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Chippewas Take on Eastern Michigan in Royal Rumble & Tumble
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan can clinch the Mid-American Conference title outright in a unique way Friday night as it will host in-state foe Eastern Michigan as a part of the second ever Royal Rumble & Tumble inside McGuirk Arena at 7 p.m.
The Chippewas (12-3, 4-0 MAC) will compete alongside the Central Michigan gymnastics program, which will be taking on MAC foe Northern Illinois. Though many schools have adopted the event, CMU is just one of two programs in the country that features top 25 programs in both sports.
Follow the Action: Fans unable to attend the event can follow live stats provided through TrackWrestling.com or get in-meet updates through the Chippewas' official Twitter account @CMUWrestling. A live video feed will also be available through the CMU Sports Zone.
Building a Dynasty: With a win over the Eagles Friday, the Chippewas will clinch the MAC title outright. The Maroon and Gold clinched at least a share of their eighth title in 10 years, and 13th overall, by defeating rival Kent State on Jan. 27, 27-8. CMU has also claimed the last 11 straight MAC Championships crowns.
CMU vs. EMU: The Chippewas are 54-9-1 all-time against Eastern Michigan and have won 21 straight meetings, including a 21-12 victory in Ypsilanti last season. CMU has more wins over EMU than any other opponent in program history. Eastern Michigan's last win in the series was a 17-16 decision in 1991.
CMU vs. The MAC: The Chippewas have won 74 of their last 78 MAC duals dating back to the 1997-98 season. Their current 11-year reign of the MAC Championships is the longest streak in conference history.
Senior Night: Friday evening's dual marks the final home contest of the 2013 season and the final home contest of five seniors. Christian Cullinan (125), Scotti Sentes (133), Donnie Corby (149), Ben Bennett (184) and Jarod Trice (285) have led CMU to three MAC regular season titles and three MAC Championships crowns as the five have combined for 429 wins on the mat.
In the Rankings: CMU held steady at No. 12 in both the NWCA/USA Today coaches' poll and InterMat Tournament Strength rankings following their dominant 25-6 win over Old Dominion Sunday. Eastern Michigan is unranked in both polls.
125: No. 11 Christian Cullinan (16-5, 2-0) vs. Alexander Calandrino (20-9, 1-2)
133: No. 7 Scotti Sentes (12-5, 2-0) vs. Jake Byers (14-10, 1-1) or Filiberto Colon (1-2, 1-0)
141: Scott Mattingly (15-13, 3-1) vs. Seth Schaner (7-11, 2-2)
149: Donnie Corby (15-9, 4-0) vs. Mike Shaw (11-12, 0-3)
157: Lucas Smith (14-8, 2-2) vs. Aaron Sulzer (16-9, 4-0)
165: Mike Ottinger (15-13, 3-1) vs. Jacob Davis (18-9, 1-2)
174: Craig Kelliher (19-10, 1-2) vs. Jacob Dorulla (10-14, 0-3)
184: No. 2 Ben Bennett (18-0, 4-0) vs. Phillip Joseph (15-10, 3-1)
197: Jackson Lewis (10-16, 0-4) vs. Nick Whitenburg (6-6, 2-0)
Hwt: No. 5 Jarod Trice (16-2, 4-0) vs. Chris Eggert (4-10, 0-3) or Khodor Hoballah (7-8, 0-1)
Eastern Michigan Grapplers Conclude MAC Competition Friday at No. 10 Central Michigan
Eagles take on sixth nationally-ranked opponent this season
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team competes in its final Mid-American Conference dual-meet of the 2012-13 season Friday evening, Feb. 18, against No. 10 Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant Mich. Match time is slated for 7 p.m.
The Eagles (7-11; 1-3 MAC) will battle a nationally-ranked team for the sixth time this season when they meet up with the 11-time defending conference champion Chippewas (12-3; 4-0 MAC). EMU is 1-4 in its endeavors against ranked opponents this year.
CHIP DIP: In case you hadn't noticed, Central Michigan has all but run the table in the MAC in recent years, having won the previous 11 conference titles. This dominance has been bad news for the Eagles, who are 9-54-1 all-time against CMU have not recorded a victory during the seven-year tenure of Head Coach Derek DelPorto. Last season, CMU upended EMU, 21-12.
It has not all been bad news for EMU wrestlers when taking on CMU, as redshirt junior Nick Whitenburg has won his match at 197 lbs. in each of the last two seasons against a grappler wearing the Maroon and Gold.
SCOUTING THE CHIPPEWAS: Central Michigan boasts five top-25 wrestlers including a pair which crack the nations top-five. At 184 lbs., Ben Bennett holds down the No. 2 spot while Jarod Trice occupies the No. 5 ranking at heavyweight. Christian Cullinan is No. 7 at 125 lbs., while Scott Sentes is No. 7 at 133 lbs. and Chris Mecate is No. 16 at 141 lbs.
CMU has won five matches in-a-row since losing to No. 19 Virginia, 20-13, Jan. 12.
“Central has a very specific style of wrestling throughout their lineup,” noted Head Coach Derek DelPorto. “We will prepare for that style and fight as hard as we can. They always have a knowledgeable crowd so they will present a small distraction. Regardless, we will fight!”
A PAIR OF INSPIRED PERFORMANCES: Redshirt seniors Filiberto Colon and Aaron Sulzer made the most of their Senior Night bouts Friday, Feb. 1, against Kent State. Both grapplers recorded pins on the evening and accounted for 12 of EMU's 15 team points.
“I was very proud,” said Head Coach Derek DelPorto. “Getting a pin at this level against quality opponents is not an easy task, let alone on Senior night. That was fun to watch.“
Friday was Colon's first regular-season match of the year. The Belleville, N.J. native wrestled in a pair of unattached matches earlier in the season, but had not recorded a victory until he pinned Mack McGuire at the 5:58 mark of the 133 lbs. bout.
Sulzer's pin at 157 lbs. against Tom Sasfy was his fourth of the year and brought record to 16-9 overall, 11-6 in regular-season tussles and 4-0 in conference action. A win Friday against CMU would make him the second EMU wrestler in as many seasons (Andrew Novak) to post an undefeated MAC season.
SENIOR NIGHT UPSET FALLS SHORT: Despite pins by Aaron Sulzer and Filiberto Colon, the Eagles could not hold onto a nine-point lead against Kent State on Senior Night, Feb. 1. The Golden Flashes made up a 15-6 deficit to walk away with a 24-15 win and down the Eagles for a 29th consecutive time.
Redshirt junior Seth Schaner was the only other Eagle to win his match. Schaner evened his MAC record at 2-2 for the Eagles with an 11-10 decision against Luke Kern at 141 lbs.
Prior to the dual-meet, Sulzer, Colon and heavyweight Chris Eggert were recognized for their contributions to the EMU wrestling team over their careers.
REGULAR SEASON CONCLUDES FEB. 17 AT BOWEN: The 2012-13 regular season draws to a close Sunday, Feb. 17, when the Eagles host Iowa State at Bowen Field House. Match time is slated for 1 p.m. EMU is 2-3 in home matches this season, having beaten Cleveland State, Nov. 30, and Olivet, Jan. 16
The dual-meet with the Cyclones will be EMU's first look at one of three teams which will join the MAC for the 2013-14 season in wrestling. Missouri and Old Dominion will also wrestle out of the MAC beginning next season.
NOT ALL ABOUT WINS AND LOSSES: Wrestling is set up where regular-season success or failure does not necessarily mean the same in the postseason. For example the 1995-96 Eagles went 1-4 in MAC matches during the regular season but ran away with the MAC tournament championship.
For Derek DelPorto's squad, the focus now turns to peaking at the right time for a postseason run. “I think we are progressing well,” said DelPorto. “I believe we will be in great shape for the MAC Tournament, which is our ultimate goal at this point in the season.”
MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE HORIZON: The 2013 MAC Championships will be held Sunday, March 10, on the campus of the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y. The Eagles will attempt to build off a third-place finish last season when they ultimately sent four grapplers to the NCAA Championships as a result of their performance at the conference tournament.
Flashes Host CSU Friday & Visit Edinboro Sunday
Kent State (8-4, 4-1 MAC) competes in a pair of dual meets this weekend, beginning with Beauty and the Beast Friday night, when Cleveland State (3-6) comes to the M.A.C. Center. The Golden Flashes then hit the road Sunday to take on No. 16 Edinboro (8-4).
One of a Kind: Kent State's M.A.C. Center boasts a rich history of athletic events dating back to 1952. But for the first time on Friday, the storied arena will feature gymnastics and wrestling meets at the same time. The unique Beauty and the Beast event will also see the Golden Flashes’ gymnastics team take on Rutgers, giving fans two events for the price of one. During the event, Beauty and the Beast characters will interact with fans. Afterward, Kent State gymnasts and wrestlers will be signing autographs.
Senior Night: Prior to the start of the Cleveland State dual, Kent State’s six seniors will be recognized on the mat. Five seniors are expected to be in the starting lineup.
- In this week’s rankings, Kent State is No. 20 according to Wrestling Report.com, No. 21 according to InterMat and No. 19 in Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine’s Tournament Power Index.
- This week, six Flashes are ranked WrestlingReport.com’s Top 33
- Senior Casey Newburg (Union, Ohio) moved into sixth place on Kent State’s career win list with 114.
Dual Success: Over the past eight seasons, Kent State has gone 107-35-1 in dual meets, despite facing a number of ranked opponents throughout each season. The Flashes have won four of their last five duals since Jan. 18.
With wins against Eastern Michigan and Buffalo this past weekend, the Golden Flashes locked up a top two finish in the MAC standings for an eighth consecutive season. Since the 2005-06 season, Kent State has gone 33-6-1 in MAC duals, including a 9-1 mark since last year. During that time, the Golden Flashes have not lost a MAC dual to a team other than Central Michigan, going 31-0-1 against the combination of Northern Illinois, Buffalo, Ohio and Eastern Michigan.
Never Count Them Out: Last weekend at Eastern Michigan, Kent State trailed 15-6 with five matches remaining, before rallying for five straight wins and a 24-15 team victory. Two days later, the Flashes put together an even more impressive comeback at Buffalo. Trailing 19-3 after six bouts, Kent State strung together four straight victories with bonus points in three matches on the way to a 22-19 win.
History vs. Cleveland State and Edinboro: Kent State leads the all-time series with Cleveland State 17-8-1 and has won the last eight meetings. The Golden Flashes won 9-of-10 matches in a 43-6 victory against the Vikings last season in a tri-meet at Northern Illinois. The Flashes and Fighting Scots have each won four times in their all-time series and will be meeting in Edinboro for the first time since 1996. Last season, Kent State came away with a 22-15 victory at the M.A.C. Center.
Chasing Another Record: Kent State’s 2011 national champion Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) broke the school’s career record for pins at Central Michigan and has since raised that total to 48. Kilgore is now one pin shy of Jim Swetter’s single-season record (17). Last weekend, his streak of eight straight dual meets with a pin came to an end. Kilgore’s 45-second pin on Sunday gave him a pin in the first two periods, nine times in his last 10 duals. His 16 pins are lead all Division I wrestler this season.
Kilgore has already defeated three opponents currently ranked in the Top six spots: Jake Meredith (Arizona State), Matt Wilps (Pitt) and Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming).
The Flashes' career-victory leader (167) extended his NCAA winning streak to 51. The 2011 MAC Wrestler of the Year also carries a 61-match winning streak in dual meets. In career MAC duals, Kilgore finished 20-0 with nine pins.
Now 32-0, Kilgore has 26 bonus-point victories this season. He has the highest pound-for-pound rating of any wrestler in the nation according to Takedown Wrestling. He currently ranks second in the NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler standings behind Ohio State’s Logan Stieber.
Wheeler Breaking Through: Redshirt freshman Sam Wheeler (Copley, Ohio) has won his last four matches, including convincing victories over Central Michigan’s Craig Kelliher, who was ranked No. 23 and Buffalo’s John-Martin Cannon, who was No. 18. Wheeler is one of four freshman starters and one of five first-year starters in the lineup.
The Competition: In its last five duals, Cleveland State has posted victories over Chattanooga and George Mason. The Flashes saw CSU at the Navy Classic, where the Vikings finished fifth of nine teams.
Edinboro has four wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 according to WrestlingReport.com and two in the Top five. The Fighting Scots have won four straight at home and have notable victories over Michigan State, Northwestern and Old Dominion.
Cleveland State vs. Kent State
125 – Ben Willeford (19-12) vs. No. 33 Stevie Mitcheff (22-10)
133 – Michael Carlone (14-10) vs. Mack McGuire (20-14)
141 – Nick Flannery (8-10) vs. Luke Kern (8-18)
149 – RJ Labeef (7-8) or Mike Mencini (2-8) vs. Nick Carr (21-10) or Andy Candiello (8-11)
157 – Matt Donohoe (14-13) vs. Tommy Sasfy (12-14)
165 – Corey Carlo (11-15) vs. No. 33 Caleb Marsh (17-7)
174 – Xavier Dye (9-11) vs. No. 26 Sam Wheeler (21-9)
184 – Corbin Boone (3-9) or Robert Blankenship (3-14) vs. No. 16 Casey Newburg (29-5)
197 – Nick Anthony (5-10) vs. No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (32-0)
285 – Riley Shaw (14-13) vs. No. 29 Keith Witt (14-13)
Kent State at Edinboro
125 – Kory Mines (13-14) vs. No. 33 Stevie Mitcheff (22-10)
133 – No. 3 A.J. Schopp (24-2) vs. Mack McGuire (20-14)
141 – No. 4 Mitchell Port (24-3) vs. Luke Kern (8-18)
149 – No. 16 Dave Habat (21-7) vs. Nick Carr (21-10) or Andy Candiello (8-11)
157 – No. 33 Michael DePalma (20-10) vs. Tommy Sasfy (12-14)
165 – No. 20 Johnny Greisheimer (15-9) vs. No. 33 Caleb Marsh (17-7)
174 – Patrick Jennings (12-18) vs. No. 26 Sam Wheeler (21-9)
184 – Vince Pickett (19-11) vs. No. 16 Casey Newburg (29-5)
197 – Warren Bosch (12-13) vs. No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (32-0)
285 – No. 19 Ernest James (19-8) vs. No. 29 Keith Witt (14-13)
Rankings according to Feb. 5 WrestlingReport.com
Huskies Face Northwestern on Senior Night
Senior Arber Bebo to be honored prior to the match
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois wrestling team closes out their 2012-13 home schedule Friday night when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats. The meet starts at 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Prior to the first match, NIU senior Arber Bebo will be honored as part of the Senior Night Festivities.
“Any time you can get two in-state wrestling programs to lay it on the line every year, it’s great for the wrestling community,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “We are fired up to compete in our last home dual of this season, as well as honor our senior member of the team.”
The Huskies enter the dual with a 7-7 record on the season. Last time out, NIU suffered a pair of defeats at the hands of MAC foes Missouri (39-3) and Eastern Michigan (22-17) Jan. 26. Kevin Fanta improved his NCAA resume with two wins on the day, while Nick Smith, Rob Jillard, Matt Mougin and Jared Torrence each got wins against EMU.
On the other side, Northwestern maintains a 6-7 record on the year, but have a two-match skid after falling to nationally-ranked squads in Michigan and Purdue. The Wildcats, who finished ninth at the 2012 NCAA Championships, are paced on the mats by five Top 20 wrestlers, including 2012 All-Americans Jason Welch (Second – 157) and Mike McMullan (Ninth – 285).
Northern Illinois Huskies
125: Derek Elmore OR Nick Harrison
133: Nick Smith
141: #20 Kevin Fanta
149: Rob Jillard
157: Andrew Morse
165: Dan Burk OR Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin
184: Bryan Loughlin
197: Parker Settecase OR Arber Bebo
285: Jared Torrence
125: #19 Dominick Malone
133: Garrison White
141: Pat Greco
149: Dylan Marriott
157: #2 Jason Welch
165: #18 Pierce Harger
174: #9 Lee Munster
184: Jacob Berkowitz OR Marcus Shrewsbury
197: Alex Polizzi
285: #9 Mike McMullan
History against the Wildcats: Northern Illinois and Northwestern will meet on the mats for the 35th time since 1969 Friday. In the head-to-head series, the Wildcats holding a 23-10-1 advantage in the series. NU won last year’s meeting between the two, a 24-19 decision against the Huskies. However, NIU has beaten their Chicagoland rivals each of the last two times in DeKalb, topping the ‘Cats 22-19 on Nov. 30, 2007, and 24-13 on Dec. 3, 2009.
Senior Sendoff: Friday’s dual against Northwestern will be the final home contest for NIU senior Arber Bebo. Bebo, who joined the Huskies last season after two years at Harper College, has posted a 13-13 record in his two seasons. This year, the senior from Addison, Ill., has a 7-5 mark, along with a win at the Harper Open during the past weekend.
Fanta-Stic: NIU redshirt junior and 2012 NCAA qualifier Kevin Fanta is once against getting some love from the national wrestling media. The Lake Zurich, Ill., native broke into the InterMat Wrestling Top 20 last week at 141 pounds by debuting at 20th. Fanta currently boasts a 6-2 record and is on a six-match winning streak.
Hit the Road: Following Friday’s dual, the Huskies will remain on the road for the remainder of the season. During that time, NIU will make two trips to Buffalo, N.Y.. Additionally, NIU will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa.
Huskies Place Six at Harper Open: Though NIU as a whole was off this past weekend, several Huskies took to the mats at the Harper Open Saturday and brought home plenty of hardware. Of the 10 Northern wrestlers competing at the meet, six won their weight classes and the other four placed fifth or better. Braun Marquez (125), Thorian Twyner (133), Tyler Argue (141), Sam Bennett (165), Arber Bebo (197) and Arthur Bunce (285) all topped the podium, while Gabe Morse (2nd - 149) and Billy Chancey (2nd - 165) both made finals appearances.
Up Next: The Huskies wrap up their MAC dual slate Saturday, Feb. 16, when they head to Buffalo to take on the Bulls. The meet starts at noon CT inside UB’s Alumni Arena.
No. 20 Northern Iowa Wrestling Ready to Grapple with Iowa State
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The No. 20 University of Northern Iowa wrestling team is headed to Ames, Iowa, as the favorite over unranked Iowa State. Coach Doug Schwab is looking for his first win over the Cyclones as a Panther coach. The last two meetings with Iowa State have been extremely tight with UNI losing by 2 points in 2012 and just 1 point in 2011. The series with Iowa State dates back to 1924, UNI's second year for its wrestling program. The Cyclones lead the series 54-16.
UNI'S SEASON: The Panthers (8-3) are coming off two wins on the road, beating South Dakota State (41-3) and No. 25 North Dakota State (21-15). The team made its debut in national rankings after beating then-ranked No. 13 Oklahoma, 18-15, and No. 21 Northwestern, 21-13, in the same weekend. The team has moved up one spot since to 20th in the nation in the latest USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. UNI is ranked 27th by Intermat. The Panthers are third in the Mid-American Conference behind Central Michigan and Missouri.
The Panthers have outscored dual opponents 331-131 so far this season. After dominating in the Western Wrestling Conference, UNI moved to the MAC this season to participate in the conference meet only. Starting next year, the Panthers will compete fully in the MAC.
ISU'S SEASON: The Cyclones (6-4) have faced a couple of the same teams as UNI. Both teams were victorious over NDSU, where ISU won 22-18. However, ISU lost to Oklahoma, 19-15. The team is coming off a 25-9 loss to Oklahoma State and recent 23-18 win over Arizona State.
THE PROBABLES UNI vs. ISU:
• 125 - Ryan Jauch vs. Ryak Finch
Jauch (4-7/4-5) Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake Central
After wrestling in the 133-pound weight class for the last couple of years, Jauch has moved down to 125 for his senior year. He won his first match of the year by technical fall (18-1) and his second with a pin in 1:31. He pinned Tyler Gilleland of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in 20 seconds. He upset No. 16 Dominick Malone to help the team beat No. 21 Northwestern. As a junior, he upset the No. 3 seed in the West Regional in the first round. He was the Finn Grinaker Open champion at 133 pounds and placed second at Harold Nichols Cyclone Open.
Finch (8-7/5-5) Safford, Ariz.
Finch, a sophomore, is a returning NCAA national qualifier. He was third at this year's Harold Nichols Cyclone Open and won it last year. He has earned three wins by fall and two by tech falls this season.
• 133 - Levi Wolfensperger vs. John Meeks
Wolfensperger (20-6/9-2) Denver, Iowa / Denver
UNI's Wolfensperger, a sophomore, is a returning NCAA national qualifier for the Panthers and placed fourth at the Cliff Keen Invite. He won the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open. As a redshirt freshman, he was the WWC's only NCAA qualifier and had the most pins at the West Regional. Wolfensperger and Meeks have both faced Josh Rodriguez of NDSU. Wolfensperger has beaten Rodriguez two times, while Meeks lost 6-2 in their last meeting.
Meeks (6-7/3-6) Des Moines, Iowa / Roosevelt
Meeks is one of the most-decorated high school wrestlers in Iowa, with a perfect 168-0 record. He was just the sixth wrestler in Iowa history to accomplish the feat. He won four separate weight classes as a prep wrestler: 119 as a freshman, 125 as a sophomore, 130 as a junior, 138 as a senior.
• 141 - Joey Lazor or Adam Perrin vs. Luke Goettl
Lazor (26-7/9-2) McDonough, Ga. / Union Grove
Injury kept Lazor, a junior, out of the Panther lineup last year, but he has been an integral part of the UNI team this year. He placed seventh at the Midlands Championships. As a junior, he saw limited action with his injury but placed sixth at Flash Flanagan and sixth at the Duhawk Open.
Perrin (7-5/0-0) Eldridge, Iowa / North Scott
Perrin took fifth at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open. Last year as a freshman, he posted the most victories of all the true freshmen. He led the team in pins with 14. He was the champion at the Loras and Jim Fox opens.
Goettl (9-9/4-5) Clarkdale, Ariz.
Goettl is a returning NCAA qualifier. He upset Kendric Maple of Oklahoma and No. 2 Zach Kemmerer of Penn at Midlands last year to place sixth overall. Maple won both of their meetings this year. Goettl took third at this year's Harold Nichols Open.
• 149 - Bart Reiter or Clay Welter vs. Max Mayfield
Reiter (10-4/6-2) Gilbertville, Iowa / Don Bosco / Minnesota
Injury slowed Reiter's start to the season, but he has been healthy and an asset to the Panther lineup since returning. Reiter started his collegiate wrestling career at Minnesota. This is his first year at UNI.
Welter (14-4/2-0) Gilbertville, Iowa / Don Bosco
Welter won the William Penn Open and took second at the Grand View Open this year. He had the team's quickest pin at 25 seconds last year. He is a sophomore.
Mayfield (8-9/3-5) Davenport, Iowa
Mayfield sat out most of last season after getting an injury. This was his third year competing at the Midlands Championships. He was third at the Harold Nichols Open in 2010 and took sixth at the UNI Open that season.
• 157 - David Bonin vs. Logan Molina
Bonin (21-5/8-3) Broussard, La. / Comeaux
Bonin, a senior, is a two-time NCAA national qualifier for UNI. He has held a national ranking for the majority of the year. Bonin won the UNI Open, was second at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open and placed fifth at the Cliff Keen Invite. He beat No. 15 Matt Lester in SV2 to help the Panthers beat No. 13 Oklahoma Jan. 18 to earn a spot in the national rankings. As a junior he upset three ranked opponents, including the No. 4 seed Walter Peppelman in the first round of the NCAA Championships with a pin.
Molina (14-13/3-7) Lincoln, Neb. / Lincoln
Molina lost 2-1 to Bonin earlier in the season en route to his fourth-place finish at the UNI Open. Lester also defeated Molina, 6-4, in a dual. Molina won the Kaye Young and UNI Open last year. He placed fifth at last year's Grand View Open.
• 165 - Jarrett Jensen or Kyle Lux vs. Michael Moreno
Jensen 14-12/6-5 Rapid City, S.D. / Rapid City Stevens
Jensen, a redshirt freshman, has been in the UNI lineup for all of UNI's dual meets this season. He placed sixth at the UNI Open. His recent losses came to No. 4 Patrick "Bubby" Graham of Oklahoma and No. 16 Pierce Harger of Northwestern. He is the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open champion. As a freshman, he won three open tournaments: Loras Open and Jim Fox Open at 157 pounds and the Flash Flanagan Open at 165 pounds.
Lux (9-7/0-0) Toledo, Iowa / South Tama
Lux was third at the Flash Flanagan Open and fifth at the Grand View Open. As a freshman, he won the Loras Open and placed third at the Jim Fox Open.
Moreno (19-6/6-4) Urbandale, Iowa
Moreno is the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open. He beat Jensen 2-0 to win the UNI Open. He finished fourth at the Big 12 Championships last year. The sophomore was the Iowa state champion at 171 pounds in 2010. In high school, he was coached by his father and former Cyclone All-American Mike Moreno.
• 174 - Cody Caldwell vs. Tanner Weatherman
Caldwell (24-7/8-3) Waverly, Iowa / Waverly-Shell Rock
Caldwell was seventh at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas, Nev. Caldwell, a redshirt freshman, won the UNI Open and the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open. As a freshman, he posted the best winning percentage (.885) of the freshman class, winning the Jim Fox Open, William Penn Open and the Flash Flanagan Open.
Weatherman (12-6/6-2) Huxley, Iowa / Ballard-Huxley
Weatherman was second at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open. The redshirt freshman posted a 12-3 record last year competing unattached and took second at the UNI Open. He also won the Grand View Open. He was a three-time state champion in high school.
• 184 - Ryan Loder vs. Boaz Beard
Loder (25-3/10-0) Granite Bay, Calif. / Granite Bay
Loder has been nationally ranked all season. He is a two-time returning NCAA national qualifier. Loder's career record is the fifth-highest winning percentage among all UNI Panthers who have had at least 50 wins and competed at least two seasons in Division I. He consistently has been UNI's top place winner at competitive tournaments, winning the UNI Open, placing third at the Cliff Keen Invite and taking fourth at the Midlands Championships. He upset No. 8 Mike Larson of Missouri in a dual. As a sophomore, he never lost a match by major decision, technical fall or pin. He won three open tournaments: Harold Nichols Cyclone Open, Finn Grinaker Open and the UNI Open. He placed third at Midlands and was named Top Contender.
Beard (8-4/6-2) Wichita, Kan. / Goddard
Beard, a junior, is a returning NCAA national qualifier. He was edged out by Mike Larson of Missouri to take second at the Big 12 Championships last year. Beard lost 1-0 last year to Loder. He was a four-time state champion as a prep wrestler in Kansas.
• 197 - Blaize Cabell or Taylor Kettman vs. Kyven Gadson
Cabell (10-10/2-4) Independence, Iowa / Independence
Cabell is a redshirt freshman. He took second at the William Penn Open. He placed fifth and recorded a pin and technical fall at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open. He joined the dual lineup for the Panthers mid-January. As a freshman, he won the Loras Open and was fourth at the Jim Fox and William Penn opens.
Taylor Kettman (1-1/1-1) Waterloo, Iowa / Don Bosco
Injury has slowed Kettman's start to the season. The sophomore was undefeated in competition his first weekend back. He placed second at the Flash Flanagan Open last year and third at the Finn Grinaker Cobber open. He was fifth at the UNI Open last season. As a freshman, he picked up eight wins in open tournaments.
Gadson (16-2/9-0) Waterloo, Iowa / Waterloo East
Gadson was fourth at this year's Midlands Championships and took second at this year's UNI Open. Gadson, a sophomore, was injured for much of last year. He posted back-to-back undefeated seasons to win state titles at 171 and 189 pounds in high school.
• 285 - Blayne Beale or Cody Krumwiede vs. Matt Gibson
Beale (13-7/6-3) Davenport, Iowa / Davenport West
Beale, a senior, is one of four returning NCAA national qualifiers for UNI. He has wrestled the majority of the duals for the Panthers this season. He got fourth at the UNI Open, his first meet of the season. His last-second takedown against Keldrick Hall of Oklahoma helped secure the Panthers' win against the Sooners. His 3-2 decision over Hall gave UNI the three points it needed to win as a team. As a junior, he was undefeated in WWC dual competition and won the Flash Flanagan Open.
Cody Krumwiede (19-10/1-1) Waverly, Iowa / Waverly-Shell Rock
Krumwiede, a redshirt freshman, is the William Penn Open champion. He was second at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open, UNI Open and the Grand View Open. He got fifth at the Flash Flanagan Open. As a freshman, he won a team-high of four titles at open tournaments: Loras, Jim Fox, William Penn and Flash Flanagan opens.
Matt Gibson (12-6/4-4) Vallejo, Calif.
Gibson was third at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open. Last year, he won the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open and Kaye Young Open. He took third at the Midlands Championships. He is a returning NCAA national qualifier after winning the Big 12 Championships. At last year's dual against UNI, Gibson pulled out a 7-1 win to help the Cyclones defeat the Panthers 19-17.
Ohio Wrestling Travels to Clarion and West Virginia
Bobcats return to the mat for the first time their win over Michigan State
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (6-5) will look to stay on the winning track this weekend as it heads to Clarion (3-7) on Friday at 7 p.m. and West Virginia (1-8) on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Bobcats enter the weekend after having this past week off.
In their last outing the Bobcats posted a pair of wins as it defeated Buffalo and Michigan State. With the win over the Bulls, Ohio improved to 3-2 in league competition. The `Cats win over Michigan State was their first over the Spartans since the 1929-30 season.
According to IntermatWrestling.com, Ohio checks in at No. 45, while Clarion ranks No. 28 with West Virginia earning the 47th-best spot in the country.
Redshirt freshman Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) leads the way for the Bobcats with a team-best record of 27-2. Walters also enters the weekend with a No. 17 ranking according to IntermatWrestling.com having won eight straight matches. He opened the year with 19 straight wins.
Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) is ranked in the Top 20 of the IntermatWrestling.com poll. The junior is currently ranked No. 16 in the country and owns a 25-8 mark. Johnson suffered his eighth loss on the year as he dropped a 3-2 decision on Jan. 27 to No. 7 Michael McClure from Michigan State, which snapped an eight-match losing streak.
Clarion features No. 4-ranked James Fleming at 157-pounds. The Golden Eagle senior has a season record of 24-2 and a career record of 116-18. West Virginia is led by No. 14 Nathan Pennesi, who enters the weekend after he picked up his 20th win this past week at Pittsburgh.
Complete results of this weekend's matches can be found on ohiobobcats.com. For live updates follow @OhioU_Wrestling on twitter.
125: Kevon Powell (3-9)
133: Joe Munos or Garret Garness (0-5)
141: Kagan Squire (12-13)
149: Andrew Romanchik (10-9)
157: Sparty Chino (17-10) or Zach Rohr (6-10)
165: Harrison Hightower (17-14)
174: Cody Walters (27-2)
184: Ryan Garringer (15-13)
197: Phil Wellington (17-11)
HWT: Jeremy Johnson (25-8)