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Buffalo Wrestling Travels To Columbia For Friday Dual
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo wrestling team (2-9, 0-3 MAC) hits the road on Friday for a non-conference dual with the Columbia Lions at 7:00 pm. The Bulls will be aiming for a milestone for their current head coach and UB alum, John Stutzman. With a win on Friday, Stutzman will have 100 career victories as a division I wrestling head coach.
SETTING THE SCENE: The UB wrestling team enters with an overall record of 2-9 following a 1-3 weekend at the Pittsburgh Duals last time out. The Bulls lone victory came against Seton Hill by the score of 38-0. The Columbia Lions enter the dual with a record of 2-3 and a conference mark of 1-2 following a dominant 24-9 victory over Binghamton last time out.
LOCKED IN: Following a freshman season that saw him go 8-12, sophomore Tony Lock has been the Bulls best wrestler so far in 2013-14. Lock currently owns a 14-9 overall record to go along with a 5-6 dual meet record. Last time out, Lock picked up where he left off, picking up two victories including a fall victory over his opponent from Seton Hill. Lock also defeated his opponent from Duke by the score of 9-6 as he finished the Pitt Duals with a 2-2 record. Both losses for Lock came against top-25 wrestlers. For the season, he ranks as one of the most consistent wrestlers on the Bulls. He ranks fifth in takedowns (16), fourth in escapes (28) and first on the team with 14 victories.
MALVESTUTO LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Heading into the season, the Bulls needed someone to step up and be a leader on the mat and so far this season it has been Angelo Malvestuto. The Niagara Falls, NY native is coming off of a strong weekend at the Pittsburgh Duals that saw him go 3-1. He picked up victories over opponents from North Carolina, Seton Hill and Duke. Malvestuto has been a consistent performer since he stepped on campus three seasons ago, racking up 28 career victories for the Bulls. Malvestuto also ranks third in dual meet wins (10), third in takedowns (18) and fifth in escapes (26) this season.
MAZIARZ COMFORTABLE AT 157 POUNDS: Wally Maziarz has been battling all season long to find a role on the Bulls wrestling team and in his last few weeks, he has done so at 157 pounds. After starting the season out at 165 pounds, Maziarz made the change back to his comfort level at 157 and has been dynamic for UB. On the season, Maziarz has compilled a 7-2 over record at 157 pounds and a 4-7 record at 165. Last time out, Maziarz has his best weekend of the season as he put together a 3-1 record at the Pittsburgh Duals. Maziarz started out his day with a shutout victory, 3-0, over Jake Crawford of North Carolina. He then defeated his Seton Hill opponent by the score of 8-5 before winning a tight contest, 2-1, over Immanuel Kerr-Brown of Duke.
SORIA BROTHERS BACK IN ACTION: After missing three weeks of action for the Bulls, their active winningest wrestler returned to the mat on Sunday afternoon against Duke. Max Soria picked up where he left off against Alex Elsea of Duke as he earned a major decision victory by the score of 13-4. With the win, Max improves to 10-5 on the season. Without Max in the lineup, his twin brother Mike Soria picked up the slack. Mike finished the Pittsburgh Duals with a 2-1 record and has compilled a 12-5 overall record this year at 125 pounds. The one-two Soria punch will be very important for the Bulls down the back stretch of the season.
STUTZMAN ONE WIN SHY OF 100: Buffalo wrestling head coach John Stutzman recorded his 99th career victory on Sunday afternoon when the Bulls downed Seton Hill, 38-0. Stutzman returned to Buffalo this year following a great coaching career at Bloomsburg which saw hime record 97 career victories including a career-best 17 wins last season. The Buffalo alum had six seasons with 10 plus victories at Bloomsburg and never won less than eight matches as a head coach in his career. In all, Stutzman has coached 33 national qualifiers while earning a 60.3 percent winning percentage at the division I level.
125 Mike Soria or Max Soria
133 Justin Farmer
141 Nick Flannery
149 Ryan Todora
157 Wally Maziarz
165 Ryan Therrien
174 Rrok Ndokaj
184 Tony Lock
197 Angelo Malvestuto
HWT James Benjamin
125 Penn Gottfried
133 Angelo Amenta
141 #17 Matt Bystol
149 Ryan Ponte
157 Markus Scheidel
165 #17 Josh Houldsworth
174 #20 Shane Hughes
184 Zack Hernandez
197 Matt Idelson
285 Wyatt Baker or Bobby Telford
Chippewas Set to Host Conference Foes #25 Ohio and #7 MIzzou
Mount Pleasant, Mich. - The Central Michigan wrestling program will return to the friendly confines of McGuirk Arena this week for a pair of MId-American Conference duals versus No. 25 Ohio and No. 7 MIssouri.
The Chippewas (6-5, 2-1 MAC) will kick off the week with the third annual Royal Rumble & Tumble in conjunction with the CMU gymnastics program. The wrestling program will take on the Bobcats (5-1, 1-1 MAC), while the gymnastics program will host William & Mary. The event is set to begin at 7 p.m.
CMU will wrap up its week versus MAC affiliate Missouri, ranked seventh in the country, on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Follow the Action: The dual will be streamed live on CMUChippewas.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.
CMU vs. Ohio: The Chippewas lead the all-time series, 24-17. CMU has claimed the last two meetings, including last season in Athens, Ohio, 23-12. The Chippewas scored bonus points in four of their six wins, including major decisions by Joe Roth and Tyler Keselring.
CMU vs. Missouri: The Chippewas and Tigers have met seven times in program history with an even 3-3-1 record in the all-time series. CMU claimed last season's meeting as the No. 12 Chippewas gave No. 7 Missouri its' first loss of the season, 17-16.
Weight CMU No. 25 Ohio No. 7 MIzzou
125 No. 12 Corey Keener; Kevon Powell; Barlow McGhee or Zach Synon
133 No. 16 Joe Roth; Kagan Squire; Matt Manley or Eric Wilson
141 No. 9 Zach Horan; Noah Forrider; Lavion Mayes or Trevor Jauch
149 Scott Mattingly; No. 15 Tywan Claxton; No. 1 Drake Houdashelt
157 No. 20 Lucas Smith; Spartak Chino; Matthew Lemanowicz
165 Nick Becker; Harrison Hightower; No. 8 Zach Toal
174 No. 10 Mike Ottinger; No. 7 Cody Walters; No. 17 Mikey England
184 Craig Kelliher; Ryan Garringer; No. 10 Johnny Eblen
197 Jackson Lewis; No. 13 Phil Wellington or Beau Wenger; No. 6 J'den Cox
Hwt Adam Robinson; No. 11 Jeremy Johnson; Devin Mellon
Looking Ahead: The Chippewas will head to rival Kent State on Sunday, January 26 for a 2 p.m. matchup versus the Golden Flashes.
Wrestling Set for Two Weekend MAC Duals; Eagles host Northern Illinois before heading to Athens, Ohio to take on the Bobcats
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team returns to Ypsilanti, Mich. to take on Northern Illinois in its second Mid-American Conference dual of the 2013-14 season. The Eagles will square off against the Huskies at 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Eastern then heads to Athen, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 19 to take on the Bobcats of Ohio. The dual is slated for 2 p.m.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Northern Illinois currently holds a 4-6 overall record and has been unable to secure a conference win as it fell to 0-3 on the season after dropping its most recent dual to Ohio. Andrew Morse leads the NIU squad as he has posted 17 wins at 157 lbs., while Shawn Scott (197 lbs.) has grabbed 14 wins and Jared Torrence (HWT) has secured 12 victories. Morse has been a hard competitor for the Huskies as he has recorded four pins on the season, while Scott has a team-high seven dual wins this year. Scott has led the team in accumulating 27 dual points for the Cardinal and Black, while Morse has garnered 21 points.
Caleb Busson (184 lbs.) and Scott clinched Northern Illinois' only bout wins against the Bobcats as Busson pinned Ryan Garringer and Scott earned the 6-4 decision. NIU also has two senior grapplers who are nearing 50 wins as both Matt Mougin (174 lbs.) and Torrence are just two wins away from the mark.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NIU: Nothern Illinois holds a commanding 25-4-1 record over Eastern in the all-time history between the two squads. However, the Eagles have won each of the last two meetings as they took down the Huskies, 22-17, last year on the road, Jan. 26, 2013.
The win marked the first Mid-American Conference victory for the Green and White in the 2012-13 season, improving its MAC record to 1-2 while also keeping NIU winless in conference bouts. Eastern used pins from both Nick Whitenburg and then-senior Aaron Sulzer, while Jacob Davis grabbed a major decision en route to the EMU victory. The Huskies return six starters from last year's lineup, while Eastern returns four of its 10 starters from the dual a season ago.
SCOUTING OHIO: The Bobcats are 5-1 overall on the season and 1-1 in MAC duals as they have only fallen to the 2013 MAC Tournament Champions, Missouri. Ohio's conference win came Jan. 10 as the Bobcats defeated Northern Illinois in decisive fashion with a 33-7 victory. Recently, the Bobcats moved into the USA Today/NWCA Division I rankings as they now rank in the top-25 of all Division I programs, making them the third ranked team in the MAC.
No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (HWT) paces the Ohio squad as he has tallied 22 wins on the season and has only suffered three losses, while Harrison Hightower posts 21 wins at 165 lbs as he pinned NIU's Shaun'Que McMurty in 2:29 in his latest outing. Hightower's nine pins on the season ranks him third in the nation in falls , trailing national leader Taylor Walsh of Indiana by 10 pins.
SERIES HISTORY VS. OHIO: The Bobcats hold a 6-2 record over the Eagles in the past eight seasons as the Green and White struggle when facing the MAC opponent. EMU fell in tough fashion just a season ago in Athens as the Eagles held a narrow two-point lead heading into the final bout of the dual. The Bobcats were able to find the win they needed in Phil Wellington as he came up with a 4-2 decision at 197 lbs.
The Green and White last defeated Ohio, Dec. 4, 2011, when the Eagles took a 22-14 victory at Bowen Field House. Nick Whitenburg and Jared Germaine each earned wins for EMU as Whitenburg grabbed a major decision at 197 lbs. and Germaine clinched a decision at 125 lbs. Ohio returns its entire starting 10 from just a season ago, while the Eagles return five-of-six starters from last year's dual.
WIN / AWN RANKINGS: Redshirt-senior Jared Geramaine received rankings at 125 lbs. for the Jan. 13 AWN Rankings. Germaine is ranked No. 18 at 125 lbs. as he is 9-0 on the season after picking up three victories at the Pitt Duals. The Saginaw, Mich. native clinched a pin over Duke before earning two decisions in his final dual bouts against UNC and N.C. State.
DELPORTO TIES ALL-TIME EMU COACHING RECORD: Head Coach Derek DelPorto currently holds a 80-71-2 record at EMU, which is one win shy of breaking former head coach John Eisley's EMU coaching record. While at Eastern, Eisley posted an 80-74-4 record in his 12-year tenure. If DelPorto picks up just one more wins this season, he will take the all-time wins record in just eight seasons at the helm. DelPorto clinched the tying win at the Pitt Duals, Jan. 12, when the team defeated Duke, 26-10, in its first-of-three duals on the afternoon.
EAGLES PICK UP ONE AT PITT: 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.
Redshirt-senior Jared Germaine 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. Redshirt-seniors Phillip Joseph and Brandon Zeerip each clinched two wins for Eastern as Joseph went 2-1 and Zeerip went 2-0, while Anthony Abro and Nicholas Barber each secured two wins in their respective weight classes.
After defeating Duke in decisive fashion, the Eagles were unable to hold off 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 twice this season, but Khodor Hoballah was unable to pin Bob Coe to allow Eastern to take home the victory.
Eastern did not let the setback 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.
THREE EAGLES REMAIN RANKED IN MAC JANUARY POLLS: Three EMU redshirt-seniors are currently ranked in the Mid-American Conference January Polls as Jared Germaine is ranked second behind freshman Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa at 125 lbs. Nick Whitenburg ranks third at 197 lbs., while Phillip Joseph is fourth at 184 lbs.
Germaine boasts a perfect 9-0 record for the Eagles at the 125 lb. weight class and has yet to be beaten in his final season, while Whitenburg holds a 5-2 record, falling only to Drexel's Brandon Palik and Michigan State's Nick McDiarmid.
Joseph has proven to be a steady competitor after moving up to 184 lbs. in his senior season as he holds a 13-5 overall record and a 8-2 dual record. The Lapeer, Mich. native clinched the deciding pin over Stanford to allow the Eagles to beat the then-No. 23 Cardinal 18-16 at the Convocation Center, Nov. 24.
OUTSCORING THE OPPOSITION: The Eagles are currently outscoring their opponents 231-156 on the season as they have only allowed seven teams to score in the double-digits through their first eleven duals. The Green and White's 231 team points are two points ahead of the Eagles point total through 11 duals last year as the 2012-13 squad had two big victories over non-division I programs.
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.
The Green and White continued to have its most successful season when they secured a win over Duke at the Pitt Duals, but were unable to close out the day undefeated as it suffered losses to both UNC and N.C. State, sending the opposition's point total over 100.
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 9-0 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.
Germaine's sixth win of the season got the Green and White off to a quick 3-0 lead over Old Dominion as he captured a 4-2 decision over Jerome Robinson in the opening bout. Robinson took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first period before Germaine grabbed an escape to come within one. Germaine grabbed his first takedown in the second period to take a 4-2 lead. Neither wrestler was able to score in the final period as Germaine remained undefeated and improved to 6-0 on the season.
The redshirt-senior had yet another perfect day when they team headed to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the Pitt Duals. Germaine went 3-0 on the afternoon for the Green and White as he secured one pin and two decisions, including a 9-3 decision over No. 10 Nathan Kraisser of UNC.
DUAL AGAINST NO. 9 NORTHERN IOWA POSTPONED: Eastern Michigan University wrestling squad's Sunday, Jan. 5, dual against Mid-American Conference foe, No. 9 Northern Iowa, was postponed due the the impending inclement weather in the Ypsilanti area. The two teams will attempt to reschedule the dual for a later date in the season. Please check EMUEagles.com for more information or follow us on Twitter at @EMUAthletics for the latest information on a make-up date.
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 102-92-2 all-time record since he began coaching at Slippery Rock prior to coming to Eastern Michigan in 2006.
COVERAGE OF WEEKEND DUALS: Eastern Michigan's dual against Northern Illinois, Friday, Jan. 17 will be live streamed on Eastern Michigan's Eagle All-Access. Subscriptions for Eagle All-Access start at just $6.95. Former EMU standouts JJ Johnson and Drew Lesko will be broadcasting the dual from the Convocation Center starting at 7 p.m. Fans can visit OhioBobcats.com to check results of the Eastern Michigan/Ohio dual, Sunday, Jan. 19. Fans are also encouraged to follow @EMUWrestling on Twitter for live updates and can join in on coversation using #FlyingHigher.
UP NEXT ON THE MAT: The Eagles return to Ypsilanti, Friday, January, 31 as they continue MAC competition. The Green and White will take on Kent State at Bowen Field House. First bout is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
The Beast: Flashes Host NC State Sunday
Kent State's M.A.C. Center will host the second annual Beauty and the Beast event Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m., as both the gymnastics and wrestling teams host North Carolina State with simultaneous action on one floor.
The grappling Golden Flashes are 7-6 following a fourth place finish at the Virginia Duals this past weekend, including a 27-12 victory over No. 22 Bloomsburg. Junior 174-pounder Caleb Marsh and sophomore 133-pounder Mack McGuire each went 4-0 at the Virginia Duals. Marsh was named Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week.
The Competition: NC State is 10-2, coming off a 3-0 day Sunday at the Pitt Duals with convincing wins over Clarion (30-6), Eastern Michigan (32-11) and Seton Hill (36-9). It's only losses have come against Top 15 opponents (Illinois, Pitt). The Wolfpack boasts a balanced lineup with winning records at each weight class. Six NC State wrestlers are ranked in WrestlingReport's Top 33.
An Entertainment-Filled Event: Prior to the Beauty and the Beast event, kids can enter a coloring contest. The winner will receive a Future Flashes prize pack. A $100 gift card to the bookstore will be given to one male and one female Kent State student in the best Beauty & the Beast costumes. After the competition, wrestlers and gymnasts will be signing autographs. At last season's Beauty and the Beast, Kent State's gymnastics team defeated Rutgers 195.675-193.70, while the Flashes' wrestling team downed Cleveland State 31-10.
Live Video, Audio, Scoring: Live video of both wrestling and gymnastics can be seen on mac-sports.com. Live audio with Ty Linder can be heard on Golden Flashes Radio on iHeartRadio. Live scoring can be followed on Trackwrestling.com.
In The Rankings: This week, Kent State is No. 18 in W.I.N.'s Tournament Power Index, No. 25 in the InterMat rankings and No. 26 according to WrestlingReport.com. Six Golden Flashes are ranked in this week's Top 25 according to WrestlingReport and seven are in the Top 33. Six Flashes are in the Top 4 of latest MAC coaches rankings. Sophomore Ian Miller is No. 6 in the 157-pound W.I.N. rankings, while sophomore Sam Wheeler is No. 10 at 184. Mack McGuire is No. 18 according to InterMat.
Dual Success: Since Head Coach Jim Andrassy's third season (2005-06), the Golden Flashes have gone 116-43-1 in dual meets. The Flashes have also won 14 of their last 18 duals at the M.A.C. Center.
• Sunday, they will face the Wolfpack for the first time in program history.
• The Golden Flashes are receiving votes in this week's NWCA Coaches Poll.
• Six of Kent State's seven wins are by 15 points or more. The other victory came against Michigan (17-16) who is No. 13 in this week's InterMat rankings.
• Five of the Flashes' six losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 16 of the latest coaches poll.
• Prior to the dual, Kent State will honor its lone senior, T.J. Keklak, who is expected to start Sunday at 157.
•Caleb Marsh defeated a pair of Top 20 opponents at the Virginia Duals.
• In just two duals last Friday, the Golden Flashes combined for five pins, including two from Tyler Small.
•Ian Miller is tied for fourth place among Kent State's career pin leaders with 29.
On the Horizon: Sunday will be Kent State's final test before a string of five consecutive Mid-American Conference duals. The Golden Flashes will take their 2-0 MAC mark into Athens Friday, Jan. 24 against archrival Ohio University. Two days later, Kent State hosts rival Central Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Projected Lineups: NC State at Kent State
125 – Micah Perez (16-9) or Brenden Calas (7-5) vs. Del Vinas (16-11) or Alfredo Gray (10-16)
133 – Chris Wilkes (12-7) vs. No. 21 Mack McGuire (19-6, 10-3 duals)
141 – No. 30 Sam Speno (16-5)vs. No. 17 Tyler Small (15-10, 7-6 duals)
149 – No. 22 Brian Hamann (16-6) vs. No. 25 Mike DePalma (17-11, 7-6 duals)
157 – No. 19 Tommy Gantt (22-6) or Max Rohskopf (2-1) vs. T.J. Keklak (8-10)
165 – Peter Santos (14-5) vs. Tyler Buckwalter (3-6, 3-4 duals)
174 – No. 24 Pete Renda (18-6) vs. No. 25 Caleb Marsh (10-5, 9-3 duals) or Mike Vollant (6-8)
184 – No. 33 Shane Brady (12-7) or Michael Macchiavello (8-7) vs. No. 10 Sam Wheeler (22-4, 11-2 duals)
197 – Karrone Jones (9-5) vs. No. 32 Cole Baxter (16-10, 9-4 duals)
285 – No. 5 Nick Gwiazdowski (26-2) vs. Mimmo Lytle (11-14, 4-9 duals)
Rankings from WrestlingReport.com
Tigers Head North for Meeting with Chippewas
The No. 7 Missouri Tigers head to Mount Pleasant, Mich., for a MAC-showdown against Central Michigan
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou Wrestling program surges into conference action in 2014 after a 40-0 shutout versus the SIUE Cougars last weekend, with the No. 7-Tigers set to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas Sunday afternoon. This weekend's conference battle will showcase nine matches that contains at least one ranked wrestler between the two programs.
Leading the way last time were three Tiger freshmen - Blake Pepper, Matthew Lemanowicz and J'den Cox - all pinning their opponents in the Tigers 40-0 victory. Lemanowicz is slated to get his second collegiate start at 157 pounds, while Cox continues to turn heads at 197 pounds for the Tigers, posting a 21-2 record including four victories over top-20 opponents. He comes into this weekend's action as the sixth-best 197-pounder in the nation.
The Tigers look to avenge a 17-16 loss to the Chippewas from last season in front of a home crowd at the Hearnes Center. Central Michigan boasts a 6-5 overall record and a 2-1 clip in conference action heading into this weekend. They will host the No. 25 Ohio Bobcats Friday before welcoming in Brian Smith and Co., on Sunday. The dual will start at 2 p.m. at McGuirk Arena.
FOLLOW LIVE: The dual will be streamed live on CMUChippewas.com, as well as on the Mid-American Conference's official website, MAC-sports.com. Live stats will be provided by Trackwrestling.com, and fans can follow Mizzou Wrestling's official Twitter account, @MizzouWrestling, for in-match updates.
125: Zach Synon, RSFr. (27-8) OR Barlow McGhee, Fr. (16-4) vs. No. 12 Corey Keener
133: Matt Manley, RSFr. (19-5) OR Eric Wilson, Sr. (22-6) vs. No. 16 Joe Roth
141: Lavion Mayes, RSFr. (20-7) OR Trevor Jauch, So. (16-3) vs. No. 9 Zach Horan
149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt, Jr. (22-1) vs. Scott Mattingly
157: Matthew Lemanowicz, RSFr. (14-8) vs. No. 20 Lucas Smith
165: No. 8 Zach Toal, Sr. (18-3) vs. Nick Becker
174: No. 17 Mikey England, Jr. (13-6) vs. No. 10 Mike Ottinger
184: No. 10 Johnny Eblen, Jr. (17-6) vs. Craig Kelliher
197: No. 6 J'den Cox, Fr. (21-2) vs. Jackson Lewis
HWT: Devin Mellon, Jr. (15-7) vs. Adam Robinson
WHAT'S NEXT: The Tigers will remain in conference action next weekend as they travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and DeKalb, Ill., for duals against Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois.
NIU Prepares for Busy Road Weekend
Huskies face Eastern Michigan Friday, Ashland and #22 Purdue Sunday
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University wrestling team dives into their busiest weekend in about two months, as they face Eastern Michigan in a Mid-American Conference dual Friday and battle Ashland and #22 Purdue at the Wendy’s Duals Sunday.
Friday’s meet starts at 6 p.m. inside EMU’s Convocation Center. Meanwhile, Sunday’s action gets underway at 11 a.m. CT when NIU takes on Ashland, followed by a 1 p.m. CT tilt against the nationally-ranked Boilermakers.
“EMU has been competing well,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “They have a nice record to their credit thus far, so we need to stick to our strengths, let it fly and scrap for everything. Ashland and Purdue both wrestle hard and are tradition-rich programs. We will be on the road all weekend on a business trip, so we will need to maintain focus and compete one match at a time.”
The Huskies will look to get back in the win column this weekend after suffering a 33-9 loss against the Ohio Bobcats. After going into an early hole, Caleb Busson scored a pin and Shawn Scott got a narrow decision to get NIU back within 18-9. However, Ohio closed the door on the Huskies, coasting to victory.
EMU comes into Friday with an 8-3 dual record and a 1-0 MAC mark, as they knocked off Old Dominion, 21-19, in their conference opener. The Eagles are led on the mats by 2013 NCAA Championships qualifier Phillip Joseph at 184 pounds and the 15th-ranked 125-pounder Jared Germaine.
Ashland, the Huskies’ first opponent on Sunday, holds a 5-4 record in dual meets, but will face their first Division I opponents this weekend in NIU and Purdue. Last weekend, the Eagles took second at the Mid-Atlantic Duals, knocking off Belmont Abbey and East Stroudsburg before falling to Division II power St. Cloud State.
Purdue is 3-4 so far in 2013-14, but 0-4 in the Big Ten Conference following losses last weekend to Michigan and Penn State. The Boilermakers’ lineup is headlined by two nationally-ranked individuals in Cashé Quiroga (#14 – 133) and Braden Atwood (#15 – 197).
Projected NIU Lineup
125: Braun Marquez OR Nick Harrison
133: Nick Smith OR Derek Elmore
141: Tyler Argue
149: Rob Jillard OR Gabe Morse
157: Andrew Morse
165: Shaun’Qae McMurtry OR Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin
184: Caleb Busson
197: Shawn Scott
285: Jared Torrence OR Arthur Bunce
Projected Eastern Michigan Lineup
125: #15 Jared Germaine
133: Vincent Pizzuto
141: Nicholas Barber
149: Mike Shaw OR Mike LeHolm
157: Brandon Zeerip
165: Jacob Davis
174: Mike Curby
184: Phillip Joseph
197: Nick Whitenburg
285: Khodor Hoballah
Projected Ashland Lineup
125: Johnny Maurice
133: Michael Labry
141: Bobby Mason OR Ty Davis
149: Brent Fickel OR J.J. Diven
157: Kyle Burns
165: Jake Piatt, Zeb Beam OR Brenden Stanley
174: Luke Cramer
184: Bryson Hall
197: Joseph Brandt OR Ray Canale
285: Tyler Houska
Projected Purdue Lineup
125: Camden Eppert OR Luke Schroeder
133: #14 Cashé Quiroga OR Kyle Ayersman
141: Danny Sabatello
149: Brandon Nelsen OR Alex Griffin
157: Kyle Mosier OR Dustin Schultz
165: Chad Welch OR Pat Robinson
174: Patrick Kissel
184: Tanner Lynde
197: #15 Braden Atwood
285: Alex White
Scouting Eastern Michigan: Eastern Michigan enters Friday with an 8-3 dual record. In the conference, they hold a 1-0 mark after edging Old Dominion, 21-19, on Dec. 6 in Virginia. Last weekend, the Eagles went 1-2 at the Pitt Duals, defeating Duke (26-10) and falling to North Carolina (18-16) and North Carolina State (32-11). EMU is led individually by 2013 NCAA Championships qualifiers Phillip Joseph (174 pounds) and Nick Whitenburg (197), who are a combined 18-7 this season. NIU leads the all-time series with EMU, 25-4-1, but the Eagles have won the last two duals between the two sides.
Scouting Ashland & Purdue: Ashland, NIU’s first opponent Sunday and the host of the Wendy’s Duals, holds a 5-4 record this season, but have yet to face a Division I opponent this season. Last time out, the Eagles took second place at the Mid-Atlantic Duals, topping Belmont Abbey and East Stroudsburg before falling to St. Cloud State in the championship match. Meanwhile, Purdue is 3-4 overall on the year, but lost handily this past weekend to #18 Michigan (22-12) and #3 Penn State (34-3). The Boilermakers’ three victories this season have come against Duke, SIU Edwardsville and Chattanooga.
Six Huskies Place in Dubuque: While most of the team was in Ohio Friday night, a select group of Huskies competed Saturday at the “Flash” Flanagan Open in Dubuque, Iowa. Six NIU wrestlers placed at the meet, including first-place finishers Jordan Northrup (133 pounds) and Bryan Loughlin (184). In addition, Gabe Morse (3rd - 149), Parker Settecase (3rd - 197), Billy Chancey (5th - 174) and Shane Rosenberry (6th - 184) all ended up on the podium.
The Big 5-0: 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.
Up Next: The Huskies return to DeKalb for their first home dual meet in three weeks Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host #7 Missouri. The dual against the Tigers starts at 3 p.m. As part of the meet, NIU will sport special singlets for the Military Appreciation Meet.
#7 UNI Faces Undefeated #4 Oklahoma on the Road
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI has the opportunity to even the all-time series with Oklahoma when the wrestling team competes Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 pm CT.
Blayne Beale’s last-second takedown in the final match of the night sealed the 18-15 win for the Panthers in the West Gym last year. The series is 7-6 in OU’s favor and dates back to 1926. Both teams finished in the top 15 at the 2013 Division I National Wrestling Championships.
Both teams enter the dual with one top-ranked wrestler. No. 7 UNI has six Panthers ranked nationally, compared to No. 4 OU’s eight. Four matches will feature two wrestlers in the top 20.
LAST MEETING (Jan. 18, 2013):
UNI 18, No. 13 OKLAHOMA 15 (AWN Rankings)
125-Kyle Garcia (OU) dec. Ryan Jauch (UNI), 3-2
133-No. 10 Cody Brewer (OU) dec. No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger (UNI), 13-9
141-No. 1 Kendric Maple (OU) dec. No. 14 Joey Lazor (UNI), 6-3
149-No. 10 Nick Lester (OU) dec. Bart Reiter (UNI), 6-0
157-David Bonin (UNI) dec. No. 15 Matt Lester, 5-3 SV2
165-No. 4 Patrick “Bubby” Graham (OU) dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 9-4
174-Cody Caldwell (UNI) wins by injury DQ Matt Reed (OU)
184-No. 9 Ryan Loder (UNI) dec. Nolan McBryde (OU), 9-2
197-Blaize Cabell (UNI) dec. Brad Johnson (OU), 10-9
285-Blayne Beale (UNI) dec. Keldrick Hall (OU), 3-1
No. 25 Ohio Wrestling Gears Up For A Pair Of MAC Duals
Bobcats travel to Central Michigan on Friday; welcomes Eastern Michigan on Sunday
ATHENS, Ohio- The No. 25-ranked Ohio University wrestling team (5-1; 1-1 MAC) returns to the mat this weekend for a pair of Mid-American Conference matchups. The first league clash will place the Bobcats on the road against Central Michigan (6-4, 2-1 MAC) on Friday at 7 p.m. in McGuirk Arena. Ohio returns to the Convocation Center Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. for its matchup against Eastern Michigan (8-3; 1-0).
The Bobcats' enter their weekend matches after posting victories in each of their last two dual matches, defeating Appalachian State (27-12) on Dec. 15 and Northern Illinois (33-9) on Jan. 10. Ohio has won 12 of its last 13 dual competitions dating back to last season.
Ohio features four athletes ranked in the Top 20 of the intermatwrestle.com in the form of No. 15 Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio), No. 7 Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio), No. 13 Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) and No. 11 Jeremy Johnson(Broadview Heights, Ohio).
Johnson has a team-best 22 wins on the year and will chase his 23rd victory against Central Michigan's Adam Robinson.
Redshirt junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) will be looking to post his fourth consecutive win and improve his 21-7 record. Hightower currently ranks third in the nation in pins with nine.
Central Michigan features five wrestlers ranked in the Top 20, Corey Keener (125), Joe Roth (133), Zach Horan (141), Luke Smith (157) and Mike Ottinger (174). Additionally, the team had three wrestlers place at the Southern Scuffle two weeks ago. Last week in Cedar Falls, Iowa, CMU fell 25-14 to No. 10 Northern Iowa.
Eastern Michigan comes into the Convocation Center after dropping two of its last three bouts last weekend at the Pitt Duels where it fell to North Carolina (18-16) and N.C. State (32-11). It's lone victory came against Duke (26-10). Redshirt senior Jared Geramaine leads the way for the Eagles as he owns a perfect 9-0 record and a No. 18 ranking.
Ohio's Probable Lineup
125 - KeVon Powell (6-8)
133 - Kagan Squire (7-4)
141 - Noah Forrider (17-10)
149 - No. 15 Tywan Claxton (15-4)
157 - Spartak Chino (11-5)
165 - Harrison Hightower (21-7)
174 - No. 7 Cody Walters (2-0)
184 - Ryan Garringer (4-6)
197 - No. 13 Phil Wellington (20-2) or Beau Wenger (1-4)
HWT - No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (22-3)
Old Dominion Hosts No. 12 Virginia Sunday
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion Monarchs wrestling team battles the No. 12-ranked Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3:00 p.m. in the Ted Constant Center. The Monarchs arrive Sunday with a 3-7 (0-2 MAC) dual meet season record. The last time ODU was on the mat was at the Virginia Duals Jan. 11 as they fell to Arizona State 21-15 in a close match.
Monarchs Trio Perfect at the Virginia Duals: Sophomore Alexander Richardson (149), redshirt senior Billy Curling (174) and redshirt freshman Kevin Beazley (197) all went 3-0 at the Virginia Duals. Richardson defeated Macaulay Maldarelli (Lock Haven) by a 3-2 decision, No. 14-ranked David Habat (Edinboro) by a 5-3 decision and Preston McCalmon (ASU) by a 6-1 decision. Richardson has won his last four matches.
Curling defeated Travis Moyer (Lock Haven) by a 9-1 major decision, Patrick Jennings (Edinboro) by a 5-3 decision and Kevin Radford (ASU) by a 8-6 decision. Curling has won five of his last seven matches.
Beazley picked up wins against Joseph Rimel (Lock Haven) by a 8-1 decision, Vincent Pickett (Edinboro) by a 2-0 decision and Wesley Moore (ASU) by a 10-5 decision. Beazley has won five of his last seven matches, and leads the Monarchs starting lineup this season with five falls.
ODU (3-7, 0-2 MAC) vs. No. 12 Virginia (11-2, 1-0 ACC) Sunday 3:00 p.m.: Series Record: ODU trails 23-19 and their history dates back to 1958. Previous Meeting When ODU won: Feb. 8, 2009 - ODU's No. 11-ranked Chris Brown (165 pounds) won the last scheduled matchup over UVA's Mike Sewell by a 6-4 sudden victory to give the No. 18 Monarchs a 21-18 win over the Cavaliers.
Scouting Virginia: Virginia is 11-2 (1-0 ACC) this season after winning the 2014 Virginia Duals on Jan. 11. The Cavaliers defeated Tennessee-Chattanooga 18-13, Kent State 22-12 and No. 15-ranked Edinboro 20-19 to win the school's first ever Virginia Duals. UVA travels to Duke this Friday Jan. 17 before facing ODU on Sunday. The Cavaliers are led by redshirt junior Nicholas Sulzer (165 pounds) who is 22-1 on the season and is ranked No. 2 by InterMat. UVA wrestlers Joseph Spisak (141), Gus Sako (149), Blaise Butler (157), Stephen Doty (174), and Jonathan Fausey (184) are also ranked in the national polls.
Virginia Probable Starters:
125: Nick Herrmann (10-5)
133: Joe Martinez (8-10)
141: No. 14/16 Joseph Spisak (14-7)
149: Chris Yankowich (9-11) OR
149: No. 11/9 Gus Sako (14-1)
157: No. 13/12 Blaise Butler (11-5)
165: No. 2/2 Nicholas Sulzer (22-1)
174: No. 14/14 Stephen Doty (18-6)
184: No. 19/17 Jonathan Fausey (11-4)
197: Zach Nye (12-6)
285: Ethan Hayes (11-10)
Old Dominion Probable Starters:
125: Brandon Jeske (13-9) OR
125: Jerome Robinson (1-3)
133: Scott Festejo (2-7) OR
133: Michael Hayes (8-8)
141: No. 4/4 Chris Mecate (18-5)
149: Alexander Richardson (16-6)
157: Tristan Warner (11-7)
165: Devin Geoghegan (9-9) OR
165: Dillon Geoghegan (3-8)
174: Billy Curling (8-6)
184: Jack Dechow (7-3)
197: Kevin Beazley (13-7) OR
197: Jake Henderson (7-4)
285: Matt Tourdot (11-8)
*rankings by AWN/InterMat, Team Ranking by AWN.
** Fun Fact Old Dominion Head Coach Steve Martin has coached 25 NCAA Qualifiers, eight of which are from the state of Virginia.
Up Next: ODU is at Binghamton Jan. 24 from Binghamton, N.Y.