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Lewandowski Places Second at Nittany Lion Open
STATE COLLEGE, PA - Senior Mark Lewandowski rolled to a second-place finish on Sunday at the Nittany Lion Open, losing only to returning national champion David Taylor of Penn State in the 165-pound bracket final. It was Lewandowski's first loss of the season, snapping a 13-match win streak to start out the year. Three Bulls total placed in the top eight, with Max Soria finishing seventh at 125 pounds and Wally Maziarz placing eighth at 157 pounds.
Lewandowski opened with a 7-5 win over Geno Morelli of Pittsburgh and then shut out Scott Marmoll of North Carolina 7-0. In the quarterfinal match, he beat Penn State's Nick Fischer 4-1 to earn his place in the semifinals. There, he faced top-30 wrestler John Staudenmeyer of North Carolina and clawed out a 3-2 win to make the finals. He was eventually pinned in the third round by Taylor, the 2011-12 Hodge Trophy winner as the nation's top wrestler, but was able to secure the team's top finish of the day.
Soria lost his opening round match but a pair of forfeits vaulted him into the third round of the consolation bracket. He beat Will Mason of Virginia 7-1 and then bested Ohio State's Nick Roberts 5-2. He lost his match to Rob Deutsch for the chance at the fifth place bout, but rebounded to beat Robert Montoya of Campbell 8-3 to claim seventh.
Maziarz entered the day as the team leader in wins for the season, with 13, and he again had a busy day. He won his first two matches, 9-2 over Ron Vaughters of Bloomsburg and 7-0 over John Keck of Navy, before losing to Nestor Taffur of Boston in the quarterfinals. He would win two more matches in the consolations before losses to Scott Winston of Rutger and Taffur again would put him in eighth place.
The main portion of the tournament schedule now complete, the team will open the dual season with a Mid-American Conference match against the Central Michigan Chippewas. The match will be a historic one for the program, as it will be the one-thousandth dual meet in the program's storied history that dates back to 1934. The team hopes to celebrate the occasion with an upset of the 12th-ranked Chippewas for its first dual win ever in the series.
No. 12 Chippewas Open MAC Season with 23-12 Win at Ohio
ATHENS, Ohio - Central Michigan won six matches and used two major decisions in its opening Mid-American Conference dual of the 2012-13 season to defeat Ohio Saturday night, 23-12.
Junior Joe Roth (125) and sophomore Tyler Keselring (133) each claimed majors at as the No. 12 Chippewas (3-2, 1-0 MAC) won the first five matches of the night.
Roth used five takedowns and accumulated 2:29 of riding time in his 12-3 major decision over Kevon Powell, while four takedowns and 2:23 of riding time allowed Keselring to defeat Thomas McLaughlin, 10-2.
The two majors followed senior No. 4 Jarod Trice's 3-1 decision over Jeremy Johnson as the match opened at the heavyweight division. Trice recorded a first period takedown and quickly escaped after choosing to start the third period down.
Junior Scott Mattingly and senior Donnie Corby won back-to-back 5-3 decisions at 141 and 149 pounds to close out the hot start by the Chippewas and give them a 17-0 advantage.
After dropping three straight, two of which came in the first sudden victory period, in which the Bobcats pulled within 17-9, junior No. 5 184-pounder Ben Bennett secured the dual with a pin of Ryan Garringer at the 6:01 mark of his match.
CMU has now won 71 of its last 75 MAC matches dating back to the 1997-98 season.
285: No. 4 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), 3-1; CMU 3-0
125: Joe Roth (CMU) maj. dec. Kevon Powell (Ohio), 12-3; CMU 7-0
133: Tyler Keselring (CMU) maj. dec. Thomas McLaughlin, 10-2; CMU 11-0
141: Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Kagan Squire (Ohio), 5-3; CMU 14-0
149: Donnie Corby (CMU) dec. Andrew Romanchik, 5-3; CMU 17-0
157: Spartak Chino (Ohio) dec. Lucas Smith, 3-1 SV1; CMU 17-3
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) dec. No. 20 Mike Ottinger, 10-4; CMU 17-6
174: Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Craig Kelliher (CMU), 5-3 SV; CMU 17-9
184: No. 5 Ben Bennett pin Ryan Garringer, 6:01; CMU 23-9
197: Phillip Wellington (Ohio) dec. Jackson Lewis (CMU); CMU 23-12
Eagles Edged by Bobcats in MAC Opener, 17-16
ATHENS, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team dropped a nail-biting 17-16 Mid-American Conference dual-meet on the road to Ohio University Sunday evening, Dec. 2. The Eagles (3-4; 0-1 MAC) saw their three-match winning streak snapped while the Bobcats (1-1; 1-1 MAC) notched their first win of the season.
The lead in Sunday's contest changed four times, with EMU holding a 16-14 edge headed into the final bout of the evening. But that lead would not hold as Phil Wellington got the best of redshirt freshman Anthony Abro at 197 lbs. by a narrow 4-2 margin to give the Bobcats the victory.
“We wrestled pretty well,” said Head Coach Derek DelPorto. “Our effort was high and we cannot get caught up in just wins and losses. We won five and they won five, they just had one more bonus point than us.”
Action started at heavyweight where No. 14 Jeremy Johnson earned four team points for OU with a major decision of Chris Eggert, 13-4. The Green and White responded with three straight wins as redshirt junior No. 16 Jared Germaine starting things off with a 13-8 decision over KeVon Powell at 125 lbs.
Redshirt freshman Vincent Pizzuto rebounded from a tough outing Friday against Cleveland State to the tune of a 13-5 major decision over Angelo DiSabato at 133 lbs. The win gave Eastern Michigan its first lead, 7-4. At 141 lbs., redshirt junior Seth Schaner grew EMU's lead to six points when he defeated Kagan Squire, 5-3.
The six-point edge remained with four matches to go as redshirt senior Aaron Sulzer answered Andrew Romanchik's decision at 149 lbs. with a 4-0 shutout of Sparty Chino at 157 lbs.
Ohio regained its lead with a pair of victories at 165 lbs. and 174 lbs. After Harrison Hightower's 10-2 major decision over redshirt sophomore Jacob Dorulla, Cody Walters bested redshirt sophomore Mike Curby by decision, 9-4, to make it a 14-13 lead for the Bobcats with two bouts left.
Redshirt junior Phillip Joseph flipped the score again in favor of the Eagles with his second win of the weekend, a 9-4 victory over Ryan Garringer at 184 lbs. Joseph's effort would not be enough however, nor would Abro's, as Wellington scratched out a decision in the final bout of the evening.
The Eagles are back in action when they face the Duke University and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Saturday, Dec. 8. Match times are set for noon and 4 p.m., respectively.
OHIO 17, EASTERN MICHIGAN 16
285: No. 14 Jeremy Johnson (OU) maj. dec. Chris Eggert (EMU), 13-4 OU 4 EMU 0
125: No. 16 Jared Germaine (EMU) dec. KeVon Powell (OU), 13-8 OU 4 EMU 3
133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) maj. dec. Angelo DiSabato (OU), 13-5 EMU 7 OU 4
141: Seth Schaner (EMU) dec. Kagan Squire (OU), 5-3 EMU 10 OU 4
149: Andrew Romanchik (EMU) dec. Justin Melick (OU), 6-4 EMU 10 OU 7
157: Aaron Sulzer (EMU) dec. Sparty Chino (OU), 4-0 EMU 13 OU 7
165: Harrison Hightower (OU) dec. Jake Dorulla (EMU), 4-0 EMU 13 OU 10
174: Cody Walters (OU) maj. dec. Mike Curby (EMU), 10-2 OU 14 EMU 13
184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) dec. Ryan Garringer (OU), 9-4 EMU 16 OU 14
197: Phil Wellington (OU) dec. Anthony Abro (EMU), 4-2 OU 17 EMU 16
Kilgore Wins Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Las Vegas, Nev. – Fifth-year senior Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) won his fourth tournament of the season, going 5-0 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Kent State's 2011 NCAA champion faced his toughest competition of the season in the finals and came away with a 5-4 victory over Wyoming's Alfonso Hernandez.
"The match wasn't as close as the score," Andrassy said of the final. "Dustin gave up a late takedown. He was in complete control and he had four or five scoring opportunities he didn't capitalize on."
Improving to 15-0 on the season, Kilgore had two major decisions and a pin on Friday.
"Guys aren't coming at him," Andrassy said of Kilgore's Saturday matches. "And it's probably going to be like that all year."
Senior 184-pounder Casey Newburg (Union, Ohio) went 5-2 in a fifth place finish. Newburg topped Navy's Mason Bailey 6-4 in his fifth-place match, improving his season record to 17-2.
"Casey did a good job grinding through this tournament," Andrassy said.
Sophomore Caleb Marsh (Marysville, Ohio) went 3-2 on the weekend at 165, but came up short of a podium spot.
"Caleb did alright for it only being his second Division I tournament," Andrassy said. "But the rest of our guys had a disappointing tournament."
Four Golden Flashes went 1-2 on the weekend, while the remaining three finished 0-2.
"I think some of our younger guys were a little shell-shocked," Andrassy said. "This was uncharacteristic of the way Kent State teams normally perform. It was good for them to see what Dustin did and hopefully it can help them figure things out. We need to start wrestling with more urgency"
Kent State returns to action Dec. 14, visiting Ohio State in its first dual meet of the season.
Wrestling Falls One Point Short at Cliff Keen Invitational
Despite seven Tigers placing in the top-8 of their respective brackets, Missouri finished second to No. 5-ranked Ohio State.
LAS VEGAS - Day two at the Las Vegas Invitational featured a roller coaster of a ride between the No. 7-Tigers and the No. 5-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The two programs flip flopped all day for the top spot among the 32-team scoreboard, with the Buckeyes getting the final advantage by a point, 124.5 to Mizzou's 123.5. The tournament was eventually decided in the championship bracket finals, when the No. 1 ranked Logan Stieber acquired bonus points with a 12-1 major decision over Missouri's Nathan McCormick.
Stieber had made his way through the 133-pound bracket with ease prior to the finals matchup against McCormick (13-1). In fact, in four matches the sophomore hadn't even been on the mat for the length of a full match, as he had accumulated four pins in a total of 6:34. The sixth-ranked McCormick was his first win that didn't come by fall, but he was still able to get bonus points with a 12-1 major decision. The first period ended with McCormick down 5-1 after a Stieber takedown and three-point near fall. The match never slowed down, with another near-fall in the second and a takedown in the third.
Both Mizzou and Ohio State crowned two champions in the invitational. With the score tied prior to the final round, the major gave the Buckeyes five team points for the win versus the usual four points for a win-by-decision. That extra point proved to be the difference.
Junior Alan Waters (14-0) remained undefeated for the Tigers at 125 pounds for Mizzou this season after defeating Cornell's Nahshon Garrett for the title. Garrett, ranked 10th nationally, got things going first with a takedown 20 seconds in to the championship match. Waters was able to escape quickly and then added a takedown with 1:11 left in the first. The match was knotted at three until the third, when Waters managed a reversal 45 seconds in to the frame. Waters won by decision 6-4 with 2:05 of riding time. Waters and Garrett will most likely rematch in two weeks when the Tigers face off against Cornell at Madison Square Garden.
Dom Bradley (15-0) also remains perfect with Mizzou's second title of the invitational. No. 2 Bradley defeated Oregon State's No. 6-ranked Chad Hanke 3-2 in a match where points were hard to come by. Bradley dropped Hanke about a minute in to the bout, and the rest of the match's points came via the escape. Hanke narrowed the deficit to one in the first, and Dom added an escape of his own after starting in the bottom position in the second. Bradley was ranked atop his bracket in this year's invite, and his counterpart Hanke was seeded second.
Senior Mike Larson (14-2) was the fourth Tiger to compete in the championship finals. Larson had a tough matchup against number-one seed Josh Ihnen of Nebraska. Larson found himself on the edge of the mat halfway through the first and tried to prematurely throw his No. 6 ranked counterpart. Ihnen capitalized on Larson's mistake and at 2:14, Larson found himself on his back. Nebraska's 184-pounder took the title by fall and gave Larson his second loss of the season.
Missouri finished the weekend with seven Tigers placing. Zach Toal (11-4) claimed fourth place at 165 pounds after a 5-2 loss to Nicholas Sulzer of Virginia. Senior 197-pounder Brent Haynes (13-3) had a rough day after cruising through day one. Haynes dropped his championship semifinal match to Alfonso Hernandez of Wyoming by decision 7-3 and couldn't find a way to recover in the consolation bracket. Haynes was 0-3 on the day with losses to Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) and Andrew Campolattano (Ohio State) on the back end, 8-5 and 13-1 respectively. Todd Porter (12-4) also placed eighth after dropping the seventh place match to Northern Iowa's Cody Caldwell 13-9.
The tournament might have been decided by one point in the 133-pound final, but the Tigers left a lot of points out on the mats in day two. Kyle Bradley (11-5) and Drake Houdashelt (10-4) had trouble getting going in their consolation matches, and failed to contribute any team points on the day. For final brackets and team scores from the 31st Annual Cliff Keen Invitational, click on this link.
Mizzou will now take a couple weeks off as finals approach for the fall semester, and will be back in action on December 16th when the squad travels north to New York City for duals against Cornell and Bloomsburg at the Grapple at the Garden. For all Tiger Wrestling updates, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.
Tigers Wrap Up Competition at Kaufman-Brand Open
Johnston, Eblen, Mellon claim individual titles at weekend tournament.
COLUMBIA, Mo. - While the bulk of the Mizzou wrestling team was busy helping the Tigers earn a runner-up finish at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas over the weekend, the rest of the team was in Maryville, Mo., to take part in the Kaufman-Brand Invitational where Cody Johnston (174), Johnny Eblen (184 pounds) and Devin Mellon(HWT) earned individual titles for the Tigers.
Starting at 174 pounds, Johnston and teammate Jordan Gagliano(Lake St. Louis, Mo.) teamed to give Mizzou a 1-2 finish in that weight class with Johnston topping his teammate, 3-1, with a sudden victory win in the championship bout. The two beat out third-place Kristopher Klapprodt of No. 4 Iowa, who finished third. Johnston was very good in the tournament, earning a pair of falls and a major decision en-route to his 174-pound title. Gagliano was equally as impressive in the tournament, earning a fall and three major decisions before falling to Johnston in the title bout.
Moving to 184 pounds, Eblen put together a great tournament for the Tigers, defeating Oklahoma's Travis Rutt, 6-2, in the championship bout - Rutt came into the tournament as the No. 1 seed in the weight class. Eblen, the No. 2 seed in the class, opened the tournament with a bye before pinning Chris Johnson of Southern Illinois and earning two major decisions en-route to the Championship bout where he topped Rutt.
In the heavyweight bracket, Mellon came in as the top seed in his class and did not disappoint. Mellon opened the tournament by pinning Billy Swanson in 1:47 in the opening round and then earned a major decision in the second round over Oklahoma's Ross Larson. He then used a pair of one-point decisions to advance to the title bout where he topped Brandon Gebhardt of Baker, 3-2.
Also worth noting was the performance of Lavion Mayesat 149 pounds as he took second place in the class. He lost to Northern Illinois' Robert Jillard in the championship bout. He earned a fall, a major decision and a pair of decisions en-route to the championship match. Other Tigers earning notable finishes at the Kaufman-Brand Open were:
Zach Synon- Fifth Place
Austin Roper- Third Place
Eric Wilson - Fifth Place
Tony DeAngelo - Seventh Place
Trevor Jauch- Eighth Place
Matt Lemanowicz- Sixth Place
Tyler Prazma - Fourth Place
Jillard, Morse, Torrence Pace Huskies at Kaufman-Brand Open
Top-three finishes by Rob Jillard, Andrew Morse and Jared Torrence highlight NIU's 14 placewinners
TOWN & COUNTRY, Mo. - The Northern Illinois wrestling team placed 14 wrestlers on the podium Saturday at the Kaufman-Brand Open at Maryville University.
Leading the way in that group were junior Rob Jillard, freshman Andrew Morse and redshirt junior Jared Torrence. Jillard took first place at 149 pounds, while Morse claimed second at 157 and Torrence was third at heavyweight.
"I'm proud of the way we went out and competed today," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "The team is buying into the right concepts and techniques."
Jillard, who hails from Franklinville, N.J., continued his strong start to the season with a 4-0 performance to take top honors at 149. The junior began the day with an 11-4 win over Iowa's Joe DuCharme to advance into the quarterfinals. From there, Jillard moved on to the finals with a pair of one-point wins. First, he narrowly defeated Keenan Hagerty of Maryville, 5-4, then edged Missouri's Brandon Rice to move into the finals. Jillard would cap the day with a 14-3 major decision against Lavion Mayes of Missouri.
"Rob did a nice job of going out and getting to an attack," Ludwig said. "He stayed aggressive all day."
Morse's day began with a pair of high-scoring wins to push him into the semifinals. The freshman started with a 10-2 major decision over Illinois' Matt Ruettiger, followed by a 14-7 win against Bobby Williams of Ouachita Baptist. In the semifinals, Morse held off Maryville's Greg Hegarty to move into the finals. However, his day ended on a down note when Illinois' Zac Brunson defeated Morse, 6-2.
"Andrew Morse did a great job and is making strides all the time," Ludwig said.
At heavyweight, Jared Torrence finished with a third place finish. Torrence would win his first two matches - a 4-2 overtime decision against Missouri Baptist's Luis Contreras and an 8-0 shutout of Maryville's Zack Wilcox - before falling to eventual champion Devon Mellon of Missouri, 3-2, in the semifinals. The redshirt junior from Norwalk, Ohio, rebounded in the consolation bracket with consecutive 6-1 decisions over Julius Anglickas of Missouri Baptist and Oklahoma's Ross Larson to walk away with bronze.
NIU finished with four fourth place finishers on the day in Derek Elmore (125), Tyler Argue (141), Shawn Fayette (149) and Matt Mougin (174). Mougin led the team in pins on the day with five during a long run through the consolation bracket. Similarly, Elmore stuck three opponents on the day, including pinning Baker's Alan Callahan in 10 seconds. Meanwhile, Argue and Fayette each recorded five straight wins to emerge from deep in the wrestlebacks to finish on the podium.
In addition, Trace Engelkes took fifth place at 165 pounds and Parker Settecase was sixth at 197. Five Huskies - Braun Marquez (125), Dan Burk (165), Caleb Busson (184), Arber Bebo (197) and Arthur Bunce (285) - each finished the day in seventh in their respective weight classes.
NIU returns to DeKalb Saturday, Dec. 8, when they host the Michigan State Spartans in the annual NIU Showcase Meet. The action starts at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
UNI Wrestling Finishes Eighth at Cliff Keen
LAS VEGAS - Levi Wolfensperger and Ryan Loder led the University of Northern Iowa wrestling team to an eighth-place finish at the Cliff Keen Invitational. The Panthers beat 14th-ranked Michigan, 19th-ranked Wyoming and Kent State, which is ranked 23rd.
"It's progress. Obviously you remember the ones that get away, but it was a good springboard from our guys," said head coach Doug Schwab.
UNI had four wrestlers place in the tournament: Ryan Loder (184 pounds) - 3rd; Levi Wolfensperger (141 pounds) - 4th; David Bonin (157 pounds) - 5th; Cody Caldwell (174 pounds) - 7th.
Loder, in his first competition of the season placed third. In his first day of competition in the 184-pound weight class, he recorded a major decision, technical fall and a pin in 2:35. He returned the second day with two decisions over 12th-ranked Casey Newburg of Kent State and 11th-ranked Jacob Swartz of Boise State. Loder is 5-1 for the season.
"For his first tournament back, he did a good job getting third," said Schwab. "He isn't happy with it. He wants to win every tournament he is in, but it is a lot to build off. I know he will better each time out. It is good to have him back.
Wolfensperger earned a pin en route to his fourth-place finish in his second day of competition. He pinned Thomas Kelliher of Wisconsin. This is the third time Wolfensperger has faced Kelliher in two weeks. Wolfensperger wrestled Kelliher won week in a dual tournament in Madison, Wis., 6-4. He beat him 14-4 in the first day of the Cliff Keen. Wolfensperger had a strong start to the tournament with a win by major decision and tech fall. He lost 4-3 in his final match of the day to 12th-ranked Devon Lotito of Cal Poly to place fourth. Wolfensperger is 8-2 on the season.
"He had a good tournament," said Schwab. "He capitalized on some attacks, but we need to find ways to do that more.
In the second day of competition, junior David Bonin defeated a competitor he lost to in the first day of the meet to place fifth in the 157-pound weight class. Bonin beat Gabe Martinez of the United States Air Force 6-0 after losing to him in overtime 2-1 on the first day. Bonin is 8-3 for the season.
"It's good that he can turn that around and face him again. He had a good opportunity to get back that momentum. He really controlled the match. It was good finish for him," said Schwab.
Cody Caldwell, a redshirt freshman, got a pin in his second day of competition before placing seventh overall at 174 pounds. He pinned Bryce Hammond (CSU Bakersfield) in 2:48. He beat Missouri's Todd Porter, who was seeded fifth, 13-9 to place seventh. His other win for the day came as a decision over Ray Hall of Colorado State - Pueblo. Caldwell is 9-2 for the season.
"For a freshman in a big tournament, he competed well. He can be very tough to handle. There are things we need to address and work on, so we look forward to improving those things at the UNI Open next week," said Schwab.
Joey Lazor was bumped after losing his match on the second day to Nathan Pennesi of West Virginia, 9-6. Tanner Hiatt medically forfeited his matches for the second day.
Redshirt freshmen Tanner Hiatt hard a strong start to the tournament by pinning Jake Briggs of CSU Bakersfield in 1:36. He followed it up by beating last year's 149-pound champion Eric Grajales of Michigan in a 13-6 decision. Grajales was seeded third in this tournament. He was injured in the first day of competition and did not compete Saturday.
Joey Lazor won three out of four of his matches at 141. He got a tech fall against Carter McElhany of United States Air Force (16-1) and beat McCade Ford of Wyoming 6-4. He came back in the evening session to beat John Boyle of American 6-2.
Cody Krumwiede is 1-2 for the day in the 285-pound weight class. He beat Keith Witt of Kent State, 7-1, before falling to Blake Herrin of American and Evan Knutson of North Dakota State University.
A.J. McBroom (197 pounds) and Jarrett Jensen (165 pounds) were not able to get a win today.
Cliff Keen, the tournament's namesake was a wrestler at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) University and then went onto coach the wrestling team at the University of Michigan. As a student-athlete, Keen was a national champion. As a coach, he saw 68 of his wrestlers earn All-American status. He is a 1976 inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Keen died in 1991 at the age of 90.
The Panthers will be in action again Dec. 8 when they host the UNI Open.
133 - Levi Wolfensperger (8th seed): Levi Wolfensperger maj. dec. Thomas Kelliher (Wisconsin) 14-4; Levi Wolfensperger TF Esteban Gomez-Rivera (American) 18-3; Logan Stieber (Ohio State) pinned Levi Wolfensperger :58.
DAY 2: Levi Wolfensperger dec. Brian Owen (Boise State) 5-2; Levi Wolfensperger pinned Thomas Kelliher (Wisconsin) 2:09; Levi Wolfensperger dec. George DiCamillo (Virginia) 12-5; Devon Lotito (Cal Poly) dec. Levi Wolfensperger 4-3.
141 - Joey Lazor: Joey Lazor TF Carter McElhany (United States Air Force) 16-1; Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) maj. dec. Joey Lazor 17-6; Joey Lazor dec. McCade Ford (Wyoming) 6-4; Joey Lazor dec. John Boyle (Wisconsin) 6-2.
DAY 2: Nathan Pennesi (West Virginia) dec. Joey Lazor 9-6.
149 - Tanner Hiatt: Tanner Hiatt pinned jake Briggs (CSU Bakersfield) 1:36; Tanner Hiatt dec. Eric Grajales (Michigan) 13-6; Cam Tessari (Ohio State) pins Tanner Hiatt, 1:24.
DAY 2: medical forfeit for second day of tournament.
157 - David Bonin (5th seed): David Bonin dec. Charles York (Wisconsin) 9-6; David Bonin dec. Brian Harvey (Army) 6-1; Gabe Martinez (United States Air Force) dec. David Bonin, 3-1.
DAY 2: David Bonin dec. Kyle Bradley (Missouri) 8-6; David Bonin MF James Green (Nebraska); Andy McCulley (Wyoming) dec. David Bonin 4-3; David Bonin dec. Gabe Martinez (USAF) 6-0 for 5th place.
165 - Jarrett Jensen: Isaiah Jimenez (San Francisco State) dec. Jarrett Jensen, 4-3; Alex Elder (Oregon State) dec. Jarrett Jensen, 4-1.
174 - Cody Caldwell (7th seed): Magi Frazier (San Francisco State) dec. Cody Caldwell, 7-5; Cody Caldwell dec. Giuseppi Lanzi (Brown) 10-5; Cody Caldwell maj. dec. Kyle Sweedman (North Idaho College) 11-3; Cody Caldwell dec. Cameron Croy (Harvard) 9-2.
DAY 2: Cody Caldwell dec. Ray Hall (Colorado State - Pueblo) 9-6; Cody Caldwell pinned Bryce Hammond (CSU Bakersfield) 2:48; Cody Caldwell dec. Todd Porter (Missouri) 13-9 for 7th place.
184 - Ryan Loder (2nd seed): Ryan Loder maj. dec. Ophir Bernstein (Brown) 10-0; Ryan Loder TF Paul Head (California Baptist) 19-0; Ryan Loder pins Craig Scott (Cornell) 2:35.
DAY 2: Mike Larson (Missouri) dec. Ryan Loder 3-2; Ryan Loder dec. Casey Newburg (Kent State) 2-1; Jacob Swartz (Boise State)
197 - A.J. McBroom: Frankie Hurtado (CSU Bakersfield) dec. A.J. McBroom, 7-3; Bryce Barnes (Army) dec. A.J. McBroom, 8-2.
285 - Cody Krumwiede: Cody Krumwiede dec. Keith Witt (Kent State) 7-1; Blake Herrin (American) dec. Cody Krumwiede 6-3; Evan Knutson (North Dakota State University) dec. Cody Krumwiede 6-3.
Ohio Defeats Eastern Michigan 17-16
Walters and Johnson both earn major decisions
ATHENS, Ohio - Redshirt freshman Cody Walters and junior Jeremy Johnson both tallied major decisions to lead the Ohio University wrestling team to a 17-16 victory over Eastern Michigan Sunday night at the Convocation Center to tally its first win in league competition.
Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) got Ohio off to a great start as he posted a 13-4 major decision over Eastern Michigan's Chris Eggert to give the Bobcats an early 4-0 lead.
Eastern Michigan would respond by winning the next three decisions to take a 10-4 advantage. Ohio sophomore Andrew Romanchik (Independence, Ohio) stopped the Eagles' winning streak as he bested Justin Melick.
Ohio and Eastern Michigan would go on to split the next four bouts as sophomore Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) and Walters both posted victories, but the Eagles held a slim advantage at 16-14 heading into the final bout.
In the match finale, redshirt freshman Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) posted a 4-2 decision over Eastern Michigan's Anthony Abro, propelling the Bobcats to the win.
Ohio returns to action on Dec. 7 as it heads to Applachian State. The match is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Ohio 17, Eastern Michigan 16
HWT: Ohio: No. 14 Jeremy Johnson MD 13-4 EMU: Chris Eggert (Ohio leads 4-0)
125: EMU: No. 16 Jared Germaine DEC 13-8 KeVon Powell (Ohio leads 4-3)
133: EMU: Vincent Pizzuto DEC 13-5 Angelo DiSabato (EMU leads 7-4)
141: EMU: Seth Schaner DEC 5-3 Ohio: Kagan Squire (EMU leads 10-4)
149: Ohio: Andrew Romanchik DEC 6-4 EMU: Justin Melick (EMU leads 10-7)
157: EMU: Aaron Sulzer DEC 4-0 Ohio: Sparty Chino (EMU leads 13-7)
165: Ohio: Harrison Hightower DEC 4-0 EMU: Jake Dorulla (EMU leads 13-10)
174: Ohio: Cody Walters MD 10-2 EMU: Mike Curby (Ohio leads 14-13)
184: EMU: Phillip Joseph DEC 9-4 Ohio: Ryan Garringer (EMU leads 16-14)
197: Ohio: Phil Wellington DEC 4-2 EMU: Anthony Abro (Ohio wins 17-16)
Ohio Fights Hard but Falls to No. 12 Central Michigan, 23-12
Bobcats win four bouts against nationally-ranked Chippewas
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Wrestling put up a good fight against No. 12 Central Michigan on Saturday evening, losing the Mid-American Conference dual meet by a final score of 23-12. The Bobcats won four of the last five bouts against the nationally-ranked Chippewas.
The dual meet got off to an exciting start, with No. 4 Jarod Trice and No. 14 Jeremy Johnson battling it out on the mat in the heavyweight division. Johnson fought hard but would ultimately lose a close 3-1 decision. Central Michigan would add to its lead in the next bout, as Joe Roth earned an 11-3 major decision over Ohio's KeVon Powell in the 125-pound class.
The Chippewas kept up their series of strong performances, winning the next three bouts. Ohio was able to limit the damage, only allowing one major decision during this stretch.
Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) earned Ohio's first points in the day in dramatic fashion, earning a 3-1 decision over Lucas Smith in the sudden victory period. Chino recorded a two-point takedown right as the buzzer sounded, awarding him the 3-1 win to pull Ohio within 14 points at 17-3.
Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) followed this up with a very impressive win, as he earned a 10-4 decision over No. 20 Mike Ottinger in the 165-pound class. The redshirt sophomore dominated the bout, accumulating 4:56 in riding time en route to scoring three points for the Bobcats.
Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) and Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) ended the match on a high note, helping the Bobcats to take two of the final three bouts of the evening. Walters earned a decision over Craig Kelliher to pull the `Cats within eight points at 17-9. After No. 5 Ben Bennett pinned Ryan Garringer, Wellington ended the match with a close decision over Jackson Lewis to bring the match to its final score, 23-12 in favor of the visiting Chippewas.
Ohio Wrestling will next be in action on Sunday, Dec. 2 against Eastern Michigan. The first bout between the Bobcats and Eagles will begin at 5:30 p.m. in The Convocation Center.
Central Michigan 23, Ohio 12
Heavyweight: No. 4 Jarod Trice DEC 3-1 No. 14 Jeremy Johnson (CMU leads 3-0)
125: Joe Roth MD 11-3 KeVon Powell (CMU leads 7-0)
133: Tyler Keslering MD 10-2 Thomas McLaughlin (CMU leads 11-0)
141: Scott Mattingly DEC 5-3 Kagan Squire (CMU leads 14-0)
149: Donnie Corby DEC 5-3 Andrew Romanchik (CMU leads 17-0)
157: Spartak Chino DEC 3-1 Lucas Smith (CMU leads 17-3)
165: Harrison Hightower DEC 10-4 No. 20 Mike Ottinger (CMU leads 17-6)
174: Cody Walters DEC 5-3 Craig Kelliher (CMU leads 17-9)
184: No. 5 Ben Bennett FALL Ryan Garringer (CMU leads 23-9)
197: Phil Wellington DEC Jackson Lewis (CMU wins 23-12)