MAC Wrestling Weekend Recap: Jan. 19

Updated 1/19/2014

MAC Wrestling Scoreboard:  Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014

No. 9 Northern Iowa 19, No. 4 Oklahoma 17
Kent State 23, North Carolina State 14
No. 7 Missouri 16, Central Michigan 15
Ohio 22, Eastern Michigan 13
Northern Illinois 36, Ashland 6
No. 22 Purdue 26, Northern Illinois 12
Virginia 20, Old Dominion 12
 
 
Central Michigan:
 
No. 7 Missouri Narrowly Edges Central Michigan, 16-15 
 
Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Central Michigan and Missouri each claimed five matches on the mat Sunday afternoon, but a major decision at 197 pounds by sixth-ranked J'den Cox gave the seventh-ranked Tigers the edge, 16-15. 
 
The Chippewas (7-6, 3-2 MAC) claimed wins at 125, 133, 141, 157 and 174 pounds, but were unable to secure any bonus points in the process. The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 MAC) meanwhile, claimed the 184, 197, 285, 149 and 165 divisions, with Cox pulling off an 11-0 major decision over sophomore Jackson Lewis at 197 pounds. 
 
CMU fell behind 10-0 early as the match started at 184 pounds and senior Craig Kelliher dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 10 Johnny Eblen. After Lewis' loss, sophomore Adam Robinson fell in a closely contested match to Devin Mellon, 8-3. 
 
Redshirt freshman Corey Keener, ranked 12th in the country at 125 pounds,  got the Chippewas on the board behind three takedowns en route to a 6-3 decision over Zach Synon. 
 
Senior No. 16 Joe Roth followed Keener's victory with a 7-2 decision of his own behind three more takedowns for the Maroon and Gold and sophomore No. 9 Zach Horan posted a dramatic victory at 141 to pull CMU within a point, 10-9. 
 
Horan and and Javion Mayes were even through regulation, 1-1, and appeared to be on their way to a first tiebreaker, but Horan scored a takedown with just one second remaining in sudden victory to improve to 19-2 overall on the year. 
 
Despite dropping a 13-6 decision to No. 1-ranked Drake Houdasheldt at 149 pounds, senior Scott Mattingly came up with a key reversal late in the third period to avoid a major decision and keep CMU within striking distance. 
 
Sophomore Lucas Smith continued his superb wrestling as of late, pulling off a 4-0 decision over Joey Lavallee. Smith entered the third period up just 1-0 on a second-period escape, but rode Lavallee out the entire third period and scored a pair of back points late in the period to secure the win. 
 
The Tigers ultimately sealed the match with a 4-1 decision by No. 8 Zach Toal over redshirt freshman Nick Becker at 165. The win put the Tigers in front, 16-12, forcing junior Mike Ottinger to win by fall for a CMU victory. 
 
Ottinger, ranked No. 12 in the country, went into a second tiebreaker versus No. 17 Mike England, but was able to accumulate 15 seconds of riding time to post a 4-3 decision. 
 
CMU is back in action next Sunday, Jan. 26 when it takes on rival Kent State at 2 p.m. in Kent, Ohio. The Chippewas return home Thursday, Feb. 13 to battle in-state foe Eastern Michigan. 
 
No. 7 Missouri 16, Central Michigan 15
184: No. 10 Johnny Eblen (Mizzou) dec. Craig Kelliher, 4-0; MU, 3-0
197: No. 6 J'den Cox (Mizzou) major dec. Jackson Lewis, 11-0; MU, 7-0
285: Devin Mellon (Mizzou) dec. Adam Robinson, 8-3; MU, 10-0
125: No. 12 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Zach Synon, 6-3; MU, 10-3
133: No. 16 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Matt Manley, 7-2; MU, 10-6
141: No. 9 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Javion Mayes, 3-1 SV; MU, 10-9
149: No. 1 Drake Houdasheldt (Mizzou) dec. Scott Mattingly, 13-6; MU, 13-9
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Joey Lavallee, 4-0; MU, 13-12
165: No. 8 Zach Toal (Mizzou) dec. Nick Becker, 4-1; MU, 16-12
174: No. 12 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. No. 17 Mikey England, 4-3 TB2; MU, 16-15
 
 
Eastern Michigan:
 
Wrestling Drops Second Weekend Dual to Ohio, 22-13; Phillip Joseph improves to 3-0 in MAC competition
 
ATHENS, Ohio — The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team suffered its fourth-straight defeat and second consecutive Mid-American Conference dual loss as it fell to No. 25 Ohio University, 22-13, Sunday, Jan. 19.
  
Eastern falls to 8-5 overall on the season and 1-2 in the MAC as Ohio improves to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
  
The Bobcats bounced back after a hard three point loss to MAC opponent, Central Michigan, Friday, Jan. 17. Ohio grabbed the first six points of the match as No. 15 Tywan Claxton secured a 5-3 decision at 149 lbs. and Spartak Chino notched a 3-2 decision over Brandon Zeerip (Fremont, Mich.-Hesperia) at 157 lbs.
  
True freshman Dean Vettese (Rochester, Mich.-Rochester) nabbed his first collegiate dual victory, taking down Harrison Hightower at 165 lbs. with a 5-1 decision to bring EMU within three of the Bobcats. "Dean wrestled great and I was very pleased with him." stated Head Coach Derek DelPorto following the match.
  
After moving up a weight class earlier in the week, Jacob Davis (Northridge, Ohio-St. Edward) was unable to hold off No. 7 Cody Walters as the Bobcat kept Davis scoreless through three periods and clinched the 4-0 decision. Redshirt-senior Phillip Joseph (Lapeer, Mich.-Lapeer East) improved to 3-0 in MAC competition when he topped Ryan Garringer with an 8-3 decision.
  
Ohio extended its lead to 19-6 when it used a major decision at 197 lbs. and a pin in the heavyweight division to gain nine quick points over the Eagles. The Green and White answered back with seven points of its own when No. 15 Jared Germaine (Saginaw, Mich.-Saginaw Valley) secured his 10th dual victory of the season with a 15-5 major decision at 125 lbs and Vincent Pizzuto (North Jackson, Ohio-Jackson Milton) notched his third-straight victory with a decision at 133 lbs.
  
Trailing by six in the final bout, the Eagles were unable to grab the pin they needed to tie the match as Nicholas Barber (Cleveland, Ohio-St. Edward) fell in a 5-2 decision allowing Ohio to take the 22-13 victory.
 
"Even though we lost the dual meet, our effort was so much better today than Friday," said DelPorto, "We only won one out of the four close matches and that coast us the dual. We must find a way to win the close ones."
  
The Eagles return to Ypsilanti, Friday, January, 31 as they continue MAC competition. The Green and White will take on Kent State at Bowen Field House. First bout is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
  
Results
149: No. 15 Tywan Claxton (OU) dec. Michael Shaw (EMU), 5-3 (Ohio, 3-0)
157: Spartak Chino (OU) dec. Brandon Zeerip (EMU), 3-2 (Ohio, 6-0)
165: Dean Vettese (EMU) dec. Harrison Hightower (OU), 5-1 (Ohio, 6-3)
174: No. 7 Cody Walters (OU) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 4-0 (Ohio, 9-3)
184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) dec. Ryan Garringer (OU), 8-3 (Ohio, 9-6)
197: No. 13 Phil Wellington (OU) maj. dec. Nick Whitenburg (EMU), 13-4 (Ohio, 19-6)
HWT: No. 11 Jared Johnson (OU) pinned Khodor Hoballah (EMU), 5:31 (Ohio, 19-6)
125: No. 15 Jared Germaine (EMU) maj. dec. KeVon Powell (OU) 15-5 (Ohio, 19-10)
133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) dec. Kagen Squire (OU) 3-2 (Ohio, 19-13)
141: Noah Forrider (OU) dec. Nicholas Barber (EMU), 5-2 (Ohio, 22-13)
 
 
Kent State:
 
Breakthrough Wins for Buckwalter & Vinas Lift Flashes Over NC State
 
KENT, Ohio - Despite having two starters out of its lineup Sunday, Kent State (8-6) captured 6-of-10 matches in a 23-14 win over NC State (10-3) at the M.A.C. Center.  Right next to the wrestling mat, Kent State's gymnastics team also defeated the Wolfpack during the special Beauty and the Beast event.
 
"When we found out at weigh-ins that Caleb (Marsh) wasn't going to be able to go, I was worried," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said.  "I thought it would be hard for us to win, but we had a lot of guys step up and I'm proud of our guys for the way they came through."
 
Prior to Sunday, the Golden Flashes were just 4-9 at the 165-pound weight class in dual meets and 1-12 at 125 pounds, but sophomores Tyler Buckwalter and Del Vinas each came up with big victories. 
 
The afternoon started at 165, as Buckwalter earned a 9-1 win over Peter Santos.  In just his fourth victory of the season, Buckwalter scored a takedown with 10 seconds left in the match to clinch the major decision.  He set the tone in the first period with a takedown immediately followed by a three-point turn.
 
"Tyler's a better dual meet wrestler than a tournament wrestler at this point," Andrassy said.  "Our hope is that he just continues to progress."
 
The Wolfpack answered with a major decision of their own at 174, before sophomore Sam Wheeler gave the Flashes the lead for good with a 9-5 decision over Mike Macchiavello.  Wheeler recorded two first period takedowns and never trailed.
 
Sophomore Cole Baxter followed with an 8-3 decision over KaRonne Jones that included four minutes of riding time. 
 
"Our young guys are getting better and better every match," Andrassy said.  "The improvement isn't always as fast as we'd like to be as coaches, but it's come against very good competition this year."
 
 Vinas claimed his first career dual victory with a 5-3 decision over Micah Perez.  Vinas scored a pair of first period takedowns from his own shots and escaped in the third.
 
"It was only our second win at 125 in dual this year," Andrassy said.  "We can win a lot of duals if we win there."
 
Sophomore Mack McGuire brought the crowd to its feet with a first period pin of Chris Wilkes.  With the match scoreless late in the first, McGuire got in deep on a shot and had not yet earned a takedown, but tilted Wilkes' legs high enough to put him flat on his back.
 
With his team up 19-11, sophomore Michael DePalma sealed the victory with a 12-2 major decision of Brian Hamann.  Up 2-0 after one period, DePalma broke things open in the second with a reversal and two takedowns.
 
The Golden Flashes begin a string of five straight conference duals Friday, Jan. 24, visiting Ohio.  Already 2-0 in the MAC, Kent State hosts Central Michigan Sunday, Jan. 26 at the M.A.C. Center.
 
Ian Miller and Caleb Marsh are both expected back in the lineup Friday. 
  
165:  Tyler Buckwalter (KSU) won by major decision over Peter Santos (NCSU) 9-1.
174:  Pete Renda (NCSU) won by major decision over Mike Vollant (KSU) 14-3.
184:  Sam Wheeler (KSU) won by decision over Michael Macchiavello (NCSU) 9-5.
197:  Cole Baxter (KSU) won by decision over KaRonne Jones (NCSU) 8-3.
285:  Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) won by major decision over Mimmo Lytle (KSU) 10-1.
125:  Edilberto Vinas (KSU) won by decision over Micah Perez (NCSU) 5-3.
133:  Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) won by pin over Chris Wilkes (NCSU) 2:43.
141:  Sam Speno (NCSU) won by decision over Tyler Small (KSU) 3-2.
149:  Michael Depalma (KSU) won by major decision over Brian Hamann (NCSU) 12-2.
157:  Thomas Gantt (NCSU) won by decision over T.J. Keklak (KSU) 9-4.
 
 
Missouri:
 
Cox's Major Decision Helps Tigers Edge Central Michigan
Columbia's hometown kid gets decisive team point as Tigers remain perfect on year with 16-15 victory
 
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The No. 7 Missouri Tigers slid past conference-rival Central Michigan 16-15 on Sunday afternoon, thanks in large part to a bonus point victory from true freshman J'den Cox. Cox and the Tigers took an early 10-0 lead and never surrendered it to the Chippewas, who found a way to climb back to within a point twice. Both squads won five matches a piece on the afternoon.
 
Cox (22-2) put up nine quick points versus Jackson Lewis at 197 pounds, thanks to a flurry of backpoints in the first moments of the bout. He added a second-period escape and a point for riding time, taking the match 11-0. Cox's win was his sixth major decision of the season, and his 12th in bonus points.
 
Junior heavyweight Devin Mellon increased the Tigers lead to 10-0 with an 8-3 decision over Adam Robinson. Mellon looked sharp offensively on Sunday, taking Robinson down three times, including twice in the final minute.
 
The Chippewas clawed back to within a point after three straight wins at 125, 133 and 141. For the second time this season, Mayes and CMU's Zach Horan found themselves in a nail-biter, with the No. 9-Horan escaping by a two-point takedown. Mayes attempted to throw Horan at the end of overtime, but Horan rolled over the top and secured a takedown in the final seconds to win 3-1. The two met at the Southern Scuffle earlier this season, with Horan escaping in overtime as well, also in a 3-1 decision.
 
Head Coach Brian Smith opted to remove the redshirt off of freshman Joey Lavallee, who got his first collegiate start at 157 pounds for the Tigers. Lavallee wrestled No. 20 Luke Smith tough, giving up only an escape to Smith in the second. Smith added two backpoints with two seconds remaining in the third, and won by decision, 4-0. 
 
With the Tigers leading by four points heading into the final bout at 174, No. 17 Mikey England faced off with No. 10 Mike Ottinger. Ottinger, looking for bonus points, took England to two overtimes, where he would get the decision 5-4 after 16 seconds of ride time in the two extra periods. The decision fell short, sealing the Tigers 16-15 victory.
 
Mizzou improves to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in MAC play as they avenge a 17-16 loss to the Chippewas from last year. They will continue conference action next weekend with two duals versus No. 9 Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois.
 
RESULTS 
184: No. 10 John Eblen (MIZZ) won by decision over Craig Kelliher (CMU) 4-0. (3-0 MIZZ)
197: No. 6 J'den Cox (MIZZ) won by major decision over Jackson Lewis (CMU) 11-0. (7-0 MIZZ)
HWT: Devin Mellon (MIZZ) won by decision over Adam Robinson (CMU) 8-3. (10-0 MIZZ)
125: No. 12 Corey Keener (CMU) won by decision over Zach Synon (MIZZ) 6-3. (10-3 MIZZ)
133: No. 16 Joe Roth (CMU) won by decision over Matt Manley (MIZZ) 7-2. (10-6 MIZZ)
141: No. 9 Zach Horan (CMU) won in sudden victory 1 over Lavion Mayes (MIZZ) 3-1. (10-9 MIZZ)
149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (MIZZ) won by decision over Scott Mattingly (CMU) 13-6. (13-9 MIZZ)
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) won by decision over Joey Lavallee (MIZZ) 4-0. (13-12 MIZZ)
165: No. 8 Zach Toal (MIZZ) won by decision over Nick Becker (CMU) 4-1. (16-12 MIZZ)
174: No. 10 Mike Ottinger (CMU) won in tie breaker 2 over No. 17 Mikey England (MIZZ) 5-4. (16-15 MIZZ)
 
WHAT'S NEXT:  The Tigers will remain in conference action next weekend as they travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and DeKalb, Ill., for duals against Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois.
 
 
Northern Illinois:
 
Huskies split matches at Wendy's Duals
 
ASHLAND, Ohio - The Northern Illinois University wrestling team closed they holiday weekend Sunday at the Wendy's Duals by splitting their two matches against Ashland and #22 Purdue.
 
NIU (6-7) started the day with a dominant 36-6 win over the host Eagles (5-6). In the second dual of the day, the Huskies dropped a 26-12 decision to the Boilermakers (5-4).
 
Round One: Huskies Dominate Eagles, 36-6
 
NIU started the day on a positive note, earning an easy 36-6 win against the Division II Ashland Eagles in which they scored five pins, a technical fall and two forfeits.
 
"We wrestled hard and continued to look for scoring opportunities," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "It was nice to get some hard-working and hungry guys in the lineup."
 
After Nick Harrison took a forfeit at 125 to give the Huskies a quick 6-0 lead, Nick Smith pulled out a tight win at 133 with a 6-5 overtime decision against Michael Labry. Tyler Argue put the Huskies in control of the meet with an 8-1 victory over Clarence Longley, pushing the NIU lead to 12-0 through three matches.
 
The Huskies kept their foot on the gas, making it a 17-0 lead when Gabe Morse notched a 17-1 tech fall win against Mason Calvert. His brother, Andrew Morse made quick work of Kyle Burns at 157 with a 7-2 decision. Meanwhile, Sam Bennett took down Jake Piatt with an 11-3 major decision.
 
Following a forfeit win by Matt Mougin at 174, Caleb Busson and Shawn Scott each got decisions for the Huskies. Busson knocked off Bryson Hall at 184, 4-2, while Scott topped Roy Canale, 6-0. The Eagles finally got on the board with a win in the heavyweight match, as Arthur Bunce was pinned by Tyler Houska.
 
NIU 36, Ashland 6
125: Nick Harrison (NIU) wins by forfeit
133: Nick Smith (NIU) dec. Michael Labry (Ashland), 6-5 (OT)
141: Tyler Argue (NIU) dec. Clarence Longley (Ashland), 8-1
149: Gabe Morse (NIU) tech. fall Mason Calvert (Ashland), 17-1
157: Andrew Morse (NIU) dec. Kyle Burns (Ashland), 7-2
165: Sam Bennett (NIU) maj. dec. Jake Piatt (Ashland), 11-3
174: Matt Mougin (NIU) wins by forfeit
184: Caleb Busson (NIU) dec. Bryson Hall (Ashland), 4-2
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Roy Canale (Ashland), 6-0
285: Tyler Houska (Ashland) pins Arthur Bunce (NIU), 3:12
 
Round Two: Nationally-Ranked Boilermakers Down Huskies, 26-12
 
Following a resounding win in the first match, NIU dropped a 26-12 decision to the 22nd-ranked Purdue Boilermakers.
 
"We wrestled a competitive dual against Purdue and I'm proud of our effort," Ludwig said. "We wrestled hard. The difference is that we need to make a few better decisions in crucial situations. Andrew (Morse) had a huge pin and (Shaun'Qae) McMurtry and (Caleb) Busson turned in gritty performances that I thought were outstanding."
 
Purdue raced out to an early lead when Camden Eppert defeated Nick Harrison in a 10-4 decision at 125 pounds. Nick Smith couldn't turn the tide against 14th-ranked Cashé Quiroga, as he fell in a 14-5 major decision. Two more wins by the Boilermakers - a 7-1 win by Danny Sabatello over Tyler Argue and a 4-2 decision from Brandon Nelsen against Rob Jillard - put them ahead, 13-0.
 
Andrew Morse got the Huskies on the board when he pinned Kyle Mosier late in the second period. Shortly thereafter, Shaun'Qae McMurtry put NIU within 13-9 when he posted a 6-2 decision over Chad Welch at 165.
 
The Boilermakers, though, stopped NIU's comeback bid with Patrick Kissel's 11-1 major decision against Matt Mougin. Caleb Busson got the Huskies back within five at 17-12 with a tight 4-3 victory against Tanner Lynde.
 
Yet, Purdue would clinch the win when 15th-ranked Braden Atwood pinned Shawn Scott late in the first period. The Boilermakers finished things off when Jared Torrence fell to Alex White in double overtime, 4-3.
 
#22 Purdue 26, NIU 12
125: Camden Eppert (Purdue) dec. Nick Harrison (NIU), 10-4
133: #14 Cashé Quiroga (Purdue) maj. dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 14-5
141: Danny Sabatello (Purdue) dec. Tyler Argue (NIU), 7-1
149: Brandon Nelson (Purdue) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 4-2
157: Andrew Morse (NIU) pins Kyle Mosier (Purdue), 4:30
165: Shaun'Qae McMurtry (NIU) dec. Chad Welch (Purdue), 6-2
174: Patrick Kissel (Purdue) maj. dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 11-1
184: Caleb Busson (NIU) dec. Tanner Lynde (Purdue), 4-3
197: #15 Braden Atwood (Purdue) pins Shawn Scott (NIU), 2:18
285: Alex White (Purdue) dec. Jared Torrence (NIU), 4-3 (2OT)
 
The Huskies return home Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host the #7 Missouri Tigers in a 3 p.m. dual inside Victor E. Court.
 
 
Northern Iowa:
 
Northern Iowa Knocks Off #4 Oklahoma 19-17, Two Top 10 Wrestlers 
 
NORMAN, Okla. – It was like déjà vu for the UNI wrestling team when they knocked off undefeated No. 4 Oklahoma, 19-17.  Just as it did last season in the West Gym at UNI, the team win came down to the final match of the dual. UNI didn’t come out with the victory in heavyweight, but they had built a lead that Oklahoma was unable to overcome.
 
“It was a good team win, and it was good for them to come together,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “You can see them growing from it. They are starting to believe they are a really good team. We just need to keep building.”
 
UNI got out front 12-0 and Dylan Peters and Joey Lazor beat two highly ranked opponents before the Sooners could get on the board.
 
“We started off strong against three All-Americans,” said Schwab. “It was big for us to get up 12-0 and earn bonus points at 141 pounds.”
 
UNI improves to 6-0 in duals. The Panthers are ranked second to Missouri in the Mid-American Conference.
 
“We feel good about the win, but there are some situations that we have to put our foot on their throats a little more. Our guys know that,” said Schwab. 
 
RANKINGS:  The Sooners are ranked fourth in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. They are fifth in the latest InterMat poll.  UNI entered the dual ranked ninth in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll and seventh by InterMat.
 
MATCH BY MATCH:
 
Redshirt freshman Peters got UNI off to a strong start by knocking of No. 5 Jarrod Patterson in the 125-pound match. No. 7 Peters earned a reversal off injury time and earned riding time to win 4-1.
 
“It was a really great win for Peters,” said Schawb. “It got the tempo going for us.”
 
Joe Colon defended his top ranking in the 133-pound weight class and stayed perfect (6-0) in duals with a 7-5 win over No. 8 Cody Brewer.
 
“Joe got caught standing a bit,” said Schwab. “The score made the match look closer than it really was. I like where he was at right now.”
 
Just when it looked as if the Panthers would lose its first match of the day, No. 15 Joey Lazor flipped off his back to earn his fastest fall of the season against No. 10 Nick Lester in 2 minutes, 6 seconds.
 
The Sooners’ Kendric Maple stopped the Panthers’ run. Tyler Patten couldn’t hold off No. 3 Maple in the final seconds, and Maple went on to get the final points needed for a major decision win, 10-1.  
 
An early takedown put Jarrett Jensen in the lead at 157 pounds, and he continued to dominate until the third period. A series of takedowns by No. 19 Justin DeAngelis tied up the score, where a takedown in overtime sealed the 17-15 win for the Sooners.   
 
“He looked incredible at the start,” said Schwab. “That was as good as I have seen him wrestle in a while. You just have to keep your focus and composure in those situations. We will get him better from that.”
 
At 165 pounds, Clark Glass held off No. 11 Cooper Moore early, but Moore took the match 6-2 to break the Sooners’ streak.
 
Andrew Howe proved why he was ranked first in the nation at 174 pounds with a 22-8 major decision win over No. 16 Cody Caldwell of UNI.
 
No. 5 Ryan Loder returned to the dual lineup to defend his perfect dual record and earn his second major decision of the season.
 
“He took a really great shot in the third period,” said Schwab. “We are happy to have him back.”
 
Loder kept Danny Chaid scoreless, winning 13-0.    
 
Coach Schwab preaches to his wrestlers about the importance of winning matches by major decision, tech falls and pins.
 
“Loder’s and Lazor’s matches were huge. In the end, those three bonus points were the difference,” said Schwab.
 
UNI led 19-11 with the final two matches to go. Basil Minto refused to give up bonus points to No. 3 Travis Rutt, keeping the Panthers in the lead. However, Rutt would go on to win the 198-pound match, 6-3.
 
It was up to Blaize Cabell to keep the Panthers in the lead. He kept the score close, but lost 5-4 to No. 18 Ross Larson.
 
CAT STATS
 
Four Panthers in today’s lineup remain undefeated in duals: Peters, Colon, Lazor, Loder.
 
Peters is two falls away from making the list of top 10 Panthers with most falls in a single season. He has 13 pins total, with eight of them coming against a Division I opponents. Those eight falls put him sixth in the nation for most wins by fall.
 
Colon is the Panthers’ first top-ranked wrestler since Dylan Long in 2003. Long went on to finish second at the Division I national championships in the 141-pound weight class. Colon is second in the nation for the most wins by technical fall. Colon hasn’t lost a dual since joining the Panthers in the 2011-12 season. His .952 winning percentage makes him third on the all-time list of highest winning percentages for a single season.
 
Lazor has the second most career wins on the team. His win today was No. 75. Loder leads the team with 103.
 
Loder has not lost a dual since the 2011-12 season. He has the fifth-highest career winning percentage (.817) of all Panthers with at least 50 wins.
 
Prior to this season, UNI had not been ranked in the top 10 since 2003.
 
NEXT UP
 
The Panthers return home to host the conference favorite, Missouri. The dual is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Very few tickets remain. To order, go online at UNIPanthers.com or call (319) 273-4849.
 
FINAL RESULTS
UNI 19, OU 17
 
125: No. 7 Dylan Peters (UNI) dec. No. 5 Jarrod Patterson (OU), 4-1
133: No. 1 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU), 7-5
141: No. 15 Joey Lazor (UNI) fall No. 10 Nick Lester (OU), 2:06
149: No. 3 Kendric Maple (OU) maj. dec. Tyler Patten (UNI), 10-1
157: No. 19 Justin DeAngelis (OU) dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 17-15 OT
165: No. 11 Cooper Moore (UNI) dec. Clark Glass (OU), 6-2
174: No. 1 Andrew Howe (OU) maj. dec. Cody Caldwell (UNI), 22-8
184: No. 5 Ryan Loder (UNI) maj. dec. Danny Chaid (OU), 13-0
197: No. 3 Travis Rutt (OU) dec. Basil Minto (UNI), 6-3
285: No. 18 Ross Larson dec. Blaize Cabell (UNI), 5-4
 
*Individual rankings from InterMat as of Jan. 14, 2014
 
 
Ohio:
 
Ohio Grounds Eastern Michigan, 22-13
Johnson earns third-consecutive fall; improves to 24-3
 
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (6-2) won its third straight home match this season, defeating Eastern Michigan 22-13 Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
 
Juniors Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) and Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) gave Ohio a 6-0 lead as they claimed decisions at 149 and 157, respectively. Claxton's victory was his third-consecutive win as he improved to 17-4.
 
Eastern Michigan responded, with Jacob Davis defeating redshirt junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) by decision at 165. The loss broke a four-match winning streak for Hightower, dropping his record to 22-8.
 
Ohio and Eastern Michigan traded victories at the 174 and 184 classes, tightening the score to 9-6, Ohio.
 
Redshirt sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) picked up his 22nd at 197 with a major decision over EMU's Nick Whitenburg, strengthening the Bobcats lead, 13-6.
 
Playing off Wellington's momentum, redshirt senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) recorded his third-consecutive fall (5:31) and eighth on the season, increasing his team-best record to 24-3.
 
A triumph by freshmen Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) at 141 solidified the Bobcat win over EMU, 22-13.
 
The Bobcats return to the Convocation Center on Friday, Jan. 24, to take on Kent State at 7 p.m.
 
FINAL RESULTS
 149- No. 15 Tywan Claxton (17-4) 5, Mike Shaw (3-10) 3, dec. - Ohio 3, EMU 0
 157- Spartak Chino (12-6) 3, Brandon Zeerip (14-7) 2, dec. - Ohio 6, EMU 0
 165- Dean Vettese (11-1) 5, Harrison Hightower (22-8) 1, dec. - Ohio 6, EMU 3
 174- No. 7 Cody Walters (3-1) 4, Jacob Davis (9-12) 0, dec. - Ohio 9, EMU 3
 184- Phillip Joseph (13-4) 8, Ryan Garringer (4-8) 3, dec. - Ohio 9, EMU 6
 197- No. 13 Phil Wellington (22-2) 13, Nick Whitenburg (5-4) 4, major dec. - Ohio 13, EMU 6
 HWT- No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (24-3) fall (5:31), Khodor Hoballah (9-7), - Ohio 19, EMU 6
 125-No. 15 Jared Germaine (9-1) 15, KeVon Powell (6-10) 5, major dec. - Ohio 19, EMU 10
 133- Vincent Pizzuto (13-6) 3, Kagen Squire (7-6) 2, dec. - Ohio 19, EMU 13
 141- Noah Forrider (18-11) 5, Nicholas Barber (8-7) 2, dec. - Ohio 22, EMU 13
 
 
Old Dominion:
 
Monarchs Fall Short to No. 12 Virginia, 20-12
 
NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team (3-8, 0-2) lost 20-12 to No. 12-ranked Virginia on Sunday afternoon at the Ted Constant Center.
 
ODU’s Jack Dechow (184) picked up a 3-1 decision victory over nationally ranked No. 19 Jonathan Fausey. Dechow improved to 8-3 this season. No. 4-ranked Chris Mecate (141) defeated a two-time NCAA qualifier in No. 14-ranked Joseph Spisak. Mecate improved to 19-5 this year and has won 11 of his last 13 matches.
 
At 133 pounds, Scott Festejo was one of two probables (Michael Hayes the other) that the ODU coaches thought could start before the match. Festejo delivered with an 11-6 decision win against UVA’s Joe Martinez. Festejo was the only Monarch that recorded more than three points in today’s dual meet.
 
Monarchs 149-pounder Alexander Richardson picked up a 3-0 decision win against Chris Yankowich, who was one of two Cavaliers that were coming off a loss to Duke last Friday.
 
Virginia led by as much as 17-3 as a team before ODU pulled off three straight wins to cut the UVA team lead to 17-12. ODU’s Tristan Warner (157) gave nationally ranked Blaise Butler all he could handle, but came up on the short end of a 5-2 decision loss.
 
Virginia 20, Old Dominion 12.
 
165- No. 2 Nicholas Sulzer (UVA) TF Devin Geoghegan (ODU) 18-3 UVA led 5-0.
174- No. 14 Stephen Doty (UVA) dec. Billy Curling (ODU) 4-1 UVA led 8-0.
184- Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. No. 19 Jonathan Fausey (UVA) 3-1. UVA led 8-3.
197- Zach Nye (UVA) dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU) 3-2. UVA led 11-3.
285- Ethan Hayes (UVA) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) 4-2. UVA leads 14-3.
125- Nick Herrmann (UVA) dec. Brandon Jeske (ODU) 5-2. UVA leads 17-3
133- Scott Festejo (ODU) dec. Joe Martinez (UVA) 11-6. UVA leads 17-6.
141- No. 4 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. No. 14 Joseph Spisak (UVA) 3-1. UVA leads 17-9.
149- Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Chris Yankowich (UVA) 3-0. UVA leads 17-12.
157- No. 13 Blaise Butler (UVA) dec. Tristan Warner (ODU) 5-2. UVA wins 20-12.