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No. 19 Ohio Northern opens OAC slate with 50-3 victory over Muskingum

By Tim Glon

No. 19-ranked Ohio Northern got pins from junior Jerry Pasquale and sophomore Cody Lovejoy and defeated Muskingum 50-3 in its Ohio Athletic Conference opener Tuesday night at the ONU Sports Center.

The Polar Bears improve to 12-2 overall and are 1-0 in OAC action, while the Muskies fall to 0-10, 0-1.

ONU took advantage of five forfeits and won nine of the 10 weight classes.

Pasquale got Ohio Northern off to a quick start with a pin in 1:28 at 125 pounds, improving to 16-6 on the season.

Muskingum forfeited the next four weight classes and ONU led 30-0 midway through the match.

Freshman Tyler Gargano then posted a 20-4 tech fall victory at 165 pounds and the Polar Bears led 35-0.

The fifth forfeit of the evening extended ONU's lead to 41-0.

Junior Michael Pawlitz then improved to 20-4 on the season with a solid 7-1 decision at 197 pounds.

Lovejoy wrapped up the victory with a pin in 1:15 at heavyweight. Lovejoy improves to 19-6 on the season.

The Polar Bears will return to action next Tuesday with a road tilt at John Carroll.