MAC Wrestling Weekend Recap: Jan. 5

Updated 1/5/2014

Here is a recap of this weekend's MAC wrestling action.

 
Buffalo:
 
No. 9 Northern Iowa Downs Bulls In Home Opener, 32-6
 
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo wrestling team (1-6, 0-3 MAC) was downed on Saturday afternoon in their home opening dual by the #9 Northern Iowa Panthers (4-0, 2-0 MAC) by the score of 28-6.  The Bulls were able to put together back-to-back wins at 184 and 197 as Tony Lock and Angelo Malvestuto each won by decision.
 
Lock continued to impress in his second year in the blue and white as he dominated Kyle Lux, earning a 9-4 victory after compiling 2:40 of riding time to garner the extra point. Lock started out the match quick, earning a takedown and a near fall to take the 5-1 lead into the second period. After Lux clawed his way back into the match trailing only 5-4, Lock closed the door in the final period earning a takedown and an escape en rout to his team leading 12th win of the season.
 
Malvestuto willed his way to his third dual meet win of the season over Basil Minto by the score of 7-4, despite losing the riding time point. The two grapplers went back and forth in the opening period as Minto held the slim 2-1 advantage. In the second period, Malvestuto was awarded a point as Minto got called for stalling, giving the redshirt junior life heading into the final period. In the final period, Malvestuto was awarded three more penalty points and also had a nice reversal to pick up his 11th win overall on the year.
 
The Bulls dropped the first seven matches of the day as the Panthers had their four ranked grapplers handle the Bulls in easy fashion. Nick Flannery showed some fight at 141 against Levi Wolfensperger but he was outscored 3-2 in the final period and his opponent was awarded the riding time point en rout to the 6-4 victory.
 
The Bulls will return to the mat on Sunday, January 12 as they will head to Pittsburgh, PA for the University of Pittsburgh Duals.
 
 Results:
 125: #7 Dylan Peters (NIU) won by pin over Mike Soria (BUF) 1:30
 133: #2 Joe Colon (NIU) won by tech fall over Justin Farmer (BUF) 6:00, 17-2
 141: Levi Wolfensperger (NIU) won by dec. over Nick Flannery (BUF) 6-4
 149: Gunner Wolfensperger (NIU) won by dec over Ryan Todora (BUF) 7-1
 157: Zach Witte (NIU) won by major dec over Wally Maziarz (BUF) 10-2
 165: #11 Cooper Moore (NIU) won by dec. over Tyler Rill (BUF) 7-1
 174: #17 Cody Caldwell (NIU) won by major dec. over Rrok Ndokaj (BUF) 11-1
 184: #33 Tony Lock (BUF) won by dec. over Kyle Lux (NIU) 9-5
 197: Angelo Malvestuto (BUF) won by dec. over Basil Minto (NIU) 7-4
 285: Blaize Cabell (NIU) won by major dec. over James Benjamin (BUF) 17-6
 
 
Central Michigan:
 
Roth, Smith and Horan Place at Southern Scuffle; CMU Finishes 13th 
 
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Three Central Michigan wrestlers placed at the competitive Southern Scuffle hosted by Tennessee-Chattanooga over the last two days, led by senior Joe Roth's fifth-place finish at 133 pounds.  Sophomores Zach Horan (141) and Lucas Smith (157) placed seventh to help the Chippewas finish 13th with a team total of 44.5 points.
 
Roth cruised his way to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 mark on Wednesday, setting up a quarterfinal match versus Penn State's Jordan Conaway. Roth was able to take advantage with a takedown halfway through the first period and built his lead to 5-2 through two with an escape and second takedown. Conaway managed an escape to cut the deficit to two, but a takedown with 1:21 remaining allowed Roth to build a large enough lead to hold another escape and late takedown to earn a 7-6 decision.
 
The victory set up a semifinal battle with the nation's top-ranked 133 pounder in Oklahoma State's Jon Morrison. Roth surrendered a takedown to Morrison in the first, but was able to even the score at 2-2 with escapes in both the first and second periods. Morrison quickly escaped to start the third and Roth was unable to earn a takedown in falling by decision, 3-2. 
 
After another narrow 6-5 loss to No. 15 Nick Soto of Chattanooga, Roth battled Conaway again and claimed a 5-2 decision to secure fifth place. 
 
Sophomore Lucas Smith, unranked among the nation's top 20 according to InterMat, showed the form that qualified him for the NCAA Tournament a year ago with a pair of victories over top-20 foes en route to a seventh-place finish. 
 
Smith opened the tournament with a 11-4 decision over No. 18 Tristan Warner of Old Dominion. After a takedown with 1:20 to go in the first period, twice Smith turned Warner to his back for three-point near falls. 
 
A perfect 3-0 Wednesday qualified Smith for a quarterfinal match versus No. 2-ranked Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State, but he was unable to advance after falling by decision, 7-1. Smith rebounded however by defeating Tyler Gantt of UNC and after a loss to No. 13 R.J. Pena of Oregon State, 9-3, the sophomore claimed seventh with yet another win over a ranked foe. 
 
Smith and No. 6 Kyle Bradley of Missouri were tied through regulation, 3-3, and went to a second overtime before Smith started on bottom and reversed Bradley 12 seconds in to claim a 6-5 decision. 
 
Sophomore Zach Horan also had a perfect 3-0 first day to advance to the quarterfinals before falling to No. 2 Zain Retherford of Penn State in a close-fought match, 2-0. Horan responded with a 2-1 decision over No. 12 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State in the first tiebreaker, but was unable to continue the tournament and the seventh-place match was not wrestled. 
 
The CMU wrestling program is back in action when it returns to dual competition on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Northern Iowa. The Chippewas return home to McGuirk Arena on Friday, Jan. 17 for a battle with MAC preseason favorite Ohio at 7 p.m.
 
Rankings are based on InterMat Wrestling
 
125 - No. 9 Corey Keener
First Round: Bye
Second Round: W, dec. Tyler Dorrell (Ok. State), 11-9 SV2
Third Round: L, dec. Caleb Richardson (Penn), 6-0
Consolation Third Round: L, dec. Vito Pasone (App. State), 9-5
 
133 - No. 11 Joe Roth (Fifth Place)
First Round: W, fall Dakota Bauer (Iowa State), 5:57
Second Round: W, dec. Clarence Arrington (Citadel), 4-0
Third Round: W, dec. Dane Harlow (Boston), 6-1
Quarterfinals: W, dec. Jordan Conaway (Penn State), 7-6
Semifinals: L, dec. No. 1 Jon Morrison (Ok. State), 3-2
Consolation Semifinals: L, dec. No. 15 Nick Soto (Chattanooga), 6-5
Fifth-Place Match: W, dec. Jordan Conaway (Penn State), 5-2
 
133 - Tyler Keselring
First Round: Bye
Second Round: L, dec. No. 15 Nick Soto (Chattanooga), 4-0
Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Logan Everett (Army), 8-1
Consolation Third Round: L, dec. Matt Manley (Mizzou), 4-3
 
141 - No. 11 Zach Horan (Seventh Place)
First Round: W, dec. Tyler Scotton (Boston), 3-0
Second Round: W, dec. Mark Machetti (Army), 7-3
Third Round: W, dec. Lavion Mayes (Mizzou), 3-1 SV1
Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 2 Zain Retherford (Penn State), 2-0
Consolation Sixth Round: W, dec. No. 12 Anthony Collica (Ok. State), 2-1 TB1
Consolation Quarterfinals: L, medical forfeit
Seventh-Place Match: Default
 
149 - Scott Mattingly 
First Round: W, dec. Brent Jorge (Campbell), 7-2
Second Round: W, dec. Nick Heilmann (UNC), 9-3
Third Round: L, dec. No. 3 Josh Kindig (Ok. State), 8-2
Consolation Fourth Rond: medical forfeit
 
149 - Colin Heffernan (Unattached)
First Round: L, dec. Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra), 6-4 SV1
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Thomas Gaimo (Minnesota), 6-5
Consolation Third Round: L, dec. Mike Racciato (Pitt), 12-7
 
157 - Lucas Smith (Seventh Place)
First Round: W, dec. No. 18 Tristan Warner (Old Dominion), 11-4
Second Round: W, dec. Pat Smith (Minnesota), 3-2 TB1
Third Round: W, dec. James Volrath (Penn State), 2-1
Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 2 Alex Dieringer (Ok. State), 7-1
Consolation Sixth Round: W, dec. Thomas Gantt (UNC), 9-2
Consolation Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 13 R.J. Pena (Oregon State), 9-3
Seventh-Place Match: W, dec. No. 6 Kyle Bradley (Mizzou), 6-5 TB1
 
165 - Nick Becker
First Round: L, dec. No. 20 Casey Kent (Penn), 2-0
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: L, dec. Chandler Smith (Army), 6-4
 
174 - Jordan Ellingwood (Unattached)
First Round: L, dec. George Pickett (Cornell), 4-3
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: L, dec. Pete Renda (UNC), 5-1
 
184 - Craig Kelliher
First Round: Bye
Second Round: W, dec. Blake Stauffer (Arizona State), 4-0
Third Round: L, dec. No. 15 Sam Wheeler (Kent State), 5-4
Consolation Fourth Round: W, major dec. James Suvak (UVA), 10-0
Consolation Fifth Round: W, fall Michael Macchiavello (UNC), 1:44
Consolation Sixth Round: L, dec. Jonathan Fauser (UVA), 9-1
 
184 - Austin Severn
First Round: L, tech. fall No. 7 Gabriel Dean (Cornell), 20-4
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: L, No. 11 dec. John Eblen (Mizzou), 7-1
 
197 - Jackson Lewis
First Round: Bye
Second Round: L, major dec. No. 3 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State), 12-3
Consolation Second Round: Bye
Consolation Third Round: W, dec. Jake Henderson (Old Dominion), 6-1
Consolation Fourth Round: W, dec. Francis Mattiace (Penn), 6-3
Consolation Fifth Round: W, dec. Darnell Bortz (Ok. State), 6-2
Consolation Sixth Round: L, dec. No. 12 Brandon Palik (Drexel), 10-6
 
285 - Adam Robinson
First Round: L, forfeit Matt Tourdot (Old Dominion)
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Stephen Snyder (Army), 2-0
Consolation Third Round: W, fall Gerald Johnson (Citadel), 2:44
Consolation Fourth Round: L, dec. J.J. Everand (South Dakota), 5-2
 
285 - Mike Murray
First Round: L, dec. Collin Campbell (UVA), 8-2
Consolation First Round: Bye
Consolation Second Round: L, fall Mimmo Lytle (Kent State), 1:37
 
285 - Newton Smercheck (Unattached)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: L, dec. Jonathan Gingrich (Penn State), 5-1
Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Robert Coe (UNC), 5-4 TB2
Consolation Third Round: L, major dec. Riley Shaw (Cleveland State), 13-3
 
 
Eastern Michigan:
 
Sunday Dual Against Northern Iowa Postponed; Teams will try to reschedule the dual later in the season
 
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University wrestling squad's Sunday, Jan. 5,  dual against Mid-American Conference foe, No. 9 Northern Iowa had been postponed due the the impending inclement weather in the Ypsilanti area.  The two teams will attempt to reschedule the dual for a later date in the season. 
  
The Green and White return to action Sunday, Jan. 12, when it travels to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the Pitt Duals. EMU will take on N.C. State, UNC and Duke in the all day event. 
 
 
Kent State:
 
Miller and Wheeler Lead Flashes to Seventh Place at Southern Scuffle
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -  Kent State sophomores Ian Miller and Sam Wheeler each pulled off big upsets Thursday as they finished second and third respectively at the 2014 Southern Scuffle inside McKenzie Arena.  Junior Tyler Small finished sixth and sophomore Mack McGuire placed seventh.  As a team, the Golden Flashes notched a seventh place with 73.5 points, finishing ahead of five Top 25 teams (Iowa State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, North Carolina).   
 
"We were especially happy with the way Ian and Sam performed against this kind of competition," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said.  "And Tyler and Mack did a good job of wrestling their styles."
 
Miller took down two higher seeded opponents Thursday before falling in overtime 2-1 against top-seeded Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State.  Miller punched his ticket to the finals with a pin of Minnesota's Dylan Ness in just 45 seconds.  Ness entered the tournament ranked No. 3 in the nation by InterMat.  Miller began the day with an 8-3 decision over No. 3 seed Kyle Bradley of Missouri. Miller moved to 17-2 on the year after going 4-1 over two days.
 
"After Ian got the takedown, Ness held onto his leg and Ian cradled him up and pinned him all in one motion," Andrassy said of Miller's semifinal.  "In the finals, I thought Ian was the more aggressive one, he just couldn't finish off a takedown."
 
Wheeler, the No. 8 seed at 184, dropped his quarterfinal bout against two-time national champion Ed Ruth (Penn State). Wheeler responded with a 16-3 major decision over No. 5 seed John Eblen of Missouri.  Two matches later, Wheeler pulled an even bigger upset against Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus 6-4.  The No. 2 seed, Steinhaus was ranked No. 4 in the nation.  Wheeler made it four straight victories, topping Minnesota's Brett Pfarr 10-6.  Wheeler went 7-1 over two days, moving to 19-3.
 
"Sam looked the most improved of anyone today," Andrassy said.  "He's starting to get more and more confidence."
 
Small, who was unseeded at 141, dropped his first match of the day to No. 12 seed Joe Spisak of Virginia 5-4.  Small bounced back with a 6-0 blanking of Pitt's Edgar Wright, the No. 10 seed.  He then won by medical forfeit over Hofstra's Luke Vaith before falling to No. 6 seed Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) and No. 3 seed Evan Henderson (North Carolina).  Over two days, Small went 4-3.
 
McGuire, the No. 8 seed at 133, fell to top-seeded Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State) 4-0 to begin his Thursday slate.  McGuire rebounded with a 7-6 victory over Missouri's Eric Wilson.  Penn State's Jordan Conway topped McGuire 7-4.  McGuire ended his tournament with a 3-2 win over Missouri's Matt Manley to finish with a two-day mark of 4-2.
 
Sophomore Del Vinas earned his fourth victory of the tournament Thursday, but came up one win shy of placing in the top eight.
Penn State won the team title with 189 points, followed by Oklahoma State (164.5) and Minnesota (161).
 
The Golden Flashes return to action next weekend at the Virginia Duals Jan. 10-11 at Hampton Coliseum. 
 
 
Missouri:
 
Houdashelt, Cox Shine as Mizzou Finishes Fifth at Scuffle
The No. 7 Tigers placed seven grapplers in the top-8, finishing fifth with 102.5 team points
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The seventh-ranked Mizzou Wrestling team took fifth place with 102.5 team points in a very competitive field that included three of the nation's top five teams at the Southern Scuffle on Thursday (Jan. 2). Seven Tigers placed in the top-8 of their respective brackets, including junior Drake Houdashelt and true freshman J'den Cox. Houdashelt pinned the nation's top-ranked 149-pounder Nick Dardanes from Minnesota to win in the finals. Cox solidified his status as one of the nation's elite by defeating Penn State's No. 3 Morgan McIntosh twice Thursday en route to a third place finish.
 
Houdashelt's bout with Dardanes is a possible matchup later in March at the NCAA Championships as Houdashelt, the nation's No. 2 149-pounder, pinned Dardanes in 2:52 Thursday evening. Houdashelt had great mat awareness as he locked up a cradle on the edge, barely keeping his toes in bounds. Houdashelt reserved his spot in the championship bout with a 5-3 decision over Josh Kindig of Oklahoma State, his second victory over Kindig this season. The Tiger junior is now a team-best 22-1 on the season.
 
"He's a very disciplined person, and he's disciplined in with his whole lifestyle," said Head Coach Brian Smith of Houdashelt. "His focus in life is winning a national title this year. What he does with his schoolwork, to how he is at practice, to how he cuts his weight and lifts - everything is disciplined. And that's why he is successful. That's why he is the most consistent kid we have in the program."
 
At 197 pounds, Cox defeated Penn State's Morgan McIntosh with an 8-2 decision in the third place match, scoring on a takedown, reversal, and a three-point nearfall after putting McIntosh in a cradle. His third place win was the second defeat over No. 3 McIntosh on the day, as Cox and McIntosh met in the quarterfinals with Cox winning 2-0. Mizzou's true freshman was a takedown away from having his own birth in the championship round, dropping his semifinal match in sudden victory to No. 2 Kyven Gadson of Iowa State.
 
"After the tournament, (J'den) was disappointed that he didn't win it, but I told him that you don't win a national title on January 2nd," said Smith. "He's doing a good job, and he really works hard, so it's good to see the growth in him."
 
Among other notable finishers for the Tigers on Tuesday was unseeded redshirt freshman Zach Synon, who's four wins on Thursday earned him a sixth place at 125 pounds. Synon's day was highlighted by a 5-3 decision over No. 12 Evan Silver of Stanford. The Tiger 125-pounder wrapped Silver up twice in the first period to take a 4-1 lead, one he would not relinquish. Synon fell in the fifth place bout to Old Dominion's Brandon Jeske, 9-1.
 
At 133 pounds, Oklahoma-native Matt Manley cracked the top-8, fueled by his upset over No. 5 Ryan Mango from Stanford in sudden victory, 8-6. He dropped the seventh place bout to Mack McGuire of MAC-rival Kent State, 3-2. McGuire ranks 18th in the nation by Intermat.
 
Senior Kyle Bradley wrestled to an eighth-place finish as well at 157 pounds, falling to another MAC foe in Luke Smith of Central Michigan. For the fourth time in the tournament, Bradley's match went into overtime, where he fell in the first OT 6-5, failing to escape Smith's grasp.
 
In the 165 bracket, 9th-ranked Zach Toal turned in a fourth-place effort after going 5-2 in the two-day tournament. Toal's two losses came against top-ranked and former NCAA champion David Taylor of Penn State and No. 3 Nick Sulzer of Virginia in the third place match.
 
Junior Mikey England finished 4-3 in this year's Scuffle, placing eighth at 174 pounds. The Centerville, Iowa-native fell to Oklahoma State's Kyle Crutchmer in the seventh place bout, 7-3.
 
Mizzou will be off for a week as it prepares for one last non-conference dual against SIUE before getting into MAC-conference competition. The Tigers will then close out the month of January on the road with three straight conference duals versus Central Michigan, Northern Iowa, and Northern Illinois. For all the latest on Mizzou wrestling, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
TEAM STANDINGS 
 
1. Penn State - 189

 2. Oklahoma State - 164.5 

 3. Minnesota - 161

 4. Cornell - 114.5

 5. Missouri - 102.5 
 
 
Northern Illinois:
 
Huskies Declaw Cougars, 33-15; NIU claims four of five contested matches in battle of in-state rivals
 
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team opened the second half of their season on a positive note Saturday in Victor E. Court with an easy 33-15 victory over SIU Edwardsville. In the five weights with a match, the Huskies (4-5, 0-2 MAC) earned victories over the Cougars (3-8, 1-0 SoCon) in four of them. Meanwhile, NIU took advantage of three SIUE forfeits to take the victory.
 
"The positives are that we won seven of the 10 bouts," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "Whether there was a forfeit or not, it was nice to have some of those situations come back where we were able to wrestle exhibitions. For the guys that had matches today, they executed for the most part."
 
"Those are things you can't worry about. You control what's in front of you and, if there's an opponent in front of you, you wrestle and that's what we did."
 
Matt Mougin got the Huskies on the board in the first match of the day in a 4-1 decision against Jake Residori at 174 pounds. Following a first period takedown and a second period escape to build a 3-1 lead through two periods, the Huskie redshirt senior held off Residori's reversal attempts to gain a 3-0 NIU lead.
 
SIUE, though, quickly knotted things up at 184 when Deshoun White scored a 3-1 win over Caleb Busson following a takedown with less than 10 seconds left in regulation. However, Shawn Scott gave the lead back to NIU with a 5-3 victory at 197 pounds against Chris Johnson.
 
Jared Torrence pushed the Huskie lead to 9-3 with an exciting 5-2 win over David Devine at 285. After Devine scored an escape early in the third period to tie the match at 1-1, Torrence came up with some last-second heroics with two takedowns in the last 30 seconds to clinch the victory. Nick Harrison earned a win via forfeit at 125 to push the NIU advantage to 15-3 at the intermission.
 
SIUE scored forfeit wins at 133 and 141 to tie the dual at 15-15, but NIU retook the lead at 21-15 when they got a forfeit victory at 149.
 
Andrew Morse made quick work of Logun Taylor at 157 pounds with a first period pin after building up an 8-0 lead in the first two-and-a-half minutes. Shaun'Qae McMurtry concluded the match with a forfeit win at 165.
 
The Huskies hit the road next weekend with a Mid-American Conference tilt at Ohio. The dual against the Bobcats starts at 6 p.m. CT inside the Ohio Convocation Center.
 
NIU 33, SIU Edwardsville 15
174: Matt Mougin (NIU) dec. Jake Residori (SIUE), 4-1
184: Deshoun White (SIUE) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-1
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Chris Johnson (SIUE), 5-3
285: Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. David Devine (SIUE), 5-2
125: Nick Harrison (NIU) wins by forfeit
133: Patrick Myers (SIUE) wins by forfeit
141: Drew Vrbenec (SIUE) wins by forfeit
149: Rob Jillard (NIU) wins by forfeit
157: Andrew Morse (NIU) pins Logun Taylor (SIUE), 2:47
165: Shaun'Qae McMurtry (NIU) wins by forfeit
 
 
Northern Iowa:
 
32-6 Win Over Buffalo Keeps UNI Wrestling Perfect in MAC 
 
BUFFALO, N.Y. – UNI wrestlers buried Buffalo after the first six matches to stay perfect in duals on Saturday.  No. 10 UNI took down Buffalo, 32-6 and improved to 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference and 4-0 in duals.  Three wrestlers stepped into the dual lineup for the first time this season, and two came out with wins. The Panthers won eight of the 10 matches against the Bulls.
 
Five Panthers earned bonus points in their matches: No. 7 Dylan Peters, No. 2 Joe Colon, Zach Witte, No. 17 Cody Caldwell and Blaize Cabell.  No. 7 Dylan Peters (125 pounds) earned another fall to his resume, pinning Mike Soria in 1 minute, 30 seconds. Peters (18-4) has earned 13 of his 18 wins by fall and remains undefeated in duals.
 
No. 2 Joe Colon continued his dominance at 133 pounds with a 15-2 technical fall after 6 minutes against Buffalo’s Justin Farmer. Colon has the highest winning percentage on the team this season. He improves to 18-1 and leads the team with six tech falls.  
 
133 Levi Wolfensperger
 
Levi Wolfensperger moved up a weight class from his usual spot at 133 pounds. He earned his first takedown of the match two minutes into the first period and amassed 54 seconds in riding time. An escape near the end of the second tied up the score with Buffalo’s Nick Flannery, but Wolfensperger had enough time to earn a point for riding time. Flannery countered Wolfensperger’s third period escape with a takedown for the lead, 4-3. Just as Flannery was turning him, Wolfensperger wiggled out and earned the reversal to regain the lead and win 6-4, with riding time.
 
149 – Gunnar Wolfensperger
 
Gunnar Wolfensperger kept things going for the Panthers, allowing Ryan Todora to earn just one point with an escape. Gunnar Wolfensperger led 4-1 in the third period and went on to win 7-1.
 
157 – Zach Witte
 
Zach Witte got a takedown early the first, but an escape kept the score close with Wally Maziarz through the first period. Witte got an escape off the start in the second, and Buffalo was warned for stalling. Witte earned a takedown and two near fall points to extend his lead, 7-1. Maziarz escaped in the third, but Witte got another takedown and was awarded riding time to win by major decision, 10-2.
 
165 – No. 11 Cooper Moore
 
Cooper Moore’s first-period takedown was the only scoring in the first. Moore extended his lead over Tyler Rill in the second with near fall points. Rill’s attempts at an escape failed, and Moore earned enough for riding time. Moore went on to win by decision, 7-1.
 
174 – No. 17 Cody Caldwell
 
Cody Caldwell came out tough with an early takedown and three near fall points. Another turn for three near fall points put Caldwell up over Rrok Ndojak, 8-0, and already had earned enough for riding time. Ndojak earned his first point off an escape, but Caldwell continued to lead 8-1 after the second period. Caldwell got two more points for a reversal and won the match with riding time, 11-1.
 
184 – Kyle Lux
 
Tony Lock was the first Bull to earn the first points in a match. Lock got two points off a takedown over Kyle Lux and then earned three near fall points to lead 5-0. Lux earned his first points off an escape with about 30 seconds left in the first period. Another escape and takedown pulled Lux within one point, 5-4. Lux was unable to keep Lock down and erase riding time in the third. Lock went on to win, 9-5.
 
197 – Basil Minto
 
Basil Minto took the lead with a takedown, but Angelo Malvestuto got an escape to keep the score close at 2-1 after the first. Minto was called for stalling, but Minto’s escape gave him the 3-2 lead after the second. Malvestuto’s earned a reversal in the last 30 seconds and went on to win 6-4.
 
285 – Blaize Cabell
 
Blaize Cabell had a series of takedowns and earned near fall points to take a dominating 9-2 lead over James Benjamin in the first. He continued his attack with an escape and takedown in the second to go up 11-2. Another escape and takedown by Benjamin couldn’t outdo Cabell’s offensive attacks. Cabell went on to win 14-6.
 
NEXT UP
 
The Panthers' dual against Eastern Michigan Sunday was canceled due to weather. They return to the West Gym to host Central Michigan at 7 p.m. Jan. 11.
 
Fans are advised to get tickets early, as seating is limited. To buy tickets, call (319) 273-4849 or go online at UNIPanthers.com.
 
RESULTS
 
Northern Iowa 32, Buffalo 6
125: Dylan Peters (UNI) pinned Mike Soria (UB), 1:30; 133: Joe Colon (UNI) tech. fall Justin Farmer (UB), 6:00, 17-2; 141: Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) dec. Nick Flannery (UB), 6-4; 149: Gunnar Wolfensperger (UNI) dec. Ryan Todora (UB), 7-1; 157: Zach Witte (UNI) maj. dec. Wally Maziarz (UB), 10-2; 165: Cooper Moore (UNI) dec. Tyler Rill (UB), 7-1; 174: Cody Caldwell (UNI) maj. dec. Rrok Ndokaj (UB), 11-1; 184: Anthony Lock (UB) dec. Kyle Lux (UNI), 9-5; 197: Angelo Malvestuto (UB), dec. Basil Minto, (UNI), 7-4; 285: Blaize Cabell (UNI) maj. dec. James Benjamin (UB), 17-6
 
WILLIAM PENN OPEN
 
UNI’s Curt Maas won the William Penn Open title at 165 pounds today. Ten other Panthers medaled at the tourney in Oskaloosa, Iowa, today.
 
133 - Tyler Willers (3-1)           3rd 
141 - Jake Hodges (5-1)          3rd 
149 - Jesse Etherington (3-1) 2nd 
149 - Tyler Patten (2-0)           6th 
157 - Taylor Berger (3-2)         4th 
165 - Curt Maas (3-0)               1st 
174 - Austin Gelbach (4-1)      3rd 
184 - Erik Lux (5-1)                  3rd 
184 - Aaron McMurphy (4-2)    5th 
197 - Jared Bartel (2-1)            2nd 
285 - Cody Krumwiede (2-1)    2nd 
CAT STATS
 
Records for Panthers expected to compete in Eastern Michigan:
 
125 – Dylan Peters (19-4 overall / 4-0 duals / 19-4 career) 
133 – Joe Colon (18-1 overall / 4-0 duals / 45-5 career)* 
141 – Levi Wolfensperger (17-6 overall / 1-0 duals / 56-24 career) 
149 – Gunnar Wolfensperger (7-6 overall / 3-1 duals / 7-6 career) 
157 – Zach Witte (13-5 overall / 1-0 duals / 13-5 career) 
165 – Cooper Moore (15-5 overall/ 3-1 duals / 15-5 career) 
174 – Cody Caldwell (11-5 overall / 3-1 duals / 35-15 career) 
184 – Kyle Lux (3-7 overall / 0-1 duals / 12-16 career) 
197 – Basil Minto (14-6 overall / 3-1 duals / 14-6 career)* 
285 – Blaize Cabell (14-8 overall / 1-3 duals / 24-20 career) 
* UNI career only
 
Six Panthers are undefeated in duals this season:
 
125 – Dylan Peters (4-0) 
133 – Joe Colon (4-0) 
141 – Joey Lazor (3-0) 
141 – Levi Wolfensperger (1-0) 
157 – Zach Witte (1-0) 
184 – Ryan Loder (3-0) 
Six Panthers are ranked nationally by InterMat:
 
125 – No. 7 Dylan Peters 
133 – No. 2 Joe Colon 
141 – No. 15 Joey Lazor 
165 – No. 11 Cooper Moore 
174 – No. 17 Cody Caldwell 
184 – No. 5 Ryan Loder 
 
 
Ohio:
 
Ohio Wrestling Places 15th at Southern Scuffle; Johnson places fourth at heavyweight
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Ohio University wrestling team (4-1) placed 15th among 34 teams at the 2014 Southern Scuffle. The two-day event was held in McKenzie Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.  Six Bobcats continued into day-two competition Thursday. 
 
Senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) highlighted day-two competition for Ohio as he posted a top-five finish, placing fourth overall at 285.  A two-round bye sent Johnson to face Brian Self (Duke), where he recorded a fall at :51 to advance to the quarterfinals.
 
Johnson continued on to defeat Devin Mellon (Missouri) by a decision to advance to the semifinals against No. 5 Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State). Johnson fell to Gwiazdowski, but suffered an injury in the bout and was forced to forfeit in the third-place match to finish fourth overall.
 
Redshirt junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) started his second day of competition in the 165 bracket with a 26 second fall, but was defeated in his third round bout to No. 15 Dylan Palacio (Cornell), falling 7-3.
 
In the 197 bracket, redshirt sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) worked through three rounds of competition before medically defaulting out of the remainder of the tournament in the quarterfinals.
 
Sophomore KeVon Powell (Romeoville, Ill.), freshman Cullen Cummings (Woodridge, Ill.) and Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.) also saw action in day-two competition.
 
The Bobcats return to the mat at the Convocation Center on Friday, Jan. 10 as they take on Northern Illinois at 7 p.m.
 
 
Old Dominion:
 
Austin Eads Places First at Franklin & Marshall Open
 
LANCASTER, Pa. - Old Dominion wrestler Austin Eads finished first while competing unattached at the Franklin & Marshall Open in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Saturday.
 
The 149-pound true freshman Eads defeated Thomas Quinlan (Franklin & Marshall) 19-3 by a tech fall, Nicholas Maselli (Princeton) by a 17-6 major decision, Joe Esposito (Kutztown) by a 3-2 decision, Cole Moseley (American) by a fall 2:00 and Richard Krop (Princeton) by a fall at 4:34 to win the 149-pound championship.
 
ODU wrestlers Jordan Marshall (157) and Kevin Johnson (149) finished in 5th place and 6th place in their respective weight classes. Marshall went 6-2 on the day and defeated Derek Geiges (Oklahoma) by a fall at 1:43 to finish in 5th place. Johnson started the Open with 4-straight wins before falling in the 5th place match.
 
Wrestling for the Monarchs at the Franklin & Marshall Open were Jake Velarde (141), Johnson (149), Eads (149), Marshall (157) and Zach Wilson (157) who all competed unattached.
 
ODU Wrestlers at the Franklin & Marshall Open
 
Jake Velarde 141 pounds
 Jim Carucci (Lehigh) L, 4-3 dec.
Nickolas Gibson (Lock Haven) W, 4-0 dec.
Colt Cotten (Bloomsburg) L, Fall 2:17 
Kevin Johnson 149 pounds
 
Darryl Albonico (NYU) W, 3-0 dec.
Cameron Scalio (Kutztown) W, 4-0 dec.
Sharron Townsend (Franklin & Marshall) W, 15-4 MD
Brad Mutchnik (American) W, 6-3 dec.
Richard Krop (Princeton) L, 7-0 dec.
Patrick Hogan (Unro) L, 6-5 dec.
SIXTH PLACE: Colin Landowski (Pittsburgh) L, 7-3 dec.
 
Austin Eads 149 pounds
 
Thomas Quinlan (Franklin & Marshall) W, 19-3 TF
Nicholas Maselli (Princeton) W, 17-6 MD
Joe Esposito (Kutztown) W, 3-2 dec.
Cole Moseley (American) W, Fall 2:00
FIRST PLACE: Richard Krop (Princeton) W, Fall 4:34
 
Jordan Marshall 157 pounds
 
Brian McCrystal (Coe) W, 10-2 MD
Dylan Lojac (NYU) W, Fall :12
Dustin Roemer (Virginia) W, 5-4 dec.
Dylan Alton (Penn State) L, 4-2 dec.
Cody Law (Penn State) W, TB-1 2-1
Matt Martoccio (Kutztown) W, MFF
Kevin Moylan (Princeton) L, 4-0 dec.
FIFTH PLACE: Derek Geiges (Oklahoma) W, Fall 1:43
 
Zach Wilson 157 pounds
 Josh Toal (Messiah) W, 16-3 MD
Seth Hazleton (Princeton) L, 8-2 dec.
Brian McCrystal (Coe) W, 10-4 dec.
Chad Walsh (Rider) L, 12-1 MD 
Old Dominion continues competition this Friday in the Virginia Duals beginning Jan. 10-Jan. 11 at the Hampton Coliseum.
 
 
Chris Mecate Beats Two All-Americans In One Day
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- Old Dominion wrestler Chris Mecate defeated All-Americans Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) and Evan Henderson (UNC) on his way to a third place finish at the 2014 Southern Scuffle.
 
The Old Dominion University wrestling team finished in 10th place (58.5 team points) out of 34 teams and ODU had three wrestlers place in the 2014 Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The tournament hosted ten of the current top-25 teams in the country.
 
ODU's Chris Mecate (141) placed third, Brandon Jeske (125) placed fifth, and Alexander Richardson (149) placed seventh for the Monarchs.
 
No. 8 Chris Mecate (six seeded in the tournament) finished last season fourth at the 2013 Scuffle when he lost to Nick Dardanes in the third place match. This year he faced Chris Dardanes from Minnesota and pulled off the 4-3 decision victory to earn third place. Mecate's only loss in this tournament came to the eventual champion Zain Retherford in a 2-0 decision.
 
Brandon Jeske, a true freshman, finished fifth in his first ever Southern Scuffle. Jeske went on to the consolation bracket and won four straight matches, including a 7-3 decision win over No. 20 Eddie Klimara (Oklahoma State). Jeske went on to finish the tournament 7-2.
 
Alexander Richardson placed seventh in the Southern Scuffle after advancing to the second day for the first time in his career. Richardson battled toe-to-toe with No. 2-ranked and eventual 149-pound champion Drake Houdashelt (Missouri). 
 
One day removed from defeating No. 5-ranked Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) (finished fourth in last year's NCAA's), ODU's Kevin Beazley was in the winner's bracket and quarterfinals against Nick Bonaccorsi. Beazley lost a close 2-0 decision and would fall in the consolation 7-5 by a decision to Jace Bennett (Cornell). 
 
Tristan Warner (157) finished the tournament 2-2 after falling to Cody Pack of South Dakota. 133- pounder Michael Hayes put up a fight against No. 12-ranked Shelton Mack but was defeated in the consolation round. 174-pounder Billy Curling took on fifth-ranked Logan Stanley (Minnesota) but fell in the consolation round and finished the tournament 2-2. Monarch wrestler Matt Tourdot (285) picked up a major decision victory over Riley Shaw of Cleveland State before falling to Ethan Hayes (Virginia) in a close 6-5 match.
 
ODU Southern Scuffle Full Results:
 
Jerome Robinson 125 pounds: 
 
Brandon Jeske (ODU) L,  8-4 dec.
Patrick Rollins (Oregon State) L, TF 17-0
 
Brandon Jeske 125 pounds:
 Alex Elsea (Duke) W, TF 15-0
Jerome Robinson (ODU) W, 8-4 dec.
No. 14 Evan Silver (Stanford) L, 8-7 dec.
Tyler Dorrell (Oklahoma State) W, FF
Edilbert Vinas (Kent State) W, 5-0 dec.
No. 20 Eddie Klimara (Oklahoma State) W, 7-3 dec.
Caleb Richardson (Penn) W, 3-1 dec.
No. 6 Martin Martinez (Air Force) L, 6-5 dec.
FIFTH PLACE: Jeske MD Zach Synon (Missouri) W, 9-1 
Buddy Scarborough 125 pounds: 
 
Tyler Dorrell (Oklahoma State) L, FF
Tanner Shoap (Drexel) L, FF
 
Scott Festejo 133 pounds:
 
No. 16 Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) L, 9-2 dec.
Nick Zanetta (Pittsburgh) L, SV-1 3-1
 
Michael Hayes 133 pounds:
 
Gregory Rinker (Air Force) L, 9-4 dec.
Shayden Terukina (Iowa State) W, 9-4 dec.
No. 12 Shelton Mack (Pittsburgh) L, Fall 4:13
 
Chris Mecate 141 pounds: 
 Noah Forrider (Ohio) W, 9-1 MD
Jake Smith (Appalachian) W, 4-0 dec.
Edgar Bright (Pittsburgh) W, 6-1 dec.
No. 6 Evan Henderson (North Carolina) W, 3-2 dec.
No. 3 Zain Retherford (Penn State) L, 2-0 dec.
No. 19 Tyler Small (Kent State) W, 7-3 dec. 
THIRD PLACE: Mecate dec. No. 2 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) W, 4-3 
Alexander Richardson 149 pounds:
 Luke Frey (Penn State) W, 6-2 dec.
Walker Fulk (North Carolina) W, 9-1 MD
No. 10 Dyllan Cottrell (Appalachian) W, FF
No. 4 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) L, 3-2 dec.
Mike Racciato (Pittsburgh) W, 8-3 dec.
No. 13 Augustus Sako (Virginia) L, Fall 4:40 
SEVENTH PLACE: Richardson Won vs. Luke Frey (Penn State) Inj. 5:58 
Tristan Warner 157 pounds:
 
Luke Smith (Central Michigan) L, 11-4 dec.
Aaron Scott (Appalachian) W, 4-1 dec.
Michael Hooker (Chattanooga) W, 4-0 dec.
Cody Pack (South Dakota) L, 9-3 dec.
 
Devin Geoghegan 157 pounds:
 
Logan Molina (Iowa State) L, 4-2 dec.
Brandon Kingsley (Minnesota) L, Fall :40
 
Billy Curling 174 pounds:
 
Trey Adamson (Duke) W, 4-3 dec.
Jesse Shanaman (Cornell) W, 5-1 dec.
No. 5 Logan Storley (Minnesota) L, 11-3 MD
Johnny Watson (Navy) L, 9-6 dec.
 
Kevin Beazley 197 pounds:
 Paul Rands (Navy) W, Fall :29
No. 5 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) W, 3-2 dec.
Nick Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) L, 2-0 dec.
Jace Bennett (Cornell) L, 7-5 dec. 
Jake Henderson 197 pounds:
 
Jace Bennett (Cornell) L, 6-2 dec.
Jackson Lewis (Central Michigan) L, 6-1 dec.
 
Matt Tourdot 285 pounds:
 
Adam Robinson (Central Michigan) W, FF
Trevor Smith (Army) W, SV-1 9-4
No. 13 James Lawson (Penn State) L, 4-1 dec.
Riley Shaw (Cleveland State) W, 11-2 MD
Ethan Hayes (Virginia) L, 6-5 dec.
 
*opponent rankings from Amateur Wrestling News (AWN)
 
Check out our photo gallery from this year's Southern Scuffle! 
 
Old Dominion will be at the Franklin and Marshall Open January 4th and then will compete in the Virginia Duals from Jan. 10- Jan. 11 at the Hampton Coliseum!