MAC Wrestling Weekend Recap: Feb. 15th

Updated 2/15/2014

MAC Wrestling Scoreboard

Friday, Feb. 14

Binghamton 22, Buffalo 18

South Dakota State 27, Northern Illinois 6

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

Central Michigan 19, Illinois 13

No. 11 Oklahoma 25, Central Michigan 16

Kent State 19, No. 17 Iowa State 16

No. 13 Ohio State 32, Kent State 4

Eastern Michigan 34, Buffalo 16

No. 10 Missouri 21, Old Dominion 9

No. 5 Northern Iowa 21, No. 24 Purdue 12

Ohio 26, West Virginia 19

 

Monday, Feb. 17

Central Michigan 19, No. 18 Iowa State 18

No. 16 Virginia Tech 22, Central Michigan 15

Illinois 24, Kent State 13

 

Buffalo:

Bulls Drop Conference Dual At Eastern Michigan, 34-6
 
YPSILANTI, MI – The University at Buffalo wrestling team (3-16, 0-7 MAC) was denied their first conference dual victory of the season on Sunday afternoon as they fell on the road to Eastern Michigan, 34-6.
 
"This was another tough loss for us," said head coach John Stutzman. "We wrestled hard and we were in position to win some matches which we did. Next up for us is our last dual of the season as we host Northern Illinois on Senior Day at Alumni Arena."
 
After falling behind 9-0 after the first two matches of the dual, Nick Flannery sparked the Bulls with another decision victory. Flannery defeated Michael Shaw by the score of 11-9 to improve his season record to 17-14. Flannery leads the team in wins and has won three straight duals.
 
The Bulls struggled through the next six matches, losing all six to the Eagles. Tony Lock put up the best fight for the Bulls at 184-pounds as he pushed his opponent but was not able to pull out the win, falling 3-2 in the final period.
 
Trailing 34-3 in the final match of the afternoon, James Benjamin picked up a confidence building victory over the talented Khodor Hoballah. Benjamin dominated the match, winning by the score of 7-2 for his eighth win of the season.
 
Buffalo will conclude their regular season on Sunday, February 23 as they will welcome Northern Illinois to Alumni Arena for a 12:00 pm dual. The Bulls will honor two seniors, Justin Farmer and Flannery, on Sunday as a part of the UB Senior Day festivities.
 
Eastern Michigan 34, Buffalo 6
 125: #18 Jared Germaine (EMU) won by decision over Max Soria (UB), 8-2
 133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) pinned Justin Farmer (UB), 2:50
 141: Nick Flannery (UB) won by decision over Michael Shaw (EMU), 11-9
 149: Nicholas Barber (EMU) won by major decision over Ryan Todora (UB), 12-2
 157: Brandon Zeerip (EMU) pinned Jake Campana (UB), 2:10
 165: James Klosz (EMU) won by decision over Wally Maziarz (UB), 4-0
 174: Jacob Davis (EMU) pinned Rrok Ndokaj (UB), 2:25
 184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) won by decision over Tony Lock (UB), 3-2
 197: Nick Whitenburg (EMU) won by decision over Angelo Malvestuto (UB), 8-1
 HWT: James Benjamin (UB) won by decision over Khodor Hoballah (EMU), 7-2
 
 
Buffalo Drops Heartbreaker At Home To In State Rival Binghamton, 22-18
 
BUFFALO, NY – Hosting just their fourth home dual of the season, the University at Buffalo wrestling team (3-15, 0-6 MAC) lost a heartbreaker to in state rival Binghamton on Friday night at Alumni Arena by the score of 22-18.
 
"This one stung," said first year head coach John Stutzman. "We had the early lead and let it slip away against an in state rival. We need to learn how to finish off matches. We will regroup tomorrow and get ready to take on a very good Eastern Michigan squad on Sunday."
 
With the slim 18-16 lead in the dual heading into the final match of the night at 285 pounds, the Bulls could not hold on as James Benjamin was pinned at 0:50 seconds of the first period.
 
The beginning of the Bulls lineup did their job as Justin Farmer secured his first career pin at home as he downed Mike Sardo at the 3:30 mark of the second period. The win for Farmer gives him two straight victories and 11 on the season.
 
Leading 6-3 heading into the third match of the night, Nick Flannery put together a dominant performance that had the home crowd buzzing. Flannery controlled the match from the opening whistle, downing Nick Tighe by major decision, 17-2. The win for Flannery gives him 16 on the season, tying him for second on the team with Angelo Malvestuto.
 
With the 11-3 lead, the Bulls could not extend their lead as Ryan Todora lost by major decision to Joe Bonaldi of Binghamton. Wally Maziarz was quick to slow the Bearcats momentum in the very next match at 157 as he defeated western New York native Dylan Caruana by the score of 3-1.
 
Vincent Grella denied freshman Jake Campana his first career dual meet victory at 165 pounds in the next match, downing the New Jersey native 6-0. With the Bulls leading 14-10, Rrok Ndokaj put together one of his best duals of the season, picking up the major decision victory over Ben Price, 14-4. Ndokaj had control the whole match and gave the Bulls the commanding 18-10 lead, heading into the final three matches.
 
Tony Lock was not able to close out the match for the Bulls at 184 on Friday night as he was shutout, 4-0 by Caleb Wallace to give the Bearcats hope, still trailing 18-13. Unfortunately for the Bulls, the final two matches of the night went to the visiting team as Cody reed won by decision and Tyler Deuel won by pin in the first period, sealing the win for Binghamton.
 
For the match, the Bulls recorded 14 takedowns to go along with a trio of two-point near falls. The Bearcats were able to earn 15 takedowns and only one two-point near fall.
 
The Bulls will return to the mat on Sunday afternoon, as they will travel to conference foe Eastern Michigan for a dual at 1:00 pm.
 
 Results:
 125: David White (BING) won by decision over Max Soria (BUF), 9-7
 133: Justin Farmer (BUF) won by fall over Mike Sardo (BING), 3:30
 141: Nick Flannery (BUF) won by major decision over Nick Tighe (BING), 17-2
 149: Joe Bonaldi (BING) won by major decision over Ryan Todora (BUF), 17-7
 157: Wally Maziarz (BUF) won by decision over Dylan Caruana (BING), 3-1
 165: Vincent Grella (BING) won by decision over Jake Campana (BUF), 6-0
 174: Rrok Ndokaj (BUF) won by major decision over Ben Price (BING), 14-4
 184: Caleb Wallace (BING) won by decision over Tony Lock (BUF), 4-0
 197: Cody Reed (BING) won by decision over Angelo Malvestuto (BUF), 5-2
 285: Tyler Deuel (BING) won by fall over James Benjamin (BUF), 0:50
 
 
Central Michigan:
 
CMU Splits with Iowa State and Virginia Tech to Wrap Up NWCA Duals 
 
Columbus, Ohio - The Central Michigan Wrestling program wrapped up the NWCA National Duals Monday afternoon, defeating No. 18 Iowa State, 19-18, before falling to No. 16 Virginia Tech, 22-15. 
 
The Chippewas advanced to the consolation semifinals by upsetting the 18th-ranked Cyclones behind key victories by sophomores Zach Horan and Lucas Smith as well as junior Mike Ottinger. 
 
With the match tied through the first two matches, Horan earned a takedown with just under 30 seconds left in the first period before turning Gabe Moreno to his back to earn CMU six bonus points with the fall. 
 
Smith continued his dominance at the National Duals with a 2-0 decision over John Nicholson to give CMU a 12-6 advantage and Ottinger picked up a 4-3 decision over No. 8-ranked Tanner Weatherman. 
 
After a scoreless first period, Ottinger started the second on bottom and quickly earned an escape before pushing his lead to 3-0 with a takedown at the 57 second mark. An escape just before the end of the second put Weatherman within a pair, 3-1, but after choosing bottom to start the third he was unable to shake Ottinger's grasp, allowing Ottinger to accumulate enough riding time to secure the victory. 
 
Senior Craig Kelliher sealed the upset for the Chippewas with his third victory of the duals, earning a 14-6 major decision over Boaz Beard. 
 
The Chippewas battled back and forth with the Hokies of Virginia Tech in the consolation semifinal before eventually falling, 22-15. 
 
Roth and Horan both capped a perfect 4-0 stretch over the two days with decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, while Smith capped a tremendous weekend with a fall. 
 
Smith led Sal Mastriani in the second period, 3-0, before earning the pin to give CMU a 12-6 lead. Smith went 4-0 over the two-day tournament and did not allow a single point to his opponents. He outscored his opponents by a combined score of 25-0 with two major decisions and a pin. 
 
The Chippewas held a 15-9 lead following a 10-5 decision by Ottinger over John Dickson, but the Hokies' upper weights closed the match with three-straight wins to complete the comeback. 
 
Nick Vetterlein pinned Kelliher at 184 to even the match, 15-15, before Chris Penny earned a close 3-1 decision over sophomore Jackson Lewis to put VT ahead, 18-15. 
 
Ty Walz completed the comeback for VT with a 14-6 major decision over sophomore Adam Robinson. 
 
The Chippewas will conlude the regular season this Saturday when they host in-state foe Michigan State at 2 p.m.
 
Central Michigan 19, No. 18 Iowa State 18
125: Earl Hall (ISU) dec. No. 16 Corey Keener, 7-5; ISU, 3-0
133: No. 14 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Shayden Terukina, 6-1; Tied, 3-3
141: No. 10 Zach Horan (CMU) pinned Gabe Moreno, 2:44; CMU, 9-3
149: Luke Goetti (ISU) dec. Scott Mattingly, 12-5; CMU, 9-6
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. John Nicholson, 2-0; CMU, 12-6
165: No. 10 Michael Moreno (ISU) dec. Zack Cline, 6-0; CMU, 12-9
174: No. 9 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. No. 8 Tanner Weatherman, 4-3; CMU, 15-9
184: Craig Kelliher (CMU) major dec. Boaz Beard, 14-6; CMU, 19-9
197: No. 1 Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. Jackson Lewis, 10-3; CMU, 19-12
285: Quean Smith (ISU) pinned Adam Robinson, 0:39; CMU, 19-18
 
No. 16 Virginia Tech 22, Central Michigan 15
125: No. 20 Joey Dance (VT) dec. No. 16 Corey Keener, 6-1; VT, 3-0
133: No. 14 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Dennis Gustafson, 3-2; Tied, 3-3
141: No. 10 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Erik Spjut, 3-0; CMU, 6-3
149: No. 18 Zach Neibert (VT) dec. Joey Kielbasa, 8-2; Tied, 6-6
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) pinned Sal Mastriani, 3:57; CMU, 12-6
165: Chris Moon (VT) dec. Zack Cline, 6-4; CMU, 12-9
174: No. 9 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. John Dickson, 10-5; CMU, 15-9
184: No. 17 Nick Vetterlein (VT) pinned Craig Kelliher, 6:07; Tied, 15-15
197: No. 20 Chris Penny (VT) dec. Jackson Lewis, 3-1; VT, 18-15
285: Ty Walz (VT) major dec. Adam Robinson, 14-6; VT, 22-15
 
 
CMU Falls to No. 11 Oklahoma in NWCA Quarterfinals, 25-16 
 
Columbus, Ohio - Central Michigan had Oklahoma on the ropes in the quarterfinals of the NWCA National Duals Sunday evening, but the 11th-ranked Sooners bonus points in each of their last two victories to defeat the Chippewas, 25-16. 
 
Junior Craig Kelliher gave the Chippewas a late 16-15 lead when he pinned Alec Lacovelli at the 2:23 mark of the first period, but the Sooners fifth-ranked Travis Rutt eached a major decision over Jackson Lewis and Ross Larson pinned sophomore Adam Robinson just 1:42 into the match to give OU the win. 
 
The Chippewas (9-9) took a 6-3 lead early behind wins by senior Joe Roth and sophomore Zach Horan at 141 pounds, but the nation's second-ranked 149 pounder Kendric Maple pinned senior Scott Mattingly to put the Sooners in front, 9-9. 
 
Sophomore Lucas Smith gave the lead right back to CMU however, fighting his way to a dominant 12-0 major decision over Dryden Dennis 
 
OU claimed the next two matches by decision, including the 174 match that featured No. 1 Andrew Howe versus No. 9 Mike Ottinger. 
 
CMU will take on Iowa State in the consolation quarterfinals on Monday. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m.
 
No. 11 Oklahoma 25, Central Michigan 16
125: No. 7 Jarrod Patterson (OU) dec. No. 16 Corey Keener, 9-2; OU, 3-0
133: No. 14 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. No. 7 Cody Brewer, 10-7; Tied, 3-3
141: No. 10 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Nick Lester, 4-2; CMU, 6-3
149: No. 2 Kendric Maple (OU) pinned Scott Mattingly, 2:36; OU, 9-3
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) major dec. Dryden Dennis, 12-0; CMU, 10-9
165: Clark Glass (OU) dec. Zack Cline, 5-2; OU, 12-10
174: No. 1 Andrew Howe (OU) dec. No. 9 Mike Ottinger, 4-2; OU, 15-10
184: Craig Kelliher (CMU) pinned Alec Lacovelli, 2:23; CMU, 16-15
197: No. 5 Travis Rutt (OU) major dec. Jackson Lewis, 13-3; OU, 19-16
285: Ross Larson (OU) pinned Adam Robinson, 1:42; OU, 25-16
 
 
Chippewas Upset No. 18 Illinois in First Round of NWCA National Duals, 19-13
 
Central Michigan upset No. 18 Illinois in the first round of the NWCA National Duals inside St. John Arena Sunday afternoon.  The Chippewas (9-8) claimed six of the 10 matches, including a major decision by sophomore Lucas Smith over Zach Brunson, 8-0. 
 
Smith grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a takedown in the first period and was awarded a point on a pair of stalling calls against Brunson to take a 3-0 lead into the third. After an optional start gave Smith a 4-0 lead, Smith earned another takedown and was awarded a second penalty point for stalling on Brunson. The second stalling called proved costly as Smith had enough riding time to earn the bonus point victory. 
 
The victory by Smith was the fourth-straight by the Maroon and Gold as senior Joe Roth (133), sophomore Zach Horan (141) and senior Scott Mattingly (149) each earned decisions after redshirt freshman Corey Keener fell to No. 3 Jesse Delgado at 125 pounds. 
 
Illinois pulled within 13-7 on a major decision by Jackson Morse over redshirt freshman Nick Becker at 165, but junior Mike Ottinger and and senior Craig Kelliher earned back-to-back decisions to seal the victory for CMU. 
 
Ottinger claimed a takedown just 34 seconds into the first period versus Tony Dallago, but was quicky reversed and turned to his back for a two-point near fall. The ninth-ranked Ottinger then flipped the script, reversing Dallago and turning him to his back for a three-point near fall to reclaim the advantage. 
 
Dallago and Ottinger exchanged another pair of reversals in the first period, allowing Ottinger to claim a 9-6 lead through one. Ottinger opened the second with an escape and built a 12-6 lead with another takedown only to have Dallago get called for stalling in the third as he fought to avoid a major decision win by Ottinger. 
 
Kelliher trailed Lazarus Reyes after a period, but quickly took advantage by turning Reyes to his back in the second period for a three-point near fall. Kelliher was called for stalling twice in the third, but avoided a takedown and held on for a 4-3 decision. 
 
Central Michigan 19, No. 18 Illinois 13
125: No. 3 Jesse Delgado (Illinois) dec. No. 16 Corey Keener, 11-4; Illinois, 3-0
133: No. 14 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. No. 13 Zane Richards, 6-5; Tied, 3-3
141: No. 10 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. No. 13 Steven Rodrigues, 7-5 SV1; CMU, 6-3
149: Scott Mattingly (CMU) dec. Logan Arlis, 5-1; CMU, 9-3
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) major dec. No. 13 Zach Brunson, 8-0; CMU, 13-3
165: No. 13 Jackson Morse (Illinois) major dec. Nick Becker, 14-2; CMU, 13-7
174: No. 9 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. Tony Dallago, 12-7; CMU, 16-7
184: Craig Kelliher (CMU) dec. Lazarus Reyes, 4-3; CMU, 19-7
197: Jeffrey Koepke (Illinois) dec. Jackson Lewis, 9-4; CMU, 19-10
285: Chris Lopez (Illinois) dec. Adam Robinson, 3-1; CMU, 19-13
 
 
Eastern Michigan:
 
Four Extra-Point Bouts Secure Eagle Wrestling Victory Over Buffalo on Senior Night;
Vincent Pizzuto, Brandon Zeerip and Jacob Davis each had a pin, while NIcholas Barber grabbed a major decision for EMU
 
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team used three pins and one major decision to take a 34-6 victory over the University at Buffalo, Sunday, Feb. 16 in its final regular season dual inside the Convocation Center.
  
With the win, the Eagles improve to 13-7 overall and 3-4 in Mid-American Conference competitions. Meanwhile, Buffalo falls to 3-16 overall and 0-7 in conference duals.
  
Before the meet, the senior class was honored for their contributions to the program. The 2014 class consists of Jared Germaine (Saginaw, Mich.-Saginaw Valley), Khodor Hoballah (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn), Phillip Joseph (Lapeer, Mich.-Lapeer East), Mike LeHolm (Jackson, Mich.-Jackson Northwest), Seth Schaner (Big Rapids, Mich.-Big Rapids) and Nick Whitenburg (Temperance, Mich.-Bedford).
  
The Green and White stayed true to form in its final regular season match when Germaine secured an 8-2 decision over Max Soria at 125 lbs. Germaine closed out his final regular season donning the Green and White with a 17-1 overall record and a 6-1 MAC record.
  
Redshirt-sophomore Vincent Pizzuto (North Jackson, Ohio-Jackson Milton) came up huge at 133 lbs. with his second pin of the season. With only 10 seconds remaining in the bout, Pizzuto used his strength to pin Justin Farmer and secure the extra-point victory for the Eagles.
  
Buffalo earned its first decision of the day at 141 lbs. when Nick Flannery was able to earn a two-point decision over Michael Shaw (Bangor, Mich.-Allegan), but Nicholas Barber (Cleveland, Ohio-St. Edward) got Eastern back on track at 149 lbs. with a 12-2 major decision.
  
Eastern continued to build on its lead at 157 lbs. when redshirt-senior Brandon Zeerip (Fremont, Mich.-Hesperia) clinched a first period pin over Jake Campana to put EMU up 19-3 over the Bulls.  The Eagles went up 22-3 over UB when James Klosz  (Parma, Ohio-Holy Name) earned the start at 165 lbs. and shut out Wally Maziarz, 4-0 for his fourth dual victory of the season.
  
Jacob Davis (North Ridgeville, Ohio-St. Edward) clinched the EMU victory over Buffalo at 174 lbs., pinning Rrok Ndokaj after a near fall. After the fall, Eastern went up 28-3, which was enough to secure a victory for EMU in its final regular season dual.
  
The final three bouts of the afternoon featured three Eagle seniors closing out their regular season MAC schedules.
  
Joseph completed his final regular season MAC schedule with a 3-2 victory at 184 lbs. using 1:42 of riding time to post a 6-1 record in conference duals, while Whitenburg earned an 8-1 decision at 197 lbs. and closed out his MAC schedule with a 2-3 record.
  
Although the dual victory had already been secured, James Benjamin fought for Buffalo in the heavyweight division earning a 7-2 decision to score an extra three points for the Bulls.
  
After completing its regular season slate, EMU wrestling will head to Kent, Ohio, Saturday, Mar. 8 through Sunday, Mar. 9 for the MAC Championships.
  
Results
125: No. 18 Jared Germaine (EMU) dec. Max Soria (UB), 8-2 (EMU, 3-0)
133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) pinned Justin Farmer (UB), 2:50 (EMU, 9-0)
141: Nick Flannery (UB) dec. Michael Shaw (EMU), 11-9 (EMU, 9-3) 
149: Nicholas Barber (EMU) maj. dec. Ryan Todora (UB), 12-2 (EMU, 13-3)
157: Brandon Zeerip (EMU) pinned Jake Campana (UB), 2:10 (EMU, 19-3)
165: James Klosz (EMU) dec. Wally Maziarz (UB), 4-0 (EMU, 22-3)
174: Jacob Davis (EMU) pinned Rrrok Ndokaj (UB), 2:25 (EMU, 28-3)
184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) dec. Tony Lock (UB), 3-2 (EMU, 31-3)
197: Nick Whitenburg (EMU) dec. Angelo Malvestuto (UB), 8-1 (EMU, 34-3)
HWT: James Benjamin (UB) dec. Khodor Hoballah (EMU), 7-2 (EMU, 34-6) 
 
 
Kent State:
 
Illinois Ends Flashes' Run at NWCA Duals
 
COLUMBUS – Kent State bowed out of the NWCA National Duals Monday with a 24-13 setback against No. 18 Illinois inside St. John Arena.  The Fighting Illini took 6-of-10 matches, including a come-from-behind victory at 133 and an overtime win at heavyweight.
 
Junior Caleb Marsh improved to 3-0 on the weekend with a 9-6 victory over No. 25 Tony Dallago.  Marsh opened his match with a four-point move, followed by a takedown in the second and a reversal in the third.
 
"Caleb is starting to attack more," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said.  He beat two ranked guys this weekend. He'll be moving up the rankings and getting close to bringing an NCAA spot to the MAC Tournament. "
 
The Flashes also got wins from junior Tyler Small and sophomores Ian Miller and Cole Baxter.  Miller gave Kent State its only bonus points with a 15-5 major decision.  The only points Miller surrendered came on escapes.
 
"Ian's been wrestling a little different," Andrassy said.  "He's a little more conservative than what he used to be, but I think it's helping him."
 
Small did his work from the top position, with a two-point turn on a cradle and a three-point tilt in the second period.  Riding time gave him a 7-2 victory over Steven Rodrigues.  But the Flashes were unable to make up for Illinois' early 9-0 lead.
 
Defending NCAA champion Jesse Delgado set the tone for Illinois with a third period pin of Del Vinas to start the day.  Zane Richards then overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period to down sophomore Mack McGuire 7-5.
 
"Mack can outwrestle just about anybody in the first two periods," Andrassy said.  "But he's had problems wrestling in the third period this year."
 
Baxter trailed Jeff Koepke 4-2 to start the third period, but an escape quickly followed by a takedown and a rideout gave Baxter the 5-4 win.
 
Redshirt freshman Mimmo Lytle suffered a 3-2 overtime loss as Chris Lopez was able to hang on to Lytle's ankle for a rideout during the tiebreaker period.
 
Kent State will close out its regular season Friday night (Feb. 21), hosting No. 10 Missouri and No. 14 Edinboro.
 
 Results: Illinois 24 Kent State 13
 125 – Jesse Delgado (UI) over Del (Kent State) Fall 6:22
 133 –Zane Richards (UI) over Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) Decision 7-5
 141 – Tyler Small (Kent State) over Steven Rodrigues (UI) Decision 7-2
 149 – John Fahy (UI) over Michael DePalma (Kent State) Maj. 9-0
 157 – Ian Miller (Kent State) over Zach Brunson (UI) Maj. 15-5
 165 – Jackson Morse (UI) over T.J. Keklak (Kent State) Maj 15-2
 174 – Caleb Marsh (Kent State) over Tony Dallago (UI) Dec 9-6
 184 – Nikko Reyes (UI) over Cory Campbell (Kent State) Maj 9-0
 197 – Cole Baxter (Kent State) over (UI) Dec 5-4
 285 –Chris Lopez (UI) over Mimmo Lytle (Kent State) Dec 3-2 TB1 
 
 
Flashes Top No. 17 Iowa State on 1-1 Day at NWCA Duals
 
COLUMBUS – Redshirt freshman Mimmo Lytle's 3-2 victory in the final match gave Kent State a 19-16 win over No. 17 Iowa State Sunday inside St. John Arena during the opening round of the NWCA National Duals.  Following the first program win over the Cyclones, the Golden Flashes fell to host Ohio State 32-4 in the quarterfinals.
 
"Our goal has been to be like the Iowa States," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said of his program's consistency.  "So this is just another step.  We're really looking forward to tomorrow and next week to continue to prove what we can do against top competition."
 
The Flashes and Cyclones each won five matches, but bonus points from sophomore Mack McGuire and junior Tyler Small provided the three-point difference for Kent State.  McGuire gave the Flashes a 4-3 lead with a 9-0 major decision over Shayden Terukina.  All of McGuire's points came after a scoreless first period.
 
Small followed with a second period pin of Gabe Moreno.  Scoreless after the first period, Small started the second with a takedown and carefully set up his far-side cradle to give the Flashes a 10-3 lead and seal his 95th career win.
 
Sophomore Ian Miller made his return Sunday with a 10-4 decision over John Nicholson.  Miller jumped out to a 6-2 first period lead behind three takedowns.
 
A major decision by the Cyclones at 165 cut the KSU lead to 13-10, with the biggest upset of the day about to occur.
 
Junior Caleb Marsh put together three takedowns in the first two periods on the way to an 8-7 victory over No. 9 Michael Moreno.  Marsh hit a fireman's carry late in the second and a pair of escapes in the third helped him hang on for the one-point win.
 
"Caleb really got his offense going," Andrassy said.  "He's getting closer to where he was last year.  I think it just took him some time to get used to the weight class.
 
Iowa State took the next two weights to tie the match 16-16, despite strong efforts from the Flashes.  In his first career dual, sophomore Cory Campbell led 4-2 late in the second, before dropping a 6-5 decision.  Sophomore Cole Baxter fell to No. 1 Kyvon Gadson 7-3, but held a 2-0 lead late in the first.
 
Lytle's second period takedown of Quean Smith made the difference in his one-point win at heavyweight.  Heading toward the edge of the mat, Lytle worked an underhook with a trip and had the presence of mind to keep one foot on the line as both wrestlers came crashing down.  The takedown was awarded following the official's consultation with his assistant.
 
Marsh was the only Kent State wrestler to go 2-0 on the day, earning a 12-1 major decision over Ohio State's Jacob Bresciani.  The Flashes wrestled backups at three weight classes against the No. 13 Buckeyes.
 
Kent State will face No. 18 Illinois Monday at 11 a.m.  The winner will face either Oregon State or North Dakota State at 1 p.m.
 
 Results: Kent State 19 Iowa State 16
 125 – Earl Hall (Iowa State) over Alfredo Gray (Kent State) Dec 6-1
 133 – Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) over Shayden Terukina (Iowa State) Maj 9-0
 141 – Tyler Small (Kent State) over Gabe Moreno (Iowa State) Fall 3:50
 149 – Luke Goettl (Iowa State) over Kyle Bauer (Kent State) Dec 11-8
 157 – Ian Miller (Kent State) over John Nicholson (Iowa State) Dec 10-4
 165 – Michael Moreno (Iowa State) over Thaddeus Keklak (Kent State) Maj 17-5
 174 – Caleb Marsh (Kent State) over Tanner Weatherman (Iowa State) Dec 8-7
 184 – Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State) over Cory Campbell (Kent State) Dec 6-5
 197 – Kyven Gadson (Iowa State) over Cole Baxter (Kent State) Dec 7-3
 285 – Mimmo Lytle (Kent State) over Quean Smith (Iowa State) Dec 3-2
 
Results: Ohio State 32 Kent State 4
 125 - Nick Roberts (Ohio State) over Alfredo Gray (Kent State) TF 15-0
 133 - Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) over Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) Dec 2-0
 141 - Logan Stieber (Ohio State) over Tyler Small (Kent State) Maj 13-2
 149 - Ian Paddock (Ohio State) over Michael Depalma (Kent State) Dec 9-3
 157 - Randall Languis (Ohio State) over Thaddeus Keklak (Kent State) Dec 4-0
 165 - Joe Grandominico (Ohio State) over Clay Wenger (Kent State) Dec 5-2
 174 - Caleb Marsh (Kent State) over Jacob Bresciani (Ohio State) Maj 12-1
 184 - Kenny Courts (Ohio State) over Mike Vollant (Kent State) Dec 5-3
 197 - Nick Heflin (Ohio State) over Cole Baxter (Kent State) Dec 4-1
 285 - Kosta Karageorge (Ohio State) over Mimmo Lytle (Kent State) TF 18-0 
 
 
Missouri:
 
Coach Brian Smith Picks Up 200th Win in 21-9 Victory over Old Dominion;
True freshman Joey Lavallee turns tide on Senior Day with 7-2 upset over No. 19 Tristan Warner
 
COLUMBIA, Mo. - On an afternoon where the seniors were honored, it was a true freshman that turned the tide Sunday as the No. 10 Missouri Tigers (9-2, 6-1) defeated Old Dominion (8-9, 4-3), 21-9. Head Coach Brian Smith recorded his 200th career win as the Tigers remain a perfect 8-0-1 all-time against the Monarchs.
 
At 157 pounds, true freshman Joey Lavallee turned in one of his premiere performances of the season, breaking a 6-6 tie with a 7-2 decision over 19th-ranked Tristan Warner. After nearly two scoreless minutes, Lavallee got on the board first with a takedown at 1:04. Mizzou's Lavallee would take a 2-1 advantage into the third and would waste no time increasing it, getting a takedown at 1:48 followed by two backpoints. Lavallee finished his match with 2:58 of ride time advantage in a 7-2 decision, which marked his first collegiate win over a ranked opponent.
 
"We stopped a hot team," Smith said following his program's ninth win of the season. "Probably the big turnaround was at 157. Getting a win over (Tristan) Warner was a big one. And not just winning, but getting a couple takedowns and even backpoints. Our freshmen just keep growing up under our eyes, it's really nice to see."
 
With the dual tied at 3-3, No. 20 Lavion Mayes took to the mat against No. 4 Chris Mecate. Points were hard to come by in the day's only top-20 matchup, with Mayes taking a 1-0 lead on Mecate's second stalling warning near the end of the second period. Despite the stall warnings, Mecate rode Mayes for the entire frame and would open up the third period in the down position with two minutes of ride time advantage. Mecate escaped to open the third period, tying the match at 1-1, and would eventually win by virtue of 1:52 riding time.
 
Then the tide would begin to turn. 
 
Drake Houdashelt picked up his 30th win of the season with a 4-1 decision over No. 14 Alex Richardson, knotting the dual at six-a-piece. Houdashelt, the top 149-pounder In the country, topped Richardson despite not recording a single takedown. Mizzou's junior-captain would pick up three easy points by way of two illegal holds and two stalling warnings against Richardson, and would add a fourth point with 1:35 of ride time. A scary moment happened in the closing moments of the second as Houdashelt attempted a takedown, and Richardson appeared to land on his neck. It was ruled an illegal takedown on Houdashelt and Richardson was awarded a point. Houdashelt's 4-1 decision is his second win over ODU's Richardson this season, with the first, a 3-2 decision, coming on Jan. 2 at the Southern Scuffle.
 
After Lavallee's crucial victory at 157, senior Zach Toal picked up one final home win on his senior day. Toal, ranked No. 12 at 165 pounds, held a 4-0 lead over counterpart Devin Geoghegan headed into the third. Geoghegan would cut into Toal's lead with an escape and a takedown, but Toal would escape and add a point for 1:23 of riding time en route to his final victory at the Hearnes Center, a 6-3 decision.
 
The final three Tigers would all prove victorious to close out Mizzou's 21-9 victory. Captain Johnny Eblen won in dramatic fashion with a takedown in the closing seconds for a 7-5 win over Jack Dechow. Freshman J'den Cox sealed the deal for the Tigers with a 9-2 victory over Kevin Beazley to put the Tigers up 18-9. Devin Mellon and Matt Tourdot would need overtime to decide the heavyweight matchup, but Mellon's takedown 21 seconds into sudden victory capped off Mizzou's 21-9 MAC Conference win.
 
With this victory, coach Brian Smith won his 200th matchup in his 17th year as a head coach. Smith is in his 16th year as Mizzou Wrestling's head coach, where's he's accumulated 198 wins. His two other wins came during his one-year stint at Syracuse in 1997-98.
 
"It's nice, but it's actually 200 wins for a bunch of young men. I just sit on the bench and try not to screw it up," Smith joked after his milestone victory. "But it's nice because I think about all the people who were a part of that, including my wife who's put up with me for that long."
 
During his tenure at Mizzou, Smith has coached 18 All-Americans to 31 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Championships, including national champions in Ben Askren (2006 & 2007), Mark Ellis (2009) and Max Askren (2010). With Smith at the helm, the Tigers have been one of the nation's most prolific programs over the past decade, posting 13-consecutive winning seasons.
 
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RESULTS: Mizzou 21 - Old Dominion 9
 
125 - Brandon Jeske (ODU) decision over Barlow McGhee (MIZZ), 7-1. (3-0 ODU)
133 - Matt Manley (MIZZ) decision over Michael Hayes (ODU), 2-1. (3-3)
141 - No. 4 Chris Mecate (ODU) decision over No. 20 Lavion Mayes (MIZZ), 2-1. (6-3 ODU)
149 - No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (MIZZ) decision over No. 14 Alex Richardson (ODU), 4-1. (6-6)
157 - Joey Lavallee (MIZZ) decision over No. 19 Tristan Warner (ODU), 7-2. (9-6 MIZZ)
165 - No. 12 Zach Toal (MIZZ) decision over Devin Geoghegan (ODU), 6-3. (12-6 MIZZ)
174 - Billy Curling (ODU) decision over Mikey England (MIZZ), 10-3. (12-9 MIZZ)
184 - No. 14 Johnny Eblen (MIZZ) decision over Jack Dechow (ODU), 7-5. (15-9 MIZZ)
197 - No. 2 J'den Cox (MIZZ) decision over Kevin Beazley (ODU), 9-2. (18-9 MIZZ)
HWT - Devin Mellon (MIZZ) decision over Matt Tourdot (ODU) in SV1, 7-5. (21-9 MIZZ)

 

Northern Illinois:

NIU Falls at South Dakota State, 27-6; Wins by Torrence and Harrison not enough for Huskies
 
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team built an early lead, but suffered some tight losses Friday night en route to a 27-6 loss to South Dakota State.
 
The Huskies (6-11, 1-6 MAC) took an early 6-3 lead through three matches, only to have the Jackrabbits (5-7, 2-1 WWC) claim victories in each of the last seven bouts.
 
"We let ourselves get slowed down tonight," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "We came out flat and there's no excuse for that. (Jared) Torrence again gave a gritty performance and continues to be a great leader on this squad."
 
SDSU got on the board first when Shawn Scott dropped an 8-5 decision at 197 against Trey Hable. However, Jared Torrence knotted the team score at three apiece with an exciting overtime win against J.J. Everard. After battling to a 1-1 tie in regulation and a 2-2 tie in the first overtime, the Huskie redshirt senior scored a takedown in the second sudden victory to earn his third victory of the season over the Jackrabbit heavyweight.
 
Nick Harrison gave the Huskies their first lead of the day with a 6-4 win over Ben Gillette. After racing out to a 4-0 lead after the first period, the Stillman Valley, Ill., native secured the win with a pair of third-period escapes.
 
From there, though, the Jackrabbits quickly turned the tide in their favor. The shift occurred at 133 pounds, when Derek Elmore - making his official debut of the 2013-14 campaign - was pinned in the second period by Brance Simms, which gave SDSU a 9-6 lead.
 
The NIU deficit continued to grow when Kevin Fanta suffered a 7-5 loss to Eric Orozco and Rob Jillard lost, 8-4, against Alex Kocer. At 157, Andrew Morse fell to 17th-ranked Cody Pack in a 7-2 decision, allowing the Jackrabbits to build an 18-6 edge.
 
Shaun'Qae McMurtry tried to keep the Huskies in the dual, but surrendered a takedown in overtime against Joe Brewster to provide the final 3-1 margin at 165. SDSU capped off their win with a pair of decisions at 174 and 184, where Billy Chancey lost, 5-1, against John Nething II and Caleb Busson dropped a close 3-2 match against Brady Ayers.
 
The Huskies close out their regular season Sunday, Feb. 23, when they head to Buffalo to battle the Bulls. The dual begins at noon CT in UB's Alumni Arena.
 
South Dakota State 27, NIU 6
197: Trey Hable (SDSU) dec. Shawn Scott (NIU), 8-5
285: Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. J.J. Everard (SDSU), 4-2 (SV2)
125: Nick Harrison (NIU) dec. Ben Gillette (SDSU), 6-4
133: Brance Simms (SDSU) pins Derek Elmore (NIU), 4:43
141: Eric Orozco (SDSU) dec. Kevin Fanta (NIU), 7-5
149: Alex Kocer (SDSU) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 8-4
157: #17 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 7-2
165: Joe Brewster (SDSU) dec. Shaun’Qae McMurty (NIU), 3-1 (OT)
174: John Nething II (SDSU) dec. Billy Chancey (NIU), 5-1
184: Brady Ayers (SDSU) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 3-2
 
 
Northern Iowa:
 
No. 5 UNI Wrestling Posts 21-12 win Over No. 24 Purdue 
 
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Panther wrestling team improves to 12-0 for the first time in the program’s history with a 21-12 win over No. 24 Purdue on Senior Day in front of a sold-out crowd. 
 
“They should be proud of that,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “Just the history of that - to set some history is a great thing. It’s a tribute to our guys and the guys since they took over the program - the (seniors) who were out there. We are going to miss those guys, but they have more to do this season. It was a great way to go out.”
 
It came down to final match with Blaize Cabell at heavyweight for UNI. His 5-3 decision win sealed the Panthers’ perfect record.  Dylan Peters earned his 16th fall of the season over a two-time NCAA qualifier. He pinned Camden Eppert in 3:34 to give UNI a 6-0 lead. Peters entered the weekend fifth in the nation for most falls among Division I wrestlers.
 
In the only match featuring two ranked wrestlers, No. 1 Colon earned an 8-6 decision over All-American Cashé Quiroga. Quiroga is ranked 12th by InterMat.  
 
At 141 pounds, Joey Lazor fought off a 10-5 deficit, but a last-second reversal helped Danny Sabatello earn the 14-10 decision and give Lazor his first dual loss of the season.
 
“We know what we are doing. We got guys that peaked at the right time last year,” said Schwab. “There’s a lot of emotions for those seniors on the last day out. I know they will feel better when it’s most important.”
 
A 2-0 decision for Tyler Patten over NCAA qualifier Brandon Nelsen helped extend UNI’s team lead 12-3 after the 149-pound match.
 
At 157 pounds, the Boilermakers got their second decision of the day with Alex Griffin, who leads the team in bonus points. Griffin earned a 3-2 decision over Jarrett Jensen.
 
Cooper Moore earned a 6-1 decision over NCAA qualifier Pat Robinson at 165 pounds. Ryan Loder remains as UNI’s only undefeated wrestler. He kept Lynde scoreless with a 5-0 decision.
 
Jared Bartel made his dual debut at 197 pounds against two-time NCAA qualifier Braden Atwood. Bartel struck first with a takedown, but it was Atwood who would take the dual, 7-5.
 
NEXT UP:  The Panthers will hit the road for their final dual at Old Dominion set for Feb. 23. The Monarchs are ranked sixth in the MAC.
 
FINAL RESULTS
 
UNI 21, Purdue 12
125 – #6 Dylan Peters (UNI) fall Camden Eppert (PU), (3:34) 
133 – #1 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. #12 Cashé Quiroga (PU), 8-6 
141-- Danny Sabatello (PU) dec. #14 Joey Lazor (UNI), 14-10 
149 – Tyler Patten (UNI) dec. Brandon Nelsen (PU), 2-0 
157 –Alex Griffin (PU) dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 3-2 
165 – #11 Cooper Moore (UNI) dec. Pat Robinson (PU), 6-1 
174 –Patrick Kissel (PU) dec. #17 Cody Caldwell (UNI), 4-2 
184 –  #5 Ryan Loder (UNI) dec. Tanner Lynde (PU), 5-0 
197 – #12 Braden Atwood (PU) dec. Jared Bartel (UNI), 7-5 
HWT – Blaize Cabell (UNI) dec. Alex White (PU), 5-3 
 
 
Ohio:
 
Bobcats Defeat West Virginia, 26-19; Johnson earns 10th-consecutive win; Hightower posts 14th pin
 
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (11-4, 4-4) earned a 26-19 triumph over West Virginia Sunday afternoon in the Convocation Center.
 
Ohio Seniors Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.) and No. 11 Jeremy Johnson(Broadview Heights, Ohio) earned victories and were recognized during Senior Day prior to the match.
 
Ohio earned an early 10-0 lead following the 157 and 165 matches. Junior Spartak Chino(Wheaton, Ill.) posted a major decision victory over Jason Luster.
 
Fellow junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) recorded a 1:39 fall over Ross Renzi. With the fall, Hightower recorded his third-consecutive win and his 14th fall, a team-best.
 
West Virginia responded with a fall at 174, with Bubba Scheffel pinning sophomore Marshal Willet(Centerburg, Ohio) to bring the count to 10-6.
 
The Bobcats posted sweeps at 184, 197, heavyweight and 125 classes, beginning with Garringer earning three points for Ohio with a decision victory over Mac Mancuso.
 
No. 9 Phil Wellington(Euclid, Ohio) earned a major decision (17-3) victory over Leo Trindade, marking his eighth-consecutive win and his 28th victory overall.
 
Johnson improved his team-best record to 31-4 with a disqualification triumph over A.J. Vizcarrondo. Johnson has won his last 10 consecutive matches, and is undefeated in dual competition.
 
Sophomore KeVon Powell(Romeoville, Ill.) earned a last-second 6-5 decision victory over Corey Stainbrook, improving his record to 11-11.
 
WVU tallied four points at 133 as Nathan Pennesi recorded a major 11-1 decision over Sabastian Arroyo. No 16. Colin Johnston and Mike Morales continued West Virginia's momentum, with Johnston earning a 5:42 fall over sophomore Garret Garness (Kasson, Minn.) at 141, and Morales recording a 6-4 decision victory over No. 16 Tywan Claxton(South Euclid, Ohio) in the final seconds of the bout.
 
The Bobcats will finish out their regular season next Sunday as they take on Gardner-Webb and Cleveland State at the Convocation Center. The matches are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
 
FINAL RESULTS
157 - Spartak Chino (15-10) 12, Jason Luster (4-4) 4, major dec. - Ohio 4, WVU 0
165 - Harrison Hightower (28-9), Ross Renzi (19-14), Fall 1:39 - Ohio 10, WVU 0 
174 - Bubba Scheffel (27-7), Marshal Willet (4-7), Fall 2:50 - Ohio 10, WVU 6 
184 - Ryan Garringer (10-17) 9, Mac Mancuso (19-11) 6, dec. - Ohio 13, WVU 6 
197 - No 9. Phil Wellington (28-3) 17, Leo Trindade (14-13) 3, major dec. - Ohio 17, WVU 6 
HWT - No 11. Jeremy Johnson (31-4) 11, A.J. Vizcarrondo (18-15) 0, DQ - Ohio 23, WVU 6 
125 - KeVon Powell (11-11) 6, Cory Stainbrook (21-13) 5, dec. - Ohio 26, WVU 6 133 - Nathan Pennesi (16-8) 11, Sebastian Arroyo (3-8) 1, major dec. - Ohio 26, WVU 10 
141 - No. 16 Colin Johnston (26-5), Garret Garness (2-3), fall 5:42 - Ohio 26, WVU 16. 
149 - No. 16 Tywan Claxton (22-6) 4, Mike Morales (17-5) 6, dec. - Ohio 26, WVU 19
 
 
Old Dominion: 
 
ODU Falls 21-9 to No. 10 Missouri, Curling Wins 6th in a Row
 
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Old Dominion wrestling team had their five-match dual meet winning streak come to a halt Sunday afternoon as No. 10 Missouri (9-2, 6-1 MAC) defeated Old Dominion 21-9.  Old Dominion (8-9, 4-3 MAC) picked up wins by Brandon Jeske at 125 pounds, No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate at 141 pounds and No. 20 (OpenMat) Billy Curling at 174 pounds.
 
"Our entire lineup wrestled hard today and we need to use this experience to build on," said ODU Head Coach Steve Martin. "Give credit to Missouri as they won the close matches today. We had many opportunities that we let slip away. Brandon Jeske looked very good and wrestled hard the entire match. Mecate did a good job of not letting outside distractions affect his performance against another top-20 opponent. Billy Curling outhustled No. 22-ranked Mikey England and continues to make gains each week. The controversial takedown at 184 pounds with one second left on the clock was a backbreaker as well as the overtime loss at 285 pounds. As an entire team we are gaining confidence in our ability to get on the podium at the NCAA tournament in March. We look forward to wrestling No. 5 Northern Iowa next weekend."
 
The match started at 125 pounds as Monarchs wrestler Brandon Jeske defeated Barlow McGhee by a 7-1 decision, which gave Old Dominion a 3-0 lead. Jeske has won three of his last four matches and is 16-11, 3-1 in the MAC this season.
 
No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate (141) kept ODU in front with a 2-1 decision victory over Missouri's No. 20-ranked Lavion Mayes. Mecate improves his overall record this season to 24-6 and 6-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
 
At 174 pounds Billy Curling continued his 6-match individual winning streak with a 10-3 decision victory against Missouri's Mike England. Curling now ranked No. 20 by OpenMat.com, is 6-1 in the MAC and 12-5 in dual matches this year.
 
184-pounder Jack Dechow led Missouri's No. 14-ranked John Eblen by a 4-3 score but could not overcome a late takedown as Eblen defeated Dechow by a 7-5 decision.
 
ODU's No. 14-ranked Alexander Richardson came close for the second time this year against the No. 1-ranked 149-pounder Drake Houdashelt but fell by a 4-1 decision. Richardson lost for just the first time in his last 11 matches. Richardson is 22-7 this season.
 
Monarchs wrestler Matt Tourdot also earned a last second takedown to send his match into sudden victory, however he fell 7-5 to Missouri's Devin Mellon.
 
ODU (8-9, 4-3) remains tied for third place with Kent State in the MAC Standings. The Monarchs have faced six top-20 teams (from TheOpenMat.com) and will face a seventh on Sunday, February 23 as Old Dominion hosts No. 5 Northern Iowa for Senior/Alumni Day at 1 p.m.
 
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Missouri 21, Old Dominion 9
 
125 Brandon Jeske (Old Dominion) dec. Barlow McGhee (Missouri) 7-1. ODU leads 3-0.
133 Matt Manley (Missouri) dec. Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 2-1. Tied 3-3.
141 No. 4 Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) dec. No. 20 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) 2-1. ODU leads 6-3.
149 No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) dec. No. 14 Alexander Richardson (Old Dominion) 4-1. Tied 6-6.
157 Joseph LaVallee (Missouri) dec. No. 19 Tristan Warner (Old Dominion) 7-2. Missouri leads 9-6.
165 No. 12 Zach Toal (Missouri) dec. Devin Geoghegan (Old Dominion) 6-3. Missouri leads 12-6.
174 No. 20 Billy Curling (Old Dominion) dec. Mike England (Missouri) 10-3. Missouri leads 12-9.
184 No. 14 John Eblen (Missouri) dec. No. 20 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 7-5. Missouri leads 15-9.
197 No. 2 J`Den Cox (Missouri) dec. Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 9-2. Missouri leads 18-9.
285 Devin Mellon (Missouri) won in sudden victory 1 over Matt Tourdot (Old Dominion) 7-5. Missouri wins 21-9.