CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Ohio Northern University junior wrestler Cody Lovejoy earned All-American honors by finishing seventh in the 285-pound weight class at Saturday’s NCAA Division III Tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Lovejoy (43-5), the No. 5 seed in the heavyweight division, defeated Rick Caruso (42-8) of Bridgewater State (Mass.) 4-0 in the seventh-place match Saturday afternoon by a 4-0 decision to finish the weekend with a 3-2 record.
Lovejoy is the 19th wrestler in Ohio Northern history to be named an All-American. It marks the 30th time a Polar Bear wrestler has earned All-American honors.
His 43 victories this season are the second-most in ONU history.
After a scoreless first period, Lovejoy, an Allen East graduate, rode Caruso the entire two-minute second stanza and got a 2-point nearfall to take a 2-0 advantage.
He got a quick escape in the third period and won the riding time point for the 4-0 shutout to avenge the 6-4 overtime loss he suffered to Caruso in the opening round of the tournament Friday.
Lovejoy also was named the NCAA Division III Wrestling Elite 89 Award winner.
Lovejoy, a pharmacy major, becomes wrestling’s first-ever repeat winner of the prestigious award, given annually to the student/athlete with the highest grade point average at each of the NCAA’s 89 Championships events. He also won the award as a sophomore in 2013.
Lovejoy had the highest GPA among the 180 wrestlers that competed at the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.
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