MAC Wrestling Weekend Recap

Updated 1/12/2014

Here is a look at this weekend's MAC wrestling action.



Bulls Wrestling Wraps Up Action At The Pittsburgh Duals
PITTSBURGH, PA - The University at Buffalo wrestling team (2-9, 0-3 MAC) wrapped up action at the Pittsburgh duals on Sunday afternoon with a 1-3 record. The Bulls downed Seton Hill and lost to North Carolina, #10 Pittsburgh and Duke.
The Bulls got a great effort all afternoon long from Mike Soria at 125 pounds. Soria finished the afternoon with a 3-1 overall record including a big win over #10 Nathanial Kraisser of North Carolina, downing him 9-5 in the first match of the afternoon. Soria received a victory over Seton Hill by forfeit before closing out his day with a major decision victory over his opponent from Duke, winning 13-4.
Wally Maziarz and Angelo Malvestuto got back on track for the Bulls at 157 and 197 pounds respectively as each grappler compiled a 3-1 record on the afternoon. Maziarz picked up his first win of the day against North Carolina as he shut out his opponent by the score of 3-0. Next time out, Maziarz controlled the match, downing Zach Voytek of Seton Hill by the score of 8-5. In his final match, Maziarz won a close match by the score of 2-1. Malvestuto won his first three matches of the day, downing Frank Abbandanza of North Carolina by the score of 7-2 and winning by technical fall over Morris Lawson of Seton Hill, 18-3. The next match, Malvestuto picked up the victory by forfeit.
In the first match of the day, Buffalo put in a solid effort against a very talented North Carolina squad but they were upended 26-12. Soria picked up a win over a nationally ranked opponent and Malvestuto dominated at 197 pounds. Other Bulls picking up victories were Maziarz and James Benjamin at 285 pounds.
Buffalo dominated their next match over Seton Hill, earning their first shutout victory of the season, 38-0. Tony Lock picked up his first victory of the day as he pinned his opponent just 2:45 into the match. Benjamin won his second straight match by pin as well at 1:53. Justin Farmer, Ryan Todora, Tyler Rill and Rrok Ndokaj each earned their first wins of the day to propel the Bulls to their second win on the year.
The Bulls struggled in their third match against the 10th best team in the country, the Pittsburgh Panthers, falling 40-6. The Bulls lone victory came at 197 pounds as Malvestuto was awarded the win by forfeit.
The Bulls almost pulled to an even 2-2 in the final match against Duke but they were denied by the score of 19-13. Buffalo had victories from Soria, Nick Flannery, Maziarz and Lock. Needing a victory in the last match of the day at 285 pounds, Benjamin could not come up with the big win for Buffalo, falling by the score of 7-3.
Buffalo will return to the mat on Friday, January 17 as they will take on Columbia. First match is set for 7:00 pm.
North Carolina 26, BUFFALO 12
125: Mike Soria (UB) wins by dec. over #10 Nathanial Kraisser (UNC), 9-5
133: Troy Heilmann (UNC) wins by major dec. over Justin Farmer (UB), 10-0
141: Evan Henderson (UNC) pins Nick Flannery (UB), 1:44
149: Christian Barber (UNC) wins by major dec. over Ryan Todora (UB), 9-1
157: Wally Maziarz (UB) wins by dec. over Jake Crawford (UNC), 3-0
165: John Michael Staudenmeyer (UNC) wins by major dec. over Tyler Rill (UB), 10-1
174: Scott Marmoll (UNC) wins by dec. over Rrok Ndokaj (UB), 3-0
184: Alex Utley (UNC) wins by technical fall over Tony Lock (UB), 18-3 (5:55)
197: Angelo Malvestuto (UB) wins by dec. over Frank Abbandanza (UNC), 7-2
285: James Benjamin (UB) wins by dec. over Robert Coe (UNC), 2-1 
BUFFALO 38, Seton Hill 0
125: Mike Soria (UB) wins by forfeit
133: Justin Farmer (UB) wins by dec. over Andy Schutz (SH), 7-2
141: Nick Flannery (UB) wins by forfeit
149: Ryan Todora (UB) wins by dec. over Kevin Laubach (SH), 4-0
157: Wally Maziarz (UB) wins by dec. over Zach Voytek (SH), 8-5
165: Tyler Rill (UB) wins by dec. over Brett Smith (SH), 8-6
174: Rrok Ndokaj (UB) wins by dec. over Tyler Mohlhenrich (SH), 8-6
184: Tony Lock (UB) pins Tyler Dombrowski (SH), 2:45
197: Angelo Malvestuto (UB) wins by technical fall over Morris Lawson (SH), 18-3 (7:00)
 285: James Benjamin (UB) pins Ryan Simonica (SH), 1:53
#10 Pittsburgh 40, BUFFALO 6
125: Anthony Zanetta (Pitt.) wins by major dec. over Mike Soria (UB), 14-3
133: #16 Shelton Mack (Pitt.) wins by major dec. over Justin Farmer (UB), 17-6
141: # 20 Edgar Bright (Pitt.) wins by dec. over Nick Flannery (UB), 4-1
149: Mikey Racciato (Pitt.) pins Ryan Todora (UB), 0:48
157: Eric Nutter (Pitt.) wins by dec. over Wally Maziarz (UB), 4-1
165: Geno Morelli (Pitt.) pins Ryan Therrien (UB), 4:50
174: #8 Tyler Wilps (Pitt.) pins Rrok Ndokaj (UB), 5:39
184: #6 Max Thomusseit (Pitt.) won by major dec. over Tony Lock (UB), 14-2
197: Angelo Malvestuto (UB) wins by forfeit
285: P.J. Tasser (Pitt.) wins by major dec. over James Benjamin (UB), 12-4
Duke 19, BUFFALO 13
125: Mike Soria (UB) wins by major dec. over Alex Elsea (Duke), 13-4
133: Evan Botwin (Duke) wins by dec. over Justin Farmer (UB), 5-3
141: Nick Flannery (UB) wins by dec. over Xaviel Ramos (Duke), 6-1
149: Jake Faust (Duke) wins by dec. over Ryan Todora (UB), 4-1
157: Wally Maziarz (UB) wins by dec. over Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke), 2-1
165: Brian Dorsey (Duke) wins by dec. over Tyler Rill (UB), 7-5
174: Trey Adamson (Duke) wins by major dec. over Rrok Ndokaj (UB), 12-4
184: Tony Lock (UB) wins by dec. over Jacob Kasper (Duke), 9-6
197: #19 Conner Hartmann (Duke) wins by dec. over Angelo Malvestuto (UB), 6-3
285: Brian Self (Duke) wins by dec. over James Benjamin (UB), 7-3
Central Michigan:
Chippewas Handed First MAC Loss by No. 10 Northern Iowa, 25-14
Cedar Falls, Iowa - The Central Michigan wrestling program was handed its first Mid-American Conference loss of the season at the hands of No. 10 Northern Iowa Saturday evening, 25-14.  The Chippewas (6-4, 2-1 MAC) claimed four matches - two by major decision - but an early 15-0 deficit and a pair of pins by the Panthers (4-0, 2-0 MAC) was too much to overcome. 
The Panthers claimed two highly anticipated matches to start the night as No. 7 Dyland Peters defeated CMU's No. 13 Corey Keener by decision at 125 pounds and second-ranked Joe Colon claimed a 7-2 decision over No. 15 Joe Roth at 133. 
A pin of Tyler Keselring by No. 15 Joey Lazor at 141 extended the lead to 12-0 and CMU trailed 15-0 before sophomore Lucas Smith gave the Chippewas their first victory of the night. 
Smith grabbed a first-period lead on a takedown with just 29 seconds remaining before escaping to start the second to extend the lead to 3-0. He was able to accumulate 2:17 of riding time on Zach Witte to claim a 4-0 decision. 
Sophomore Mike Ottinger scored bonus points for the Maroon and Gold at 174 pounds as the No. 15 ranked grappler led 5-1 after two on a pair of takedowns and an escape before two more takedowns and a riding time of 1:29 helped secure the major decision, 11-3. 
Junior Craig Kelliher also earned a major decision at 184 pounds over Kyle Lux, 12-2. Kelliher scored a takedown in the first, but a pair of locked hands calls squared things up through the first period, 2-2. The senior escaped to start the second, scored a takedown and then two back points to extend his lead to 7-2. Kelliher scored another takedown and back points in the third while accumulation 1:13 of riding time. 
Sophomore Jackson Lewis posted the final victory of the night for CMU, defeating Basil Minto by decision, 5-4. Lewis fell behind 2-0, but was able to score an escape and takedown in the second period to claim the lead. An escape by Minto with just 18 seconds left in the second and another to start the third put Lewis in a hole, but the sophomore scored a late takedown with just 16 seconds remaining in the match for the come-from-behind win. 
CMU is back in action next Friday when it takes on Ohio inside McGuirk Arena at 7 p.m. 
No. 10 Northern Iowa 25, Central Michigan 14
125: No. 7 Dylan Peters (UNI) dec. No. 13 Corey Keener, 9-6; UNI, 3-0
133: No. 2 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. No. 15 Joe Roth, 7-2; UNI, 6-0
141: No. 15 Joey Lazor (UNI) fall Tyler Keselring, 5:10; UNI, 12-0
149: Tyler Patten (UNI) dec. Scott Mattingly, 9-4; UNI, 15-0
157: Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Zach Witte, 4-0; UNI, 15-3
165: No. 11 Cooper Moore (UNI) fall Nick Becker, 4:18; UNI, 21-3
174: No. 11 Mike Ottinger (CMU) major dec. No. 16 Cody Caldwell, 11-3; UNI, 21-7
184: Craig Kelliher (CMU) major dec. Kyle Lux, 12-2; UNI, 21-11
197: Jackson Lewis (CMU) dec. Basil Minto, 5-4; UNI, 21-14
285: Blaize Cabell (UNI) major dec. Adam Robinson, 16-6; UNI, 25-14
Eastern Michigan:
DelPorto Ties EMU Coaching Career Wins Record at Pitt Duals, Germaine Remains Perfect
Head Coach Derek DelPorto captured his 80th EMU victory, while Jared Germaine is 9-0 overall on the season
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Head Coach Derek DelPorto tied the all-time career coaching wins record, Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Pitt Duals as the Eastern Michigan University wrestling squad went 1-2 on the afternoon.  The Eagles defeated Duke 26-10 in its first dual of the day before dropping two-straight. The Green and White was unable to hold off its second ACC opponent of the afternoon as North Carolina took the narrow 18-16 victory and N.C. State clinched a 32-11 win over EMU.
DelPorto now holds a 80-71-2 record at EMU, which ties former EMU Head Coach John Eisley. While at Eastern, Eisley posted an 80-74-4 record in his 12-year tenure.
"Our effort today in 25-of-30 matches was satisfactory, but the other matches cost us." said DelPorto. "Even in some of the matches we lost, we fought really hard and came up short. I'm okay with a very high effort loss.
Redshirt-senior Jared Germaine (Saginaw, Mich.-Saginaw Valley) continued to be perfect in his final season for Eastern as he went 3-0 on the day with one pin and two decisions, including a win over No. 10 Nathan Kraisser of UNC. With the wins, Germaine improves to 9-0 overall on the season. "Jared was awesome today," said DelPorto "The little changes he needed to make from last year to this year are really paying off."
Redshirt-seniors Phillip Joseph (Lapeer, Mich.-Lapeer East) and Brandon Zeerip (Fremont, Mich.-Hesperia) each clinched two wins for Eastern as Joseph went 2-1 and Zeerip went 2-0, while Anthony Abro (Canton, Mich.-Canton) and Nicholas Barber (Cleveland, Ohio-St. Edward) each secured two wins in their respective weight classes.
"Brandon had a good day," said DelPorto "I pulled him in the third match because I thought we matched up styles better with Jimmy against N.C. State."
After defeating Duke in decisive fashion the Eagles were unable to hold of UNC as it took the close 18-16 victory. The match would come down to the final bout, which is a position the Eagles have been successful in two times this season, but Khodor Hoballah (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn) was unable to pin Bob Coe to allow Eastern to take home the victory.
"We split five matches a piece with UNC but ended up losing the dual on bonus points." said DelPorto. "Khodor had to pin in order for us to win and he did all he could to try and make it happen. It is tough to pin someone when his only job is to not get pinned. I'm certainly happy with his effort."
Eastern did not let the defeat against UNC slow its efforts as the Eagles came out strong taking the first three bouts from N.C. State, but were unable to hold them off as the Wolfpack closed out the match with seven-straight victories.
"N.C. State started off awesome.," stated DelPorto " We won the first three matches and two of them were bonus point wins over pretty good guys, unfortunately things went south fast and nothing went right."
The Eagles will be back in action Friday, Jan. 17, when they take on Mid-American Conference opponent, Northern Illinois. The dual is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Eastern Michigan 26, Duke 10
125: Jared Germaine (EMU) pins Alex Elsea (DUKE)
133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) dec. Evan Botwin (DUKE), 7-5
141: Nicholas Barber (EMU) maj. dec. Xaviel Ramos (DUKE), 9-0
149: Jake Faust (DUKE) dec. Mike Shaw (EMU), 12-6
157: Brandon Zeerip (EMU) dec. Immanuel Kerr-Brown (DUKE), 9-4
165: Jacob Davis (EMU) dec. Marcus Cain (DUKE), 10-7
174: Trey Adamson (DUKE) maj. dec. Mikey Cruby (EMU), 14-6
184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) maj. dec. Jacob Kasper (DUKE), 13-3
197: Anthony Abro (EMU) dec. No. 19 Connor Hartmann (DUKE), 6-4 (OT)
HWT: Brian Self (DUKE) dec. Cole Dillman (EMU), 2-1
North Carolina 18, Eastern Michigan 16
125: Jared Germaine (EMU) dec. No. 10 Natahn Kraisser (UNC), 9-3
133: Troy Heilmann (UNC) dec. Vincent Pizzuto (EMU), 4-0
141: No. 6 Evan Henderson (UNC) maj. dec. Nicholas Barber (EMU), 16-2
149: Christian Barber (UNC) maj. dec. Mike LeHolm (EMU), 9-1
157: Brandon Zeerip (EMU) dec. Jake Crawford (UNC), 5-3
165: John Staudenmayer (N) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 4-0
174: Scott Marmoll (UNC) maj. dec. Mike Curby (EMU), 11-0
184: Philip Joseph (EMU) dec. Alex Utley (UNC), 4-1
197: Anthony Abro (EMU) dec. Frank Abbondazza (UNC), 3-1
HWT: Khodor Hoballah (EMU) maj. dec. Bob Coe (UNC), 13-0
N.C. State 32, Eastern Michigan 11
125: Jared Germaine (EMU) dec. Micah Perez (N.C. St.), 11-5
133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) maj. dec. Chris Wilkes (N.C. St.), 12-2
141: Nicholas Barber (EMU) maj. dec. Sam Speno (N.C. St.), 9-0
149: Brian Hamann (N.C. St.) dec. Mike Shaw (EMU), 5-1
157: Tommy Gannt (N.C. St.) tech. fall James Klosz (EMU), 17-2
165: Peter Santos (N.C. St.) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 5-4
174: No. 19 Peter Renda (N.C. St.) pins Austin Geerlings (EMU), 2:31
184: Michael Macchiavello (N.C. St.) pins Phillip Joseph (EMU), 8:00 (OT)
197: KaRonne Jones (N.C. St.) dec. Anthony Abro (EMU), 5-2
HWT: No. 4 Nick Gwiazdowski (N.C. St.) pins Cole Dillman (EMU), 2:10
Kent State:
Flashes Settle for Fourth Place at Virginia Duals
HAMPTON, Va. - Kent State and No. 15 Virginia Tech each won five matches in Saturday's battle for third place, but bonus points made the difference in the Hokies' 19-16 win at the Virginia Duals. The Golden Flashes dropped six of 10 matches against No. 13 Virginia to begin their day inside Hampton Coliseum with a 22-12 setback.  Sophomore Mack McGuire and junior Caleb Marsh each went 2-0 on the day, completing perfect 4-0 weekends.
McGuire provided the team's lone bonus points of the day with an 8-0 major decision over Virginia Tech's Dennis Gustafson.  A 4-0 shutout by junior Tyler Small extended the Flashes' lead to 7-3, but the biggest surprise of the day came when sophomore Ian Miller was pinned in the first period by Sal Mastriani.
The Hokies extended their lead to 16-7 after six bouts, but Marsh ignited a comeback with the first of three straight Kent State wins.  Sophomores Sam Wheeler and Cole Baxter each beat Top 25 opponents to tie the dual 16-16 going into heavyweight.
Tied 1-1 after two periods, a Ty Walz takedown made the difference in a 3-2 win over redshirt freshman Mimmo Lytle.
Earlier in the day, Marsh gave the Golden Flashes a 12-10 lead over Virginia after seven matches with a 3-2 victory over No. 10 Steve Doty.  However, the Cavaliers responded with three straight wins. The key moment for Virginia came at 184 when Jon Fausey scored a takedown on Wheeler in the closing seconds for a 6-5 victory.
McGuire, Miller and Marsh all earned revenge against Cavaliers, whom they lost to earlier this season (Nov. 10) at the Virginia Tech Duals.  Sophomore Michael DePalma also claimed a victory against Virginia with a 7-2 decision. 
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.
Virginia 22 Kent State 12
125:  Nick Herrmann (Virginia) over Alfredo Gray (Kent State) Dec 10-8
133:  Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) over Joe Martinez (Virginia) Dec 5-2
141:  Joseph Spisak (Virginia) over Tyler Small (Kent State) Dec 7-4
149:  Michael Depalma (Kent State) over Chris Yankowich (Virginia) Dec 7-2
157:  Ian Miller (Kent State) over Blaise Butler (Virginia) Dec 4-3
165:  Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia) over Tyler Buckwalter (Kent State) Maj 13-4
174:  Caleb Marsh (Kent State) over Stephen Doty (Virginia) Dec 3-2
184:  Jonathan Fausey (Virginia) over Sam Wheeler (Kent State) Dec 6-5
197:  Zach Nye (Virginia) over Cole Baxter (Kent State) Dec 2-1
HWT:  Ethan Hayes (Virginia) over Mimmo Lytle (Kent State) Fall 4:02
Virginia Tech 19 Kent State 16 
125:  Joey Dance (VT) over Alfredo Gray (Kent State) Dec 3-1
133:  Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) over Dennis Gustafson (VT) Maj 8-0
141:  Tyler Small (Kent State) over Erik Spjut (VT) Dec 4-0
149:  Zach Neibert (VT) over Michael Depalma (Kent State) Maj 11-1
157:  Sal Mastriani (VT) over Ian Miller (Kent State) Fall 1:00
165:  Chris Moon (VT) over Tyler Buckwalter (Kent State) Dec 5-3
174:  Caleb Marsh (Kent State) over John Dickson (VT) Dec 11-4
184:  Sam Wheeler (Kent State) over Nick Vetterlein (VT) Dec 9-6
197:  Cole Baxter (Kent State) over Chris Penny (VT) Dec 6-4
HWT:  Ty Walz (VT) over Mimmo Lytle (Kent State) Dec 3-2
Flashes Earn Spot in Virginia Duals Semifinal
HAMPTON, Va. -  Junior Tyler Small accounted for two of Kent State's five pins Friday as the Golden Flashes went 2-0 and earned a spot in the Virginia Duals semifinals at Hampton Coliseum.  As the tournament's fifth seed, Kent State defeated The Citadel 28-12 in the opening round, before topping fourth-seeded Bloomsburg 27-12 in the quarterfinals.
"When you don't let up, good things are going to happen," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said of the five pins.  "We just did a good job of wrestling through moves and situations."
Bloomsburg, who was No. 22 in this week's coaches poll, jumped out to a 3-0 lead, before sophomore Mack McGuire won a pivotal swing match in overtime over Nick Wilcox.  Tied 1-1 after regulation, McGuire got in on a single-leg shot and finished it off for the 3-1 decision in sudden victory.   
"Mack lost a close one against (Wilcox) last year, so he knew what to expect" Andrassy said.  "And he just wrestled real solid throughout the entire match."
 Small followed with a first period pin of Matt Rappo, giving the Flashes a 9-3 lead.  And the Huskies never recovered.
Sophomore Michael DePalma jumped out to a lead over Bryce Busler, before winning by medical default. 
Sophomore Ian Miller then planted Brian Nelson in the second period, giving Kent State a 21-3 advantage.  It was Miller's ninth pin of the season.
Junior Caleb Marsh and sophomore Sam Wheeler each completed 2-0 days with 3-1 and 6-5 decisions against the Huskies respectively. 
Marsh and Wheeler also helped the Flashes overcome a 12-9 deficit after six matches against The Citadel.  Marsh started a string of four straight KSU victories with a 4-0 blanking of Terrell Forbes. Wheeler followed with a 15-3 major decision of Ken Radford to give the Flashes a 16-12 lead.
"After we lost at 149, we knew that could get us into a hole," Andrassy said of the opening round.  "But Sam's match made us feel more comfortable.  He wrestled really well in his first match."
Sophomore Cole Baxter and redshirt freshman Mimmo Lytle closed out Kent State's first round win with back-to-back falls.  
No. 13 Virginia earned the tournament's top seed and downed Chattanooga 18-13 in the quarterfinals for the right to face the Golden Flashes Saturday at 2 p.m.  Earlier this season the Cavaliers topped Kent State 29-12, winning four tight matches (125, 133, 141, 157).
"That may have been our worst performance of the season," Andrassy said of the opening weekend loss to Virginia.  "And I think we're a lot better now.  Two years ago Missouri beat us early in the season and we ended up beating them here a little later in the year.  We traditionally wrestle well here and I think we have the ability to do the same type of thing this year. "
Kent State 27  Bloomsburg 12
125:  Sean Boylan (Bloomsburg) over Alfredo Gray (Kent State) Dec 4-1
133:  Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) over Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg) SV-1 3-1
141:  Tyler Small (Kent State) over Matthew Rappo (Bloomsburg) Fall 2:07
149:  Michael Depalma (Kent State) over Bryce Busler (Bloomsburg) Inj 1:41
157:  Ian Miller (Kent State) over Brian Nelson (Bloomsburg) Fall 3:51
165:  Josh Veltre (Bloomsburg) over Tyler Buckwalter (Kent State) SV-1 7-5
174:  Caleb Marsh (Kent State) over Mike Dessino (Bloomsburg) Dec 3-1
184:  Sam Wheeler (Kent State) over Sam Shirey (Bloomsburg) Dec 6-5
197:  Richard Perry (Bloomsburg) over Cole Baxter (Kent State) Dec 5-2
HWT:  Justin Grant (Bloomsburg) over Mimmo Lytle (Kent State) Dec 3-1
Kent State 28  The Citadel 12  
125:  Joaquin Marquez (Citadel) over Del Vinas (KSU) Dec 7-4
133:  Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) over Aaron Hansen (Citadel) Dec 5-3
141:  Tyler Small (KSU) over Nathaniel Harper (Citadel) Fall 6:15
149:  Matthew Frisch (Citadel) over Michael Depalma (KSU) Dec 6-4
157:  Aaron Walker (Citadel) over Thaddeus Keklak (KSU) Dec 3-2
165:  Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (Citadel) over Tyler Buckwalter (KSU) Dec 6-5
174:  Caleb Marsh (KSU) over Terrell Forbes (Citadel) Dec 4-0
184:  Sam Wheeler (KSU) over Kenneth Radford (Citadel) Maj 15-3
197:  Cole Baxter (KSU) over Marshall Haas (Citadel) Fall 6:04
HWT:  Mimmo Lytle (over) Joe Bexley (Citadel) Fall 3:39
Tigers Shutout Cougars to Extend 15-Year Winning Streak
Redshirt freshmen Blake Pepper and Matthew Lemanowicz pin counterparts in dual collegiate debuts as Mizzou rolls Cougars, 40-0.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The seventh-ranked Mizzou Tigers (3-0) extended their winning streak to 13 dual wins over a 15-year period with a 40-0 victory over the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars (3-9) Saturday night. Redshirt freshmen Blake Pepper and Matthew Lemanowicz both won their collegiate debuts, posting back-to-back pins at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively.
Pepper met up with SIUE's Karsten Van Velsor, who he defeated in the finals at the Joe Parisi Open earlier this season, 9-7. The two traded a flurry of points throughout the first period, as Pepper took Van Velsor down first before being reversed eight seconds later. Pepper regained the lead quickly though with a reversal of his own, and added a takedown halfway through the frame to take a 6-3 advantage after three minutes. The Mizzou redshirt freshman started on bottom in the second, and escaped before scoring another two-point takedown. Pepper held Van Velsor down, and finally turned him onto his back for a pin at 4:02.
Immediately after at 157 pounds, redshirt freshman Matthew Lemanowicz followed suit with a pin of his own in what was his dual collegiate debut as well. Lemanowicz carried a 4-1 lead into the third period over Logun Taylor before reversing and adding two more on a takedown versus his SIUE counterpart. With under a minute to go, Lemanowicz rolled Taylor into danger, and at the 6:10 mark, the official smacked the mat and awarded the fall. The two pins increased the Tigers lead to 22-0 before a quick intermission.
True freshman J'den Cox also added a pin at 197 pounds with a cradle over Chris Johnson with less than 30 seconds to go in the first period.
Saturday's victory is the Tigers' third shutout in the past two seasons, as the Tigers blanked Old Dominion and Baker in 2012-13. The win also increases Mizzou's all-time record versus SIUE to 21-4, and marks the 13th straight victory over the Cougars over a 15-year span. The two squads have faced off the past four seasons, with the Tigers outscoring SIUE, 173-3.
Following this non-conference victory, the Tigers are now slated for three conference battles, beginning on the road at Central Michigan on January 19. The Chippewas are 2-1 in Mid-American Conference action following a 24-15 loss to Northern Iowa on Saturday night.
Northern Illinois:
NIU Drops 33-9 Decision to Ohio; Busson, Scott claim wins in loss
ATHENS, Ohio - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team was dealt another conference loss Friday in Athens, Ohio, with a 33-9 loss at the hands of the Ohio Bobcats.
The Huskies (4-6, 0-3 MAC) got victories from Caleb Busson and Shawn Scott and trailed Ohio (5-1, 1-1 MAC) by only nine with three matches left in the dual. However, a pair of pins late helped the Bobcats take the win.
"We were hesitant tonight and that will catch up with you," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "We need to do a better job engaging our opponent and moving toward an attack to establish control of the match. We will learn from it and make progress."
Ohio gained an early control in the dual win wins in each of the first five matches. After Tyler Argue was dealt a 7-4 loss against Noah Forrider at 141, Rob Jillard faced a similar fate and fell to 19th-ranked Tywan Claxton, 3-1, to give Ohio a 6-0 edge.
The Huskie deficit grew to 9-0 when Andrew Morse lost a 4-1 decision to returning NCAA qualifier Spartak Chino at 157 pounds. At 165, Harrison Hightower pinned Shaun'Qae McMurtry in the first period, while the 174 match between 2013 national tournament qualifiers Matt Mougin and #7 Cody Walters went to Ohio, as Walters earned a 3-1 win to give the Bobcats a big 18-0 lead.
NIU, though, started to forge a comeback when Busson stuck Ryan Garringer with just over 30 seconds left in the first period of the 184 match. Scott kept the momentum going with a tight 6-4 win over Beau Wenger to get the Huskies within 18-9.
Yet, that nine-point deficit was all the closer the Huskies could get, as Ohio closed the door on the comeback. Jared Torrence was pinned by three-time NCAA qualifier and 11th-ranked Jeremy Johnson in the heavyweight match, allowing the Bobcats to clinch the win. Nick Harrison took a 7-3 loss against KeVon Powell at 125, while Braun Marquez was pinned by Kagan Squire to finish the dual.
NIU continues with conference play next Friday, Jan. 17, when they trek to Ypsilanti, Mich., to face the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Two days later, they go south to Ohio to battle Ashland and Purdue in the Wendy's Duals.
Ohio 33, NIU 9
141: Noah Forrider (Ohio) dec. Tyler Argue (NIU), 7-4
149: #19 Tywan Claxton (Ohio) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU) 3-1
157: Spartak Chino (Ohio) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU) 4-1
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) pins Shaun'Qae McMurtry (NIU), 2:25
174: #7 Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 3-1
184: Caleb Busson (NIU) pins Ryan Garringer (Ohio), 2:29
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Beau Wenger (Ohio), 6-4
285: #11 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) pins Jared Torrence (NIU), 4:36
125: KeVon Powell (Ohio) dec. Nick Harrison (NIU), 7-3
133: Kagan Squire (Ohio) pins Braun Marquez (NIU), 1:37
Northern Iowa:
Panthers Stay Perfect With 25-14 Wrestling Dual Win Over CMU 
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Panthers stay perfect in duals after beating Central Michigan, 25-14, in their first home conference dual.  No. 15 Joey Lazor made the most of his return to the dual lineup by notching the first fall of the evening in 5:10. Lazor’s pin came at the end of a string of wins from the Panthers.
“It’s great when you take the chance to put a guy away,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “Bonus points will always be huge for winning duals. It’s good to get him back out there. We just need to get him on a roll. Sometimes one win can do a lot for a guy.”
No. 7 Dylan Peters and No. 2 Joe Colon gave UNI the 6-0 lead with their decision wins. Colon beat No. 15 Joe Roth for his 19th win of the season. The win vaulted Colon into the all-time top 10 list for winning percentages for a single season. His current 0.950 makes him third on the list.
“I am in the position to win a national title, and I want to keep it that way,” said Colon after his win.
No. 11 Cooper Moore gave the Panthers another big boost with the only other fall of the night.
“Joe, Dylan and Blaize Cabell set a high pace for our team tonight,” said Schwab.
Cabell topped off the Panther team win with a major decision win. He had earned a major decision when he grabbed a last-second takedown to extend his lead.
“When you come back and get a takedown with just five seconds, that’s what we want to see,” said Schwab. “That is going to be the best way to get to the next level.”
The Panthers improve to 5-0 in duals and are ranked second in the Mid-American Conference.
Earlier in the day, seven Panthers medaled at the Flash Flanagan Open in Dubuque, Iowa.
Panthers who placed:
125: Leighton Gaul 6th 
141: Jake Hodges 5th 
149: Jesse Etherington 5th 
174: Riley Banach 4th 
184: Erik Lux 2nd; A.J. McBroom 4th 
285: Cody Krumwiede 2nd 
NEXT UP:  The Panthers will head to Oklahoma for a 2 p.m. Jan. 19 dual. UNI will be back home in the West Gym to take on Missouri at 7 p.m. Jan. 24.   Missouri is the returning MAC champion and is picked to win again.
125-#7 Dylan Peters (UNI) dec. #13 Corey Keener (CMU), 9-6; 133-#2 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. #15 Joe Roth (CMU), 7-2; 141-#15 Joey Lazor pins (UNI) #11 Tyler Keserling, 5:10; 149-Tyler Patten (UNI) dec. Scotting Mattingly (CMU), 9-4; 157-Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Zach Witte (UNI), 4-0; 165-#11 Cooper Moore (UNI) pins Nick Becker (CMU), 4:18; 174 –#11 Mike Ottringer (CMU) maj. dec. #16 Cody Caldwell (UNI), 11-3; 184-Craig Kelliher (CMU) maj. dec. Kyle Lux (UNI), 12-2; 197- Jackson Lewis (CMU) dec. Basil Minto (UNI), 5-4; 285-Blaize Cabell (UNI) maj. dec. Adam Robinson (CMU), 15-6 
Ohio Claws Northern Illinois, 33-9; Three falls by Ohio propel Bobcats to victory
ATHENS, Ohio - Redshirt senior Jeremy Johnson collected his team-best 22nd win to lead the Ohio University wrestling team (5-1) to a convincing 33-9 win over Northern Illinois Friday night at the Convocation Center.  With the win, Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) earned his seventh fall on the season and improved to 15-2 in his last 17 matches.
As a team, Ohio picked up its sixth-consecutive win over Northern Illinois. The win also gave the Bobcats their 12th win in their last 13 duel competitions.
Freshmen Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) gave the Bobcats' an early 3-0 lead over the Huskies following a 7-4 decision.
Junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) and redshirtsophomore Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) continued the Bobcats' momentum through a series of long matches both of which were won by decision, raising Ohio's lead to 9-0 over NIU.
Junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) earned his third-straight win with a fall (2:25) over Shaun'Que McMurtry. Hightower's win was his 21st on the season. The fall increased the Bobcats' lead to double digits, leading NIU 15-0.
Sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) put three more points on the board in his first match since November, with a 3-1 decision over Matt Mougin.
Northern Illinois fired back in the next two bouts, with Caleb Busson recording a 2:29 fall over redshirt senior Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.). NIU's Shawn Scott followed with a 6-4 victory over Beau Wenger.
Back-to-back Bobcat wins by KeVon Powell and Kagan Squire (fall, 1:37) closed out the match and solidified an Ohio win.
The Bobcats return to the mat in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., as they take on Central Michigan. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.
 141- Noah Forrider (17-10) 7, Tyler Argue (10-9) 4, dec. - Ohio 3, NIU 0
 149- No. 19 Tywan Claxton (15-4) 3, Rob Jilard (3-3) 1, dec. - Ohio 6, NIU 0
 157- Spartak Chino (11-5) 4, Andrew Morse (17-10) 1, dec. - Ohio 9, NIU 0
 165- Harrison Hightower (21-7) fall (2:25), Shaun'Que McMurtry (5-7), - Ohio 15, NIU 0
 174- No. 7 Cody Walters (2-0) 3, Matt Mougin (7-9) 1, - Ohio 18, NIU 0
 184- Caleb Busson (7-12) fall (2:29), Ryan Garringer (4-6), - Ohio 18, NIU 6
 197- Shawn Scott (14-8) 6, Beau Wenger (1-4) 4, Ohio 18, NIU 9
 HWT- No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (22-3) fall (4:36), Jared Torrence (12-10) - Ohio 24, NIU 9
 125- KeVon Powell (6-8) 7, Nick Harrison (7-5) 3, - Ohio 27, NIU 9
 133- Kagen Squire (7-4) fall (1:37), Nick Smith (4-6),- Ohio 33, NIU 9
Old Dominion:
No. 24 Monarchs Fall 21-15 to Arizona State at VA Duals
Hampton, Va. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team (3-7, 0-2) opened day two with a 21-15 loss to Arizona State in the Consolation Quarterfinals at the 2014 Virginia Duals.  As was the story yesterday ODU fell behind early, trailing 6-0 as a team after No. 20-ranked Brandon Jeske (125) led 10-7 initially before losing by a fall at 4:54. Jeske’s record on the season falls to 13-9.
At 133 pounds Michael Hayes gave the Monarchs a boost with a 10-point perfomance in his 10-6 decision win over Kalin Goodsite. Hayes finished 1-1 in the Duals this weekend.
No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate picked up a 5-1 decision victory against Matthew Kraus. Mecate went 2-1 at the Virginia Duals and improved his record to 18-5 this season.
Three Monarchs went 3-0 this year at the Virginia Duals- Alexander Richardson (149), Billy Curling (174) and Kevin Beazley (197). Richardson defeated Preston McCalmon by a 6-1 decision. Richardson improved his record to 16-6 this season.
Curling (174) had the best match of the day. Trailing 6-4 with only :50 seconds he scored a takedown to tied the match 6-6. Before the match would end in regulation Curling scored one more takedown to win 8-6. Curling improved his record to 8-6 on the season and has won five of his last seven matches.
197-pounder Kevin Beazley also came away with a 10-5 decision victory. The win allowed ODU to have a chance at winning the dual as the Monarchs trailed just 18-15 following Beazley’s win. Beazley, a redshirt freshman, improved his season record to 13-7.
The match came down to ODU’s Matt Tourdot. Tourdot scored the first escape and led 1-0 into the third period. His opponent, Chace Eskam would score an escape and with just :11 seconds a takedown to win 3-2 by a decision to give the Sun Devils the 21-15 team win.
ODU picked up wins by Michael Hayes at 133 pounds, Chris Mecate (141), Alexander Richardson (149), Billy Curling (174) and Kevin Beazley (197).
Monarchs at the Virginia Duals:
125- No. 20 Brandon Jeske
No. 20 Brandon Jeske (ODU) over Kalab Lemaire (Lock Haven) Dec. 8-1
Kory Mines (Edinboro) over No. 20 Brandon Jeske (ODU) MD 15-4
Ares Carpio (ASU) over No .20 Brandon Jeske (ODU) Fall 4:54
133- Michael Hayes
Cody Wheeler (Lock Haven) over Michael Hayes (ODU) Fall 1:10
Michael Hayes (ODU) over Kalin Goodsite (ASU) Dec. 10-6
133- Scott Festejo
No. 4 Aaron Schoop (Edinboro) over Scott Festejo (ODU) MD 9-0
141- No. 4 Chris Mecate
No. 4 Chris Mecate (ODU) over Daniel Neff (Lock Haven) SV-2 6-1
No. 1 Mitchell Port (Edinboro) over No. 4 Chris Mecate (ODU) Dec. 5-1
No. 4 Chris Mecate (ODU) over Matthew Kraus (ASU) Dec. 5-1
149- Alexander Richardson
Alexander Richardson (ODU) over Macaulay Maldarelli (Lock Haven) Dec. 3-2
Alexander Richardson (ODU) over David Habat (Edinboro) Dec. 5-3
Alexander Richardson (ODU) over Preston McCalmon (ASU) Dec. 6-1
157- Tristan Warner
Tristan Warner (ODU) over William Randt (Lock Haven) Dec. 6-2
Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro) over Tristan Warner (ODU) Dec. 8-3
Joel Smith (ASU) over Tristan Warner (ODU) Fall 1:30
165- Devin Geoghegan
Jacob Kemerer (Lock Haven) over Devin Geoghegan (ODU) MD 12-4
Devin Geoghegan (ODU) over Zachary Towers (Edinboro) MD 12-4
165- Dillon Geoghegan
Nickolas Rex (ASU) over Dillon Geoghegan (ODU) Dec. 4-0
174- Billy Curling
Billy Curling (ODU) over Travis Moyer (Lock Haven) MD 9-1
Billy Curling (ODU) over Patrick Jennings (Edinboro) Dec. 5-3
Billy Curling (ODU) over Kevin Radford (ASU) Dec. 8-6
184- Jack Dechow
Jack Dechow (ODU) over No. 15 Fred Garcia (Lock Haven) SV-1 3-1
Jack Dechow (ODU) over Nicholas Mitchell (Edinboro) Dec. 8-5
No. 18 Blake Stauffer (ASU) over Jack Dechow (ODU) Dec. 4-1
197- Kevin Beazley
Kevin Beazley (ODU) over Joseph Rimel (Lock Haven) Dec. 8-1
Kevin Beazley (ODU) over Vincent Pickett (Edinboro) Dec. 2-0
Kevin Beazley (ODU) over Wesley Moore (ASU) Dec. 10-5
285- Matt Tourdot
Matt Tourdot (ODU) over Cody Mason (Lock Haven) MD 9-1
No. 15 Ernest James (Edinboro) over Matt Tourdot (ODU) SV-1 3-1
Chace Eskam (ASU) over Matt Tourdot (ODU) Dec. 3-2
Consolation Quarterfinal: Arizona State 21, Old Dominion 15
125- Ares Carpio (ASU) over No. 20 Brandon Jeske (ODU) Fall 4:54. ODU Trails 6-0
133- Michael Hayes (ODU) dec. Kalin Goodsite (ASU) 10-6. ODU Trails 6-3.
141- No. 4 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. Matthew Kraus (ASU) 5-1. Tied 6-6.
149- Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Preston McCalmon (ASU) 6-1. ODU Leads 9-6.
157- Joel Smith (ASU) over Tristan Warner (ODU) Fall 1:30. ODU Trails 12-9.
165- Nickolas Rex (ASU) dec. Dillon Geoghegan (ODU) 4-0. ODU Trails 15-9.
174- Billy Curling (ODU) dec. Kevin Radford (ASU) 8-6. ODU Trails 15-12
184- No. 18 Blake Stauffer (ASU) dec. Jack Dechow (ODU) 4-1. ODU Trails 18-12.
197- Kevin Beazley (ODU) dec. Wesley Moore (ASU) 10-5. ODU Trails 18-15.
285- Chace Eskam (ASU) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) 3-2. ASU Wins 21-15
*Old Dominion next opponent is No. 13 Virginia on Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. from the TED Constant Center.
No. 24 Old Dominion Comeback Falls Short 17-16 to No. 15 Edinboro
Hampton, Va. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team comeback fell just short as they lost 17-16 to No. 15-ranked Edinboro in the Quarterfinals at the 2014 Virginia Duals.
ODU fell behind early, trailing by as much as 11-0 after the first three matches. Alexander (Lenny) Richardson helped ODU get on the board with a 5-3 decision win against David Habat.
At 165 pounds, the Monarchs trailed 14-3 in the team score until Devin Geoghegan gave the team a performance that allowed him to win 12-4 and receive a major decision win with the bonus point. Geoghegan would finish 1-1 on the day. Billy Curling (174) followed that with a 5-3 decision win of his own as he finished 2-0 on the day.
One match later, Jack Dechow (184) came out on the mat and won by an 8-5 decision, as Dechow finished 2-0 after seeing his first action since Nov. 17.
ODU needed a victory by Kevin Beazley to give themselves a chance to win the match and Beazley delivered with a 2-0 decision win against Vincent Pickett. This gave Old Dominion their first lead at 16-14.
The match was up to the Heavyweights. Monarch Matt Tourdot went one period with the match being scoreless. Both Tourdot and Edinboro opponent Ernest James scored escapes to send the match into overtime.
ODU picked up wins by Alexander Richardson at 149 pounds, Devin Geoghegan (165), Billy Curling (174), Jack Dechow (184) and Kevin Beazley (197).
No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate wrestled well in his second match of the day, but could only score an escape as No. 1-ranked 141-pounder Mitchell Port (Edinboro) won by a 5-1 decision.
Quarterfinal: Edinboro 17, Old Dominion 16
125 - No. 17 Kory Mines (Edinboro) over No. 20 Brandon Jeske (Old Dominion) Maj 15-4. Edinboro leads 4-0.
133 - No. 4 Aaron (A.J.) Schopp (Edinboro) over Scott Festejo (Old Dominion) Maj 9-0. Edinboro leads 8-0.
141 - No. 1 Mitchell Port (Edinboro) over No. 4 Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) Dec 5-1. Edinboro leads 11-0.
149 - Alexander Richardson (Old Dominion) over No. 14 David Habat (Edinboro) Dec 5-3. Edinboro leads 11-3.
157 - No. 18 Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro) over Tristan Warner (Old Dominion) Dec 8-3. Edinboro leads 14-3.
165 - Devin Geoghegan (Old Dominion) over Zachary Towers (Edinboro) Maj 12-4. Edinboro leads 14-7.
174 - Billy Curling (Old Dominion) over Patrick Jennings (Edinboro) Dec 5-3. Edinboro leads 14-10.
184 - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) over Nicholas Mitchell (Edinboro) Dec 8-5. Edinboro leads 14-13.
197 - Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) over Vincent Pickett (Edinboro) Dec 2-0. ODU leads 16-14.
HWT - No. 17 Ernest James (Edinboro) over Matt Tourdot (Old Dominion) SV-1 3-1. Edinboro wins 17-16.
No. 24 Old Dominion defeats Lock Haven 26-10, face No. 15 Edinboro 
Hampton, Va. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team came away with a 26-10 win against Lock Haven in the first match at the 2014 Virginia Duals.
“We knew it was going to be a fight,” said ODU head coach Steve Martin. “We got the bonus points we needed. I thought eight of our guys wrestled really well. 174 pounds is where it all started for us. Curling and our top-4 weight classes did a great job to lead us to a victory. Jack Dechow’s return helped. He hasn’t wrestled in 60 days and did a nice job today. 285 finished strong and we need to continue to get the bonus points in order to win.”
ODU picked up wins by Brandon Jeske at 125 pounds, Chris Mecate (141), Alexander Richardson (149), Tristan Warner (157), Billy Curling (174), Jack Dechow (184), Kevin Beazley (197) and Matt Tourdot (285).
The Monarchs led 12-10 and did not look back after Curling’s 9-1 major decision victory over Travis Moyer. Curling has won 4 of his last six matches.
Jeske got ODU started on the right track as he defeated Kaleb Lemaire by an 8-1 decision. Jeske ranked No. 20 by both AWN and InterMat finished fifth at the Southern Scuffle. 
No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate defeated Daniel Neff by a 6-1 decision. Mecate improved his overall record this year to 17-4. Mecate will take on No. 1 141-pounder Mitchell Port of Edinboro later today.
Jack Dechow returned to the ODU lineup for the first time since November 17, 2013. Dechow, once ranked in the top-15 took his time and defeated Fred Garcia by a 3-1 decision in overtime.
ODU 26, Lock Haven 10
125- No. 20 Brandon Jeske (ODU) dec. Kaleb Lemaire (Lock Haven) 8-1. ODU leads 3-0
133- Cody Wheeler (Lock Haven) over Michael Hayes (ODU) Fall 1:10. Lock Haven leads 6-3
141- No .4 Chris Mecate (ODU) over Daniel Neff (Lock Haven) SV-2 6-1. ODU tied 6-6
149- Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Macaulay Maldarelli (Lock Haven) 3-2. ODU leads 9-6
157- Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. William Randt (Lock Haven) 6-2. ODU leads 12-6
165- Jacob Kemerer (Lock Haven) over Devin Geoghegan (ODU) MD 12-4. ODU leads 12-10
174- Billy Curling (ODU) over Travis Moyer (Lock Haven) major dec. 9-1. ODU leads 16-10
184- Jack Dechow (ODU) over No. 15 Fred Garcia (Lock Haven) SV-1 3-1. ODU leads 19-10
197- Kevin Beazley (ODU) dec. Joseph Rimel (Lock Haven) 8-1. ODU leads 22-10
285- Matt Tourdot (ODU) over Cody Mason (Lock Haven) MD 9-1. ODU wins 26-10