MAC Wrestling Weekend Recap: Dec. 9

Updated 12/9/2013

Here is a review of last weekend's MAC wrestling action:

 

Buffalo:

Bulls Drop Conference Dual At Central Michigan, 29-6
 
Mount Pleasant, MI - The University at Buffalo wrestling team was denied their first conference dual victory of the season on Sunday afternoon at Central Michigan. The Bulls (1-4, 0-2 MAC) were downed by the Chippewas (5-3, 1-0 MAC) by the score of 29-6.
 
"We are fighting out there and I like the Effort," stated first year head coach John Stutzman. "It's not going to be easy but I am a believer, my staff are believers and our guys are starting to believe."
 
The Bulls were able to jump out to the quick 3-0 lead after the first match at 197 pounds as Angelo Malvestuto continued his hot start to the season, downing Jackson Lewis in the first tie breaker. The Bulls were not able to hold onto that lead for too long as the Chippewas were able to rattle off eight straight victories, including five major decision wins.
 
In the final match of the dual, Tony Lock picked up his first conference dual victory of the season as he handed Craig Kelliher a loss by the score of 5-2 at 184 pounds. The Chippewas held a 26-3 advantage in takedowns in the match and scored bonus points in five of their eight victories.
 
Buffalo will return to the mat on Thursday night as they travel to Iowa to play the #1 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. The dual is set for a 7:00 pm start.
 
Central Michigan 29, Buffalo 6
 197: Angelo Malvestuto (UB) dec. Jackson Lewis (CMU), 2-1 TB1; Buffalo, 3-0
 285: Adam Robinson (CMU) major dec. James Benjamin (UB), 12-3; CMU, 4-3
125: No. 13 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Max Soria (UB), 9-4; CMU, 7-3
133: No. 12 Joe Roth (CMU) major dec. Justin Farmer (UB), 12-4; CMU, 11-3
141: No. 14 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Nick Flannery (UB), 8-4; CMU, 14-3
149: Scott Mattingly (CMU) major dec. Ryan Todora (UB), 11-2; CMU, 18-3
157: Lucas Smith (CMU) major dec. John Northrup (UB), 9-0; CMU, 22-3
165: Zack Cline (CMU) dec. Wally Maziarz (UB), 5-1; CMU, 25-3
174: No. 12 Mike Ottinger (CMU) major dec. Jarred Lux (UB), 13-5; CMU 29-3
184: Anthony Lock (UB) dec. Craig Kelliher (CMU), 5-2; CMU, 29-6
 
 
Buffalo Wrestling Downed At Kent State, 38-3
 
KENT, OHIO – The University at Buffalo wrestling team opened up its Mid-American Conference dual season on Saturday afternoon, taking to the road to face Kent State. The Golden Flashes downed the Bulls (1-3, 0-1 MAC) by the score of 38-3 as the lone Buffalo victory came from Max Soria at 125 pounds.
 
The afternoon started out in the Bulls favor as Soria opened the dual with a solid 9-7 victory over Alfredo Gray. With the win, Soria is now 3-1 overall in dual matches this season and has 55 career victories in the blue and white. The Bulls however would not win another match. Justin Farmer was denied a victory at 133 pounds by Mackenzie McGuire, despite putting up a good fight.
 
Tyler Small , the 20th ranked wrestler in the 141 pound weight class, turned out to be too much for Nick Flannery as he pinned Flannery at 4:45. Ian Miller, the 9th ranked wrestler at 157 pounds, also pinned his UB opponent, John Northrup, in just over two minutes, 2:24. Tony Lock put in great effort in his match with the 16th ranked wrestler in the 184 pound weight class, Sam Wheeler, losing a slim decision by the score of 11-7.
 
Angelo Malvestuto could not keep his perfect record in tact at 197 pounds, falling to Cole Baxter by the score of 6-3. At 285 pounds, the Bulls James Benjamin was defeated 10-5 by Mimmo Lytle.
 
Kent State 38, Buffalo 3
 125: Max Soria (UB) dec. Alfredo Gray, 9-7
 133: Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) dec. Justin Farmer (UB), 5-0
 141: #20 Tyler Small (KSU) pinned Nick Flannery (UB), 4:45
 149: Michael Depalma (KSU) pinned Ryan Todora (UB), 2:10
 157: #9 Ian Miller (KSU) pinned John Northrup (UB), 2:24
 165: Tyler Buckwalter (KSU) dec. Wally Maziarz (UB), 8-2
 174: Caleb Marsh (KSU) tech fall Jarred Lux (UB), 4:16, 16-0
 184: #16 Sam Wheeler (KSU) dec. Tony Lock (UB), 11-7
 197: Cole Baxter (KSU) dec. Angelo Malvestuto (UB), 6-3
 285: Mimmo Lytle (KSU) dec. James Benjamin (UB), 10-5
 
 
Central Michigan:
 
Chippewas Open MAC Competition with Dominant Win Over Bulls, 29-6 
 
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The defending Mid-American Conference regular season champion Central Michigan wrestling program opened league competition with a dominant victory over Buffalo Sunday afternoon, 29-6.  The Chippewas (5-3, 1-0 MAC) held a 26-3 advantage in takedowns in the match and scored bonus points in five of their eight victories. 
 
The Bulls (1-4, 0-1 MAC) were able to take a short-lived lead with a victory by Angelo Malvestuto in the first tie breaker over Jackson Lewis to start the match, but CMU rattled off eight-straight victories soon after. 
 
Sophomore Adam Robinson put the Chippewas in front with a 12-3 major decision at heavyweight. Robinson led 4-1 after the first two periods and was able to earn bonus points with three third-period takedowns. 
 
Redshirt freshman No. 13 Corey Keener continued his hot start to the 2013-14 campaign with a 9-4 decision over Buffalo senior Max Soria, before No. 12 Joe Roth posted a 12-4 major decision at 133 pounds. 
 
Redshirt sophomore Zach Horan nearly pinned his opponent in the first period and took a 5-0 lead through one behind a takedown and three-point nearfall. The second-period escape and third-period takedown allowed Horan to earn a 8-4 decision. 
 
The victory of the afternoon came at 165 pounds as senior Zack Cline took advantage and earned a reversal in the second period to swing the momentum in his favor. Cline opened the third period with a takedown and accumulated riding time to post a 5-1 decision. 
 
Junior Mike Ottinger, ranked No. 12 in the country at 174 pounds, dominated his opponent for the final CMU victory of the night. Ottinger earned five takedowns to earn a 13-5 major decision. 
 
CMU is back in action next Sunday when they travel to Ann Arbor to take on in-state foe Michigan. 
 
Central Michigan 29, Buffalo 6
197: Angelo Malvestuto (UB) dec. Jackson Lewis, 2-1 TB1; Buffalo, 3-0
285: Adam Robinson (CMU) major dec. James Benjamin, 12-3; CMU, 4-3
125: No. 13 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Max Soria, 9-4; CMU, 7-3
133: No. 12 Joe Roth (CMU) major dec. Justin Farmer, 12-4; CMU, 11-3
141: No. 14 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Nick Flannery, 8-4; CMU, 14-3
149: Scott Mattingly (CMU) major dec. Ryan Todora, 11-2; CMU, 18-3
157: Lucas Smith (CMU) major dec. John Northrup, 9-0; CMU, 22-3
165: Zack Cline (CMU) dec. Wally Maziarz, 5-1; CMU, 25-3
174: No. 12 Mike Ottinger (CMU) major dec. Jarred Lux, 13-5; CMU 29-3
184: Anthony Lock (UB) dec. Craig Kelliher, 5-2; CMU, 29-6
 
 
Eastern Michigan:
 
Wrestling Takes Down Old Dominion in First MAC Dual, 21-19; Head Coach Derek DelPorto picks up 100th career win
 
NORFOLK, Va. – The Eastern Michigan University wrestling squad grabbed its sixth win of the season as the Eagles defeated Old Dominion University in its first Mid-American Conference dual, 21-19, Dec. 6.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.
  
Head Coach Derek DelPorto clinched his 100th career victory as a head coach and is just two wins shy of grabbing the all-time EMU record, holding a mark of 78-69-2. Former Head Coach John Eisley currently holds the record as he posted an 80-74-4 record in his 12-year tenure. If DelPorto picks up just three more wins this season, he will take the all-time wins record in just eight seasons at the helm.
  
Redshirt-senior Jared Germaine (Saginaw, Mich.-Saginaw Valley) garnered his seventh straight victory of the season as he remains perfect, earning a 4-2 decision over Old Dominion's Jerome.Robinson to give the Eagles a quick 3-0 lead.
  
The Green and White took a 9-0 advantage over the Monarchs when Vincent Pizzuto (North Jackson, Ohio-Jackson Milton)picked up his first pin of the season in 6:05. Old Dominion started its comeback in the 141 lb. weight class as the Monarchs picked up two-straight pins and a decision to take a 15-9 lead over EMU.
  
No. 12 Chris Mecate pinned Nicholas Barber (Cleveland, Ohio-Jackson Milton) in 2:44 before Matthew VanCuren (Chargin Falls, Ohio-St. Edward) was pinned by No. 20 Alexander Richardson in 1:29. ODU extended its lead to 15-9 when No. 17 Tristan Warner grabbed a 9-2 over Brandon Zeerip (Fremont, Mich.-Hesperia) in the 157 lb. weight class.
  
Eastern Michigan brought the score to 15-12 when Jacob Davis (Northridge, Ohio-St. Edward) clinched a 4-1 decision at 165 lbs.; however, the Monarchs kept the lead as Billy Curling secured a 12-4 major decision over Mike Curby (Osseo, Mich.-Hillsdale) to extend their lead to 19-12 over EMU.
  
The Eagles used their second straight come-from-behind victory of the season as the Green and White clinched three straight decisions to earn their first MAC victory of 2013-14. Redshirt-seniors Phillip Joseph (Lapeer, Mich.-Lapeer East) and Nick Whitenburg (Temperance, Mich.-Bedford) each nabbed decisions in their respective weight classes to bring EMU within one of Old Dominion.
  
With the match on the line, redshirt-senior Khodor Hoballah (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn) came up with a thrilling 7-2 decision in the heavyweight decision. After being tied through two periods, Hoballah used a takedown in the final seconds to secure the decision and earn the 21-19 victory for the Eagles.
  
"I am really proud of this team. It is a great way to start our conference dual season", stated DelPorto. "Tonight was a great win! It was probably one of the most fun duals I have been a part of. We had some guys really step it up for us when things weren't going our way. The ending was phenomenal and Khodor really came through for us. Every match that we won tonight our backs were kind of against the wall and we found a way to win. Except for Phillip's, we were actually losing then we came back to win."
  
Eastern will take a short break from duals when it travels to Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, Dec. 14 for the Cleveland State Open.
 
Results
 125- No. 26 Jared Germaine (EMU) dec. Jerome.Robinson (ODU) 4-2. EMU leads 3-0.
 133- Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) Fall Scott Festejo (ODU) 6:05. EMU leads 9-0.
 141- No. 12 Chris Mecate (ODU) Fall Nicholas Barber (EMU) 2:44. EMU leads 9-6.
 149- No. 20 Alexander Richardson (ODU) Fall Matthew VanCuren (EMU) 1:29. ODU leads 12-9.
 157- No. 17 Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Brandon Zeerip (EMU) 9-2. ODU leads 15-9.
 165- Jacob Davis (EMU) dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU) 4-1. ODU leads 15-12.
 174- Billy Curling (ODU) major dec. Mike Curby (EMU) 12-4. ODU leads 19-12.
 184- Phillip Joseph (EMU) dec. Austin Coburn (ODU) 8-3 . ODU leads 19-15.
 197- Nick Whitenburg (EMU) dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU) 5-2. ODU leads 19-18.
 285- Khodor Hoballah (EMU) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) 7-2. EMU wins 21-19.
  
Bout-By-Bout
125: Germaine dec. Robinson, 4-2
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 remains undefeated and improves to 7-0 on the season.
  
133: Pizzuto Fall Festejo, 6:05
Pizzuto grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first period with a takedown before Festejo used a reversal to tie the bout at 2-2 to close out the first two minutes. After Festejo almost grabbed a near fall, ODU used an escape to take his first lead of the bout, but Pizzuto battled back using a near fall and a takedown to grab a 6-3 lead heading into the third period. With just a minute left in the third period, Pizzuto pinned Festejo to give the Eagles a 9-0 lead over Old Dominion.
  
141: Mecate Fall Barber, 2:44
Mecate came out of the gate strong for the Monarchs as he used a takedown and three back points to grab the early 5-0 lead over Barber. ODU came within three of the Eagles as Mecate pinned Barber just 2:44 into the bout for the Monarchs.
  
149: Richardson Fall VanCuren, 1:29
Richardson used an early takedown and pinned VanCuren just 1:29 into the bout as VanCuren was unable to gain any momentum over Richardson. Old Dominion took a 12-9 lead over the Eagles, as the pin gave ODU its first lead of the dual.
  
157: Warner dec. Zeerip, 9-2
Warner used a takedown and a near fall in the first period to grab a quick 4-0 lead over Zeerip, before the redshirt-senior grabbed his first point on an escape to close out the first period trailing 4-1. Warner picked up an escape point before a near fall extended his lead to 8-1 over Zeerip. Zeerip came within five using his second escape of the bout, but Warner clinched one more escape to earn the 9-2 decision and extend the ODU advantage to 15-9 halfway through the dual.
  
165: Davis dec. Geoghegan, 4-1
After a scoreless first period, Davis used two quick escapes to take a 2-0 lead over Geoghegan to close out the second period. Davis extended his lead to 4-0 in the second period on a takedown before Geoghegan earned his only point of the bout on an escape late in the third period.
  
174: Curling Maj. Dec. Curby, 12-4
ODU's Curling grabbed an early 2-0 lead over Curby with a takedown in the first period before Curby used an escape to come within one to close out the first two minutes. Curling started down in the second period and garnered his third point on an escape and then secured a takedown to extend his lead to 5-1. Curby used an escape to get his second point of the bout, but Curling had his second-straight takedown to take a 7-2 lead. Curby grabbed his third escape of the bout to start the third period before Curling used a third takedown for the 9-3 advantage. Curby grabbed his final point of the match on an escape but would lose by a 12-4 major decision.
  
184: Joseph dec. Coburn, 8-3
Joseph got the comeback started for the Eagles as he got an early takedown in the first and a takedown in the second to lead 4-1. Coburn came within two of Joseph with an escape in the second but Joseph used his third take down to go up by four. Back-to-back escapes by both wrestlers brought the score to 7-3 before Joseph used one last escape to take the 9-3 decision and bring Eastern within four of ODU.
  
197: Whitenburg dec. Beazley, 5-2
The first period saw lots of action as Beazley used a takedown to get the early 2-0 lead, but Whitenburg used an escape and a takedown to gain a 3-2 advantage to end the first period. The second period saw little action as the Whitenburg maintained his 3-2 lead and started down to start the third. Whitenburg used an escape to start the third period and an escape within the last 20 seconds of the match to take home the 5-2 victory and leave EMU trialing by just one with one bout left in the dual.
  
HWT: Hoballah dec. Tourdot, 7-2
With the match on the line in the final bout of the night for the second dual in a row, Hoballah was able to come up with a big 7-2 decision over Tourdot to give EMU the 21-19 victory in its first MAC dual. The first period was back-and-forth as Hoballah used an escape to take the 1-0 advantage before Tourdot had a takedown to take the 2-1 lead. Hoballah answered back with an escape to knot the match at 2-2. The scored remained at 2-2 through the entire second period as Tourdot chose to be neutral heading into the final two minutes of action. Hoballah secured five points in the final period with one takedown to earn the 7-2 decision and give the Eagles their second-straight win.
 
 
Kent State:
 
Flashes Win Fourth Straight in 38-3 Romp of Buffalo
 
KENT, Ohio -  Three consecutive pins from Tyler Small, Michael DePalma and Ian Miller fueled a 38-3 Kent State (4-3, 1-0 MAC) victory over Buffalo Saturday at the M.A.C. Center.  Mack McGuire's 5-0 victory at 133 pounds began a string of nine straight wins for the Golden Flashes.
 
"It was a great way to start out MAC competition," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said.  "I thought we controlled the pace.  We worked through hand-fighting, controlled ties and scored points when we attempted."
 
With the team score tied 3-3 heading into the 141-pound match, Small began a turn of events in his second period that put the Flashes on cruise control.  Trailing 3-2 from the bottom position, Small took a non-traditional route from reversal to cradle, pinning Nick Flannery with 15 seconds left in the second.
 
"I feel comfortable in a lot of those sticky situations," Small said.  "I know where to put pressure and take away pressure."
 
DePalma was the second of five Flashes competing at the M.A.C. Center for the first time in their career.  The sophomore came storming out of the gate with a takedown and a pair of three-point tilts, before sticking Ryan Todora 2:10 into the first period.
 
Miller rattled off three takedowns before planting John Northrup at the 2:24 mark.  Miller's seventh pin of the season ties him for fifth place among Kent State's career leaders with 27.
 
Sophomore Tyler Buckwalter made his first appearance of the season a promising one with an 8-2 win over Wally Maziarz.  A reversal and two-point near fall in the final seconds of the second period by Buckwalter was too much for Maziarz to overcome.
 
Junior Caleb Marsh turned Jarred Lux four different times with same move on his way to a 16-0 tech fall.  The fourth three-point turn ended the match at 4:16.
 
Sophomore Sam Wheeler's explosive shots led to pair of takedowns in each of the first two periods.  Wheeler settled for an 11-7 victory, giving up a takedown in the final seconds.
 
Sophomore Cole Baxter gave Kent State its eighth straight win with a 6-3 decision over Angelo Malvestuto.  Baxter earned takedowns in the first and third periods and got a momentum boost with an escape in the second as time expired.
 
Redshirt freshman Mimmo Lytle came out aggressive in a 10-5 victory over James Benjamin.  Lytle worked an underhook to convert three takedowns in the opening period.
 
Kent State's focus moves to the classroom for finals week before hosting Old Dominion Monday, Dec. 16. 
 
125:  Max Soria (UB) won by decision over Alfredo Gray (KSU) 9-7
133:  Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) won by decision over Justin Farmer (UB) 5-0
141:  Tyler Small (KSU) won by pin over Nick Flannery (UB) 4:45
149:  Michael Depalma (KSU) won by pin over Ryan Todora (UB) 2:10
157:  Ian Miller (KSU) won by pin over John Northrup (UB) 2:24
165:  Tyler Buckwalter (KSU) won by decision over Wally Maziarz (UB) 8-2
174:  Caleb Marsh (KSU) won by tech fall over Jarred Lux (UB) 4:16 16-0
184:  Sam Wheeler (KSU) won by decision over Anthony Lock (UB) 11-7
197:  Cole Baxter (KSU) won by decision over Angelo Malvestuto (UB) 6-3
285:  Mimmo Lytle (KSU) won by decision over James Benjamin (UB) 10-5
 
 
Missouri:
 
No. 9 Mizzou Drops Jesse Hall Curtain on Ohio
Freshmen Tigers catapult team past MAC Conference's top-ranked Bobcats, 23-10
 
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 9th-ranked Missouri wrestling program defeated the Ohio Bobcats 23-10 in Jesse Hall Auditorium Friday night in a catfight for supremacy in the newly renovated Mid-American Conference. The Tigers improved to 2-0 on the young season while serving the Bobcats (3-1) their first dual loss.
 
It was the Tiger freshmen that led the ninth-ranked Tigers to victory Friday, with consecutive wins from youngsters Barlow McGhee, Matt Manley and Lavion Mayes.
 
With the squad trailing 7-4, McGhee and company would regain the lead with three straight victories, highlighted by a Mayes 12-3 major decision in his first career dual start.
 
At 125 pounds, freshman Barlow McGhee slid past Ohio's KeVon Powell with a 2-1 decision to knot the dual up at 7. Down 1-0 with less than a minute to go, McGhee wrapped up a double leg on Powell to take the lead. Powell nearly escaped as time expired but a video review proved that McGhee never surrendered position before the time expired.
 
Redshirt freshman Matt Manley followed with a 1-0 victory over Kagan Squire to give the Tigers a 10-7 lead that they would not relinquish. Manley's escape with 41 seconds to go in the second proved to be the only scoring of the match. He improved to 10-1 on the season after his first career dual win.
 
Mayes completed the Missouri rally by adding four more team points in his 12-3 major decision over Ohio's Noah Forrider. Mayes was able to turn Forrider in the third period to push the victory into major decision territory. Friday marked the first dual start for Mayes as well.
 
The Bobcats took an early 7-4 lead on the Tigers after wins by No. 15 Phil Wellington and ninth-ranked heavyweight Jeremy Johnson. Wellington faced off Mizzou freshman, J'den Cox. Wellington connected on an early takedown in the first and another in the second, forcing Cox to battle from behind for nearly the full seven minutes. The Columbia-native nearly tied the match up late in the third but Wellington held on for a 6-4 decision. Cox entered the dual ranked eighth in the country with a record of 10-0.
 
Mizzou heavyweight Devin Mellon scored right out of the gate in the heavyweight bout, but No.9 Jeremy Johnson recorded two straight Single Leg takedowns and quickly regained the lead. He showed why he is a top ten wrestler in his class, scoring ten unanswered points to defeat Mellon by major decision, 11-2.
 
Johnny Eblen, tabbed 10th in the 184-pound weight class, gave the Tigers an early 4-0 lead by way of with a 15-4 major decision over Ohio's Ryan Garringer. Eblen was aggressive through three periods, recording four takedowns and a three-point nearfall, and added four escapes and a riding time point after controlling the clock for 4:27.
 
The surprise of the night was the defeat of Mizzou's Drake Houdashelt, the top wrestler in the country at 149 pounds. Ohio's No. 18 Tywan Claxton wrestled the Missouri-captain tough in the 5-3 decision, connecting on two takedowns while halting arguably the Tigers most aggressive grappler.
 
Kyle Bradley, Zach Toal and Mikey England would all record decisions for the Tigers to close out Mizzou's 23-10 home opener.
 
Friday's wrestling dual marked the first athletic event inside the University's historic Jesse Hall. Nearly 800 Mizzou patrons attended the dual. This year's Clash of the Cats at Jesse served as a trial run for what could become an annual Mizzou Wrestling tradition.
 
For a quick look ahead at what is in store for the top-10 Tigers, the squad is slated to travel North to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on the 14th of December to compete in the Northern Iowa Open. They will then take a couple of weeks off for the holidays before heading to the highly-touted Southern Scuffle on New Years Day. The Tigers will be back home next on February 7, 2014, for another conference battle against Buffalo.
 
For an in depth look to everything Tiger Style, make sure to follow the team on Facebook, Twitter (@MizzouWrestling) and Instagram (@MizzouTigerStyle), and on MUTigers.com. Fans can join in on the conversation but using the hashtag #TigerStyle.
 
FINAL RESULTS- Missouri 23, Ohio 10
 184 - No. 10 Johnny Eblen (MU) major dec. over Ryan Garringer (OHIO), 15-4. (4-0 MU)
 197 - No. 15 Phil Wellington (OHIO) decision over No. 8 J'den Cox (MU), 6-4. (4-3 MU)
 HWT - No. 9 Jeremy Johnson (OHIO) major dec. over Devin Mellon (MU), 11-2. (7-4 OHIO)
 125 - Barlow McGhee (MU) decision over KeVon Powell (OHIO), 2-1. (7-7)
 133 - Matt Manley (MU) decision over Kagan Squire (OHIO), 1-0. (10-7 MU)
 141 - Lavion Mayes (MU) major dec. over Noah Forrider (OHIO), 12-3. (14-7 MU)
 149 - No. 18 Tywan Claxton decision over No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (MU), 5-3. (14-10 MU)
 157 - No. 6 Kyle Bradley (MU) decision over Spartak Chino (OHIO), 5-3. (17-10 MU)
 165 - No. 10 Zach Toal (MU) decision over Harrison Hightower (OHIO), 4-0. (20-10 MU)
 174 - No. 20 Mikey England (MU) decision over Marshal Willet (OHIO), 11-5. (23-10 MU)
 
*All Individual Rankings are USA Today/AWN Wrestling
 *All Team Rankings are from the NWCA Coaches Poll 
 
 
Northern Illinois:
 
Huskies Sink Vikings in Home Match, 25-6
 
DeKALB, Ill. - NIU (3-4) faced the Cleveland State Vikings (1-3) on Thursday night in their seventh match of the season. Coming off two losses in the Northern Duals on November 23, the Huskies aimed to turn it around and show the home crowd a winner. In decisive fashion, they were emerged Victor E. Court successful, winning 25-6 over the Vikings.
 
"It was great to see us come together as team," said Head Coach Ryan Ludwig. "We've talked a lot about wrestling for the full seven minutes recently. If it takes all seven minutes to go out there and win by one point, then go for it."
 
Braun Marquez started the match on right foot for the Huskies. He faced Cleveland State's John Martin and was ahead from the start, eventually winning the 125 match 15-8. In the 133, Nick Smith kept it going for the Huskies, winning his match against Jared McKinley, 9-3.
 
In the 141, Cleveland State was able to get on the board after Tyler Argue battled Mike Carlone. It was a tough and tiring match, one that ended with Carlone sealing up Argue to win 6-5.
 
Rob Jillard was able to get the Huskies back on track in the 149, winning in a major decision, 12-3. He had a slow start to the match, but from the second period on, Jillard was dominant, outscoring opposing R.J. LaBeef 10-0 over the final two periods. At that point, the Huskies led 10-3.
 
In the 159, Andrew Morse took on Matt Donohoe. It was a close match overall, and in the third period, the two combined for five reversals. Morse ended up besting his opponent, winning 10-6 to extend the lead into double digits for NIU at 13-3. Shaun'Qae McMurtry kept the pressure on for NIU, as he won his match in the 165, 9-5. 
 
In the 174, Cleveland State was able to get back on the board. Nick Corba outlasted Billy Chancey on the wrestling mat, defeating the Huskie 3-1. That match cut the Huskie lead back down to 10 at 16-6, and with three events left, this meet had yet to be decided.
 
It looked like Cleveland State would get another to cut the lead back down to a single digit after the 184, but Caleb Busson pulled out a reversal in the final seconds of the match. That key score gave him a 5-4 lead just before the third period ended, putting the Huskies ahead by 13 again. "It was a great win for Busson," said Ludwig. "It was one of the gutsiest performances by our guys this year."
 
Shawn Scott was dominant in the 197, winning 6-2. He did not allow his opponent to score until the final minute of the third period. He also had nearly four minutes of riding time in the match.
 
To end the match between these two teams, Jared Torrence took Riley Shaw in the heavyweight showdown. Torrence was behind 2-1 early in the third period of this battle, but a takedown in the final minute gave him a 3-2 advantage. He would eventually win 5-3. With his victory, the Huskies ended the match with a 25-6 victory, getting their third win of the season. "Torrence was outstanding out there," said Ludwig. "We really wanted this match."
 
Northern Illinois: 25, Cleveland State: 6
 125: Braun Marquez (NIU) dec. John Martin (Cleveland State): 15-8
 133: Nick Smith (NIU) dec. Jared McKinley (Cleveland State): 9-3
 141: Mike Carlone (Cleveland State) dec. Tyler Argue (Cleveland State): 6-5
 149: Rob Jillard (NIU) maj. dec. R.J. LaBeef (Cleveland State): 12-3
 159: Andrew Morse (NIU) dec. Matt Donohoe (Cleveland State): 10-6
 165: Shaun'Qae McMurtry (NIU) dec. Jake Smith (Cleveland State): 9-5
 174: Nick Corba (Cleveland State) dec. Billy Chancey (NIU): 3-1
 184: Caleb Busson (NIU) dec. Xavier Dye (Cleveland State): 5-4
 197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Raymone Stone (Cleveland State): 6-2
 285: Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Riley Shaw (Cleveland State): 5-3
 
The Huskies have roughly two weeks to prepare for their next match on December 21. That afternoon at 3 p.m. they'll take on Central Michigan in NIU's second conference match of the season.
 
 
Northern Iowa:
 
Colon, Moore Lead Wrestlers to 6th at Cliff Keen 
 
LAS VEGAS – Four wrestlers medaled at the Cliff Keen Invitational to lead the Panthers to a sixth-place finish Saturday (125 – Dylan Peters 5th; 133 – Joe Colon 3rd; 141 – Joey Lazor 8th; 165 – Cooper Moore 4th).  The Panthers improved on their last year’s eighth-place finish. Senior Joe Colon (133 pounds) and redshirt freshman No. 16 Cooper Moore (165 pounds) led the team, placing third and fourth, respectively.
 
Colon, ranked fourth in the nation, fell to No. 16 Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State early in the day to end his run for the title. He finished the day with a dominate win, earning a 16-0 tech fall against No. 14 Mark Grey of Cornell. 
 
“He came back strong,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “He lost in the semis, but he responded in the next matches. He just caught up in some things. He just needs to be aware of some positions, but it’s a learning process. Obviously being seeded first, he expected to win, and so do we.”
 
After knocking off No. 10 Joseph Booth of Hofstra yesterday, Moore lost by decision to No. 5 Michael Moreno of Iowa State to start today’s competition. He bounced back, earning a 4-2 decision over No. 18 Austin Wilson of Nebraska. He fell to No. 8 Daniel Yates of Michigan to settle for fourth.
 
“I really thought he had the guy pinned for third, but they didn’t call it,” said Schwab. “Sometimes that happens, and you have to be able to rebound from it. You just can’t get behind on those top-ranked guys. We have to think more about our shots. He will continue to improve.”
 
Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett ended Dylan Peters’ pinning streak in the 125-pound weight class. The redshirt freshman was undefeated, with all nine wins coming from falls. Peters, ranked seventh in the nation, fell to No. 2 Garrett in a 4-2 decision to start the day, but later won a 15-13 decision over No. 6 Tyler Cox of Wyoming.
 
“I need to remember he’s a freshman, but he expects a lot out of himself, too,” said Schwab. “You need to be able to respond to it, and we have to be ready to go again. We saw a lot of good things from him and have a better understanding of what we need to do make that jump to next level. He is right in the mix, but he isn’t after moral victories and neither are we. That’s not the expectations we are making.”
 
Joey Lazor (141 pounds) was the only Panther to win his first round of the day. However, he lost his next two matches to take eighth.
 
“Our guys competed hard and battled all weekend,” said Schwab. “Everyone won a match, and everyone scored points. We were in position to win a lot of those matches that we weren’t expected to take. I thought it could have been better weekend, but the guys are looking to make those adjustments.”
 
JIM FOX OPEN – DUBUQUE
 
Six Panthers, some competing unattached, placed in the top 4 in the Jim Fox Open in Dubuque, Iowa.
 
133 – Levi Wolfensperger 1st (3 falls, 1 tech fall) 
141 – Adam Perrin 1st (2 falls) 
149 – Tyler Patten 1st (2 major decision); Tanner Hiatt 4th (1 major decision, 1 fall) 
157 – Zach Witte 2nd (1 major decision) 
165 – Curt Maas 2nd 
 
“It’s important this group of guys continues to compete and win,” said Schwab. “Some guys reversed some matches from the last time they saw those competitors, so that is a positive. We are building our program by bringing those guys up. We need to continue to build their experience and improve as a whole.”
 
The Panthers will host the UNI Open Dec. 14. Competition is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
 
RESULTS (# rankings are InterMat national rankings):
 
125 – #7 DYLAN PETERS 5th (4-2)
 
DAY 1: Peters pins Pat Rollins (Oregon State), 2:10; Peters pins Brenn Schiess (Western Wyoming), 2:00; Peters pins Earn Hall (Iowa State), 6:30 
DAY 2: #2 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) dec. Peters, 4-2; #8 Martin (Josh) Martinez (Air Force) dec. Peters, 10-7; Peters dec. #6 Tyler Cox (Wyoming), 15-13 
133 – #4 JOE COLON 3rd (5-1)
 
DAY 1: Colon pins Lino Estrada (Grand Canyon), 6:24; Colon tech fall Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech), 18-3 (6:45); Colon dec. Vincent Dellafave (Rutgers), 1-0; 
DAY 2: #16 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) dec. Colon, 6-2; Colon dec. Jose Mendoza (CSU Bakersfield), 8-1; Colon tech fall #14 Mark Grey (Cornell), 16-0 
141 – #8 JOEY LAZOR 8th (4-2)
 
DAY 1: Lazor pins Joe Locksmith (Navy), 4:57; Lazor dec. Joey Delgado (Oregon State), 11-4; Todd Preston (Harvard) pins Lazor, 1:12; Lazor maj. dec. Angelo Latora (Michigan), 10-0 
DAY 2: Lazor dec. Joseph Spisak (Virginia), 5-3; Dylan Phillipy (San Francisco State) dec. Lazor, 12-5; Gabe Moreno (Iowa State) wins by injury default over Lazor 
165 – #16 COOPER MOORE 4th (4-2)
 
DAY 1: Moore dec. Dakota Friesth (Wyoming), 6-2; Moore pins Derrick Booth (North Idaho College), 2:01; Moore dec.  #10 Joesph Booth (Hofstra), 3-1 
DAY 2: #5 Michael Moreno (Iowa State) dec. Moore, 10-5; Moore dec. #18 Austin Wilson (Nebraska), 4-2; #8 Daniel Yates (Michigan) pins Moore, 1:39 
174 – #17 CODY CALDWELL (3-2)
 
DAY 1: Caldwell dec. Frank Affronti (Hofstra), 3-2; Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State) dec. Caldwell, 4-0; Caldwell dec. Brent Havlik (Wyoming), 6-0; Caldwell dec. Brian Harvey (Army), 3-1 
DAY 2: #14 Bryce Hammond (CSU Bakersfield) tech fall Caldwell, 15-0 (7:00) 
184 – KYLE LUX (2-2)
 
DAY 1: Lux wins by default Maxwell Huntley (Michigan); Lux maj. dec. Austin Gaun (Grand Canyon), 12-4; #18 Benjamin Stroh (Wyoming) tech fall Lux, 17-3 
DAY 2: Tanner Weatherman (Iowa State) dec. Lux, 12-8 SV 
FROM DAY 1:
 
149 – GUNNAR WOLFENSPERGER (2-2): Wolfensperger dec. Preston McCalmon (Arizona State), 6-0; Wolfensperger pins Adrian Avelar (Western Wyoming College), 2:02; Jeremy Golding (North Idaho College) dec. Wolfensperger, 6-3; Brandon Richardson (Wyoming) dec. Wolfensperger, 9-3
 
157 – JARRETT JENSEN (1-2): Andy McCulley (Wyoming) wins by default Jensen; Jensen pins Nicholas Moreno (North Idaho College), 6:54; Brian Realbuto (Cornell) pins Jensen, 5:00
 
197 – BASIL MINTO (2-2): Minto maj. dec. Chace Eskam (Arizona State), 8-0; Shane Woods (Wyoming) dec. Minto, 2-0; Minto dec. Marcus Haughian (Grand Canyon), 10-3; Derek Thomas (Utah Valley University) dec. Minto, 2-1 SV
 
285 – BLAIZE CABELL (3-1): Cabell maj. dec. Daniel Gusev (Arizona State), 11-0; Cabell dec. Trevor Smith (Army), 7-3; Adam Fager (Utah Valley University) dec. Cabell, 10-4; Cabell dec. Ethan Hayes (Virginia), 9-7
 
TEAM SCORES:  Oklahoma 154.4; Nebraska 130.5; Ohio State 119.5; Cornell 115.5; Michigan 108.5; Northern Iowa 75.5; Virginia 73.0; Iowa State 62.5; North Carolina State 59.5; Virginia Tech 56.5; Boise State 56; Oregon State 55; American 48.5; Hofstra 46; Wyoming 46; Navy 44; CSU Bakersfield 40; Air Force 31.5; Brown 26; San Francisco State 26; Purdue 25.5; Rutgers 24; Arizona State 22; Cal Ply 21; Utah Valley 21; The Citadel 20.5; Harvard 15.5; Army 10.5; Grand Canyon10.5; North Idaho College 9; California Baptist 5; Colorado State University – 4; Western Wyoming College 0 
 
 
Ohio:
 
Ohio Wrestling Falls to No. 13 Missouri
Wellington improves to 11-1 on the year
 
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Ohio University wrestling team (3-1) suffered its first season and conference loss Friday night to the No. 13 ranked Missouri Tigers, 23-10, on the stage of Jesse Hall.  After a Mizzou win to start the match, Ohio redshirt sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) defeated J'Den Cox, cutting the lead to 4-3 to pick up his seventh straight victory.
 
The momentum continued for the Bobcats, with redshirt senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) earning a 11-2 major decision over the Tigers' Devin Mellon, putting Ohio ahead 7-4.
 
Missouri responded, winning the next three bouts to push its lead over Ohio to 14-7.
 
Bobcat junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) was not intimidated, and took down Mizzou's undefeated Drake Houdashelt, closing the gap to 17-10. With the decision win, Claxton's record improved to 11-1.
 
The Tigers would go on to solidify their lead, claiming the remaining three bouts to secure the win.
 
The Bobcats return to the Convo on Dec. 15 as it will face off against Appalachian State at 10 a.m.
 
FINAL RESULTS- Missouri 23, Ohio 10
 184 - No. 10 Johnny Eblen (MU) major dec. over Ryan Garringer (OHIO), 15-4.
 197 - No. 15 Phil Wellington (OHIO) decision over No. 8 J'den Cox (MU), 6-4.
 HWT - No. 9 Jeremy Johnson (OHIO) major dec. over Devin Mellon (MU), 11-2.
 125 - Barlow McGhee (MU) decision over KeVon Powell (OHIO), 2-1.
 133 - Matt Manley (MU) decision over Kagan Squire (OHIO), 1-0.

 141 - Lavion Mayes (MU) major dec. over Noah Forrider (OHIO), 12-3.

 149 - No. 18 Tywan Claxton decision over No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (MU), 5-3.
 157 - No. 6 Kyle Bradley (MU) decision over No. 18 Spartak Chino (OHIO), 5-3.

 165 - No. 10 Zach Toal (MU) decision over Harrison Hightower (OHIO), 4-0.
 174 - No. 20 Mikey England (MU) decision over Marshal Willet (OHIO), 11-5.
 
 
Old Dominion:
 
ODU Comes Up Short 21-19 to Eastern Michigan in MAC Opener
 
NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion Wrestling team came up just short losing 21-19 to the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Friday evening in their Mid-American Conference opener at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
 
"Obviously tonight's match was a barn burner and came down to the last match," said ODU head coach Steve Martin. "We lost at heavyweight, which is disappointing for us. I thought that our 125 pounder Jerome Robinson competed well. At 141, I thought Mecate had a great performance. I thought Lenny Richardson had a great performance, as well as Tristan Warner who has been solid for us all year long. It was good to see Billy Curling get points on the board; that being the first MAC win for him. As a team we have to get in better shape, that's the bottom line."
 
ODU picked up fall victories by No. 12 Chris Mecate at 141 pounds and by No. 20 Alexander Richardson at 149 pounds. At 174 pounds, ODU also had Billy Curling score a major decision victory that highlighted the evening.
 
The night began at 125 pounds where ODU’s Jerome Robinson made his surprising debut on the season. Robinson led 2-0 on EMU’s No. 26 Jared Germaine. Germaine would score a takedown and win 4-2, as ODU trailed 3-0 after the first matchup.
 
At 141 pounds, Old Dominion’s No. 12-ranked Chris Mecate took on EMU’s Nick Barber. Mecate scored both a takedown and a near fall to give him the 5-0 lead. It would not be long after as Mecate pinned Barber at 2:44, which gave ODU six team points as they trailed 9-6.
 
ODU’s No. 20-ranked Alexander Richardson battled EMU’s Matt VanCuren in the fourth matchup of the night. Richardson didn’t take too long as he picked up the fall victory at 1:29, which gave ODU the 12-9 team lead.
 
At 157, ODU’s No. 17-ranked Tristan Warner picked up a 9-2 decision win. During his match Warner scored a takedown and two near falls to give him the victory and help ODU take a commanding 15-9 lead into the intermission.
 
Billy Curling (174 pounds) scored five takedowns in his match against EMU’s Mike Curby. Curling helped lift the Monarchs with a 12-4 major decision win and gave ODU a comfortable 19-12 lead.
 
ODU will take a short break from duals as the team travels to Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, Dec. 14 for the Cleveland State Open. The Monarchs next dual is Dec. 16 as they travel to Kent State for a MAC conference showdown.
 
EMU 21, ODU 19
125- No. 26 Jared Germaine (EMU) dec. Jerome Robinson (ODU) 4-2. EMU leads 3-0.
133- Vinny Pizzuto (EMU) Fall Scott Festejo (ODU) 6:05. EMU leads 9-0.
141- No. 12 Chris Mecate (ODU) Fall Nick Barber (EMU) 2:44. EMU leads 9-6.
149- No. 20 Alexander Richardson (ODU) Fall Matt VanCuren (EMU) 1:29. ODU leads 12-9.
157- No. 17 Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Brandon Zeerip (EMU) 9-2. ODU leads 15-9.
165- Jake Davis (EMU) dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU) 4-1. ODU leads 15-12.
174- Billy Curling (ODU) major dec. Mike Curby (EMU) 12-4. ODU leads 19-12.
184- No. 30 Phillip Joseph (EMU) dec. Austin Coburn (ODU) 8-3 . ODU leads 19-15.
197- No. 26 Nick Whitenburg (EMU) dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU) 5-2. ODU leads 19-18.
285- Khodar Hoballah (EMU) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) 7-2. EMU wins 21-19.