MAC Wrestling Weekend Recap: Jan. 25th

Updated 1/24/2014

MAC Wrestling Weekend Scoreboard:

Friday, January 24:

Ohio 21, Kent State 16

No. 7 Northern Iowa 24, No. 7 Missouri 10

Old Dominion 21, Binghamton 12

 

Saturday, January 25:

Old Dominion 21, Buffalo 10

Missouri 31, Northern Illinois 0

 

Sunday, January 26:

Central Michigan 21, Kent State 12

Ohio 34, Buffalo 6

 

Here is a review of this weekend's MAC wrestling action.
 
Buffalo:
 
UB Wrestling Falls At Home To Ohio, 34-6
 
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo wrestling team (2-12, 0-5 MAC) was upended by the Ohio Bobcats (8-2, 4-2 MAC) on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Arena by the score of 34-6. 
 
The Bulls continued to get great effort from their grapplers at 184 and 197 pounds as Tony Lock and Angelo Malvestuto both picked up victories in back-to-back matches for Buffalo.
 
Going winless through the first seven matches of the afternoon, the Bulls needed a energy boost and they got that from Lock at 184 pounds. Lock and Ryan Garringer went scorless after the first period but in the second Lock started to take over. Starting on bottom, Lock earned a revesal and a near fall three to take the 5-2 lead after two periods. Lock stayed smart in the final period and wore down his opponent to pick up the three points for his team.
 
Following Lock's victory, Malvestuto stepped on the mat looking to gain back some confidence following a loss to Old Dominion on Saturday night. Malvestuto and Michael Duckworth went back and forth in the opening period as it ended with the score tied at three. After a scorless second period, Malvestuto took over in the final frame as he earned a reversal and a near fall two to put the match away. He was also awarded the riding time point en route to the 8-3 victory. The win for Malvestuto was his team leading 16th win on the season.
 
In the final match of the afternoon, James Benjamin put in a great effort against #11 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio. Benjamin hung tough through the first two periods of the match as he trailed by the slim margin of 2-1 but the more experience Johnson pulled away in the last period and downed the freshman 9-4 after earning the riding time point.
 
The Bulls will return to the mat on Saturday, February 1 as they travel to take on nationally ranked Edinboro.
 
RESULTS:
125: KeVon Powell (OH) won by decision over Max Soria (BUF), 10-9
 133: Kegan Squire (OH) won by fall over Justin Farmer (BUF), 1:33
 141: Noah Forrider (OH) won by decision over Nick Flannery (BUF), 3-2
 149: #15 Tywan Claxton (OH) won by major decision over Ryan Todora (BUF), 9-1
 157: Spartak Chino (OH) won by decision over Wally Maziarz (BUF), 8-2
 165: Harrison Hightower (OH) won by fall over Tyler Rill (BUF), 1:33
 174: #9 Cody Walters (OH) won by fall over Rrok Ndokaj (BUF), 5:29
 184: Tony Lock (BUF) won by decision over Ryan Garringer (OH), 5-2
 197: Angelo Malvestuto (BUF) won by decision over Michael Duckworth (OH), 8-3
 285: #11 Jeremy Johnson (OH) won by decision over James Benjamin (BUF), 9-4 
 
 
Buffalo Wrestling Drops Home Dual to #23 Old Dominion, 21-10
 
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo wrestling team (2-11, 0-4 MAC) was defeated on Saturday night in front of the home crowd at Alumni Arena by #23 Old Dominion (4-8, 1-2 MAC) by the score of 21-10.  Three Bulls were able to pick up victories on the night, Mike Soria at 125, Nick Flannery at 141 and Tyler Rill at 165.
 
Soria started off the night for the Bulls with an emphatic major decision victory over Buddy Scarborough by the score of 13-5. Soria started out slow as he fell behind 2-1 after the first period but in the second period he took the match over. Soria picked up four points in the second to take the 5-2 lead into the third. In the third, Soria got the fans to their feet as he recorded two takedowns and a near fall two to take control of the match. As the final whistle blew, Soria took the riding time point and downed his opponent 13-5.
 
After Justin Farmer was defeated at 133 to make the match 4-3 in favor of the Bulls, Nick Flannery took the mat for his biggest victory of the season. Flannery downed #4 Chris Mecate by the score of 12-7 to take home his second straight victory over a ranked opponent.
 
Flannery fell behind 4-2 after the first period but he didn't flinch in the second, as he was able to earn a takedown and a near fall three, which brought his teammates and crowd to their feet. Entering the third period with the 7-5 lead, Flannery put the match away with a late takedown and the riding time point to earn his 14th win of the season.
 
After back-to-back losses by the Bulls made the score 9-7 in favor of the Monarchs, Tyler Rill stepped onto the mat wrestled a great match. Rill outlasted Devin Geoghegan of Old Dominion by the score of 3-2 as he earned the winning takedown in the final period. The win for Rill was his first against a MAC opponent and his 12th of the season for Buffalo.
 
The Rill win was the final victory of the night for the Bulls as they dropped the final four matches. Tony Lock had a tight battle with Jack Dechow that went to overtime but the Monarchs picked up the 3-1 sudden victory after a nice takedown.
 
The Bulls will host conference foe Ohio tomorrow at Alumni Arena at 1:00 pm.
 
 Results:
 125: Mike Soria (BUF) won by major decision over Buddy Scarborough (ODU), 13-5
 133: Michael Hayes (ODU) won by decision over Justin Farmer (BUF), 7-2
 141: Nick Flannery (BUF) won by decision over #4 Chris Mecate (ODU), 12-7
 149: Alexander Richardson (ODU) won by decision over Ryan Todora (BUF), 6-2
 157: Tristan Warner (ODU) won by decision over Wally Maziarz (BUF), 8-2
 165: Tyler Rill (BUF) won by decision over Devin Geoghegan (ODU), 3-2
 174: Billy Curling (ODU) won by decision over Rrok Ndokaj (BUF), 7-4
 184: Jack Dechow (ODU) won by decision over Tony Lock (BUF), 3-1
 197: Kevin Beazley (ODU) won by decision over Angelo Malvestuto (BUF), 7-3
 285: Jacob Henderson (ODU) won by decision over James Benjamin (BUF), 6-2
 
 
Central Michigan:
 
Chippewas Take Down Golden Flashes, 21-12 
 
Kent, Ohio - The Central Michigan wrestling program improved to 4-2 in Mid-American Conference competition with a convincing victory at rival Kent State Sunday afternoon, 21-12.  The Chippewas (8-6, 4-2 MAC) built an early 9-0 lead behind their trio of ranked lightweights and were awarded bonus points on an injury default by No. 6 Ian Miller at 157 pounds to extend the lead to 15-3.
 
Redshirt freshman No. 12 Corey Keener opened the dual with a 8-3 decision over Alfredo Grey behind three takedowns and riding time, two of which came in the second period where he took control of the match.  Senior Joe Roth, ranked No. 16 at 133 pounds by InterMat, extended the lead with a 3-1 decision over Mack McGuire and it was a 9-0 CMU advantage after No. 9 Zach Horan defeated Tyler Small by decision, 5-1.
 
After a scoreless first period, Horan started the second on bottom and reversed Small before turning him to his back for a three-point nearfall. Small was able to earn an escape point in the third, but Horan's lead was too much to overcome.
 
The Golden Flashes looked to be closing the gap as Mike DePalma earned a decision over senior Scott Mattingly at 149 and Miller held a 5-2 lead over Smith, but Miller was unable to continue the match at the 5:31 mark due to an injury, awarding the Chippewas six bonus points.
 
Redshirt freshman Nick Becker extended the lead to 18-3 with a decision over Tyler Buckwalter at 165 pounds, 5-1, and No. 8 Mike Ottinger earned his third-straight one-point victory over Caleb Marsh, 2-1.
 
Ottinger held 1-0 lead after the second period and was able to prevent Marsh from escaping long enough to accumulate the necessary riding time to secure the victory and seal the match for the Maroon and Gold.
 
CMU is back on the road next Sunday, Feb. 2 when it travels to take on MAC affiliate Old Dominion. 
 
Central Michigan 21, Kent State 12
125: No. 12 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Alfredo Grey, 8-3; CMU, 3-0
133: No. 16 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Mack McGuire, 3-1; CMU, 6-0
141: No. 9 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Tyler Small, 5-1; CMU, 9-0
149: Mike DePalma (Kent) dec. Scott Mattingly, 11-6; CMU, 9-3
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (dec.) win by injury default No. 6 Ian Miller, 5:31; CMU, 15-3
165: Nick Becker (CMU) dec. Tyler Buckwalter, 5-1; CMU, 18-3
174: No. 8 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. Caleb Marsh, 2-1; CMU, 21-3
184: No. 14 Sam Wheeler (Kent) dec. Craig Kelliher, 9-8; CMU, 21-6
197: Cole Baxter (Kent) dec. Jackson Lewis, 5-1; CMU, 21-9
285: Mimmo Lytle (Kent) dec. Adam Robinson, 3-1; CMU, 21-12
 
 
Kent State:
 
Flashes Take Final Three Weights in Loss to Chippewas 
 
KENT, Ohio- An injury default at the 157-pound weight class created a difference-making, nine-point swing in Central Michigan's 21-12 victory over Kent State Sunday inside the M.A.C. Center.  The remaining matches resulted in five decisions for the Chippewas (8-6, 4-2 MAC) and four decisions for the Golden Flashes (8-8, 2-2).
  
"The first three matches and 165, they (CMU) took advantage of everything we did," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said.  "We did all the wrestling and they got all of their scoring off of our moves."
  
Following three Central Michigan wins, sophomore Michael Depalma put the Flashes on the board with an 11-6 victory over Scott Mattingly.  DePalma came out active on his feet and kept up a fast-paced offense with five takedowns.  He also racked up 2:45 in riding time.
  
Momentum briefly continued going Kent State's way as sophomore Ian Miller jumped out to a 4-1 lead over Luke Smith after one period.  Miller led 4-2 in the third period with riding time, before a sudden arm injury prevented him from finishing.
  
"If Ian wins his match it's a 15-15 tie," Andrassy said.  "We thought there was a good chance the other matches would end up the way they did.  But that's wrestling…injuries happen."
  
The Flashes' biggest highlight of the afternoon came at 184 pounds.  Sophomore Sam Wheeler was nearly pinned in the first period and trailed 6-0 to start the second.  Wheeler battled back to convert four takedowns, force a stalling point and erase Craig Kelliher's riding time for a 9-8 victory.
  
"Sam's wrestled that kid about seven times and he's never lost to him," Andrassy said.  "Sam just kept the pressure on.  He showed a lot of fight by not getting pinned and he showed a lot of fight by coming back and winning.  It shows a lot of character on him."
  
Sophomore Cole Baxter followed with a 5-1 win at 197.  All of Baxter's scoring came in the first with a takedown and a three-point turn.
  
Redshirt freshman Mimmo Lytle made it three straight Kent State victories with a 3-1 win to end the dual.  Lytle broke a 1-1 tie late in the third period with a double-leg takedown.
  
"We're young, but the season isn't young anymore," Andrassy said.  'So there's some things we need to correct and we need to correct them fast."
 
The Flashes will compete in the third of five straight MAC duals Friday at Eastern Michigan.
 
Individual Results  
 125  Corey Keener (CMU) won by decision over Alfredo Gray (KSU) 8-3
 133  Joe Roth (CMU) won by decision over Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) 3-1
 141  Zach Horan (CMU) won by decision over Tyler Small (KSU) 5-1
 149  Michael Depalma (Kent State) won by decision over Scott Mattingly (CMU) 11-6
 157  Luke Smith (CMU) won by injury default over Ian Miller (KSU) 5:31
 165  Nick Becker (CMU) won by decision over Tyler Buckwalter (KSU) 5-1
 174  Mike Ottinger (CMU) won by decision over Caleb Marsh (KSU) 2-1
 184  Sam Wheeler (KSU) won by decision over Craig Kelliher (CMU) 9-8
 197  Cole Baxter (KSU) won by decision over Jackson Lewis (CMU) 5-1
 285  Mimmo Lytle (KSU) won by decision over Adam Robinson (CMU) 3-1
 
 
Flashes Come Up Short at Ohio 21-16
 
ATHENS, Ohio- Kent State (8-7, 2-1 MAC) earned expected victories in four weight classes, but was unable to pull off an upset Friday night in a 21-16 loss to Ohio at the Convocation Center.
   
Junior Tyler Small began the night with a third period pin of Noah Forrider.  Trailing 1-0 to start the third, Small started from the top position and used a leg ride to set up a tightly locked cradle.
  
Two matches later, it was sophomore Ian Miller's turn to earn bonus points for the Golden Flashes with a 16-5 major decision over Sparty Chino.  Miller's five-point move following a Chino shot in the second put the match out of reach.
  
Up 10-9 after five matches, sophomore Sam Wheeler extended the lead with a convincing 12-5 decision over Ryan Garringer.  Wheeler took charge from the neutral position, converting takedowns on five different shots.
  
The Bobcats responded with three straight victories, including Phil Wellington's 4-2 decision over sophomore Cole Baxter at 197.  Wellington trailed 2-1 in the third, before scoring a takedown and securing riding time.
  
Sophomore Mack McGuire finished off the night 2-1 decision over Kagan Squire.  McGuire's first period takedown at the edge of the mat made the difference.
  
Sophomore 149-pounder Michael DePalma missed action with an injury.
  
The Flashes continue their rivalry weekend Sunday, hosting Central Michigan at the M.A.C. Center.
  
 Results
 141 – Tyler Small fall over Noah Forrider 5:29
 149 – Tywan Claxton dec. over Kyle Bauer 8-2
 157 – Ian Miller maj. dec. over Sparty Chino 16-5
 165 – Harrison Hightower dec. over Tyler Buckwalter 10-4
 174 – Cody Walters dec. over Caleb Marsh 5-2
 184 – Sam Wheeler dec. over Ryan Garringer 12-5
 197 – Phil Wellington dec. over Cole Baxter 4-2
 285 – Jeremy Johnson fall over Mimmo Lytle 2:58
 125 – KeVon Powell dec. over Del Vinas 9-5
 133 – Mack McGuire dec. over Kagen Squire 2-1
 
 
Missouri:
 
Tiger Style Takes Second Leg of Road Trip, Shuts Out NIU 31-0; No. 7-Mizzou records second shutout of 2013-14
 
DeKALB, Ill. - A young Mizzou Wrestling program was forced to quickly forget about their first dual loss of the season Friday night, and did so by way of a 31-0 shutout victory versus MAC-foe Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon. All 10 Tigers to touch the mat emerged victorious, including a major decision victory by sophomore Cody Johnston in his first career start.
 
Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith gave Johnston the nod at 184 pounds Saturday afternoon, and the Tiger sophomore didn't disappoint. Johnston was a scoring machine early on, tallying three takedowns and two nearfalls en route to a 13-3 major decision over Caleb Busson, the only bonus point victory on the day. It was his first major decision of the season, and his 11th win in bonus point territory. Johnston was the 18th grappler to make a dual start for the Tigers in six dual meets.
 
With five freshmen in Mizzou's starting lineup, many young Tigers are starting to grow up quickly, especially after the adversity they faced Friday night in Northern Iowa. Freshman Joey Lavallee went 2-0 on the road trip thanks in large part to a takedown with 11 seconds remaining at 157 pounds. Northern Illinois' Andrew Morse led 3-2 with riding time locked up, and Lavallee found a way to wrap him up with just seconds left. The bout went to overtime, where Lavallee only needed 10 more seconds for a takedown in sudden victory.
 
"We were knocked down last night by a really good team. I know as a young team they were questioning who we were as a team, and they responded the right way," said Smith following his program's second shutout in two weeks. "I mean, we had (Joey) Lavallee down 3-0 and then coming back to tie it with under 30 seconds to go, and then win it in overtime. And Cody Johnston didn't even know he was wrestling until yesterday, and stepped up big for us, not just by winning but getting bonus points as well. We had the right attitude and right responses to the adversity we faced this weekend. I really enjoy this team, and the character and fight they bring, which we saw today."
 
Heavyweight Devin Mellon closed out Saturday's matinee dual with a 2-1 overtime victory in what was a big matchup with possible implications for the MAC Conference Championships in March. Mellon and NIU's Jared Torrence traded escapes in the first seven minutes to send the bout to overtime tied at one-a-piece. Mellon and Torrence would go to a tiebreaker, where Mellon would escape and then proceed to keep Torrence from getting his own escape for the win. Mellon, tabbed No. 2 at heavyweight in the conference, backed up his ranking by topping Torrence, ranked No. 3 in the MAC.
 
The team doesn't slow down for the next couple of weekend's, with two more top-10 matchups coming next weekend when Mizzou heads back on the road for duals against No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 9 Oklahoma State. The squad will then host Buffalo and Eastern Michigan at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 in what will be the first action at the Hearnes Center for the Tigers this year.
 
Mizzou's matchup on Feb. 7 versus Buffalo will be a part of Mizzou Athletics' annual Beauty and the Beast event, where both Mizzou Wrestling and Mizzou's Gymnastics team compete simultaneously. Tickets for the event are on sale now at MUTigers.com/tickets.
 
Stay tuned with everything Tiger Style wrestling by following the program on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans can also join the conversation by using hashtag #TigerStyle.
 
FINAL RESULTS- MIZZOU 31, NIU 0
 125 - Barlow McGhee (MIZZ) decision over Nick Harrison (NIU), 4-2. (3-0 MIZZ)
 133 - Matt Manley (MIZZ) decision over Nick Smith (NIU), 8-7. (6-0 MIZZ)
 141 - Lavion Mayes (MIZZ) decision over Tyler Argue (NIU), 7-3. (9-0 MIZZ)
 149 - No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (MIZZ) major decision over Rob Jillard (NIU), 6-2. (12-0 MIZZ)
 157 - Joey Lavallee (MIZZ) sudden victory over Andrew Morse (NIU), 6-4. (15-0 MIZZ)
 165 - No. 8 Zach Toal (MIZZ) decision over Shaun'Qae McMurtry (NIU), 5-3. (18-0 MIZZ)
 174 - No. 18 Mikey England (MIZZ) decision over Matt Mougin (NIU), 7-1. (21-0 MIZZ)
 184 - Cody Johnston (MIZZ) major decision over Caleb Busson (NIU), 13-3. (25-0 MIZZ)
 197 - No. 5 J'den Cox (MIZZ) decision over Shawn Scott (NIU), 8-5. (28-0 MIZZ)
 HWT - Devin Mellon (MIZZ) decision over Jared Torrence (NIU) in TB-1, 2-1. (31-0 MIZZ)
 
*All Individual Rankings are USA Today/AWN Wrestling
 *All Team Rankings are from the NWCA Coaches Poll 
 
 
No. 7-Tigers Drop Top-10 Test to No.7-Northern Iowa, 24-10
The Tigers drop their first dual of the season to the top-ranked team in the MAC
 
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - For the first time in 2013-14, the No. 7 Mizzou Wrestling program fell short in dual play at the hands of Northern Iowa, 24-10. The Tigers won three bouts on the night, highlighted by the first career dual win at 157 pounds for Joey Lavallee.
 
Mizzou had a chance to cut an early 6-0 deficit in half at 141 pounds in a matchup between sophomore Trevor Jauch and UNI's No. 19 Joey Lazor. Jauch started the second period in the down position, where he would escape and get a takedown on his ranked counterpart for a 3-0 lead. Lazor would answer in the third, however, with a quick reversal, closing the gap to 3-2. With less than 20 seconds remaining, Jauch was hit with his second stalling call, and as time expired Lazor wrapped him up for two more, and the match. Lazor's 5-4 decision increased UNI's lead to 9-0, a gap that the Tigers could never overcome.
 
Junior Drake Houdashelt, tabbed the top 149-pounder in the land, put Mizzou on the board with a 12-4 major decision over Tyler Patten, thanks to three third period takedowns. Lavallee followed suit at 157, with his first collegiate dual win. The Tiger true freshman was a hammer on top, accumulating 3:51 of riding time in a 4-1 win over Jarrett Jensen to close UNI's lead to 9-7.
 
The Tigers only other victory came at 197, an 8-1 decision for J'den Cox at the hands of UNI's Basil Minto.
 
Upsets at 165 and 174 pounds put the Tigers in a hole that they couldn't climb out of. Senior Zach Toal, ranked 8th by USA Today/AWN, fell to No. 10 Cooper Moore, 6-2. Then at 174, UNI's Cody Caldwell turned No. 18 Mikey England for backpoints in the third en route to a 10-7 win. Missouri lost three matches that were tied or they held the lead headed into the third period on Friday night. 
 
"We showed our immaturity tonight," said Head Coach Brian Smith following the team's first loss. "We talk about wrestling for a full seven minutes, and tonight we didn't do that in some matches. We have to get better."
 
The Tigers have a chance to get back on the winning side of things with an afternoon dual Saturday at Northern Illinois, beginning at 2 p.m. The Tigers sport a 12-2 all-time record against NIU, who looks to get back to the .500-mark against Brian Smith's squad.
 
The team doesn't slow down for the next couple of weekend's, with two more top-10 matchups coming next weekend when Mizzou heads back on the road for duals against No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 9 Oklahoma State. The squad will then host Buffalo and Eastern Michigan at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 in what will be the first action at the Hearnes Center for the Tigers this year.
 
Mizzou's matchup on Feb. 7 versus Buffalo will be a part of Mizzou Athletics' annual Beauty and the Beast event, where both Mizzou Wrestling and Mizzou's Gymnastics team compete simultaneously. Tickets for the event are on sale now at MUTigers.com/tickets.
 
Stay tuned with everything Tiger Style wrestling by following the program on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans can also join the conversation by using hashtag #TigerStyle.
 
FINAL RESULTS- UNI 24, MIZZOU 10
 125 - No. 6 Dylan Peters (UNI) decision over Barlow McGhee (MIZZ), 7-4. (3-0 UNI)
 133 - No. 1 Joe Colon (UNI) decision over Matt Manley (MIZZ), 8-1. (6-0 UNI)
 141 - No. 19 Joey Lazor (UNI) decision over Trevor Jauch (MIZZ), 5-4. (9-0 UNI)
 149 - No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (MIZZ) major dec. over Tyler Patten (UNI), 12-4. (9-4 UNI)
 157 - Joey Lavallee (MIZZ) decision over Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 4-1. (9-7 UNI)
 165 - No. 8 Zach Toal (MIZZ) decision over No. 10 Cooper Moore (UNI), 6-2. (12-7 UNI)
 174 - Cody Caldwell (UNI) decision over No. 18 Mikey England, 10-7. (15-7 UNI)
 184 - No. 5 Ryan Loder (UNI) fall over No. 15 Johnny Eblen (MIZZ) at 0:26. (21-7 UNI)
 197 - No. 5 J'den Cox (MIZZ) decision over Basil Minto (UNI), 8-1. (21-10 UNI)
 HWT - Blaize Cabell (UNI) decision over Devin Mellon (MIZZ), 6-5. (24-10 UNI)
 
*All Individual Rankings are USA Today/AWN Wrestling
 *All Team Rankings are from the NWCA Coaches Poll
 
 
Northern Iowa:
 
No. 5 UNI Wrestling Defends Home Mat Against No. 7 Missouri, 24-10
 
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI wrestling stayed perfect with a 24-10 win over No. 7 Missouri in front of a sold-out crowd at the West Gym.
The Panthers were looking to win a battle they lost last year to Missouri on Military Appreciation night. UNI is among just three teams in the top 10 that remain undefeated (7-0). The only other two teams are Penn State and Cornell.  
 
No. 6 Dylan Peters (125 pounds), No. 1 Joe Colon (133 pounds) and No. 14 Joey Lazor (141 pounds) protected their undefeated status and gave the Panthers a 12-0 lead.
 
“Those guys having been doing that all year long,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “They set the tone for meet.”
 
Cooper Moore, a redshirt freshman, continues to knock off ranked opponents with his win over No. 8 Zach Toal, a three-time NCAA qualifier.
 
UNI ended the night with wins from No. 18 Cody Caldwell at 174 pounds and Blaize Cabell, heavyweight.
 
All-American Ryan Loder was the only Panther to earn bonus points win his 25-second pin. Loder returned to the regular dual lineup and continues to be undefeated. He hasn’t ever given up bonus points in a match, and he hasn’t lost a dual since the 2011-12 season.
 
“Getting him back is huge for us,” Schwab said of Loder. “He is a leader for our team.”
 
Cabell beat Devin Mellon, an NCAA qualifier who is ranked second in the Mid-American Conference.   
 
“Our guys are feeling it. They are believing,” said Schwab.
 
NEXT UP:  The Panthers will remain at home through mid-February. They host a triangular with Ohio and South Dakota State on Feb. 1 starting at noon.  The dual with Iowa State has been moved to 5 p.m. Feb. 8.
 
FINAL RESULTS: UNI 24, MU 10
125 – #6 Dylan Peters (UNI) dec. Barlow McGhee (MU), 8-4
133 – #1 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. Matt Manley (MU), 8-1
141–  #14 Joey Lazor (UNI) dec. Trevor Jauch (MU), 5-4
149 – #1 Drake Houdashelt (MU) maj. dec. Tyler Patten (UNI), 12-4
157 – Jarrett Jensen (UNI) dec. Joey Lavalle (MU), 4-1               
165 – #11 Cooper Moore dec. (UNI) #8 Zach Toal (MU), 6-2
174 –#18 Cody Caldwell (UNI) dec. #19 Mikey England (MU), 10-7
184 – #5 Ryan Loder (UNI) fall #10 Johnny Eblen (MU), 0:25
197 – #6 J’den Cox (MU) dec. Basil Minto (UNI), 8-1
HWT – Blaize Cabell (UNI) dec. Devin Mellon (MU), 6-5    
 
 
Northern Illinois:
 
Huskies Suffer 31-0 Loss to #7 Tigers; Near upsets not enough in loss to Missouri
 
DEKALB, Ill. – On their home floor for the first time in three weeks, the Northern Illinois University wrestling team dropped a 31-0 defeat at the hands of the #7 Missouri Tigers.
 
Facing their fifth Top 25 team of the season, the Huskies (6-8, 1-4 MAC) were unable to get on the board against the Tigers (5-1, 3-1 MAC). Yet, they came close on several occasions to scoring big wins over nationally-ranked opponents.
 
“We didn’t come out on the winning end of our matches, but I thought we competed well,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “At 133, it was an extremely tight bout. Rob Jillard at 149 went extremely tight and tough with the number one kid in the country. Andrew Morse had a tight bout. Shaun’Qae McMurtry competed one of the best matches we’ve seen from him all year. Shawn Scott made huge gains.”
 
“We saw good things. We didn’t get the end result we wanted, but right now we’re focusing in on progress and keying in on what we’re going to be doing in March. We’re seeing things move in the right direction and chasing things down, so overall – even if we didn’t get the results we wanted – we saw progress.”
 
The Tigers drew first blood, as Nick Harrison dropped a tough 4-2 decision to MU’s Barlow McGhee. After surrendering an early takedown, Harrison tied up the match with a pair of escapes, only to give up another takedown that proved to be the difference.
 
MU built their lead up to 6-0 when Matt Manley survived a scrappy effort from Nick Smith. After trailing 1-0 after one period, Smith used a four-point second period to take a 4-3 lead after the second. However, a Manley takedown and a late two-point nearfall gave the lead back to the Tiger. Smith tied the match as time expired with a reversal, but the riding time advantage allowed Missouri to claim the match.
 
The NIU deficit grew bigger after Tyler Argue dropped a 7-3 decision to Lavion Mayes at 141. Missouri extended their advantage to 12-0 when top-ranked Drake Houdashelt outlasted Rob Jillard in a 6-2 decision.
 
The Huskies’ hole grew bigger when Andrew Morse suffered a heart-breaking loss at 157. After taking a 2-0 lead through two periods, his opponent, Joey Lavallee, got a reversal to tie the match. After getting an escape to go back ahead, 3-2, with the riding time advantage, Lavallee got the equalizer with a takedown. In overtime, the Tiger got a quick takedown for sudden victory and a 15-0 lead at the intermission.
 
The Tigers added to their lead when #8 Zach Toal claimed a tight 5-3 decision over Shaun’Qae McMurtry, making it an 18-0 Missouri lead. The visitors would clinch the dual win when #19 Mikey England defeated Matt Mougin, 7-1, at 174 pounds.
 
Caleb Busson lost the 184 match, dropping a 13-3 major decision against Cody Johnston. At 197, Shawn Scott came close to scoring a huge upset win, but ultimately dropped an 8-5 decision at the hands of sixth-ranked J’Den Cox.
 
Missouri capped off the shutout when Devin Mellon got a 2-1 overtime win against Jared Torrence.
 
NIU caps off the first month of the year Friday, Jan. 31, when they head to Virginia to duel Old Dominion. The Huskies and Monarchs will get on the mats at 6:30 p.m.
 
#7 Missouri 31, NIU 0
125: Barlow McGhee (MU) dec. Nick Harrison (NIU), 4-2
133: Matt Manley (MU) dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 8-7
141: Lavion Mayes (MU) dec. Tyler Argue (NIU), 7-3
149: #1 Drake Houdashelt (MU) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 6-2
157: Joey Lavallee (MU) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 6-4 (SV1)
165: #8 Zach Toal (MU) dec. Shaun'Qae McMurtry, 5-3
174: #19 Mikey England (MU) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 7-1
184: Cody Johnston (MU) maj. dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 13-3
197: #6 J'Den Cox (MU) dec. Shawn Scott (NIU), 8-5
285: Devin Mellon (MU) dec. Jared Torrence (NIU), 2-1 (OT)
 
 
Ohio:
 
Bobcat Wrestlers Trample Buffalo, 34-6; Hightower earns 12th fall on the season
 
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Ohio junior Harrison Hightower collected his 12th pin to lead the Ohio University wrestling team (8-2; 4-2) to a convincing 34-6 win at Buffalo inside Alumni Arena Sunday afternoon.
 
With the win, Ohio completes a perfect 2-0 week and moves 15-2 in its last 17 dual meets dating back to last season.
 
Ohio won the first seven bouts of the match, winning two by fall and one by a major decision to open up a 31-0 lead over the Bulls.
 
Sophomore KeVon Powell (Romeoville, Ill.) got the Bobcats on the board with a 10-9 decision victory over Max Soria to give Ohio an early 3-0 lead. Sophomore Kagan Squire (Wadsworth, Ohio) followed Powell by tallying his fourth fall on the season as he pinned UB's Justin Farmer in 1:33.
 
Freshman Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) got in on the Bobcats' winning ways as he defeated UB's Nick Flannery 3-2 at 141.
 
Junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) came up next and registered a major decision at 149. Claxton's major decision was his third on the year as improved to 19-4 on the year.
 
Following sophomore Spartak Chino's (Wheaton, Ill.) win at 157, Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) posted a first period fall (1:33) at 165, strengthening his team-leading fall count to 12.
 
Sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) came up next and registered his first fall on the season (5:29) at 174, improving his record to 5-1.
 
Buffalo put points on the board at 184 as Tony Lock defeated Ryan Garringer, 5-2. Their momentum continued into the 197 class as Angelo Malvestuto defeated Ohio's Michael Duckworth (Liberty, Ind.) in a 3-8 decision that brought the score to 31-6.
 
Senior Jeremy Johnson ended the dual with a 9-4 victory and in the process picked up his team-best 25th win on the year. Johnson's victory was his fifth-consecutive victory.
 
Ohio returns to competition Feb. 1 as it heads to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on Northern Iowa and South Dakota State. The tri-meet is set to begin at Noon.
 
OHIO 34 - BUFFALO 6: FINAL RESULTS
 125: KeVon Powell (Ohio) won by decision over Max Soria (UB), 10-9
 133: Kegan Squire (Ohio) won by fall over Justin Farmer (UB), 1:33
 141: Noah Forrider (Ohio) won by decision over Nick Flannery (UB), 3-2
 149: #15 Tywan Claxton (Ohio) won by major decision over Ryan Todora (UB), 9-1
 157: Spartak Chino (Ohio) won by decision over Wally Maziarz (UB), 8-2
 165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) won by fall over Tyler Rill (UB), 1:33
 174: #9 Cody Walters (Ohio) won by fall over Rrok Ndokaj (UB), 5:29
 184: Tony Lock (UB) won by decision over Ryan Garringer (Ohio), 5-2
 197: Angelo Malvestuto (UB) won by decision over Michael Duckworth (Ohio), 8-3
 285: #11 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) won by decision over James Benjamin (UB), 9-4
 
 
Ohio Upends Kent State 21-16
Bobcats rally back from early deficit to win fourth straight home match
 
ATHENS, Ohio - Senior heavyweight Jeremy Johnson registered his fourth-consecutive pin to lead the Ohio University wrestling team (7-2; 3-2 MAC) to a thrilling 21-16 come-from-behind victory over Kent State Friday night at the Convocation Center.
 
Ohio's win over the Golden Flashes marked its fourth-consecutive win at home this season and its seventh straight dating back to the 2012-13 campaign. The `Cats win against KSU also marked their first win over the Golden Flashes since 2005.
 
The Golden Flashes jumped out to the early lead after KSU's Tyler Small tallied a second period fall of freshman Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) at 141 to open up a 6-0 advantage.
 
Ohio fought back at 149 thanks to Tywan Claxton's (South Euclid, Ohio) decision victory versus KSU's Kyle Bower, trimming the Flashes lead to 6-3. KSU responded by increasing its lead to 10-3 after Ian Miller registered a major decision over at 157.
 
The Bobcats charged back to cut the Flashes lead to one (10-9) following back-to-back decision victories by junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) at 165 and sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) at 174. Hightower's win was his 23rd victory on the year and his fifth triumph in his last six bouts. Walter's come-from-behind win versus Caleb Marsh improved his season mark to 5-1.
 
Following a loss at 184, sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) picked up his 23rd win of the year, defeating Cole Baxter 3-2 and for the second time on the night Ohio cut KSU's lead to one at 13-12.
 
This time however, Ohio took the lead after being down one point as Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) pinned Mimmo Lytle in 2:58 to give the Bobcats their first lead of the night. Sophomore KeVon Powell (Romeoville, Ill.) clinched the team victory for the Bobcats in the following bout as he outlasted Del Vinas 9-5.
 
Ohio returns to action on Sunday as it heads to Buffalo. The Bobcats' dual with the Bulls is set for 1 p.m. inside UB's Alumni Arena.
 
OHIO 21 - KENT STATE 16: FINAL RESULTS
 141 Tyler Small (Kent State) won by pin over Noah Forrider (Ohio) 5:29; KSU 6 - Ohio 0
 149 No. 149 Tywan Claxton (Ohio) won by dec. over Kyle Bauer (Kent State) 7-2: KSU 6 - Ohio 3
 157 No. 6 Ian Miller (Kent State) won by major dec. over Spartak Chino (Ohio) 15-5: KSU 10 - Ohio 3
 165 Harrison Hightower (Ohio) won by dec. over Tyler Buckwalter (Kent State) 9-4; KSU 10 - Ohio 6
 174 No. 9 Cody Walters (Ohio) won by dec. over Caleb Marsh (Kent State) 4-2; KSU 10 - Ohio 9
 184 No. 14 Sam Wheeler (Kent State) won by dec. over Ryan Garringer (Ohio) 11-5; KSU 13 - Ohio 9
 197 No. 11 Phil Wellington (Ohio) won by dec. over Cole Baxter (Kent State) 3-2; KSU 13 - Ohio 12
 285 No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) won by pin over Mimmo Lytle (Kent State) 2:58; Ohio 18 - KSU 13
 125 KeVon Powell (Ohio) won by dec. over Edilberto Vinas (Kent State) 9-5; Ohio 21 - KSU 13
 133 No. 18 Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) won by dec. over Kagan Squire (Ohio) 2-1; Ohio 21 - KSU 16
 
 
Old Dominion:
 
Monarchs Pick Up First MAC Win, Defeats Buffalo 21-10
 
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Old Dominion University wrestling team (5-8, 1-2) resumed Mid-American Conference play tonight with a 21-10 win on the road against the University of Buffalo.  The win is the first ever MAC victory in Old Dominion history.  ODU picked up victories tonight from Michael Hayes (133), Alexander Richardson (149), Tristan Warner (157), Billy Curling (174), Jack Dechow (184), Kevin Beazley (197) and Jake Henderson (Heavyweight).
 
“We had a good scrap with Buffalo tonight,” said ODU head coach Steve Martin. “Our guys fought hard and executed their attacks as well as their style. It was a good simulation for the MAC tournament as we had back-to-back competition two days in a row. Michael Hayes, Lenny Richardson, Tristan Warner, Billy Curling and Jack Dechow completed the weekend with back-to-back victories. Kevin Beazley defeated a tough opponent and Jake Henderson wrestled well at Heavyweight. Chris Mecate had an unusual loss as he got caught in a 5-point hold off of his own leg attack. This weekend gives us several technical areas that we need to improve in. We look forward to being at home and competing against MAC opponents NIU and Central Michigan next weekend.”
 
At 174 pounds, Curling turned the match in ODU’s favor with a 7-4 decision victory over Rrok Ndokaj.  Dechow (184) won by a 3-1 overtime decision, which gave the Monarchs a 15-10 lead. Beazley’s (197) 7-3 decision win gave ODU enough team points to secure the team victory.
 
No. 4-ranked Mecate lost for just the sixth time this year. Mecate still sports a 20-6 record.  The night started at 125 pounds where Buddy Scarborough fell by a 13-5 major decision.
 
Old Dominion 21, Buffalo 10
125- Mike Soria (BUF) won by maj. dec. over Buddy Scarborough (ODU), 13-5. ODU trails 4-0.
133- Michael Hayes (ODU) dec. Justin Farmer (BUF), 7-2. ODU trails 4-3.
141- Nick Flannery (BUF) dec. #4 Chris Mecate (ODU), 12-7. ODU trails 7-3.
149- Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Ryan Todora (BUF), 6-2. ODU trails 7-6.
157- Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Wally Maziarz (BUF), 8-2. ODU leads 9-7.
165- Tyler Rill (BUF) dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU), 3-2. ODU trails 10-9.
174- Billy Curling (ODU) dec. Rkok Ndokaj (BUF), 7-4. ODU leads 12-10.
184- Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. Tony Lock (BUF),  SV-1 3-1. ODU leads 15-10.
197- Kevin Beazley (ODU) dec. Angelo Malvestuto, 7-3. ODU leads 18-10.
285- Jake Henderson (ODU) dec. James Benjamin, 6-2. ODU wins 21-10. 
The Monarchs also competed in the Appalachian State Open earlier today.
 
157-pounder Zach Wilson was the only one to attend the Open.
Wilson (ODU) dec. Jesse Carlton (unrosted), 7-1
Devon Jackson (Limestone) maj. dec. Wilson, 10-2
Wilson dec. George Bancroft (NC-Pembroke), 3-1
William Crozier (VMI) dec. Wilson, 4-0. 
*Old Dominion face Northern Illinois Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. from the TED Constant Center.
 
 
Old Dominion Defeats Binghamton 21-12
 
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Old Dominion Wrestling team defeated Binghamton University by a 21-12 final.
 
"All our kids wrestled hard tonight," said Old Dominion head coach Steve Martin. "The guys put points on the board and built our leads, which is important this time of the year. Hayes, Mecate and Curling opened up their offense and got after their opponents. Richardson won a hard fought match in OT. Warner and Dechow dictated the pace throughout their matches from start to finish. It was a good chance to see the team wrestle on the road and stay focused."
 
ODU 21, Binghamton 12
125- David White (BNG) dec. Brandon Jeske (ODU) 11-6. Binghamton leads 3-0.
133- Michael Hayes (ODU) defeats Sardo (BNG) 9-1 MD. ODU leads 4-3.
141- #4 Chris Mecate (ODU) won and will receive results shortly. ODU leads 8-3.
149- #20 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Bonaldi (BNG) 4-3 SV-1. ODU leads 11-3.
157- Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Perry (BNG) 4-1. ODU leads 14-3
165- Grella (BNG) dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU) 4-3. ODU leads 14-6.
174- Billy Curling (ODU) defeats Price 22-8 MD. ODU leads 18-6.
184- Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. Wallace (BNG) 8-2. ODU leads 21-6.
197- Price (BNG) dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU) 3-1. ODU leads 21-9.
285- Cody Reed (BNG) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) 6-2. ODU wins 21-12.