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Lovejoy brothers, bus ride not enough to push wrestlers past Baldwin Wallace

ONU lost to #13 Baldwin Wallace by a score of 18-12 on Tuesday, February 10. (Northern Review photo/ Grant Pepper)

Cody Lovejoy paces around the mat with a face that would suggest that someone has seriously wronged him, and it is time for revenge. Dropkick Murphy’s “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” blares over the loudspeakers and Lovejoy stares in such a way that causes parents to second-guess their decision to bring children to the match. Ten minutes until go-time.

Lovejoy would continue his dominance on Tuesday night, defeating Baldwin Wallace’s Joe Belford in a 3-0 decision. The senior heavyweight is currently undefeated, with a record of 37-0, and ranked first in the country.

Despite Lovejoy’s performance, the Polar Bears fell to 13th-ranked Baldwin Wallace by a score of 18-12. The Bears won at the 133, 157, 165 and 285-pound weight classes, but lost six of the ten bouts in the loss.

“We knew it was going to be a close match,” coach Ron Beaschler said. “The guys that lost did not execute technique. Some of them did a very good job with opponents that were, at that time, better than them. The guys who won executed their technique enough so that it was more than their opponent could handle.”

Junior Colt Lovejoy picked up an upset victory over 10th-ranked David Shapiro in the 165-pound weight class, and Lovejoy improved to 29-4 on the season. Lovejoy has defeated four ranked opponents in his last four matches; he has taken down Shapiro twice, along with two opponents ranked fifth at the time.

“Colt has went out and executed the technique the way it should be. He is relaxed and he is not worried about all these other things that don’t make a difference. That sounds very simplistic, but it really is that simple,” Beaschler said.

Coach Ron Beaschler on the mental aspect of wrestling:

Something was different about this match for the Polar Bears, however. Although it was at home, coach Beaschler took them on a bus ride before the match; it was “an hour West,” then back, as if they were going to a road match. Why?

“In our last two dual meets at home, we have not wrestled well,” Beaschler said. He talked about how his young wrestlers are accustomed to the routine of going to road matches, and how he feels like they are out of their routine during home matches.

“We drove an hour West, an hour back, and got off the bus at 5:30. We warmed up on the competition mat, not in the practice room, and we treated it like it was an away match,” Beaschler said.

Alas, this technique would not push the Bears past Baldwin Wallace on Tuesday night. With the loss, the Bears fell to 14-5 (2-2 in OAC), and Baldwin Wallace improved to 16-6 (3-1) with the win.

ONU will finish the regular season next Tuesday night, when they host Muskingum. The match is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

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