MAC Wrestling Weekend Results:
Friday, Feb. 1
Kent State 24, Eastern Michigan 15
Northern Iowa 41, South Dakota State 3
Oklahoma State 21, Missouri 13
Saturday, Feb . 2
Missouri 26, Oklahoma 8
Sunday, Feb. 3
Central Michigan 25, Old Dominion 6
Kent State 22, Buffalo 19
Northern Iowa 21, North Dakota State 15
Bulls Falter Late in Loss to Kent State
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo wrestling team won five of the first six matches against Mid-American Conference rival Kent State Sunday afternoon in Alumni Arena, but four straight bonus-point wins allowed the Flashes come back for a 22-19 win. The Bulls held a 19-3 lead in the dual through the first six matches. The loss drops Buffalo to 1-9 and 1-3 in the MAC. Kent State moves to 7-4 and 3-1 in conference duals.
The turning point in the match came at 174 pounds, when pre-match favorite John-Martin Cannon re-injured his knee early in the first period and was forced to take an injury forfeit. That gave Kent State the critical bonus points it would need to make the comeback.
After the match started with a forfeit to Max Soria, the Bulls lost the 133 pound bout before reeling off four straight wins from 141 to 165. Erik Galloway continues to flourish in his new weight class, earning a 5-4 win over Luke Kern. With the bout all tied at four heading into the third period, Galloway earned a quick escape and held on for a 5-4 win.
He was followed by Blake Roulo, who also continues to impress in the later stages of the season. He recorded a 15-6 major decision over Andrew Candiello thanks to five takedowns, three back points, an escape and riding time. That win gave Buffalo a 13-3 lead overall in the dual.
His win was followed by a gutty defensive performance by Wally Maziarz at 157. After a scoreless first period, Maziarz and his opponent, Tommy Sasfy, rode each other out through the next two periods to send the match into overtime. Wally was able to end it with a sudden-victory takedown to claim a 2-0 win.
Mark Lewandowski followed with a 2-0 win of his own at 165. He got out from under Caleb Marsh for a second period escape, and then was able to keep him down in the third period to add riding time for the win.
Following Cannon's injury default, Kent State moved within 10, 19-9, going into the final three matches. Casey Newburg earned a 12-3 major decision over Dominic Montesanti, and 2011 national champion and number-one ranked Dustin Kilgore earned a win by fall in under a minute to tie the match at 19 going into heavyweight. Jedd Mason faced Kent State's Keith Witt, who shut him out 6-0 to seal the comeback win.
"When healthy, John-Martin would go out there and win that match for our team, but he isn't and that's unfortunate," head coach Jim Beichner said. "This is the way the whole season has gone, we have injuries from 174 through heavyweight now but we were still at 19-19 with all that adversity. It wasn't pretty, but our guys gave us a chance to win and they deserve some credit."
The team will have just under two weeks to prepare for the conference regular season finale. Buffalo hosts Northern Illinois on Feb. 16. It will be senior day for the team, as it sends off seniors John-Martin Cannon, Mark Lewandowski, and Jedd Mason. The dual is scheduled for 1 pm.
Kent State 22, Buffalo 19
125: Max Soria wins by forfeit; 6-0
133: Mack McGuire dec. Justin Farmer, 8-2; 6-3
141: Erik Galloway dec. Luke Kern, 5-4; 9-3
149: Blake Roulo maj. dec. Andy Candiello, 15-6; 13-3
157: Wally Maziarz dec. Tommy Sasfy, 2-0 SV; 16-3
165: Mark Lewandowski dec. Caleb Marsh, 2-0; 19-3
174: Sam Wheeler inj. def. John-Martin Cannon; 19-9
184: Casey Newburg maj. dec. Dominic Montesanti, 12-3; 19-13
197: Dustin Kilgore FALL Jeff Palmeri, 0:45; 19-19
HWT: Keith Witt dec. Jedd Mason, 6-0; 19-22
Central Michigan Handles Old Dominion 25-6
Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan earned its twelfth win of the season, defeating Old Dominion 25-6. No. 2 senior Ben Bennett continued his unbeaten streak with a 9-0 major decision over Austin Coburn.
The Chippewas (12-3, 4-0 MAC) won eight of the 10 matches against the Monarchs (10-6), including three wins in matches featuring ranked wrestlers.
Junior Joe Roth opened the dual meet up with a decision over No. 14 Jerome Robinson. Roth took an early 2-0 lead with a first period take down. He brought Robinson to the mat once more midway through the second period on his way to a 5-2 win.
No. 7 junior Scotti Sentes extended Central Michigan’s lead to 6-0 with a 7-3 decision. He wasted no time in setting the tempo, taking down Scott Festejo early in the first period. Sentes scored three take downs in the match.
After losing the 141-pound match, senior Donnie Corby got the Chippewas back on track with a 2-0 decision. Sophomore Mike Ottinger recorded four takedowns in a 10-4 decision to put Central Michigan up 12-6.
Bennett won in dominating fashion, earning a 9-0 major decision over Austin Coburn. Freshman Jackson Lewis and No. 5 senior Jarod Trice closed out the match with decisions, each winning 2-1.
The Chippewas will be back in action on February 8 against Eastern Michigan for the Rumble and Tumble. With a win over the Eagles, Central Michigan can clinch the outright Mid-American Conference title.
No. 11 Central Michigan 25, Old Dominion 6
125: Joe Roth (CMU) dec. No. 14 Jerome Robinson, 5-2; CMU 3-0
133: Scotti Sentes (CMU) dec. Scott Festejo, 7-3, CMU 6-0
141: No. 16 Chris Mecate dec. Scott Mattingly, 6-1, CMU 6-3
149: Donnie Corby dec. Alexander Richardson, 2-0, CMU 9-3
157: Brennan Brumley dec. Luke Smith, 6-3, CMU 9-6
165: Mike Ottinger dec. Brett Miller, 10-4, CMU 12-6
174: Craig Kelliher dec. Marcus Johnson, 2-0, CMU 15-6
184: No. 2 Ben Bennett major dec. Austin Coburn, 9-0, CMU19-6
197: Jackson Lewis dec. Jacob Henderson, 2-1, CMU 22-6
285: No. 5 Jarod Trice dec. Matt Tourdot, 2-1, CMU 25-6
Colon and Sulzer Notch Pins in 24-15 Senior Night Setback to KSU
Sulzer moves to 4-0 in MAC matches, Colon wins first bout of the year
YPSILANTI, Mich. — The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team built up a nine-point lead before Kent State University swept the final five matches in a 24-15 setback Friday evening, Feb. 1, inside Bowen Field House. Redshirt seniors Filiberto Colon and Aaron Sulzer each recorded pins in a losing effort for the Green and White.
The Eagles (7-11; 1-3 MAC) jumped out to a 15-6 advantage midway through the bout on the heels of two falls and a decision, but the Golden Flashes (7-4; 3-1 MAC) spoiled EMU's upset attempt with a formidable lineup of middleweights and heavyweights that scored 18 unanswered team points.
Prior to the bout, Colon, Sulzer and redshirt senior Chris Eggert were recognized in a Senior Night celebration.
Colon (133 lbs.) wrestled in just his third match of the 2012-13 campaign and his first regular-season dual. The fall was good for his first win of the year. Sulzer (157 lbs.) moved to 4-0 in MAC competition and has a chance to become the second EMU wrestler in back-to-back years (Andrew Novak) to go undefeated in conference tussles with a victory against Central Michigan University, Feb. 8.
Redshirt junior Seth Schaner also evened his MAC record at 2-2 for the Eagles with an 11-10 decision at 141 lbs.
Steve Mitcheff got the Golden Flashes off to a 3-0 lead at 125 lbs. when he got the best of freshman Alexander Calandrino, 5-1. Calandrino could only muster a single escape while Mitcheff built up 3:41 of riding time to tack on an extra point at the end.
Colon tied the 133 lbs. match, 2-2, in the second period with a reversal against Mack McGuire. Before the middle frame ended, McGuire escaped Colon's grasp and recorded one point to go ahead, 3-2, with two minutes remaining.
McGuire's two-period lead proved irrelevant when Colon was able to work himself out of a dangerous situation and take control of his opponent. What appeared to be a near-fall situation in favor of McGuire became a pin opportunity for Colon. The Belleville, N.J. native finished the job at the 5:58 mark of the match and brought the home crowd to its feet. EMU jumped out to a 6-3 lead two matches in.
Riding the momentum of Colon's pin, Schaner recorded a pair of early takedowns to pull ahead of Luke Kern, 4-1. Schaner expanded his advantage to seven before Kern scored a takedown as the buzzer sounded to end the second period trailing, 9-4. A wild third period ensued with Kern making up a 10-6 deficit in the closing 10 seconds to tie the score. However, Schaner had built up more than 1:30 of riding time to take the extra point and secure an 11-10 win to put the Eagles ahead, 9-6.
The pace slowed a bit in the 149 lbs. match where redshirt freshman Mike Shaw trailed Andrew Candiello by a 2-1 margin after five minutes. Shaw's riding time advantage disappeared in the final stanza as Candiello kept him in his grasp to hold on for the 2-1 win and bring KSU back to within three, 9-6.
At 157 lbs., the match began as a closely-contested affair between Sulzer and Tom Sasfy. In the second period with the match 1-0 in favor of Sulzer, the Cleveland, Ohio native pulled off a quick attack on Sasfy and pinned him to the mat. Sulzer's fall was the second of the evening and stunned the KSU sideline while opening up a nine-point EMU lead, 15-6.
Kent State's Caleb Marsh used just enough scoring and more than three minutes of riding time in the 165 lbs. match against freshman Jacob Davis to claim a 4-1 victory. Davis made a final bid for a takedown as the third period wound down, but KSU earned its third win of the evening and cut EMU's lead to 15-9 with four matches to decide.
The 174 lbs. did not start off as planned redshirt sophomore Jacob Dorulla against Sam Wheeler, who built up a 4-1 lead after one period. Dorulla notched a pair of escapes in the middle frame, but Wheeler kept adding on takedowns to walk away a 14-5 winner by major decision. That made it a 15-13 contest.
EMU ran into a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers beginning at 184 lbs., where redshirt junior Phillip Joseph took to the mat against No. 15 Casey Newburg. Action heated up at the end of the first period when Newburg took advantage of a failed takedown attempt by Joseph and scored three nearfall points for a 4-0 lead. Joseph was saved by the buzzer as his shoulder was squarely against the mat. The Lapeer, Mich. native fought his way to a takedown late in the third period, but Newburg held on to a 5-3 decision put the Golden Flashes back in the lead, 16-15.
Redshirt sophomore Anthony Abro was then tasked with battling the nation's top wrestler, Dustin Kilgore, at 197 lbs. Abro got on the board with a trio of first-period escapes but trailed, 8-3, after three minutes. Kilgore was ultimately too much for Abro, winning by technical fall, 21-6.
The Eagles still had a chance to tie the match if redshirt senior Chris Eggert could pull off a third EMU pin against Keith Witt at heavyweight. But the match yielded little in terms of offensive output as Witt recorded a 3-0 shutout. Kent State clinched the 24-15 win.
A final MAC dual-meet awaits the Eagles Friday, Feb. 8, at CMU in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.
KENT STATE 24 EASTERN MICHIGAN 15
125: Steve Mitcheff (KSU) dec. Alexander Calandrino (EMU), 5-1 KSU 3 EMU 0
133: Filiberto Colon (EMU) fall Mack McGuire (KSU), 5:58 EMU 6 KSU 3
141: Seth Schaner (EMU) dec. Luke Kern (KSU), 11-10 EMU 9 KSU 3
149: Andrew Candiello (KSU) dec. Mike Shaw (EMU), 2-1 EMU 9 KSU 6
157: Aaron Sulzer (EMU) fall Tom Sasfy (KSU), 3:37 EMU 15 KSU 6
165: Caleb Marsh (KSU) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 4-1 EMU 15 KSU 9
174: Sam Wheeler (KSU) maj. dec. Jacob Dorulla (EMU), 14-5 EMU 15 KSU 13
184: No. 15 Casey Newburg (KSU) dec. Phillip Joseph (EMU), 5-3 KSU 16 EMU 15
194: No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) tech. fall Anthony Abro (EMU), 21-6 (7:00) KSU 21 EMU 15
285: Keith Witt (KSU) dec. Chris Eggert (EMU), 3-0 KSU 24 EMU 15
Wheeler Ignites Epic Comeback in Flashes' Win at Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Kent State overcame a 16-point deficit with four matches remaining, in what may have been the biggest comeback in program history. Ignited by Sam Wheeler (Copley, Ohio) and finished by Keith Witt (Oak Harbor, Ohio), the Golden Flashes put up 19 unanswered points in a 22-19 road victory Sunday at Alumni Arena. With a 4-1 Mid-American Conference mark, Kent State (8-4) clinched a top two finish in the MAC standings for the eighth consecutive season.
"I knew if we could run the board, we had a shot at tying them," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said of the deficit. "From 141-165, we showed no urgency, but our last four guys really came through."
A sudden overnight illness to senior Stevie Mitcheff (Lorain, Ohio) gave the Bulls a crucial six points with a forfeit at 125.
Freshman Mack McGuire (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) cut the 6-0 team deficit in half with a comfortable 8-2 victory at 133 pounds. McGuire had a takedown in each period, an escape in the second and added riding time.
Freshman Luke Kern (Delta, Ohio) fought back from a 4-0 deficit to tie his match, but a third period escape by Erik Galloway made the difference in a 5-4 decision.
A major decision at 149 built the Bulls lead up to 13-3 and a takedown in sudden victory by Wally Maziarz at 157 made it 16-3 at the midway point.
No takedowns were scored at 165 pounds, but Mark Lewandowski's escape and riding time gave him a 2-0 victory over sophomore Caleb Marsh (Marysville, Ohio).
Trailing 19-3, the Flashes' fate was in Wheeler's hands, facing No. 18 John-Martin Cannon. Wheeler came out aggressive and scored an opening period takedown, which led to the first of three injury stoppages. Wheeler upped his lead to 7-0, before Cannon was unable to finish the match.
"Sam did a good job of coming out and getting in on a low single," Andrassy said. "And I think (Cannon) twisted his knee trying to hip out of it."
Trailing 19-9 with three matches left, Kent State still needed three wins along with bonus points. Senior Casey Newburg (Union Ohio) delivered with a 12-3 major decision, behind five takedowns.
Moments later, senior Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) pinned Jeff Palmeri in just 45 seconds. Kilgore's 16th pin of the year was his ninth in the last 10 duals. He completed a perfect 20-0 career MAC dual record with his 61st straight dual win. His NCAA winning streak is now at 51 matches.
"Their guy went out there with the sole intention of not getting pinned, but it just didn't matter," Andrassy said. "Dustin hit a single and turned it right into a cradle."
With the team score tied 19-19, Witt made his final conference dual a memorable one with 6-0 shutout of Jed Mason.
Over the last eight seasons, Kent State has gone 33-6-1 (84%) in MAC duals.
The Golden Flashes return to action Friday, Feb. 8, taking on Cleveland State in a M.A.C. Center first "Beauty and the Beast" wrestling-gymnastics dual.
125 Max Soria (UB) won by forfeit
133 Mack McGuire (Kent State) won by decision over Justin Farmer (UB) 8-2
141 Erik Galloway (UB) won decision over Luke Kern (Kent State) 5-4
149 Blake Ruolo (UB) won by major decision over Andy Candiello (Kent State) 15-6
157 Wally Maziarz (UB) won by sudden victory over Tommy Sasfy (Kent State) 2-0
165 Mark Lewandowski (UB) won by decision over Caleb Marsh (Kent State)
174 Sam Wheeler (Kent State) won injury default over John-Martin Cannon (UB)
184 Casey Newburg (Kent State) won by major decision over Dom Montesanti (UB) 12-3
197 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) won pinned Jeff Palmeri (UB) 0:45
285 Keith Witt (Kent State) won by decision over Jed Mason (UB) 6-0
Flashes Overcome Early Deficit in 24-15 Win at Eastern Michigan
YPSILANTI, Mich. Trailing 15-6 at the midway point, Kent State rallied for five straight victories to defeat Eastern Michigan 24-15 at Bowen Field House Friday night. A pair of unexpected Eagle pins put the Golden Flashes in a nine-point hole, before sophomore Caleb Marsh (Marysville, Ohio) swung the momentum at 165 pounds.
An opening-period takedown by Marsh fueled a 4-1 victory over Jacob Davis. Redshirt freshman Sam Wheeler (Copley, Ohio) followed with a flurry of takedowns in his 14-5 major decision over Jacob Dorulla.
Senior Casey Newburg (Union Ohio) went to work right away on Phillip Joseph with a takedown and two-point near fall in the first period. Newburg hung on for the 5-3 and moved into sole possession of seventh place on Kent State's career win list with 113.
With his team leading 16-15, senior Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) kept his perfect season intact with a 21-6 technical fall over Anthony Abro. Kilgore's streak of eight straight duals with a pin in the first two periods came to an end, but his NCAA winning streak extended to 50 matches and his dual winning streak to 60.
Kilgore improved to 30-0 on the year with his Division I leading 15th pin of the year just 1:43 into the first period. Each of his last eight opponents in dual meets have not made it past the second period. Kilgore ran his winning streak to 49 and his dual meet winning streak to 59.
Senior Keith Witt (Oak Harbor, Ohio) then sealed the Flashes' victory with a 3-0 blanking of Chris Eggert.
Senior Stevie Mitcheff (Lorain, Ohio) was effective from all three positions in a 5-1 win over Alex Calandrino to start the night. Mitcheff earned a first period takedown, a second period reversal and 3:41 of riding time.
Freshman Mack McGuire (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) led his 133-pound match 3-2 before taking the down position to start the third period. The choice came back to haunt him as he was pinned by Filiberto Colon.
Luke Kern (Delta, Ohio) battled back from a 9-2 deficit to his match 10-10, before the final buzzer gave Seth Schaner riding time and a one-point victory.
At 149, sophomore Andy Candiello (Pittsburgh, Pa.) rode out Michael Shaw for the entire third period in a 2-1 victory.
The Golden Flashes (7-4, 3-1 MAC) close out conference duals Sunday, visiting Buffalo.
125 Stevie Mitcheff (Kent State) won by decision over Alex Calandrino (EMU) 5-1
133 Filiberto Colon (EMU) won by fall over Mack McGuire (Kent State) 5:58
141 Seth Schaner (EMU) won decision over Luke Kern (Kent State) 11-10
149 Andy Candiello (Kent State) won by decision over Michael Shaw (EMU) 2-1
157 Aaron Sulzer (EMU) won by fall over Tommy Sasfy (Kent State) 3:37
165 Caleb Marsh (Kent State) won by decision over Jacob Davis (EMU) 4-1
174 Sam Wheeler (Kent State) won by major decision over Jacob Dorulla (EMU) 14-5
184 Casey Newburg (Kent State) won by decision over Phillip Joseph (EMU) 5-3
197 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) won by tech fall over Anthony Abro (EMU) 21-6
285 Keith Witt (Kent State) won by decision over Chris Eggert (EMU) 3-0
Tigers Topple Former Big 12 Rival Oklahoma, 26-8
Mizzou splits the weekend's homestand with a big win against the Sooners.
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The fifth-ranked University of Missouri wrestling team defeated No. 22 Oklahoma by a score of 26-8 on Saturday in the Hearnes Center, winning eight of 10 matches to improve to 11-2 for the 2012-13 season. The visiting Sooners dropped to 6-7 overall.
Mizzou recorded back-to-back bonus point victories from senior Tigers with major decision efforts from 174-pounder Todd Porter (House Springs, Mo.) and 184-pounder Mike Larson (McKinleyville, Calif.).
Undefeated junior 125-pounder Alan Waters (Kansas City, Mo.) started the dual off for the Tigers with a controlling 6-3 decision. The No. 2-ranked grappler in his weight class improved to a pristine 20-0 with the victory, using 3:51 riding time to distance himself from his Sooner opponent.
In a matchup pitting two Top 10 competitors, sixth-ranked Tiger 133-pounder Nathan McCormick (Leawood, Kan.) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on No. 8 Cody Brewer of Oklahoma with a takedown in the first period and did not look back. The Mizzou senior outlasted final attempts from Brewer to tie the match in the final seconds and used 1:02 riding time win by decision, 5-2.
The Sooners climbed back into the match with a 23-8 (5:32) technical fall from No. 1 Kendric Maple, suffered by Tiger 141-pounder Nicholas Hucke (Crystal Lake, Ill.). The result set the dual score at 6-5 to Mizzou after three matches.
No. 13 Drake Houdashelt (O'Fallon, Mo.) wrestled to a 0-0 first period against Sooner 149-pounder Nick Lester, ranked 11th. The Tiger changed his fortunes in the match with a reversal at the 1:16 mark in the second period, taking a 2-0 lead into the final period. Houdashelt rode tough in the match, accumulating 2:31 riding time to add an additional point for the win, 3-0.
In one of the tightest matches of the evening, the Tiger wrestler was victorious. No. 20 Kyle Bradley (St. Peters, Mo.) turned away No. 16 Nick Lester of Oklahoma at 157 pounds by a score of 3-2. The junior Tiger fought off Lester's late attempts to steal the match after scoring an escape to take the lead at the beginning of the third period. Mizzou took a 12-5 lead into intermission.
It went down to the wire again at 165 pounds coming out of the break, with Oklahoma claiming the win with fourth-ranked Bubby Graham. The Sooner stopped No. 14 Zach Toal (Sidney, Ohio) short of scoring the upset in the final seconds, notching a takedown to win by decision, 3-1.
Fourteenth-ranked 174-pounder Porter powered to major decision over Oklahoma's Matt Reed, scoring the bulk of his points in the third period. A riding time advantage of 3:11 secured the bonus points for the victory with Porter winning 10-2. Porter improved to 13-0 in dual meets this weekend after defeating No. 1-ranked Chris Perry of Oklahoma State on Friday night, 9-1.
No. 8 Larson put together a dominant effort at 184 pounds, shutting out Oklahoma's Nolan McBryde by a score of 9-0 for the major decision. Larson is now nine wins shy of 100 as a part of the Mizzou Wrestling program. Fellow Top 10 Tiger Brent Haynes (Kansas City, Mo.), ranked 10th, followed with an 11-5 decision of OU's Brad Johnson to give Mizzou a 23-8 lead into the final bout.
Top-ranked heavyweight Dom Bradley (Blue Springs, Mo.) improved to 27-0 for his senior season with a stout 10-4 decision over Oklahoma's Keldrick Hall to close out Mizzou's dual victory. Bradley is also closing in on 100 career wins after this weekend with a total of 93.
The Tigers will now take an eleven-day hiatus and enjoy Senior Week before their final home dual of the season against SIU-Edwardsville on February 13. The NWCA National Duals will take place at the Hearnes Center following Mizzou's final home match on Feb. 17. Come out and see the No. 5 Tigers battle No. 18 Purdue, No. 21 Wyoming, and Maryland for a chance to advance to the Finals the following week at the University of Minnesota.
No. 5 Mizzou (26), No. 22 Oklahoma (8)
125 - No. 2 Alan Waters, Jr., (20-0) dec. Kyle Garcia, Fr., (10-12), 6-3
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick, Sr., (26-2) dec. No. 8 Cody Brewer, RFr., (18-5), 5-2
141 - No. 1 Kendric Maple, RJr., (22-0) tech. fall No. 26 Nicholas Hucke, Sr., (8-9), 23-8 (5:32)
149 - No. 13 Drake Houdashelt, Soph., (21-8) dec. No. 11 Nick Lester, RJr., (13-8), 3-0
157 - No. 20 Kyle Bradley, Jr., (20-10) dec. No. 16 Matt Lester, RJr., (13-7), 3-2
165 - No. 4 Bubby Graham, RSr., (19-2) dec. No. 14 Zach Toal, Jr., (18-12), 3-1
174 - No. 14 Todd Porter, Sr., (25-6) major dec. Matt Reed, Fr., (12-13), 10-2
184 - No. 8 Mike Larson, Sr., (22-8) major dec. Nolan McBryde, Fr., (3-8), 9-0
197 - No. 10 Brent Haynes, Sr., (25-5) dec. Brad Johnson, Fr., (11-14), 11-5
HWT - No. 1 Dom Bradley, RSr., (27-0) dec. Keldrick Hall, Sr., (9-13), 10-4
Porter Tops No.1-Ranked Perry in Loss to Second-Ranked Oklahoma State, 21-13
Senior Todd Porter upsets No. 1-ranked Chris Perry by major decision in the final bout of the night.
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The fifth-ranked Mizzou wrestling team lost to second-ranked Oklahoma State, 21-13, on Friday night (Feb. 1) at the Hearnes Center. The match was contested side-by-side with the Mizzou gymnastics program as part of the Beauty and the Beast as 6,486 fans attended the unique event. The highlight of the night for the Tigers was at 174 pounds as Todd Porter (House Springs, Mo.) upset top-ranked Chris Perry, who was 21-0 this season and had won his previous 22 bouts. Porter earned a major decision, 9-1, after dominating Perry throughout the bout. Also earning wins for the Tigers on Friday were Alan Waters (Kansas City, Mo.), Nathan McCormick (Leawood, Kan.) and Nicholas Hucke (Pewaukee, Wis.).
Oklahoma State took the first three bouts, including a pair of close decisions. At 184 pounds, No. 10 Chris Chionuma edged ninth-ranked Mike Larson (McKinleyville, Calif.), 5-4. Following Larson, Brett Haynes (Kansas City, Mo.) lost a close decision to Blake Rosholt, 4-3, despite nearly scoring back points late in the third frame. Devin Mellon (Lawson, Mo.), filling in for top-ranked Dom Bradley, was then pinned by third-ranked Alan Gelogaev with 44 seconds remaining in the second period, giving OSU a 12-0 lead after adding bonus points heading to the lighter weights.
Waters earned Mizzou's first win of the match when the second-ranked Waters defeated Eddie Kilmara, 4-3, despite giving up a late reversal in the third period. That cut the Cowboy lead to 12-3 heading into McCormick's bout at 133 pounds. McCormick and third-ranked Jon Morrison went into the third period tied at two-a-piece, and McCormick scored a big two-point takedown about a minute into the frame which ended up being the deciding points.
Mizzou earned its third-straight win in the match as Hucke won an exciting 5-4 bout over Julian Feikert. An escape and a point for accumulating 1:32 of riding time in the third period gave the Tiger senior his eight win of the year. Drake Houdashelt (O'Fallon, Mo.) then lost a tough bout to top-ranked Jordan Oliver, 4-2, as OSU regained a 15-9 lead headed to 157 pounds where Mizzou's Kyle Bradley (St. Peters, Mo.) took on Alex Dieringer.
After a scoreless first period, Dieringer started down in the second and earned an escape and a takedown to open a 3-0 lead before Bradley earned a one-point escape. He tallied two more points on escapes in the third, but ultimately fell, 5-3, giving OSU an 18-9 lead headed to 165 pounds.
Zach Toal (Sidney, Ohio) took on third-ranked Tyler Caldwell at 165 pounds. After three periods of 1-1 wrestling, the two grapplers went through the sudden victory period and both tiebreakers without a winner, so they went back to the second sudden victory period. Toal was taken down by the third-ranked Caldwell 31 seconds in as he claimed the bout, giving OSU a 21-9 lead headed to 174 pounds.
Todd Porter (House Springs, Mo.) faced off against top-ranked Chris Perry in a rematch from earlier this season when Perry pinned Mizzou's 174-pounder at 1:18. Porter scored a great takedown early in the first to take a 2-0 lead over the top-ranked Perry before allowing an escape. Perry started the second down and Porter scored a two-point nearfall to open a 4-1 lead. Porter held strong in the third, tacking on an escape, takedown, and a stalling point after Perry had been warned twice. Porter accumulated 2:58 of riding time in his 9-1 major decision over the top-ranked 174-pounder in the land.
No. 20 UNI Grabs Second Weekend Win on the Road Against No. 25 NDSU
Fargo, N.D. - Blayne Beale got a takedown late in the third to secure a 21-15 victory for No. 20 University of Northern Iowa over No. 25 North Dakota State.
"We had our opportunities, but our guys had pretty good energy," said head coach Doug Schwab. "It was a great weekend for us."
For the fourth time this season, the Panthers' fate was in the hands of heavyweight Beale.
The team scores headed into the heavyweight match were 18-15 in favor of UNI, and NDSU (7-8) had just earned a major decision in the 197-pound match. Beale's takedown with 31 seconds left in the match put him up 3-1 and secured a team victory. He earned an extra point for riding time to win 4-1.
"He did a great job of riding him," said Schwab. "It was good for him to end on a solid note. He has been a great guy to go to when the score is tight at the end of the dual."
North Dakota State struck early getting a major decision from No. 10 Trent Sprenkle in the 125-pound match, but No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger got the momentum back in UNI's favor at 133 pounds with an 8-2 decision win over Josh Rodriguez.
"He wrestled the same guy at Midlands, and won in overtime, but this time he opened it up and widened the gap on him," said Schwab.
Joey Lazor was the first to score bonus points for UNI. He blanked his opponent and recorded 5 minutes, 23 seconds in riding time to win 10-0.
It was a battle at 149 pounds with UNI's Clay Welter and Joe Garner trading the majority of the points in the third period. Welter, who wrestled his second dual this season for the Panthers, lead the match 3-0 starting the third, but Garner got a reversal and two takedowns to keep the score tight. Welter prevailed, winning 9-6.
"Clay came out strong, and he needs to keep attacking," said Schwab. "A guy can feel when you back off. He let the guy back in, but it was a fun way to win. He got two great wins this weekend. He stepped in at the last-minute to help the team this weekend."
David Bonin was just shy of a technical fall. Bonin scored two three-point near falls at the end of the first and second periods and walked away with the 14-1 major decision.
UNI's top-ranked wrestler, No. 6 Ryan Loder, continues to be undefeated in dual competition after getting a major decision against Mac Stoll, a returning NCAA qualifier. Loder controlled the entire 184-pound match, winning 10-0.
"He has wrestled him a couple of times," said Schwab. "He worked hard to get a couple of turns. Stoll did everything he could to try not to give up points. That was a great time for him to come out and give us the bonus points when we needed it."
NDSU is the third ranked opponent that UNI (8-3) has beaten this season. The Panthers took down then-ranked No. 13 Oklahoma and No. 21 Northwestern. The win against NDSU wraps up a victorious weekend for the team, which beat South Dakota State 41-3 on Friday.
"It was good to get two wins. These trips can be difficult, but we need to put multiple competitions together and come out with the win," said Schwab. "I thought we responded well."
UNI will head to Ames to face Iowa State Feb. 8.
FINAL RESULTS: UNI 21, NDSU 15
125-No. 10 Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) maj. dec. Ryan Jauch (UNI), 11-2; 133-No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) dec. Josh Rodriguez (NDSU), 8-2; 141-No. 13 Joey Lazor (UNI) maj. dec. Mark Erickson (NDSU), 10-0; 149-Clay Welter (UNI) dec. Joe Garner (NDSU), 9-6; 157-David Bonin (UNI) maj. dec. Tanner Carlisle (NDSU), 14-1; 165-No. 6 Steven Monk (NDSU) maj. dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 14-1; 174-Kurtis Julson (NDSU) dec. No. 19 Caldwell (UNI), 3-2; 184-No. 6 Ryan Loder (UNI) maj. dec. Mac Stoll (NDSU), 10-0; 197-Kallen Kleinschmidt (NDSU) maj. dec. Taylor Kettman (UNI) 12-3; 285-Blayne Beale (UNI) dec. Evan Knutson (NDSU), 4-1.
No. 20 UNI Wrestling Team Takes SDSU to the Mat, 41-3
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Two University of Northern Iowa wrestlers earned bonus points in their debut matches to help the No. 20 Panthers beat South Dakota State, 41-3.
The Jackrabbits were able to take the first match at 125 pounds, but the Panthers dominated the dual from there, recording three pins, one tech fall and three major decisions.
“It’s tough for a team after they see so many teammates going down,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “As a team, there were some positions we were forcing. We are getting to the point in the season that we have to get stingy. We have to keep up our level.”
Clay Welter and Taylor Kettman stepped into the dual lineup for the Panthers for the first time this year. Welter, at 149 pounds, got the fastest pin of the night, sticking Tyler Johnson in 1 minute, 1 second.
Kettman got a major decision over Joe Skow, winning 10-1, in the 197-pound weight class.
“They both responded really well,” said Schwab. “Taylor has been working his way into the lineup. We wanted to get him out there to see where he was at.
Ryan Loder, 184 pounds, remains undefeated in dual competition with his technical fall win over Shea Nolan, 17-1.
“Loder looked good. Anytime you can put that many points on the board, you’re helping the team,” said Schwab.
Jarrett Jensen, 165 pounds, was back at home wrestling in front of his friends and family as a Panther.
“It was a great win for Jarrett,” said Schwab. “It was good for him to win another tight one. He has been on the other side of those. It was good to see him turn it around, and he had a lot of fans on hand.”
The Panthers are facing a second former Western Wrestling Conference foe this weekend. The team travels to North Dakota State Sunday.
“All our guys scored a bunch of points,” said Schwab. “We just need to remain sharp Sunday.”
SDSU and NDSU remain in the Western Wrestling Conference, but UNI has moved to the Mid-American Conference for the conference meet this year and begin wrestling a full MAC schedule starting next year.
Last year, UNI took a distant second to NDSU’s third in the WWC meet, while SDSU finished last in the conference.
This makes the 36th time that UNI has beaten South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits have only defeated the Panthers three times.
UNI is ranked third in the MAC and has six wrestlers ranked in the top four among their conference peers: 133 – Levi Wolfensperger 3rd; 141 – Joey Lazor 2nd; 149 – Bart Reiter 4th; 157 – David Bonin 1st; 174 – Cody Caldwell 4th and 184 – Ryan Loder 2nd.
Amateur Wrestling News rankings:
133 – Levi Wolfensperger 9th
141 – Joey Lazor 13th
174 – Cody Caldwell 19th
184 – Ryan Loder 8th
Intermat rankings has the team at 26th:
133 – Levi Wolfensperger 12th
141 – Joey Lazor 15th
184 – Ryan Loder 6th
Some Panther wrestlers will head to Dubuque, Iowa, Feb. 2 for the Duhawk Open.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE
NDSU’s win at No. 14 Wyoming on Jan. 27 was its third dual victory over a ranked opponent this season, and was only Wyoming’s second loss in its last 26 WWC duals.
Other wins over ranked opponents this season: 24-15 over No. 24 Boise State on Nov. 16; 27-15 over No. 25 Old Dominion on Jan. 12. Sunday marks the eighth dual this season against a ranked opponent for NDSU (7-7). Sprenkle, Monk and Stoll are all returning NCAA qualifiers. Sprenkle and Monk came up one win short of All-American honors in 2012.
NDSU Probable Starters
125 – No. 5 Trent Sprenkle, Sr., 21-4 (12-2 duals) – Intermat No. 10 / AWN No. 10
133 – Josh Rodriguez, Fr., 19-12 (7-7 duals)
141 – Mark Erickson, Sr., 15-12 (7-7 duals)
149 – Joe Garner, Sr., 15-12 (6-8 duals)
157 – Hayden Zillmer, R-Fr., 9-8 (3-3 duals) OR Tanner Carlisle, R-Fr., 0-2 (0-2 duals)
165 – No. 6 Steven Monk, Jr., 27-3 (14-0 duals) – Intermat No. 6 / AWN No. 6
174 – Kurtis Julson, So., 12-13 (6-8 duals)
184 – No. 20 Mac Stoll, Sr., 14-7 (7-5 duals)
197 – Kallen Kleinschmidt, Sr., 9-12 (5-8 duals)
285 – No. 31 Evan Knutson, So., 13-11 (6-5 duals) OR John Gusewelle, So., 9-12 (0-3 duals)
Northern Iowa 41 – SDSU 3
125 – Aaron Pickrel decision Ryan Jauch (UNI), 3-2 (SDSU 3-0)
133 – No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) pin Brance Simms, 2:18 (UNI 6-3)
141 – No. 15 Joey Lazor (UNI) pin Ben Gillette, 4:26 (UNI 12-3)
149 – Clay Welter (UNI) pin Tyler Johnson, 1:01 (UNI 18-3)
157 – No. 18 David Bonin (UNI) major decision Cody Pack, 15-2 (UNI 22-3)
165 – Jarrett Jensen (UNI) decision Joe Brewster, 3-2 (UNI 25-3)
174 – No. 21 Cody Caldwell (UNI) decision John Nething II, 9-2 (UNI 28-3)
184 – No. 6 Ryan Loder (UNI) tech fall Shea Nolan, 17-1 (6:25) (UNI 33-3)
197 – Taylor Kettman (UNI) major decision Joe Skow, 10-1 (UNI 37-3)
285 – Blayne Beale (UNI) major decision J.J. Everard, 15-2 (UNI 41-3)