Norwalk grad Charlie Nash helps Baldwin Wallace win NCAA Central Regional Championship
Feb 25, 2018 at 5:01 PM
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — Norwalk High School graduate and Baldwin Wallace University sophomore Charlie Nash helped the three-time defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion and sixth-nationally ranked Yellow Jacket wrestling team won the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championship and qualiy nine individuals for the NCAA Division III National Championships.
The top three individuals in each weight class qualify for the national championship, which is hosted by BW and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission at Cleveland's historic Public Auditorium on March 9 to 10.
Nash, a 2016 Norwalk High School graduate who is making his first trip to the national championship and is 24-11 this season, earned All-Central Region honors as he finished second. Nash, who moved up from his normal 133-pound weight class, received a first-round bye, won by pinfall in 2:49, earned an 8-6 decision and a 5-3 victory in the semifinals before falling in the championship match.
The Yellow Jackets (19-2) were first of 18 teams with 165.5 points. Wabash (Ind.) College, who was the host school, was second with 147.5 points. The University of Mount Union was third with 116 points.
BW Head Coach Jamie Gibbs was named the Central Region Head Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach Jason Zastrow was named the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
The nine Yellow Jackets that qualified were senior All-OAC 125 pounder Chris Doyle (Akron/Green), sophomore 133-pounder Dante Ginnetti (Poland/Seminary), sophomore 141-pounder Charlie Nash(Norwalk), freshman 149-pounder Stanley Bleich (North Ridgeville/Elyria Catholic), junior All-American and All-OAC 165-pounder Anthony Arroyo (Maumee), junior 174-pounder Justin Ransom (Mason), 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).