Location: Heidelberg University; Tiffin, Ohio; Seiberling Gymnasium
Time: 10 a.m.
Parking: Two parking lots are located to the south and to the east of Seiberling Gymnasium
Admission: General - $7; OAC Student with valid ID - Free; Senior (62+) - $5; Non-OAC Students 18 years and under - $2
*OAC Lifetime Passes will be honored for all championships (regular-season passes will not)
1. Mount Union, 90
2. Ohio Northern, 89
3. Heidelberg, 80.5
4. John Carroll, 48
5. Muskingum, 16.5
6. Baldwin-Wallace, 13
MVP: Kyle Kwiat, ONU
Wrestler of the Year: Kyle Kwiat, ONU
Co-Coach of the Year: Mark Hawald, MTU & Ron Beaschler, ONU
Most Pints/Least Time: Cody Lovejoy, ONU (2/4:32)
Six teams will vie for the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference wrestling championship Saturday, Feb. 25, as Heidelberg University hosts the 2012 OAC Championship at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio. The tournament is slated for 10 a.m.
Ohio Northern University (12-4, 5-0 OAC) swept the conference in 2011-12, earning its six regular season crown and second since 2010. Defending regular season and tournament champion the University of Mount Union (10-4, 4-1 OAC), which was selected in a preseason poll by the coaches to win both the regular season and tournament titles, came in second. John Carroll University (6-5, 3-2 OAC) rounded out the upper division of the OAC. Heidelberg University (4-8, 2-3 OAC), selected third in the preseason poll, came in fourth place, followed by Muskingum University (2-9, 1-4 OAC) and Baldwin-Wallace College (1-6, 0-5 OAC).
A total of 13 individuals who competed in the championship bout of last season's tournament return for 2012, including eight of 10 individual champions. Mount Union's Riki Reynolds (125), Josh Malave (141), Andy Jenkins (184) and Derick Hesson (285); Heidelberg's Tom D'Alesandro (133) and Andrew Johnson (149); and ONU's Mick Letcher (157) and Kyle Kwiat (174) return as defending champions.
Last season, the Purple Raiders claimed their first conference title since 1997 with 95.5 team points, followed by Heidelberg (76.0), ONU (68.0), B-W (49.0), JCU (48.0), Muskingum (12.5) and Wilmington (12.0). Wilmington no longer sponsors wrestling as an intercollegiate sport.
Bracket seedings will be available late Friday evening.
Following Saturday's tournament, the individual champion in each weight class will earn a berth in the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championship in Wisconsin – La Crosse.