leave everything he has on the mat for his epic finale. Cody and the Polar Bears will return to action Thursday when they host Manchester (Ind.) in a non-conference dual meet at 7:30 pm at the ONU Sports Center. 

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