College wrestlers fall to ONU in OAC finale

WILMINGTON — Alex Hobbs and Caleb Tackett won individuals matches for the Wilmington College wrestling team in a 43-9 Ohio Athletic Conference defeat to Ohio Northern University at Fred Raizk Arena Tuesday evening.

Hobbs, wrestling in the 174-pound weight class, won his 18th match of the 2021-22 season by defeating Adam Dillon 9-4. Tackett, competing in the 197-pound weight class, won his second OAC match of the year by pinning Jimmy Paletta in 5:26.

The Polar Bears took all other flights by either forfeit, pin or technical fall except the heavyweight bout. In the 285-pound weight class, Ben DePray held a slim 6-5 lead over Shadrach Brausch before earning three points in final seconds for a 9-5 decision.

The dual concludes the 2021-22 regular season for Wilmington, which will have a couple weeks to prepare for the NCAA Division III Central Region Championships held in Adrian, Mich. Feb. 18.