MAC Wrestling Weekend Preview - Jan. 10th

Updated 1/10/2014

Here is a preview to this weekend's MAC wrestling action.

 
Buffalo:
 
Bulls To Compete In Pitt Duals
 
Buffalo will head to Pittsburgh, Pa. for their final tournament of the 2013-14 schedule. The Bulls will participate in the Pitt Duals on Sunday, Jan. 12 where they will take on N.C. State, UNC and Duke.
 
 
Central Michigan:
 
Chippewas Get Back to Dual Action at No. 10 Northern Iowa 
 
Mount Pleasant, Mich. -  The Central Michigan wresting program will look to continue its winning ways in Mid-American Conference competition Saturday when it travels to Northern Iowa for the first league meeting between the two teams.  Both teams enter Saturday's dual unscathed in conference competition as CMU is 2-0 with wins over Buffalo and Northern Illinois. The Panthers are 1-0 having defeated Buffalo on Jan. 4, but their second dual versus Eastern Michigan was canceled due to inclement weather last weekend. 
 
Follow the Action: The dual will be streamed live on UNIPanthers.com, while live stats will be provided through TrackWrestling.com. Fans can also follow the Chippewas' official twitter account @CMUWrestling for in-match updates. 
 
MAC Announces January Rankings: The Chippewas are still slight underdogs in the most recent MAC rankings released Thursday morning as they are tied for fourth with 13.0 points. Defending MAC Champion Missouri is the league favorite with 21.0 points, while the Panthers are ranked second with 20.0 points. Senior Joe Roth and junior Mike Ottinger held strong at 133 and 174 pounds as they are both still ranked second, while redshirt freshman Corey Keener and sophomore Zach Horan fell to No. 3 in the conference at 125 and 141 pounds respectively. 
 
Three Medal at Southern Scuffle: Roth, Horan and sophomore Lucas Smith each medaled at the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2 to open the 2014 calendar year. Roth posted a 5-2 record to finish fifth at 133 pounds, while Smith also posted a 5-2 mark with a pair of wins over ranked opponents to finish seventh. Horan posted four wins in the tournament and finished tied for seventh. 
 
CMU vs. Northern Iowa: Saturday will mark just the fifth meeting versus the Panthers in program history as the Chippewas hold a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. CMU and UNI last met on Nov. 26, 2011 at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., with the Chippewas claiming a 31-6 victory. 
 
The Matchups
 
Weight   Central Michigan vs. No. 10 Northern Iowa 
125         No. 13 Corey Keener (RFr., 13-3) vs. No. 7 Dylan Peters (19-4)
133         No. 15 Joe Roth (Sr., 12-4) vs. No. 2 Joe Colon (18-1)
141         No. 11 Zach Horan (So., 18-2) vs. No. 15 Joey Lazar (7-3) or Levi Wolfensprerger (17-6)
149         Scott Mattingly (Sr., 13-7) vs. Tyler Patten (16-8) or Gunner Wolfensperger (7-6)
157         Lucas Smith (So., 8-7) vs. Jarrett Jensen (6-3) or Zach Witte (13-5)
165         Nick Becker (RFr., 7-8) vs. No. 11 Cooper Moore (15-5)
174         No. 11 Mike Ottinger (Jr., 13-2) vs. No. 16 Cody Caldwell (11-5)
184         Craig Kelliher (Sr., 5-9) vs. Riley Banach (4-4) or Kyle Lux (3-7)
197         Jackson Lewis (So., 11-9) vs. Jared Bartel (8-5) or Basil Minto (14-6)
Hwt         Adam Robinson (So., 7-10) vs. Blaize Cabell (14-8)
 
Looking Ahead: The Chippewas will return home for a pair of MAC duals next weekend beginning with a matchup versus preseason favorite Ohio on Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., in the annual Royal Rumble and Tumble. The dual will take place at the same time as CMU Gymnastics' meet versus William and Mary. CMU will then compete against MAC affiliate Missouri on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
 
 
Eastern Michigan:
 
Eagles Head To Pitt Duals
 
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The Eastern Michigan University wrestling squad heads to Pittsburgh, Pa. for their final tournament of the 2013-14 schedule. The Green and White will participate in the Pitt Duals, Sunday, Jan. 12 where they will take on N.C. State, UNC and Duke.
 
EMU EARNS PROGRAM-BEST FINISH AT MIDLANDS: The Eagles saw their best finish in program history at the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships as they placed 19th out of 47 teams. The Green and White scored 21 points, which marked the third-highest point total for EMU in its five years at the tournament.
 
Redshirt-senior Brandon Zeerip had a strong showing in his first Midlands for EMU, going 3-0 with two decisions and one major decision to remain in the championship bracket at the conclusion of the first session. The Fremont, Mich. native was unable to clinch the win he needed in his first bout of the second session, sending him to the wrestleback bracket for day two. The 157 lb. grappler could not get any momentum going on day two for the Eagles as he fell in a major decision to end the EMU run at the tournament.
 
The Green and White saw some other bright spots on day one of the tournament as both Jacob Davis and Phillip Joseph earned pins over their opponents and Khodor Hoballah grabbed a 3-2 record with one major decision.
 
OUTSCORING THE OPPOSITION: The Eagles are currently outscoring their opponents 204-96 on the young season as they have only allowed four teams to score in the double-digits through their first six duals. The Green and White's 204 team points are the best any team since the 2005-06 season has put up through its first eight duals. The 2011-12 team nabbed 202 points through eight duals with a 49-3 win over Sacred Heart, Nov. 26, 2011.
 
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 close wins over Stanford and Old Dominion, using a Phillip Joseph pin against the Cardinal and a Khodor Hoballah decision against the Monarchs. Eastern continued its dominating ways over Olivet as it defeated the Comets 23-9, which allowed EMU to keep its opponent point total under 100.
     
DELPORTO CAPTURES 100th CAREER VICTORY: Head Coach Derek DelPorto clinched his 100th career victory as a head coach when the Eagles grabbed a 21-19 victory over Old Dominion. The deciding win over the preseason No. 2 team in the MAC came in the final bout as the Eagles trailed by one heading into the heavyweight division.  The Erie, Pa. native posts a 101-90-2 all-time record since he began coaching at Slippery Rock prior to coming to Eastern Michigan in 2006.
 
DELPORTO NEARING ALL-TIME EMU COACHING RECORD: Head Coach Derek DelPorto currently holds a 79-69-2 record at EMU, which is one win 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 two more wins this season, he will take the all-time wins record in just eight seasons at the helm.
 
 
Kent State:
 
Flashes to Compete in Virginia Duals This Weekend
 
Coming off a strong finish at the Southern Scuffle, Kent State heads to the Hampton Coliseum this weekend as the No. 5 seed at the 2014 Virginia Duals.  In their opening dual, the Golden Flashes (5-4) will take on The Citadel Friday at 9 a.m.
  
In The Rankings:  This week, Kent State cracked the InterMat rankings for the first time this season at No. 22.  The Flashes are No. 21 according to WrestlingReport.com and No. 16 in W.I.N.'s Tournament Power Index.  Sophomore Ian Miller moved up to No. 4 in the 157-pound InterMat rankings, while sophomore Sam Wheeler moved up to No. 9 at 184.  Six Golden Flashes are ranked in this week's Top 25 according to WrestlingReport.
  
Weekend Slate:  After opening with The Citadel, the Golden Flashes return to the mat Friday at 1 p.m., taking on either No. 22 Bloomsburg or Bucknell.  Bloomsburg is the No. 4 seed.  The top three slots are filled by Virginia, Edinboro and Virginia Tech.  On Saturday, every team will compete in at least one dual and as many as three.  Action begins at 10 a.m. with the finals slated for 8:30 p.m.
  
Quick Shots:
• With a seventh place at the Southern Scuffle, Kent State finished ahead of five teams (Iowa State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, North Carolina) previously ranked ahead of them.
• The Flashes have won five of their last six dual meets, with their only setback in that span coming against No. 7 Ohio State.
• Four of those wins are by 18 points or more. The other victory came against Michigan (17-16) who is No. 14 in this week's InterMat rankings. 
• Kent State does not have a single senior in its starting lineup.
• Ian Miller's second place at the Southern Scuffle was highlighted by a pin in 45 seconds of Minnesota's Dylan Ness during the semifinals.
• Miller is tied for fourth place among Kent State's career pin leaders with 28.
•Sam Wheeler went 7-1 in his third place finish at the Southern Scuffle, including a 6-4 win over No. 4 Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota.
  
Dual Success:  Since Head Coach Jim Andrassy's third season (2005-06), the Golden Flashes have gone 114-41-1 in dual meets, including a Virginia Duals title in 2012.
  
Tournament History:  Kent State has traditionally had success at the Virginia Duals, placing in the top six in each of the previous seven years.  Last season, the Golden Flashes placed sixth with victories over Arizona State, VMI and Old Dominion.  In 2012, Kent State went 4-0, capping off its run with an upset of Missouri.
   
Weight-by-Weight:
125:  Sophomores Del Vinas (16-10) and Alfredo Gray (10-13) will each make the trip to Hampton, Va.  Vinas was one win away from placing at the Southern Scuffle, going 4-2.  He has placed third at the Eastern Michigan Open and fifth at the Hokie Open.  Gray was sixth at the Navy Classic and recently won two matches at the Southern Scuffle.  The Citadel's Joaquin Marquez is 14-7 on the year. Old Dominion, Edinboro, Rider and Virginia Tech all have Top 25 wrestlers at 125.
  
133:  Sophomore Mack McGuire is No. 17 in the latest W.I.N. rankings following a seventh place at the Southern Scuffle.  McGuire (15-6) placed third at the Navy Classic.  Last year, he went 3-2 at the Virginia Duals.  The Citadel's Aaron Hansen is 7-5.  Edinboro, Chattanooga and Bloomsburg each have Top 25 wrestlers at 133.
  
141:  Junior Tyler Small is coming off a sixth place finish at the Southern Scuffle, despite being unseeded.  Small (12-9) is No. 8 according to W.I.N.  He placed third at this year's Navy Classic.  On his last trip to Hampton in 2012, Small went 4-0.  The Flashes will also bring sophomore Kyle Bauer (9-6), who won two matches at the Southern Scuffle.  Bauer took a fifth place at the Eastern Michigan Open.  The Citadel's Nick Kiter is 3-7.  Edinboro, Old Dominion and Virginia all have Top 10 wrestlers at 141.
  
149:  Sophomore Michael DePalma (15-9) is No. 24 according to Wrestling Report, despite a 1-2 finish at the Southern Scuffle.  DePalma placed third at the Navy Classic and fourth at the Clarion Open.  The Citadel's Matt Frisch is 8-3 and ranked No. 21.  Virginia, Edinboro, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion all have Top 25 wrestlers at 149.
  
157:  Sophomore Ian Miller (17-2) earned victories over two opponents ranked in the Top six at the Southern Scuffle. Miller suffered a 2-1 overtime loss against No. 2 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) in the finals, his first loss since the season's opening weekend.  W.I.N., Miller is No. 4 and the top-ranked wrestler at the Duals. Miller is tied for fourth place among Kent State's career pin leaders with 28.  In November, he won the Navy Classic.  Senior T.J. Keklak (8-9) is also likely to see action this weekend at 157.  The Citadel's Aaron Walker is 12-7.  Edinboro, Virginia and Old Dominion all have Top 20 wrestlers at 157.
 
165:  Sophomore Tyler Buckwalter is 3-0 in duals after a delayed start to his season.  Buckwalter won 27 matches last season, reaching the finals of the National Collegiate Open and the Edinboro Open.  The Citadel's Kenneth Radford is 11-10.  Virginia, Bloomsburg, Rider and Lock Haven all have Top 30 wrestlers at 165.
  
174:  Junior Caleb Marsh (6-5) is No. 24 according to WrestlingReport after a 1-2 finish at the Southern Scuffle, his first tournament of the season.  Marsh is 5-3 in duals this season.  Last season, he went 3-2 at the Virginia Duals.  The Citadel's Turtogtokh Luvsandorj is 13-3 on the year with 112 career victories.  Virginia, Bloomsburg and Virginia Tech all have Top 25 wrestlers at 174.
  
184:  Sophomore Sam Wheeler (19-3) is 8-1 in dual meets, despite moving up a weight from last year.  After a third place finish at the Southern Scuffle, Wheeler moved up to No. 7 in the latest WrestlingReport poll.  Wheeler placed third at this year's Navy Classic and had won eight straight dual meets, before falling to Kenny Courts of Ohio State in his last dual.  The Citadel's Jack Duane is 10-7.  Virginia, Virginia Tech, Edinboro and Lock Haven all have Top 20 wrestlers at 184.
  
197:  Sophomore Cole Baxter (14-8) is 7-2 in dual meets and is coming off a 1-2 finish at the Southern Scuffle.  Baxter went 4-2 at the Clarion Open.  The Citadel's Marshall Haas is 12-10 on the year. Six schools at the Virginia Duals have a 197-pounder ranked in the Top 30.
  
285:  Redshirt freshman Mimmo Lytle (10-11) had a pair of first period pins at the Southern Scuffle.  Lytle claimed a second place at the Cleveland State Open.  The Citadel's Gerald Johnson is 6-10. Bucknell, Bloomsburg, Edinboro, Virginia and Virginia Tech all have Top 25 wrestlers at heavyweight.
  
Up Next:  Kent State's wrestling and gymnastics teams will each host North Carolina State inside the M.A.C. Center Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in their second annual Beauty and the Beast competition. 
 
 
Missouri:
 
The Missouri Tigers will travel to SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 pm CT.
 
 
Northern Illinois:
 
Huskies Head to Ohio to Battle Bobcats; NIU and Ohio both looking for first conference win
 
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team gets back into Mid-American Conference action Friday night when they face the Ohio Bobcats.  The meet is slated to start at 6 p.m. CT inside Ohio's Convocation Center. Heading into the dual, both teams are looking for their first conference win of the year.
 
"Ohio has a really strong lineup with a lot of talented individuals," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "However, where there is challenge, there is opportunity and we are looking forward to pulling our straps up Friday night. The guys have been training through break and it will be nice to get out and compete again."
 
NIU will look to build momentum in 2014 after a convincing 33-15 victory over the SIU Edwardsville Cougars last Saturday. Matt Mougin, Shawn Scott, Jared Torrence, Nick Harrison, Rob Jillard, Andrew Morse and Shaun'Qae McMurtry all earned wins in the dual, while Morse's pin marked his eighth bonus-point victory this year.
 
Ohio comes into Friday with a 4-1 overall record, but a 0-1 mark in the MAC following a 23-10 loss at Missouri Dec. 10. The Bobcats, though, have had plenty of success in tournament action, placing fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions, sixth at the Navy Classic and 15th at the Southern Scuffle. Ohio is also receiving votes in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, where they sit just outside the poll at 26th.
 
Live results will be available on TrackWrestling.com.
 
Projected NIU Lineup
125: Braun Marquez OR Nick Harrison
133: Nick Smith OR Derek Elmore
141: Tyler Argue
149: Rob Jillard
157: Andrew Morse
165: Shaun'Qae McMurtry OR Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin
184: Caleb Busson
197: Shawn Scott
285: Jared Torrence
 
Projected Ohio Lineup
125: KeVon Powell
133: Kagan Squire
141: Noah Forrider
149: Tywan Claxton
157: Spartak Chino
165: Harrison Hightower
174: #7 Cody Walters
184: Ryan Garringer
197: #14 Phil Wellington, Beau Wenger OR Michael Duckworth
285: #11 Jeremy Johnson
 
Scouting Ohio:  Ohio enters the weekend with a 4-1 dual record overall. In the MAC, they hold a 0-1 mark following a 23-10 loss at Missouri on Dec. 10. However, the Bobcats have had plenty of success in national tournaments this year, as they placed fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions, sixth at the Navy Classic and 15th at the Southern Scuffle. Ohio also returned all five of their NCAA qualifiers from the 2013 national tournament, as their starting lineup features KeVon Powell (125), Spartak Chino (157), Cody Walters (174), Phil Wellington (197) and Jeremy Johnson (285). The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 10-10-1, but the Bobcats have taken the last five meetings.
 
The Big 50:  NIU redshirt seniors Matt Mougin and Jared Torrence are both two wins away from reaching the 50-win mark in their careers. Mougin maintains a 48-56 mark in his time with the Huskies, while Torrence is 48-40 in the Cardinal and Black. Earlier this season, senior Nick Smith earned his 50th career victory with an 8-4 decision against Clarion's Sam Sherlock at the EMU Duals on Nov. 16.
 
Better Late Than Never:  With Friday's dual against Ohio, it will be the first true away dual for the Huskies in the 2013-14 season. Though they have had four duals take place outside of DeKalb, none of them have been against the host school. All of those came in the EMU Duals, when NIU took on Michigan, Oregon State, Clarion and Findlay.
 
Also In Action:  While the starters will be in Ohio, NIU's redshirt wrestlers will be heading to Dubuque, Iowa, this weekend, where they will compete in Loras College's "Flash" Flanagan Open. The tournament starts Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Fans can follow along with the action on TrackWrestling.com.
 
Up Next:  The Huskies continue on their road trip next weekend with three duals. Friday night, they head to Ypsilanti, Mich., to face the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a 6 p.m. CT MAC match. Two days later, they head to Ohio to face Ashland and Purdue in the Wendy's Duals.
 
 
Northern Iowa:
 
No. 9 UNI Hosts No. 32 Central Michigan in First Home MAC Dual 
 
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Northern Iowa will host Central Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 pm CT. Saturday’s Central Michigan vs. UNI wrestling dual will feature at least three matchups with nationally ranked opponents from both teams.
 
InterMat has ranked wrestlers in the 125-pound, 133-pound, 141-pound weight and 174-pound weight classes.  Joe Colon needs just one win to enter the record books for UNI. Colon’s 18-1 record gives him the best winning percentage on the team, with 0.947. To make the top 10 list for the best winning percentage in a single season, wrestlers must have at least 19 wins. A victory this weekend would make him third on the all-time list.
 
The Panthers, ranked first in the conference, are defending a perfect dual record and will be hosting its first official MAC dual. Central Michigan is ranked fourth in the conference.
 
THE MATCHUPS (InterMat/AWN) Central Michigan vs. UNI:
125: (13/12) Corey Keener (13-3) vs. (7/7) Dylan Peters (19-4)
 
Corey Keener dropped from ninth in the InterMat rankings this week. The redshirt freshman upset two nationally ranked opponents so far this year, defeating No. 12 Jade Rauser of Utah Valley and No. 7 Anthony Kraisser of UNC. He is ranked second in the conference. 
 
Dylan Peters is the conference favorite. He leads the team in pins and needs just two more to be among the top 10 of Panthers with the most falls in a single season. The redshirt freshman has medaled at two prestigious tournaments this season – fourth at Midlands Championships and fifth at the Cliff Keen Invitational. 
 
133: (15/12) Joe Roth (12-4) vs. (2/3) Joe Colon (18-1)
 
Joe Roth moved up a weight class for his senior year. At 125 pounds, he was seventh at last year’s Midlands Championships. In addition to winning the MAC in the 2011-12 season, he was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler. He is ranked second in the conference. 
 
Joe Colon stunned the nation when he won back-to-back matches against the top two nationally ranked wrestlers at the Midlands Championships and pinned No. 2 Tony Ramos of Iowa to win the title. He was named Outstanding Wrestler and Champion of Champions of the meet. This was the second time this season that Colon had beat the second ranked wrestler in the nation. He took down then-ranked No. 2 Tyler Graff of Wisconsin at the Panthers’ first home dual. Colon, the conference favorite, has been named MAC’s Wrestler of the Week two times this season.  
 
141: (11/9) Zach Horan (18-2) vs. (15/NA) Joey Lazor (7-3) or Levi Wolfensperger (17-6)
 
Zach Horan moved up a weight class from 133 pounds. The sophomore redshirted last season after winning the MAC championships in the 133-pound weight class as a freshman. He won his first three matches of the Southern Scuffle before bowing out due to injury, placing seventh overall. He is ranked second in the MAC. 
 
Joey Lazor is a returning NCAA qualifier. He was one round from becoming an all-American last season. He is ranked first in the conference and is a captain for the Panthers. The senior is undefeated in duals this season.  His most recent accomplishments have been in the 133-pound weight class, but Levi Wolfensperger has had success at 141 pounds as well. As a redshirt freshman, he qualified for the NCAA national tournament in the 141-pound weight class. He was one round away from being an all-American last year as a sophomore in the 133-pound division. With 27 pins, Wolfensperger cracked the top 10 leader board for career falls. He is second to teammate Dylan Peters for most wins by fall this season. He has 10 so far this season. Wolfensperger won the Jim Fox Open and was second to teammate Colon at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open this year. He won his first dual of the season at 141 pounds last week against Nick Flannery of Buffalo. 
 
149: Scott Mattingly (13-7) vs. Tyler Patten (16-8) or Gunnar Wolfensperger (7-6)
 
Scott Mattingly moved up a weight class after wrestling at 141 pounds for the first four years of his college career, including his redshirt year. The senior was fourth last year at the MAC Championships. He was an NCAA national qualifier in 2011-12 as a sophomore. 
 
Gunnar Wolfensperger won his first dual match last weekend over Buffalo’s Ryan Todora. Wolfensperger, a redshirt freshman, was second at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open this season. 
Tyler Patten is also a redshirt freshman. Patten has not wrestled a dual meet this season. He is tied for the second most major decision wins on the team with four. 
 
157: (NA/9) Lucas Smith (8-7) vs. Jarrett Jensen (6-3) or Zach Witte (13-5)
 
Lucas Smith vaulted into the rankings this week. He is a returning NCAA national qualifier at 157 pounds. He posted an 18-9 record last year. 
 
Jarrett Jensen moved down a weight class after wrestling at 165 pounds for the Panthers last season. The sophomore is the first Panther to be named to the Academic All-MAC wrestling team. His 3.93 GPA was the highest on the 11-member team. He is majoring in biology.  Redshirt freshman Zach Witte represented the Panthers in a dual for the first time last weekend against Buffalo. He won by major decision, beating Wally Maziarz, 10-2. He has placed in the first three tournaments he competed in this season. 
 
165: Nick Becker (7-8) vs. (11/10) Cooper Moore (15-5)
 
Nick Becker was named Freshman of the Year last year and already has toppled one ranked opponent this season. He compiled a 26-7 competing unattached last year. He is ranked fourth in the conference. 
 
Cooper Moore's only losses this season have come to ranked opponents. He was the first Panther of the season to earn Wrestler of the Week honors from the MAC. A win over then-ranked No. 3 Steven Monk earned him a spot in the national rankings. He has been climbing the polls after wins over then-ranked No. 10 Joseph Booth of Hofstra, No. 18 Austin Wilson of Nebraska and No. 10 Jackson Morse of Illinois. His fifth-place finish at Midlands helped lead his team to a fifth-place finish. Moore is picked to finish third in the conference. 
 
174: (11/9) Mike Ottringer (13-2) vs. (16/18) Cody Caldwell (11-5)
 
Mike Ottringer, a junior, has won the last two MAC titles at 165 pounds. He earned his first bid to the NCAA tournament as a freshman and won Freshman of the Year honors in the 2011-12 season. He is ranked second in the MAC. 
 
Cody Caldwell had a strong start to the season, winning the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open. He has been ranked most of the season. He placed seventh at the Cliff Keen Invite last season and is undefeated in the MAC this year. Caldwell is ranked third in the conference. 
 
184: Craig Kelliher (5-9) vs. Riley Banach (4-4) or Kyle Lux (3-7)
 
Craig Kelliher was an NCAA national qualifier last season in the 174-pound weight class. He finished eighth at Midlands last year. He did not place at the Southern Scuffle this season. 
Riley Banach, a senior, has wrestled the last two seasons in the 165-pound weight class. This would be his first match at 184 this season. He took third at the Cobber Open in the 165-pound weight class last year and was fifth at Flash Flanagan and Grand View opens. He was one of 10 student-athletes from the Missouri Valley Conference to be named to the winter selection for the MVC Leadership and Service Award (formerly the Good Neighbor Award) for his academic standing and demonstration of good citizenship through good sportsmanship and community service. 
 
Kyle Lux wrestled his first duals at the 184-pound weight class last weekend. Last year, he wrestled two duals at 174 pounds. He had his first shot at the weight class at the Midlands Championships.  
 
197: Jackson Lewis (11-9) vs. Jared Bartel (8-5) or Basil Minto (14-6)
 
Jackson Lewis, a sophomore, was fifth at the MAC championships last year at 197 pounds. He posted a 3-2 record at the Southern Scuffle.  
 
Jared Bartel was second to teammate Basil Minto at the Finn Grinaker Cobber open and took fourth at the UNI Open. He was second at the William Penn Open last weekend. This would be his first meet in the dual lineup for UNI.  Basil Minto is a two-time medalist at the NJCAA National Wrestling Championship. Minto recently transferred from NIACC and jumped into the lineup right away for UNI. He won his first tournament as a Panther and took second at the UNI Open. He has lost just one dual as a Panther. 
 
285: Adam Robinson (7-10) vs. Blaize Cabell (14-8)
 
Adam Robinson transferred from Alma College to wrestle for Central Michigan this season. The sophomore posted a 2-2 record at the Southern Scuffle. 
 
After wrestling at 197 pounds last season, Blaize Cabell has moved up a weight class and has been UNI’s starter at heavyweight all season. He won the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open and took second at the UNI open to No. 9 Mike McClure of Michigan State. The Panther earned his first dual win of the season last weekend against James Benjamin of Buffalo. 
 
 
Ohio:
 
Ohio Duals with Northern Illinois on Friday; Bobcats in search of their fifth dual victory
 
Ohio enters the dual with Northern Illinois, having won 11 of its last 12 dual competitions dating back to last season. The Bobcats' only loss during that 12-match stretch came on the road at Missouri this season. This week Missouri checked in at No. 11 in the latest Intermatwrestle.com poll.
 
The Bobcats feature four individuals that rank in the Top 20 of the Intermatwrestle.com poll in the form of junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio), sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio), sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) and senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio).
 
In addition, Wellington, Johnson and junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) have all won 20 matches-or-more this season.
 
Northern Illinois enters the match following a decisive 33-15 victory over SIU Edwardsville. The Huskies' matchup with Ohio will mark their third dual in league play. In its two previous league matches, Northern Illinois fell to Northern Iowa and Central Michigan.
 
Ohio was topped Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill. 32-13 in last year's meeting. The Bobcats' win over NIU was their fifth-consecutive victory over the Huskies.
 
Ohio's Probable Lineup
 125: KeVon Powell (5-8)
 133: Kagan Squire (6-4)
 141: Noah Forrider (16-10)
 149: No. 19 Tywan Claxton (14-4)
 157: Spartak Chino (10-5)
 165: Harrison Hightower (20-7)
 174: No. 7 Cody Walters (1-0)
 184: Ryan Garringer (8-7)
 197: No. 14 Phil Wellington (20-2), Beau Wenger (0-4), or Michael Duckworth (0-0)
 HWT: No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (21-3)
 
Northern Illinois' Probable Lineup
 125: Braun Marquez (4-10) OR Nick Harrison (7-4)
 133: Nick Smith (4-5)
 141: Tyler Argue (10-8) OR Kevin Fanta (7-6)
 149: Rob Jillard (3-2) OR Gabe Morse (5-7)
 157: Andrew Morse (17-9)
 165: Shaun'Qae McMurtry (5-6) OR Sam Bennett (7-9)
 174: Matt Mougin (7-8)
 184: Caleb Busson (6-12) OR Shane Rosenberry (4-4)
 197: Shawn Scott (13-8)
 285: Jared Torrence (12-9) OR Arthur Bunce (6-5)
 
 
Old Dominion:
 
Virginia Duals Brackets Released- ODU is a 7th-seed
 
HAMPTON, Va. - The Old Dominion University wrestling team will be competing in the 34th Annual Virginia Duals Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 10-11 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. The Virginia Duals committee ranks eight out of the 14 teams for the college tournament. This year, ODU received the seventh seed and face Lock Haven in their first match at 11 a.m. on Friday. ODU will then face either No. 15 Edinboro or the loser of Group C on Friday afternoon.
 
The competition is a dual team advancement system, which began in Hampton, Va. in 1981.  
 
ODU has competed in the Virginia Duals 27 times; the most appearances out of any college. Last season the Monarchs finished in eighth place as a team. It was in 1984, Old Dominion finished tied for third place, which was the best finish in school history. Following the 1984 VA Duals, ODU climbed as high as No. 14, which is the highest ranking in team history. Since 2007, ODU has four top-5 finishes at the Virginia Duals.
 
Arizona State, No. 22 Bloomsburg, Bucknell, Chattanooga, No. 15 Edinboro, George Mason, Kent State, Lock Haven, Nebraska-Kearney, Old Dominion, No. 25 Rider, The Citadel, No. 13 Virginia, No. 14 Virginia Tech are participating at this year’s Virginia Duals.
 
*rankings by AWN (Amateur Wrestling News)
 
2014 Virginia Duals Seeded Teams:
#1 – Virginia
#2 – Edinboro
#3 – Virginia Tech
#4 – Bloomsburg
#5 – Kent State
#6 – Rider
#7 – Old Dominion
#8 – Chattanooga 
 
Other 2014 Virginia Duals Teams:
Arizona State
Bucknell
George Mason
Lock Haven
Nebraska- Kearney
The Citadel 
 
Most Virginia Duals Apprearances by a college:
1. Old Dominion (27)
2. Apprentice School (22)
3. UNC (21)
4. UVA (20)
5. Edinboro (18)
5. Rider (18) 
 
Recent Success:  The Monarchs finished 10th as a team in the 2014 Southern Scuffle.  Redshirt sophomore Chris Mecate finished third, Brandon Jeske finished fifth, Alexander Richardson finished seventh and Kevin Beazley made the round of 12 at the Southern Scuffle. At 141 pounds, Mecate is ranked No. 4 by Amateur Wrestling News, has won eight of his last nine matches and is 16-4 overall. Redshirt junior Tristan Warner (157) is ranked No. 18 by AWN and is 10-5 overall this season. Redshirt freshman Beazley leads ODU with five falls and defeated an NCAA All-American Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) at the Scuffle. True freshman Jeske is 12-7 this season, ranked No. 20 by AWN and has won seven of his last nine matches.
 
Monarchs at the VA Duals:   Old Dominion will send 20 wrestlers to the VA Duals including: 125 pounders- Jeske, Robinson and Buddy Scarborough, 133 pounders- Scott Festejo and Michael Hayes, 141 pounders- Mecate and Jacob Kingett, 149 pounders- Richardson and Josh Clark, 157 pounders- Warner and Devin Geoghegan, 165 pounders- Dillon Geoghegan, 174 pounders- Billy Curling and Marcus Johnson, 184 pounders- Jack Dechow and Austin Coburn, 197 pounders- Kevin Beazley and Jacob Henderson and 285 pounders- Matt Tourdot and Lucas Ryan.
 
The 2014 Virginia Duals consists of six tournaments, which include over 122 dual meets and 1660 bouts in order to determine the six championship teams and six Outstanding Wrestler Awards.
 
Monarchs This Season
 
Wrestler; Overall Record: Dual Record
 
125 pounds 
Brandon Jeske; 12-7; 0-5
Jerome Robinson; 1-3; 1-1
Buddy Scarborough; 12-10; 0-0 
 
133 pounds
Scott Festejo; 2-6; 2-4
Michael Hayes; 7-7; 0-1 
 
141 pounds
Chris Mecate; 16-4; 5-2
Jacob Kingett; 2-2; 0-0 
 
149 pounds
Alexander Richardson; 13-6; 5-2
Josh Clark; 0-2; 0-0 
 
157 pounds
Tristan Warner; 10-5; 5-2
Devin Geoghegan; 8-8; 0-1 
 
165 pounds
Dillon Geoghegan; 3-7; 1-3
Marcus Johnson; 0-1; 0-1 
 
174 pounds
Billy Curling; 5-6; 3-4
 
184 pounds
Jack Dechow; 5-2; 2-1
Austin Coburn; 15-10; 0-4 
 
197 pounds
Kevin Beazley; 10-7; 0-5
Jake Henderson; 7-4;1-1 
 
285 pounds
Matt Tourdot; 10-6; 4-3
Lucas Ryan; 7-8; 0-0 
 
Website/Results:  You can follow the Virginia Duals results by going to www.virginiaduals.org for links to Track Wrestling.
 
Video Coverage:  The Virginia Duals website will have video streaming of all the matches.
 
Next Event:  The Monarchs continue competition Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.  against No. 13 Virginia (8-2) at the Ted Constant Center.