MAC Wrestling Weekend Recap: Jan. 18

Updated 1/18/2014

Here is a review of MAC wrestling action from last night.

Columbia Slips Past Buffalo Wrestling, 24-9
NEW YORK, NY – The University at Buffalo wrestling team (2-10, 0-3 MAC) was denied a victory on Friday night at Columbia. The Bulls were defeated by the score of 24-9 by the Lions as John Stutzman was denied his 100th career victory as a head coach at the Division I level.
 "We're fighting out there on the mat," stated Stutzman. "We are getting better every time out. Tonight we received big wins from (Max) Soria and (Nick) Flannery against two NCAA qualifiers from last season."
 Returning to the mat and looking to be back at 100 percent, Max Soria started the match for the Bulls with the dominant 4-0 victory over Penn Gottfried. Soria earned payback for an earlier dual loss at the hands of Gottfried early on in the season. With the win, Soria improves to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in dual meets.
Nick Flannery gave the Bulls the early 6-3 lead after arguably his best match of the season, defeating #17 Matt Brystol by the score of 6-2. Flannery picked up his first victory of the season over a ranked opponent and avenged a loss to Brystol earlier in the season.
The Bulls were not able to pick up any points in the next five matches as Tyler Rill and Ryan Therrien were both downed by nationally ranked opponents at 165 and 174 pounds respectively. Tony Lock was not able to pick up his team-leading 15th victory of the season against Zack Hernandez as he fell late in the third period by the score of 4-2.
 The final three points of the dual for the Bulls were collected by redshirt junior Angelo Malvestuto at 197 pounds. Malvestuto outlasted Matt Idelson, 8-7, in a very physically demanding match to pick up his team-high 15th victory on the season. Malvestuto now has a 9-3 dual meet record at 197 pounds including winning four of his last five matches.
For the dual, the Lions held the slight advantage in takedowns, 10-7, and escapes, 9-7. The Bulls earned 27 points for the match while the home team recorded 43 in their third win of the season.
The Bulls will return home for two conference duals at Alumni Arena. The first dual will be on Saturday, Jan. 25 against Old Dominion at 7:00 pm and the second dual will be on Sunday, Jan. 26 against Ohio at 1:00 pm.
Columbia 24, BUFFALO 9
125 – Max Soria (UB) wins by decision over Penn Gottfried (COL), 4-0
 133 – Angelo Amenta (COL) wins by decision over Justin Farmer (UB), 5-0
 141 – Nick Flannery (UB) wins by decision over #17 Matt Brystol (COL), 6-2
 149 – Ryan Ponte (COL) wins by decision over Ryan Todora (UB), 6-2
 157 – Markus Scheidel (COL) wins by decision over Wally Maziarz (UB), 3-0
 165 – #17 Josh Houldsworth (COL) wins by decision over Tyler Rill (UB), 4-0
 174 – #20 Shane Hughes (COL) wins by fall over Ryan Therrien (UB), 2:12
 184 – Zack Hernandez (COL) wins by decision over Tony Lock (UB), 4-2
 197 – Angelo Malvestuto (UB) wins by decision over Matt Idelson (COL), 8-7
 285 – Wyatt Baker (COL) won by decision over James Benjamin (UB), 10-4
Central Michigan:
Keener's Sudden Victory Takedown Secures Win Over No. 25 Ohio 
Mount Pleasant, Mich. - It is not often that a 125 pounder gets the chance to secure a victory for his team.  Redshirt freshman Corey Keener took advantage of the rare opportunity Friday night, scoring a key takedown 40 seconds into sudden victory to secure a key Mid-American Conference win for Central Michigan over preseason conference favorite No. 25 Ohio, 19-15. 
Keener and Kevon Powell were all square through regulation, but it was Keener who was finally able to finish one of his shots, getting in on a double-leg attempt and eventually earning the advantage to score a two-point takedown and earn a 3-1 decision. 
The redshirt freshman ranked 12th in the country at 125 pounds twice had Powell locked in on shots earlier in the match, but was unable to finish until the sudden victory. Keener also was able to erase Powell's riding-time advantage in the third period before an optional escape evened the match, 1-1. 
Senior Joe Roth opened the night for the Chippewas (7-5, 3-1 MAC) with a dominant 12-2 major decision over Kagan Squire. Roth scored an early takedown in the first period and scored pair of back points after his second takedown in the second period. Two more takedowns and over two minutes of riding time earned Roth his 13th victory of the season, moving him 11 shy of 100 for his career. 
CMU was able to extend the lead to 10-3 behind wins by No. 9 Zach Horan (141 pounds) and No. 20 Lucas Smith (157 pounds). Smith shutout Spartak Chino in a heated match between the two sophomores, but secured his 3-0 win and got the crowd on its' feet with a takedown with under 10 seconds left in the match. 
After a loss by redshirt freshman Nick Becker at 165 pounds that pulled the Bobcats (5-2, 1-2 MAC) within four, 10-6, junior Mike Ottinger extended the lead back to seven, 13-6, by defeating defending MAC champ and 2013 All-American No. 7 Cody Walters. 
Ottinger pushed the pace throughout the entire match, while Walters stayed patient and waited for the right opportunity to attack. The strategy didn't pay off for Walters however as he was called for stalling for a second time in the third period, allowing Ottinger to claim a 2-1 decision. 
Junior Craig Kelliher posted a 4-0 decision over Ryan Garringer at 184 pounds to extend the Chippewas' lead to 16-6, but back-to-back wins by ranked Bobcats, including a pin by No. 11 heavyweight Jeremy Johnson, forced Keener to pull off the heroics. 
The Chippewas will look for their second-straight win over a ranked opponent on Sunday when they host No. 7 Missouri. The dual is set to begin at 2 p.m. CMU defeated the Tigers last season on the road, 17-16. 
Central Michigan 19, No. 25 Ohio 15
133: No. 16 Joe Roth (CMU) major dec. Kagan Squire, 12-2; CMU, 4-0
141: No. 9 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Noah Forridor, 4-1; CMU, 7-0
149: No. 15 Tywan Claxton (Ohio) dec. Scott Mattingly, 3-1; CMU, 7-3
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Spartak Chino, 3-0; CMU, 10-3
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) dec. Nick Becker 4-0; CMU, 10-6 
174: No. 10 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. No. 7 Cody Walters, 2-1; CMU, 13-6
184: Craig Kelliher (CMU) dec. Ryan Garringer, 4-0; CMU, 16-6
197: No. 13 Phil Wellington (Ohio) dec. Jackson Lewis, 5-1; CMU, 16-9
285: No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) fall Adam Robinson, 3:45; CMU, 16-15
125: No. 12 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Kevon Powell, 3-1 SV1; CMU, 19-15
Eastern Michigan:
Wrestling Falls to Northern Illinois in MAC Dual, 24-9
Pizzuto, Zeerip and Joseph pick up victories for EMU
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University wrestling squad fell to Northern Illinois University, 24-9, Friday, Jan. 17, at the Convocation Center. The dual marked the Eagles second Mid-American Conference dual of the season.
With the loss, the Eagles fell to 8-4 overall and 1-1 in the MAC. Meanwhile, NIU improved to 5-6 overall and 1-3 in conference duals.
Northern Illinois took a surprising 6-0 lead over EMU in the 125 lb. weight class as redshirt-senior Jared Germaine (Saginaw, Mich.-Saginaw Valley) suffered his first loss of the season to Nick Harrison. Germaine secured the first points of the match on a takedown. However, he was unable to hold off the offense of Harrison, as he pinned the redshirt-senior in just 2:22 to give the Huskies a 6-0 lead.
Vincent Pizzuto (North Jackson, Ohio-Jackson Milton) brought the Eagles within three as he secured a 14-8 decision over Nick Smith. Pizzuto took the 7-3 lead through the first period and did not let up through the final two, as he was able to clinch the victory for the Green and White.
Eastern was unable to knot the match at 6-6 as NIU took back-to-back decisions at 141 lbs. and 149 lbs. to extend its lead to 12-3.
Redshirt-senior Brandon Zeerip (Fremont, Mich.-Hesperia) continued his win streak as he picked up his third-straight win and his fifth victory of 2014 at 157 lbs. Zeerip used a comeback second period in order to claim a 10-8 decision over Andrew Morse to bring Eastern within six halfway through the dual.
EMU was unable to keep its comeback rolling though, as Northern Illinois once again took two-straight bouts. Freshman Dean Vettese (Rochester, Mich.-Rochester) was unable to secure a victory in his collegiate dual debut at 165 lbs., while Jacob Davis (North Ridgeville, Ohio-St. Edward) moved up a weight class and fought Matt Mougin to a 4-4 tie through regulation time, but was unable to clinch the victory as he fell 6-4 in double overtime, leaving EMU trailing 18-6.
Eastern was unable to get anything going to close out the match as Nick Whitenburg (Temperance, Mich.-Bedford) suffered a hard 7-5 overtime loss to Shawn Scott at 197 lbs. and Khodor Hoballah (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn) saw a final second takedown from Jared Torrence in the heavyweight division to end the third period and give NIU the 24-9 victory over the Eagles.
Eastern will be back in action Sunday, Jan. 19, when it travels to Athens, Ohio, to take on the No. 25 Ohio Bobcats. The dual is slated to start at 2 p.m. inside the OU Convocation Center.
125: Nick Harrison (NIU) pins Jared Germaine (EMU) (2:22), (NIU 6-0)
133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 14-8  (NIU, 6-3)
141: Tyler Argue (NIU) dec. Nicholas Barber (EMU), 9-4 (NIU, 9-3)
149: Rob Jillard (NIU) dec. Michael Shaw (EMU), 5-2 (NIU, 12-3)
157: Brandon Zeerip (EMU) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 10-8 (NIU, 12-6)
165: Shaun'Que McMurty (NIU) dec Dean Vettese (EMU), 9-5 (NIU, 15-6)
174: Matt Mougin (NIU) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 6-4 (2OT) (NIU, 18-6)
184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-2 (NIU, 18-9)
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Nick Whitenburg (EMU), 7-5 (OT) (NIU 21-9)
HWT: Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Khodor Hoballah (EMU), 6-4 (NIU, 24-9)
125: Harrison pins Germaine (2:22)
 After earning the first takedown of the bout, Germaine was pinned in just 2:22 by Harrison to give NIU the early 6-0 lead. The loss marks the first of the season for Germaine, who is now 9-1 overall.
133: Pizzuto dec. Smith, 14-8
 Smith was the first to earn any points in the first period as he grabbed the early takedown before Pizzuto turned on his offensive strike. Pizzuto clinched a takedown and a near fall to take the 5-2 lead before Smith was able to get an escape. Pizzuto closed out the first with a takedown heading into the second period with a 7-3 lead. Pizzuto continued to strike in the second as he grabbed seven unanswered points before Smith grabbed a reversal to close out the second. Pizzuto earned one final takedown in the third to garner the 14-8 decision over Smith and bring the Eagles within three of NIU.
141: Argue dec. Barber, 9-4
 The first period was back-and-forth between Argue and Barber. Argue grabbed two takedowns, while Barber was able to clinch to escape to head into the second trailing by two. Argue extended his lead to 6-2 in the second as he used one reversal and kept Barber off the scoreboard. In the final period, Barber gained two more escapes but they were not enough as Argue grabbed one final takedown and used 3:22 of riding time to clinch the 9-4 victory for the Huskies.
149: Jillard dec. Shaw, 5-2
 After a scoreless first period, Jillard would be the first to light up the scoreboard as he had a quick takedown, but Shaw answered back as he grabbed a two-point reversal to knot the bout at 2-2 heading into the final two minutes. Shaw chose down to start the third, but Jillard was able to earn two points on a near fall and one point for 3:04 of riding time to take a 5-2 decision.
157: Zeerip dec. Morse, 10-8
 Zeerip found himself trailing by one to close out the first period as Morse had one takedown and a reversal in the first three minutes and Zeerip was only able to get an escape and a takedown. Zeerip was able to get his offense going in the second period as he had one takedown and a near fall to take the 8-5 lead. The longstanding rivalry between the two wrestlers came to a close in the third period as Zeerip used one final reversal to secure his 10-8 victory over Morse.
165: McMurty dec. Vettese, 9-5
 An early takedown from Vettese in his collegiate dual debut gave him the 2-0 lead but McMurty answered back with an escape and a takedown to close out the first with a narrow 3-2 lead. McMurty did not relinquish the lead as he grabbed an escape, two takedowns and a reversal in the final two periods to secure the 9-5 win over Vettese.
174: Mougin dec. Davis, 6-4 (2OT)
 Mougin closed out the first period with a 2-1 lead as he used one takedown compared to Davis' one escape. The two would battle through the second as the only point of the second came on a Davis escape to knot the bout at 2-2. Starting the third in the neutral position would prove to be a good decision for Davis as he earned the take down, but Mougin used an escape and 1:10 of riding time to send the match into its first overtime. An uneventful first overtime would lead to a thrilling second as Mougin grabbed a reversal in the first 30 seconds and Davis was unable to clinch any points as his riding time dwindled down, allowing Mougin to take the 6-4 victory.
184: Joseph dec. Busson, 3-2
 The first point of the bout did not come until late in the second period as Joseph earned an escape to take the 1-0 lead heading into the final two minutes. Busson had two escapes in the third but Joseph was able to clinch the takedown he needed to take the 3-2 lead and keep EMU hopes alive.
197: Scott dec. Whitenburg, 7-5 
Whitenburg came out on the attack as he grabbed a quick takedown and an escape over the Scott to clinch a 2-1 lead. A near fall in the second allowed Whitenburg to hold his lead with two minutes left in the bout but Scott fought back and tied the match at 5-5, sending the teams into their second overtime bout of the night. Whitenburg was quickly taken down in overtime as Scott clinched the 7-5 win.
HWT: Torrence dec. Hoballah, 6-4
 A slow heavyweight bout was tied 2-2 after the second period as Hoballah got a huge penalty point in the second for Torrence holding onto his singlet. In the final seconds of the third period Torrence earned a takedown to garner the 6-4 victory and the 24-9 win for Northern Illinois.
Northern Illinois:
Huskies Ground Eagles, 24-9
Nick Harrison's upset win at 125 sparks NIU to victory
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team scored their first Mid-American Conference win of the season Friday night in Ypsilanti, Mich., with a convincing 24-9 win against Eastern Michigan.
The Huskies (5-6, 1-3 MAC) won seven of the 10 matches against the Eagles (8-4, 1-1 MAC), including big wins by Nick Harrison and Shawn Scott.
"I'm really proud of our effort and fire tonight," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "We competed and scrapped for everything. That's the key to success. When we compete like that, good things happen."
NIU was able to get off to a blazing fast start courtesy of Harrison. Facing Jared Germaine - the 15th-ranked 125-pounder in the nation - the redshirt sophomore from Stillman Valley, Ill., pulled one of the biggest upsets of the year, pinning Germaine with 38 seconds left in the first period to stake out the Huskies to a 6-0 lead.
"Nick Harrison was a huge fire starter for us tonight with a pin over an undefeated opponent," Ludwig said. "He went out there to fight for everything and got rewarded."
After the Eagles cut the lead in half with a 14-8 decision at 133, Tyler Argue pushed the lead back to six with a 9-4 win at 141 against Nick Barber. Rob Jillard pulled out a tight 4-2 win at 149 against Michael Shaw, putting the Huskies in control with a 12-3 edge.
EMU again looked to stage a comeback with a win at 157. However, Shaun'Qae McMurtry closed the door quickly with a 9-5 victory against Dean Vettese at 165, while Matt Mougin went into overtime to pull out a 6-4 win against Jacob Davis at 174 and make it an 18-9 NIU lead.
Needing wins in each of the final three matches, the Eagles got a tight 3-2 win at 184 to move within 18-9. Yet, Michigan native Shawn Scott scored one of his biggest wins of the season with a 7-5 overtime win against 2013 NCAA qualifier Nick Whitenburg at 197. Facing a two-point deficit entering the third period, the Holly, Mich., native got a last-minute takedown to force overtime, then got a quick takedown to take the win. Not only did Scott pad his postseason resume, but his triumph also clinched the dual win with the Huskies.
In the heavyweight finale, Jared Torrence earned a 6-4 decision against Khodar Hoballah to account for the final points.
The Huskies make a quick turnaround in two days, as they head to Ohio Sunday to face Ashland and #22 Purdue in the 2014 Wendy's Duals. The action starts at 11 a.m. CT against the host Eagles, while NIU faces the nationally-ranked Boilermakers at 1 p.m. CT.
NIU 24, Eastern Michigan 9
125: Nick Harrison (NIU) pins #15 Jared Germaine (EMU), 2:22
133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 14-8
141: Tyler Argue (NIU) dec. Nick Barber (EMU), 9-4
149: Rob Jillard (NIU) dec. Michael Shaw (EMU), 5-2
157: Brandon Zeerip (EMU) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 10-8
165: Shaun'Qae McMurtry (NIU) dec. Dean Vettese (EMU), 9-5
174: Matt Mougin (NIU) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 6-4 (OT)
184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-2
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Nick Whitenburg (EMU), 7-5 (SV1)
285: Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Khodar Hoballah (EMU), 6-4
No. 25 Ohio Edged at Central Michigan, 19-15
Johnson earns his team-best 23rd victory on the year
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Senior Jeremy Johnson picked up his team-best 23rd victory, but it was not enough as the Ohio University wrestling team (5-2) suffered a 19-15 loss at Central Michigan Friday night inside McGuirk Arena.
Central Michigan took an early lead, with back-to-back wins against sophomore Kagan Squire (Wadsworth, Ohio) and freshmen Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) in the 133 and 141 weight classes.
Ohio got on the board soon after as junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) posted a 3-1 victory over CMU's Scott Mattingly, which cut the score to 7-3. With the win, Claxton earned his second-consecutive triumph. The Chippewas were quick to respond to as Lucas Smith claimed a 3-0 decision over sophomore Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill), extending CMU's lead to 10-3.
The Bobcats fought back as redshirt junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) earned his fourth-consecutive victory on the year as defeated CMU's Nick Becker, cutting the CMU lead to 10-6.
Central Michigan continued to post wins in the 174 and 184 weight classes. Redshirt sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) recorded Ohio's third win of the evening, closing the gap to 16-9 and improved his record to 21-3.
Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) followed Wellington with a first period fall, tightening CMU's lead to 16-15 with one match remaining.
In the final bout, Ohio sophomore KeVon Powell (Romeoville, Ill.) fell to CMU's Corey Keener in a sudden victory takedown, solidifying the Chippewas victory, 19-15.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday as they take on Eastern Michigan in the Convocation center at 2 p.m.
Central Michigan 19, No. 25 Ohio 15
 133: No. 16 Joe Roth (CMU) major dec. Kagan Squire, 12-2; CMU, 4-0
 141: No. 9 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Noah Forridor, 4-1; CMU, 7-0
 149: No. 15 Tywan Claxton (Ohio) dec. Scott Mattingly, 3-1; CMU, 7-3
 157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Spartak Chino, 3-0; CMU, 10-3
 165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) dec. Nick Becker 4-0; CMU, 10-6
 174: No. 10 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. No. 7 Cody Walters, 2-1; CMU, 13-6
 184: Craig Kelliher (CMU) dec. Ryan Garringer, 4-0; CMU, 16-6
 197: No. 13 Phil Wellington (Ohio) dec. Jackson Lewis, 5-1; CMU, 16-9
 285: No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) fall Adam Robinson, 3:45; CMU, 16-15
 125: No. 12 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. KeVon Powell, 3-1 SV1; CMU, 19-15