MAC Wrestling Weekend Preview: Dec. 6th

Updated 12/6/2013

Here is a preview of this weekend's MAC Wrestling action:

 
Buffalo:
 
UB Wrestling Opens Conference Action With Duals At Kent State and Central Michigan
 
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo (1-2, 0-0 MAC) wrestling team will open its conference play with duals at Kent State on Saturday and Central Michigan on Sunday. The duals are set for 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm starts, respectively.  The Bulls opened up their dual season last weekend at the Northeast duals, finishing with a 1-2 overall record. UB opened up with a dual against NC State and lost all but two matches en route to a 31-7 loss.
 
Buffalo responded well in their second dual of the afternoon as they earned first year head coach John Stutzman his first victory at UB. The Bulls dominated Sacred Heart, winning nine of 10 matches to earn the 37-6 victory. 
 
In their final dual of the weekend, the Bulls were handed a 34-7 defeat at the hands of Clarion. The lone victory in the dual for UB came from junior Angelo Malvestuto, who finished the day a perfect 3-0.
 
Entering this weekends conference duals, junior Max Soria is the winningest Bull with 54 career victories including 19 dual meet wins. The junior also leads the team with 56 takedowns and 34 escapes in his career. 
 
Malvestuto enters this weekend with a overall record of 7-5 and a dual record of 3-0. He was the lone Bull last season to pick up a victory against Central Michigan at 197 pounds. Wally Maziarz will also be relied on as he downed his opponent from Kent State last season against the Golden Flashes. Maziarz currently owns a 4-4 overall record and a 1-1 dual meet record.
 
University at Buffalo Probable Line-Up
Wt. Name Cl. Rec. (Dual) Hometown/High School
 125 Max Soria R-Jr. 8-4 (2-1) Kings Park, NY / Kings Park
 133 Justrin Farmer R-Sr. 6-6 (1-2) New Lenox, Ill./ Lincoln-Way Central
 141 Nick Flannery Sr. 8-4 (1-2) Framingham, Mass./ Framingham
 149 Ryan Todora Fr. 4-7 (0-3) Breinigsville, PA/ Bethlehem Catholic
 157 John Northrup R-Fr. 6-6 (1-2) Rochester, NY/ Rush-Henrietta
 165 Wally Maziarz R-Jr. 4-4 (1-1) North Tonawanda, NY/ North Tonawanda
 174 Tyler Rill R-Fr. 3-5 (1-1) Hampstead, MD/ Mount St. Joesph
 184 Tony Lock  So. 6-4 (1-2) Chafee, NY/ Pioneer
 197 Angelo Malvestuto  R-Jr. 7-5 (3-0) Niagara Falls, NY/ Niagara Wheatfield
 285 James Benjamin Fr. 4-7 (0-2) Vestal, NY/ Vestal 
 
Kent State Probable Line-Up (Dual Saturday at 12:00 pm)
Wt. Name Cl. Rec. (Dual) Hometown/High School
 125 Alfredo Gray So 6-8 (1-5) Wadsworth, OH/ Wadsworth
 133 Mack McGuire So. 9-3 (4-2) Upper St. Clair, PA/ Upper St. Clair
 141 Tyler Small Jr. 7-4 (3-3) Littlestown, PA/ Delone Catholic
 149 Michael DePalma So. 12-6 (3-3) Jeannette, PA/ Jeannette/ Edinboro
 157 Ian Miller So. 10-1 (5-1) Oak Harbor, OH/ Oak Harbor
 165 Tyler Buckwalter So. 4-7 (0-3)          Mill Hall, PA/ Central Mountain
 174 Caleb Marsh Jr. 3-2 (3-2) Marysville, OH/ Marysville/ Ashland
 184 Sam Wheeler So. 10-1 (6-0) Copley, OH/ Copley/ Oklahoma
 197 Cole Baxter So. 11-5 (5-1) Butler, PA/ Butler
 285 Mimmo Lytle R-Fr. 3-6 (2-4) Swanton, OH/ Swanton
 
Central Michigan Probable Line-Up (Dual Sunday at 2:00 pm)
Wt. Name Cl. Rec. (Dual) Hometown/High School
 125 Corey Keener R-Fr. 10-1 (6-0) Schuylkill Haven, PA/ Blue Mountain
 133 Joe Roth Sr. 4-2 (1-2) Dixon, Ill./ Dixon
 141 Zach Horan So. 11-1 (6-2) Nazareth, PA/ Nazareth
 149 Scott Mattingley Sr. 9-5 (4-3) Uniontown, OH/ Lake
 157 Lucas Smith So. 1-4 (1-4) Wheeling, Ill./ Wheeling
 165 Nick Becker R-Fr. 6-5 (4-3) Hartford, Wis./ Hartford Union
 174 Mike Ottinger Jr. 10-2 (6-1) Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland
 184 Craig Kelliher Sr. 2-4 (0-2) Burnsville, Minn./ Apple Valley
 197 Jackson Lewis So. 7-5 (4-3) Lamphere, Mich./ Lamphere
 285 Adam Robinson So. 4-6 (2-4) Leslie, Mich./ Mason
 
 
Eastern Michigan:
 
Wrestling Heads to Old Dominion for First MAC Dual
DelPorto looks to pick up 100th career win as a head coach
 
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team kicks off its 2013-14 Mid-American Conference season when it heads to Norfolk, Va. to take on new conference member, Old Dominion University. The Eagles are set to meet the Monarchs at the Ted Constant Center, Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
 
SCOUTING OLD DOMINION: The Monarchs come into Friday's dual with a 2-3 overall record, riding a two-match losing streak. ODU suffered back-to-back home losses to top-25 teams as it fell to No. 16 Iowa State, Nov. 24 before falling to No. 8 Virginia Tech, Nov. 26. The Monarchs' two wins of the season came at the Hokie Duals when Old Dominion defeated North Carolina 25-6 before taking down No. 20 Wisconsin with a narrow one-point victory, 20-19.
   
Old Dominion has two wrestlers ranked in the top-20 in the WIN Rankings, as Chris Mecate is ranked 12th at 141 lbs. and Tristan Warner is ranked 19th at  157 lbs. Mecate currently holds an 8-3 record on the season including an 8-0 major decision over Wisconsin's Jess Thielke, while Warner posts  a 7-2 record with his only losses coming against No. 20 Wisconsin and one loss at the NC State Open.
 
Both Buddy Scarborough and Austin Coburn post double-digit wins on the young season, as Scarborough holds a 10-6 record at 125 lbs. and Coburn has an 11-6 record at 184 lbs.
 
SERIES HISTORY: Friday's dual marks the first time the teams will meet on the mats. Old Dominion joins the Mid-American Conference this season after facing three MAC opponents in 2012-13. The Monarchs were tabbed to finish second in the conference, receiving 17 points, just two behind first-place Ohio.
 
EAGLES PICK UP THRILLING VICTORY AGAINST NO. 23 STANFORD:  The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team won in dramatic fashion as a pin from Phillip Joseph in the final bout of the afternoon secured an 18-16 victory over No. 23 Stanford, Nov. 24. The Eagles fell behind as Stanford won three-straight bouts to take the 16-9  lead over EMU. Eastern started to battle its way back into the match when Mike Curby secured a 4-3 decision over Zach Nevills to bring the Eagles within four of Stanford heading into the final bout of the afternoon. The Eagles went into the final match needing at least a major decision from Joseph in order to tie the dual. The redshirt-senior stepped up for the Green and White coming out of the gate aggressively and pinning Stanford's Thomas Kimbrell in just 0:59 to secure the 18-16 EMU victory over the No. 23-ranked Cardinal.
 
EMU also saw wins from Nick Whitenburg, Jared Germaine and Nicholas Barber as each earned a decision over their respective opponents.
 
COACH DELPORTO NEARING MILESTONES: Head Coach Derek DelPorto is nearing two milestones in his ten year coaching career. DelPorto is just one win away from capturing his 100th win as a head coach and is just four wins away from breaking the all-time coaching record of 80 at Eastern Michigan.
 
The Erie, Pa. native posts a 99-90-2 all-time record after spending two years at Slippery Rock before coming to Eastern in 2006. DelPorto currently holds a 77-69-2 record at EMU, which is three wins shy of tying former head coach John Eisley. While at Eastern, Eisley posted an 80-74-4 record in his 12-year tenure. If DelPorto picks up just four more wins this season, he will take the all-time wins record in just eight seasons at the helm.
 
GERMAINE REMAINS PERFECT:  Redshirt-senior Jared Germaine has come out strong in his final season as an Eagle. The Saginaw, Mich. native boasts a perfect 5-0 overall and dual record on the season as he has notched big wins in each of his bouts.  Germaine posted two decisions and a major decision at the EMU Duals before taking a 13-7 decision over Michigan State's Hermilo Esquivel and a 9-3 decision over Stanford's Tommy Pawelski.
 
JOSEPH SHINES AGAINST STANFORD: In a bout that would decide it all, Phillip Joseph gave everything he had as he quickly brought Thomas Kimbrell to the mat. Joseph continued to work Kimbrell as he came close to a pin on two different occasions. The redshirt-senior captain earned the victory for the Eagles in just a mere 0:59 seconds as he pinned Kimbrell to secure the 18-16 win for the Green and White.
 
The redshirt-senior has been strong for the Eagles all season after moving up a weight class since the 2012-13 campaign. Joseph boasts an 8-2 overall record and a 5-1 record in dual matches as he placed third at the Green and White's first tournament of the season. The Lapeer, Mich. native has been a steady starter for the Eagles as he has appeared in two NCAA Championships throughout his career and posted a team-best 15 dual wins in the 2012-13 season.
 
OUTSCORING THE OPPOSITION: The Eagles are currently outscoring their opponents 160-68 on the young season as they have only allowed three teams to score in the double-digits through their first six duals. EMU dominated its first four opponents at the EMU Duals as it dropped only seven of its 40 bouts on the day, while averaging two pins per dual with eight total, including five in its first dual against Tiffin. The Green and White suffered its first loss of the season at Michigan State, but kept the Spartans to only one pin and six decisions, keeping the score under 30.
 
The Eagles came up with a close win over Stanford with a Phillip Joseph pin. EMU only allowed the Cardinal to score 16 points through the entire dual, allowing the Eagles to maintain a 90-point margin over all opposition.
 
COVERAGE OF THE ODU DUAL: Fans will be able to watch a live video of the EMU/ODU Dual, Friday, Dec. 6 by visiting www.EMUEagles.com and clicking on the video link on the wrestling schedule page. Fans can also read a live blog that will be running through Old Dominions website at www.odusports.com.
 
UP NEXT?: Eastern will take a short break from duals when it travels to Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, Dec. 14 for the Cleveland State Open. 
 
 
Kent State:
 
Flashes Host MAC Opener with Buffalo Saturday
 
MAC Dual Success:  Since the 2005-06 season, Kent State has gone 33-6-1 in MAC duals, including a 9-1 mark in the previous two seasons.  During that time, the Golden Flashes have not lost a MAC dual to a team other than Central Michigan, going 31-0-1 against the combination of Northern Illinois, Buffalo, Ohio and Eastern Michigan.  
 
Quick Shots
The Golden Flashes have finished in one of the top two spots in the MAC regular season standings in each of the previous eight seasons.
This week, six Flashes are ranked in the Top 30 by WrestlingReport.com.
With two starters out of the lineup, Kent State finished fourth of 14 teams on Nov. 23, at the Navy Classic, just 11 points out of second place.
Since Head Coach Jim Andrassy’s third season (2005-06), the Golden Flashes have gone 112-40-1 in dual meets.
The Flashes have won 12 of their last 15 duals at the M.A.C. Center.
Sophomore Ian Miller was named MAC Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 27, following his 157-pound championship at the Navy Classic.
Miller is tied for sixth among Kent State’s career pin leaders with 26.
 
History vs. Buffalo:  Kent State holds a 22-7 all-times series lead against Buffalo and has won nine straight against the Bulls.  Last season in Buffalo, Kent State trailed 19-3 after six bouts, before stringing together four straight victories on the way to a 22-19 win.  A victory by Sam Wheeler ignited the comeback.  The last time Buffalo came to the M.A.C. Center (Feb. 3, 2012) the Flashes came away with a 25-9 victory over the Bulls.  Buffalo’s last win in Kent came Dec. 7, 2003.
 
Live Video & Audio:  Live video of Saturday’s dual can be seen on mac-sports.com. Live audio with Ty Linder can be heard on the Golden Flashes Radio channel on iHeartRadio.
 
The Competition:  John Stutzman is in his first season as head coach at Buffalo after spending the previous eight seasons as head coach at Bloomsburg.  The Bulls are coming off a 1-2 weekend at the Northeast Duals, which included a convincing 37-6 victory over Sacred Heart.  Buffalo began its season with a fourth place finish at the Oklahoma Gold Classic.  Sophomore 184-pounder Tony Lock has finished second at two tournaments this season.
 
Projected Lineups
Buffalo at Kent State 
125 – Max Soria (8-4) vs. Alfredo Gray (6-8, 6th at Navy Classic)
133 – Justin Farmer (6-6) vs. No. 22 Mack McGuire (9-3, 3rd at Navy Classic)
141 – Nick Flannery (8-4) vs. No. 20 Tyler Small (7-4, 3rd at Navy Classic)
149 – Ryan Todora (4-7) vs. No. 26 Mike DePalma (12-6, 3rd at Navy Classic)
157 – John Northrup (6-6) vs. No. 9 Ian Miller (10-1, 1st at Navy Classic)
165 – Wally Maziarz (4-4) vs. Tyler Buckwalter (0-0) or Mike Vollant (3-5)
174 – Tyler Rill (3-5) vs. No. 21 Caleb Marsh (3-2)
184 – Tony Lock (6-4) vs. No. 15 Sam Wheeler (10-1, 3rd at Navy Classic)
197 – Angelo Malvestuto (7-5) vs. Cole Baxter (11-5)
285 – James Benjamin (4-7) vs. Mimmo Lytle (3-6)
Rankings from WrestlingReport.com
 
Up Next:  The Golden Flashes will host two dual meets in a four-day span.  Old Dominion comes to the M.A.C. Center Monday, Dec. 16, for Kent State’s second conference dual of the season. No. 8 Ohio State comes to Kent Thursday, Dec. 19.
 
 
Missouri:
 
`Stage' is Set for Clash of Mid-American Contenders
 Jesse Hall's curtain will rise for a showdown between the Mid-American Conference's top-two programs
 
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 9 Missouri Tigers will host the Ohio Bobcats in their home opener this coming Friday, December 6, in the "Clash of the Cats". The Bobcats are currently 3-0 in non-conference duals this season, while the Tigers stand at 1-0 after defeating North Dakota State on November 1. The dual will be the conference opener for both teams.
 
For the first time in Mizzou Athletics history, the Clash of the Cats will take place in historic Jesse Hall with the mat located on the auditorium stage. With a capacity north of 1,700 people, this will be the first athletic event held at Jesse in its history, and will offer a new and exciting way to experience Tiger wrestling. The dual will begin at 5 p.m.
 
The Ohio Bobcats have been voted as the top-ranked team in the Mid-American Conference, as decided on by the coaches. The Tigers, while being tabbed No. 9 in the nation by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), hold the No. 2 conference ranking in their sophomore season as MAC affiliates. Ohio finds themselves as a bubble team just outside the top-20 nationally. They bring four top-20 ranked grapplers to Columbia this Friday, including No. 7 Cody Walters and No. 15 Phil Wellington. Missouri wrestler Mikey England, who boasts a top-20 ranking of his own, is slated to battle Walters at 174 pounds, with true-freshman phenom J'den Cox set to wrestle Wellington in what should be an exciting top-20 match at 197.
 
After the Tigers' overall success at the Joe Parisi Open back on November 23, five Tigers are now nationally ranked in the top-15 of their respective weight classes. Junior Drake Houdashelt held on to the top-spot at 149 pounds, while Cox cracked into the rankings and sits at No. 8 in the nation in the 197-pound class. Both wrestlers claimed titles in the Gold Division of the tournament, alongside redshirt freshman Lavion Mayes, whose title in the 141-pound bracket has possibly earned him his first dual start of his collegiate career. Additionally, 14 other Missouri wrestlers placed in the top three of their respective brackets throughout the tournament.
 
Tabbed at No. 1 in the conference, the Bobcats look to dethrone the Tigers in 2013 and win their sixteenth conference title. The Bobcats and Tigers are meeting for the fourth time, with Mizzou holding a 3-0 edge. They head to Columbia after finishing in sixth place at the Navy Classic on Nov. 23.
 
No. 9 Missouri vs Ohio
 125 - Barlow McGhee, Fr., (10-3) vs. KeVon Powell, So.
 133 - Matt Manley, RSFr., (9-1) vs. Kagan Squire, So., OR Thomas McLaughlin, So.
 141 - Lavion Mayes, RSFr., (12-4) vs. Noah Forrider, Fr.
 149 - No. 1 Drake Houdashelt, Jr., (11-0) vs. No. 18 Tywan Claxton, Jr.
 157 - No. 6 Kyle Bradley, Sr., (5-1) OR Matthew Lemanowicz, RSFr., (9-5) vs. Sparty Chino, So. 
 165 - No. 10 Zach Toal, Sr., (7-1) vs. Harrison Hightower, RSJr.
 174 - No. 20 Mikey England, Jr., (7-3) vs. No. 7 Cody Walters, So.
 184 - No. 10 Johnny Eblen, Jr., (8-3) vs. Ryan Garringer, RSSr.
 197 - No. 8 J'den Cox, Fr., (10-0) vs. No. 15 Phil Wellington, So.
 HWT - Devin Mellon, Jr., (8-2) vs. No. 9 Jeremy Johnson, Sr.
 
Prefacing the event, free pizza will be provided for fans beginning at 4:15pm in the lobby outside of Jesse Auditorium. There will also be a karaoke sing-off as well as a youth wrestling challenge throughout the event that is sure to give away an assortment of great prizes. As part of the Tiger's Takedown Alzheimer's movement, members of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Mid-Missouri will be in attendance to help raise awareness.
 
Tickets for the event are available at MUTigers.com, at the Mizzou Arena Box Office, and by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS. Tickets are $2 up until 10 a.m. on Friday and are available at the door: $5 for adults and $3 for youth/seniors. Students from the University of Missouri will be admitted into the event for free by showing their student ID. Additionally, anyone that brings their ticket stub from either the Mizzou women's basketball game on Dec. 4 or the Mizzou men's game on Dec. 5 will receive free admission.
 
WHAT'S NEXT:   For a quick look ahead at what is in store for the top-10 Tigers, the squad is slated to travel North to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on the 14th of December to compete in the Northern Iowa Open. They will then take a couple of weeks off for the holidays before heading to the highly-touted Southern Scuffle on New Years Day.
 
 
Ohio:
 
Ohio Heads To No. 13 Missouri Friday Night
The Bobcats have won their last 10 dual matches
 
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (3-0) opens Mid-American Conference action Friday night at 5 p.m. as it heads to Columbia, Mo., to take on the No. 13-ranked Missouri Tigers.  The Bobcats return to action for the first time since its sixth-place showing at the Navy Classic two weeks ago in Annapolis, Md.
 
Ohio enters the bout on Friday, having won its last 10 duals, dating back to last season. The Bobcats also feature four individuals that are ranked in the Top 25 in the form of sophomore Sparty Chino (Wheaton, Ill.), sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio), sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) and senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio).
 
Wellington and junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) both highlighted competition for the Bobcats at the Navy Classic as both posted perfect 4-0 marks to claim the 149 and 197 weight classes, respectively.  Wellington also has won six-consecutive matches, heading into Friday's dual. 
 
Missouri enters Friday night's dual with five individuals ranked in the top 15 of their respective weight classes. As a team, the Tigers are 1-0 in dual competition after they defeated North Dakota State. In addition, three individuals claimed individual titles at the Joe Parisi Open two weeks ago.
 
Ohio's Probable Lineup
 125: KeVon Powell (1-2)
 133: Kagan Squire (1-1) or Thomas McLaughlin (5-7)
 141: Noah Forrider (10-6)
 149: Tywan Claxton (10-1)
 157: No. 18 Sparty Chino (5-2)
 165: Harrison Hightower (12-2)
 174: No. 7 Cody Walters (1-0) or Marshal Willet (4-2)
 184: Ryan Garringer (4-4)
 197: No. 16 Phil Wellington (10-1)
 HWT: No. 9 Jeremy Johnson (10-2)
 
 
Old Dominion:
 
ODU Hosts Eastern Michigan in MAC Opener Friday
 
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion Monarchs wrestling team hosts the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
 
Friday’s match against Eastern Michigan is ODU’s Mid-American Conference debut. The Monarchs come into this match with a 2-3 dual meet record. Their two wins came against two ranked opponents in the Hokie Duals. ODU defeated North Carolina, 25-6 and improved to 2-1 with a 20-19 win over Wisconsin in Salem, Va. ODU is led by their three nationally ranked wrestlers: No. 12 Chris Mecate (141), No. 20 Alexander Richardson (149) and No. 17 Tristan Warner (157) (polls by AWN and Intermat).
 
Mecate enters this weekend 8-3 on the year. During the season Mecate won six straight matches including defeating No. 10 Jesse Thielke of Wisconsin by a major decision, 8-0.
 
At 149 pounds, Alexander Richardson is 7-3 on the season. He began the season by defeating his first six opponents, including three by pin. Entering Sunday, Richardson had gone 4-0 in dual matches. He lost a close 5-3 decision to Tech’s No. 9-ranked Zach Neibert.
 
ODU junior Tristan Warner is at 157 pounds and has a 7-2 record this season. He was named one of the four MAC Players of the Week after he defeated Iowa State’s John Nicholson 6-3 by a decision and Virginia Tech’s Sal Mastriani 7-2 by a decision. Warner enters the week ranked No. 17 by Intermat and No. 19 by Amateur Wrestling News. He has won five of his last six matches.
 
The Eagles of Eastern Michigan are 5-1 after defeating No. 23 Stanford, 18-16. EMU defeated Tiffin, Gardner-Webb, Drexel and Clarion. Their lone loss came on the road to Michigan State.
 
Eastern Michigan redshirt senior Jared Germaine (125) is 5-0 on the year and is ranked No. 26 by Wrestling Report. Redshirt senior Phillip Joseph (184) is 8-2 this year and is also ranked No. 30 by Wrestling Report. Redshirt senior Nick Whitenburg is 3-2 this season and is ranked No. 26 in the Wrestling Report poll.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES:  This will be the first ever meeting between these two schools.
 
Eastern Michigan Probable Starters
125: Jared Germaine (5-0)
133: Vinny Pizzuto (7-3)
141: Nick Barber (5-1)
149: Matt VanCuren or Mike Shaw (4-2)/ (1-4)
157: Brandon Zeerip (2-3)
165: Jake Davis (1-4)
174: Mike Curby (4-2)
184: Phillip Joseph (8-2)
197: Nick Whitenburg (3-2)
285: Khodar Hoballah or Cole Dillman (3-3)/(2-4) 
 
ODU Probable Starters
125: Brandon Jeske (5-5) or 125: Buddy Scarborough (10-6)
133: Scott Festejo (2-2) or 133: Michael Hayes (4-3)
141: Chris Mecate (8-3)
149: Alexander Richardson (7-3)
157: Tristan Warner (7-2)
165: Dillon Geoghegan (1-5) or 165: Devin Geoghegan (6-3)
174: Billy Curling (2-3)
184: Austin Coburn (11-6)
197: Kevin Beazley (5-3) or 197: Jake Henderson (4-2)
285: Matt Tourdot (6-3)