No. 6 Wrestling Stays Undefeated in OAC Action with Defeat of Heidelberg

Zeckary Lehman wins first of three final pinfalls (Photo courtesy of Abbey McKee of Heidelberg Athletics)
Zeckary Lehman wins first of three final pinfalls (Photo courtesy of Abbey McKee of Heidelberg Athletics)

TIFFIN, OHIO– The two-time defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion and sixth-nationally ranked Baldwin Wallace University wrestling stayed perfect in the Ohio Athletic Conference standings as it defeated Heidelberg University by a final score of 35-8 in the Seiberling Gymnasium. 

BW (18-2, 5-0 OAC) has now won 18 straight OAC matches and has knocked off 20 of its last 21 conference opponents.  Heidelberg (7-7, 3-2 OAC) has now lost four straight matches to the Yellow Jackets

BW was led by junior 184-pounder Zeckary Lehman (Akron/Revere), senior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC 197-pounder Tyler Maclellan (Medina/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and senior 285-pounder Gabe Mahaney (Green) as the trio closed out the match win pinfalls victories.  Lehman put the match away with the win in 2:31. Maclellan earned the victory in 3:32. Mahaney, who is ranked 10th nationally, claimed the win in 5:54.

Winning by major decisions, sophomore 133-pounder Dante Ginnetti (Poland/Seminary) and freshman 149-pounder Stanley Bleich (North Ridgeville/Elyria Catholic) each won by a major decision. Ginnetti, who is ranked ninth nationally, earned the 10-0 major decision. Bleich captured the 10-2 major decision.

Picking up decisions wins were sophomore 141-pounder Aaron Kelly (Rocky River), junior All-American and All-OAC 165-pounder Anthony Arroyo (Maumee) and junior 174-pounder Justin Ransom (Mason). Kelly earned a 9-6 overtime victory.   Arroyo, who is third nationally ranked and this week's OAC Wrestler of the Week, claimed the 7-1 win.  Ransom took home the 3-1 win.

The Yellow Jackets can claim their third straight OAC Championship when they host their regular season finale against ninth-nationally ranked University of Mount Union in the Ursprung Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.  Fans can follow all of the action live at http://bit.ly/2GSYXg1 or watch the action live at http://bit.ly/2GQQF8e

BW and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are hosting the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at Cleveland's historic Public Auditorium on March 9-10.  Tickets are on sale now.  Please visit www.NCAA.com/tickets to order your tickets today!

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