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Sophmore 141-pounder Josh Decatur led the BW men’s wrestling team with a perfect 3-0 mark at the Thiel (Pa.) College Mel Berry Duals.

Tony Blankenship, Jacket Sports Editor

Women’s Basketball
Baldwin Wallace University veteran, 25-year Head Coach Cheri Harrer won her 500th career women’s basketball game as the Yellow Jackets beat Ohio Northern University, 69-64, in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the ONU Sports Center.
Senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard/forward Audrey Smolik (Strongsville) recorded her sixth career double-double as she scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed a game and career-high tying 11 rebounds as the Baldwin Wallace University women’s basketball team defeated Muskingum University, 60-54, in an Ohio Athletic Conference game on Performance Court in the Muskingum Recreation Center.
BW (13-4, 7-3 OAC), who has now won 11 straight  and 12 of the last 13 meetings versus the Fighting Muskies.  Muskingum (3-14, 1-9 OAC) has now lost 10 straight games and 11 of the last 12.

The 15th-ranked (January 8, 2015 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll) Baldwin Wallace University wrestling team had a perfect, 3-0 record today (Friday, January 23, 2015) at the annual Thiel (Pa.) College Mel Berry Duals. The three victories gave the Yellow Jackets a single-season school-record 14 victories and a 14-4 record.
The 14 wins breaks the previous mark of 12 set in 2006-2007.  The Yellow Jackets defeated Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology, 29-12, Mercyhurst (Pa.) North East, 51-6, and host 27th-ranked Thiel, 34-6.
Leading the way were freshman 133-pounder Markus Cruz (Lorain/ Clearview) and sophomore 141-pounder Josh Decatur (Akron/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) with perfect 3-0 marks. Cruz won his first match by pin, won by forfeit and won by decision. Decatur had a pin, a techical fall and a win by decision.

Men’s Track and Field
The Baldwin Wallace University men’s indoor track and field team won a team title at the 2015 season-opening and Annual Mid-January Meet on the Harrison Dillard Track inside the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse. This was the first of four home indoor meets this winter.
The BW men were first of five teams and scored 196 points.
The Yellow Jacket men were led by senior Division III All-American heptathlete/ decathlete Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) who won a pair of events and junior All-American sprinter Ben Beidleman (Washington D.C./ St. Anselm’s Abbey) who won two individual events and ran on a winning relay team. Eddy won the high jump with a leap of six feet and three and one half inches (6’3.5”), placed first in the pole vault with a vault of 14’5.25” and placed third in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 7.92 seconds. Beidleman won the 55-meter dash in 6.64 seconds, won the 200-meter dash with a  Dillard Track record of 22.64 seconds and ran on the winning 4×200-meter relay team in 1:31.49. He was joined on the winning 4×100 relay squad by junior Isaac Baker (Lithia, Fla./ Newsome), sophomore Troy Robinson (Akron/Garfield) and freshman Theodore Washington (Orlando, Fla/ FirstAcademy).
In addition in the field events, junior Tyler Burdorff (Painesville/ Riverside) placed first in the shot put with a throw of 49’1.50”, freshman Ian Ramos (Norwalk) placed third in the weight throw with a throw of 42’7.50” and junior Sammy Ibrahim (North Olmsted) was third in the long jump at 19’10.25”.

Women’s Track and Field
The Baldwin Wallace University women’s indoor track team placed second of five schools at the 2015 season-opening BW Mid-January Meet on the Harrison Dillard Track inside the Lou Higgins Center. This was the first of four home meets this winter.
The Yellow Jacket women scored 129.5 points to finish second.
The BW women were led by junior Division III All-American pentathlete/ heptathlete Melanie Winters (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls) and junior All-Division III All-American thrower Kim Gallavan (Auburn Township/ Kenston).