MAC Wrestling Weekend Recap: Jan. 31

Updated 1/31/2014

MAC Wrestling Scoreboard

Thursday, Jan. 30

No. 10 Missouri 18, No. 6 Oklahoma 15

Friday, January 31

Kent State 18, Eastern Michigan 12
Old Dominion 23, Northern Illinois 12
No. 9 Oklahoma State 28, No. 10 Missouri 6
 
Saturday, February 1
 
Edinboro 41, Buffalo 3
Northern Iowa 25, Ohio 15
Northern Iowa 29, South Dakota State 12
Ohio 32, South Dakota State 6
 
Sunday, February 2
Old Dominion 24, Central Michigan 7
 
 
Buffalo:
 
Wrestling Drops Road Dual At #9 Edinboro, 41-3
 
EDINBORO, PA - The University at Buffalo wrestling team (2-13, 0-5 MAC) suffered a road loss at the hands of #9 Edinboro University (8-3) on Saturday night by the score of 41-3. The loss was the sixth straight defeat for the Bulls, three of those defeats were against nationally ranked opponents.
 
The lone victory for the Bulls on Saturday night came from Tony Lock at 184-pounds. Lock defeated Nick Mitchell by the score of 5-3 for his second straight dual victory. With the win, Lock ranks second on the Bulls with 15 victories.
 
At 125-pounds, Max Soria put in a good fight for the Bulls as he was downed in a tight contest by the score of 7-5 against #16 Kory Mines. Tyler Rill and Rrok Ndokaj both put in good matches against their opponents, as they both fell by two points in close decisions.
 
At 141-pounds, Nick Flannery was not able to stay hot for the Bulls following two wins over nationally ranked opponents. Flannery was pinned by #1 Mitchell Port at 3:37. With the win, Port improved to 21-0 on the season.
 
All six nationally ranked grapplers for the Fighting Scots won their matches against the Bulls on Saturday with two winning by technical fall and two winning by fall.
 
The Bulls will return to the mat on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 pm as they travel to nationally ranked and conference opponent, Missouri.
 
RESULTS:
125: #16 Kory Mines (EDU) wins by decision over Max Soria (BUF), 7-5
 133: #2 A.J. Schopp (EDU) wins by technical fall over Justin Farmer (BUF), 16-0
 141: #1 Mitchell Port (EDU) wins by fall over Nick Flannery (BUF), 3:37
 149: #16 Dave Habat (EDU) wins by technical fall over Ryan Todora (BUF), 24-8
 157: #16 Johnny Greisheimer (EDU) wins by technical fall over Wally Maziarz (BUF), 17-2
 165: Kasey Burnett (EDU) wins by decision over Tyler Rill (BUF), 8-5
 174: Patrick Jennings (EDU) wins by decision over Rrok Ndokaj (BUF), 6-3
 184: Tony Lock (BUF) wins by decision over Nick Mitchell (EDU), 5-3
 197: Vince Pickett (EDU) wins by fall over Angelo Malvestuto (BUF), 0:34
 285: #16 Ernest James (EDU) wins by fall over James Benjamin (BUF), 1:15 
 
 
Central Michigan:
 
Chippewas Suffer Setback at Old Dominion, 24-7 
 
Norfolk, Va. - The Central Michigan wrestling program suffered its third Mid-American Conference setback of the season Sunday afternoon, falling to conference affiliate Old Dominion, 24-7. 
 
The Chippewas (8-7, 5-4 MAC) claimed just two of the ten matches, getting victories from senior No. 10 Joe Roth (133) and redshirt freshman Nick Becker (165). 
 
Roth evened the dual at 3-3 with an 8-e decision over Michael Hayes, but the Monarchs earned victories in the next three matches to open up their lead to 12-3. 
 
Becker got the Chippewas back on track with a 10-2 major decision over Devin Geoghegan, but a rare loss by junior Mike Ottinger at 174 pounds ended any chances of a CMU comeback. Ottinger dropped a 5-4 decision to unranked Billy Curling, suffering just his third loss of the season. 
 
Sophomore No. 10 Zach Horan (141) also suffered his third loss of the season, falling to the conference's top ranked 141-pounder Chris Mecate by decision, 4-2. 
 
The Chippewas will be back in action on Thursday, February 13 when they host in-state foe Eastern Michigan for their final conference dual of the season. The match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. 
 
Old Dominion 24, Central Michigan 7
125- Brandon Jeske (ODU) dec. No. 12 Corey Keener (CMU) 7-1. ODU: 3, CMU: 0
133- No. 10 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Michael Hayes (ODU) 8-3. ODU: 3, CMU: 3
141- No. 5 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. No. 10 Zach Horan (CMU) 4-2. ODU: 6, CMU: 3
149- No. 16 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Scott Mattingly (CMU) 5-2. ODU: 9, CMU: 3
157- Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. No. 17 Luke Smith (CMU) 6-2. ODU: 12, CMU: 3
165- Nick Becker (CMU) maj. dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU) 10-2. ODU: 12, CMU: 7
174- Billy Curling (ODU) dec. No. 8 Mike Ottinger (CMU) 5-4 ODU: 15, CMU: 7
184- Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. Craig Kelliher (CMU) 7-3 ODU: 18, CMU: 7
197- Kevin Beazley (ODU) defeated Jackson Lewis (CMU) SV-1 3-1. ODU: 21, CMU: 7
285- Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec. Adam Robinson (CMU) 3-1. ODU: 24, CMU: 7
 
 

Eastern Michigan:

Eagles Fall Short Against Kent State; Pizzuto picks up big win over No. 18 Mack McGuire
 
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University wrestling squad fell to Kent State, 18-12, in a Mid-American Conference dual, Friday, Jan. 31. The Eagles fall to 8-6 overall on the season and 1-3 in the conference. Meanwhile, KSU improves to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in league competition.
  
Neither team was able to pick up any extra point matches, as all 10 bouts were decided by decision. Although EMU was unable to earn a victory over the Golden Flashes, it was the closest the team has come in the past eight seasons as it fell by only six points to the MAC foe.
  
The Green and White got the start it needed to kick off the dual as redshirt-senior Jared Germaine (Saginaw, Mich.-Saginaw Valley) earned a 9-7 decision over Alfredo Gray at 125 lbs. Redshirt-sophomore Vincent Pizzuto (North Jackson, Ohio-Jackson Milton) picked up a huge victory over No. 18 Mack McGuire at 133 lbs. Pizzuto clinched a takedown with time dwindling to go up by two and erase McGuire's riding time point, extending the Eagle lead to 6-0.
  
The Golden Flashes answered back to the Eagles first threats as Tyler Small (141 lbs.) and Mike DePalma (149 lbs.) each notched decisions to knot the score at 6-6 heading into the halfway point of the dual.
  
Eastern and Kent State exchanged bouts as Brandon Zeerip (Fremont, Mich.-Hesperia) grabbed a win a 157 lbs. before Tyler Buckwater knotted the score for the second time in the dual with a 5-2 decision at 165 lbs.
  
Kent State saw its first lead of the dual when Caleb Marsh secured a 5-3 decision at 174 lbs., taking the 12-9 advantage. Sam Wheeler, who is No. 12 according to InterMat.com and is ranked No. 2 in the conference at 184 lbs., handed redshirt-senior Phillip Joseph (Lapeer, Mich.-Lapeer East) his first MAC loss as he grabbed an 11-7 decision, extending the KSU lead to 15-9 with just two bouts remaining.
  
The Golden Flashes grabbed the victory they needed at 197 lbs. to secure the win over EMU as Cole Baxter earned a 5-2 decision, putting a win out of reach for Eastern heading into the final match of the night.
  
Redshirt-senior Khodor Hoballah (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn) picked up one final win for the Eagles as he kept Mimmo Lytle scoreless with a 5-0 decision in the heavyweight division.
 
"I thought our fight tonight was at a very high level." said Head Coach Derek DelPorto, "Our pace and our conditioning was better than theirs, but they capitalized o our mistakes and scored, so hats off to them. Once we correct some of the minor mistakes made I feel confident some of those matches will go our way at the conference tournament."
  
The Eagles hit the road to take on Cleveland State, Wednesday, Feb. 5 for a non-conference tilt before returning to conference action, Saturday Feb. 8 against Missouri.
  
 Results  
 125: No. 19 Jared Germaine (EMU) dec.  Alfredo Gray (KSU), 9-7 (EMU, 3-0)
 133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) dec.  No. 18 Mack McGuire (KSU), 7-6 (EMU, 6-0)
 141: Tyler Small (KSU) dec. Nicholas Barber (EMU), 7-3 (EMU, 6-3)
 149: Mike DePalma (KSU) dec. Michael Shaw (EMU), 5-0 (Tied, 6-6)
 157: Brandon Zeerip (EMU) dec. T.J. Keklak (KSU), 9-3 (EMU, 9-6)
 165: Tyler Buckwater (KSU) dec. Dean Vettese (EMU), 5-2 (Tied, 9-9)
 174: Caleb Marsh (KSU) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 5-3 (KSU, 12-9)
 184: No. 12 Sam Wheeler (KSU) dec. Phillip Joseph (EMU), 11-7 (KSU, 15-9)
 197: Cole Baxter (KSU) dec. Nick Whitenburg (EMU), 5-2 (KSU, 18-9)
 HWT: Khodor Hoballah (EMU) dec. Mimmo Lytle (KSU), 5-0 (KSU, 18-12)
  
 Bout-By-Bout
  
 125: Germaine dec. Gray, 9-7
 Gray notched the first points on the bout as he earned a takedown, before Germaine grasped an escape a few seconds later. Gray grabbed his second takedown of the first period before Germaine clinched a reversal and knocked off some of Gray's riding time to close out the period just one point behind. After starting down in the second period, Germaine found his stride as he got an escape off the whistle before Gray secured his third takedown of the bout. Germaine added his second escape of the period and his first takedown to put himself up 7-6 heading into the final two minutes of action. With only 13 seconds remaining in the bout, Germaine secured the final points he would need to give the Eagles the 3-0 lead.
  
 133: Pizzuto dec. McGuire, 7-6
 The first period went back and forth between Pizzuto and McGuire. Each time McGuire grabbed a takedown, Pizzuto answered right back with an escape just seconds later. Pizzuto knotted the period at 4-4 with a takedown with just 12 second remaining and chose to start down in the second. A last second escape from Pizzuto was the only point of the second period as the North Jackson, Ohio native held the narrow 5-4 lead heading into the final two minutes. McGuire knotted the score with just a minute left with an escape as he had accumulated 1:52 of riding time. Pizzuto was able to erase the riding time point as he notched a huge takedown on the edge of the circle to take the 7-6 decision and put the Green and White up 6-0 over the Golden Flashes.
  
 141: Small dec. Barber, 7-3
 Small scored the only points of the first period as he grabbed a late takedown over Barber heading into the second period with a 2-0 lead. Small took the 3-0 advantage with an escape in the third but Barber came within one with a takedown in the second. Small went up 5-2 over Barber to close out the second as he got a last second reversal. Small extended his lead to 7-2 with a takedown in the final two minutes. Barber started to work his way back as he grabbed an escape with 35 second remaining but was unable to earn any further points, falling in a 7-3 decision.
  
 149: DePalma dec. Shaw, 5-0
 DiPalma earned the first points of the bout as he grabbed a takedown over Shaw with over a minute left in the first to end the scoring in the first three minutes. DiPalma added two points in the second with a near fall with less than a minute remaining as Shaw was unable to get on top and earn any points throughout the entire bout as DePalma picked up a riding time point in the third as he secured a 5-0 victory to knot the score at 6-6 heading into the fifth match of the dual.
  
 157: Zeerip dec. Keklak, 9-3
 Zeerip got out to a quick start over Keklak as he notched two takedowns to take the 4-0 lead before Keklak earned his first point by way of escape. Zeerip extended his lead to 5-1 in the second with an escape after starting down to start the period. Keklak came within three of Zeerip in the third period as he earned an escape but Zeerip answered back with a takedown with less than 20 seconds left in the bout. Zeerip added one final takedown with two seconds remaining to take the 9-3 victory and give Eastern its second lead of the night.
  
 165: Buckwater dec. Vettese, 5-2
 Vettese clinched the first points with a takedown after seeing no action through the first two minutes of the first period. Buckwater came up with his first point as time dwindled with an escape late in the first period but Vettese held him from scoring any other further points as he ended the period on top. Buckwater knotted the score at 2-2 in the second as he notched an escape to start the period and took his first lead with a takedown just seconds later. Buckwater secured 1:40 of riding time to gain one final point and take the 5-2 decision to once again knot the dual.
  
 174: Davis / Marsh
 For the first time in two matches Kent State would come up with the first points of the bout as Marsh grabbed a takedown on the edge of the circle, while Davis was unable to score in the first three minutes of action. Marsh extended his lead to 4-0 as he scored the only points of the second period with a reversal. Davis started to attack offensively in the final minutes of the third with an escape and a takedown to come within one but could not secure a final takedown to take the win as Marsh had accumulated 2:49 of riding time to earn the 5-3 decision.
  
 184: Wheeler dec. Joseph, 11-7
 Wheeler notched a takedown in the first to take the lead over Joseph before the Lapeer, Mich. native earned an escape to come within one.  Wheeler added two final points with a takedown near the edge of the mat to take the 4-1 advantage heading into the second period. Joseph found an escape in the second and started to make offensive threats as he attacked Wheeler at the legs in the second period, but Wheeler added yet another takedown to extend his lead to 6-2. Joseph added his third takedown, but Wheeler against answered back with a final takedown to close out the second with an 8-3 lead. Wheeler used two escapes in the third and Joseph clinched his first takedown of the match. Joseph started to work his way back in with a takedown, but Wheeler gained a second escape to stay just four points ahead and take the 11-7 victory.
  
 197: Baxter dec. Whitenburg, 5-2
 The Golden Flashes took the first point of the bout as Baxter grabbed an early takedown over Whitenburg for the only points of the first period. Whitenburg received a warning in the second but was able to work his way out before getting called for stalling. Baxter extended his lead to 4-0 with a reversal in the second, as Whitenburg was unable to find any points. Trailing 4-0 to start the third, Whitenburg grabbed one takedown, but it was not enough as Baxter accumulated over four minutes of riding time to secure a 5-2 victory for Kent State.
  
 HWT: Hoballah dec. Lytle, 5-0
 After a scoreless first period, Hoballah earned the first points of the bout with a takedown on the edge of the mat. Hoballah extended his lead to 5-0 with a near fall as Lytle tried to force his way out of bounds to escape the pin to end the second period.

 

Kent State:

Flashes Earn Road Win at Eastern Michigan
 
YPSILANTI, Mich. -  Kent State won four of the final five matches in an 18-12 victory over Eastern Michigan Friday night.  The Eagles led 9-6 at the midway point, in what would be their first loss of the season at Bowen Field House.  The Golden Flashes (9-8) improved to 3-2 in Mid-American Conference duals, while defeating EMU for the 30th straight time.
 
"We wrestled well, but not great," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said.  "And we need to get to great.  There were several matches where we looked good in two periods, but not three."
 
The Eagles (8-6) led 6-0 after a pair of close victories at 125 and 133.
 
Junior Tyler Small put the Flashes on the board with a 7-3 victory over Nick Barber.
 
Sophomore Michael DePalma followed with a 5-0 shutout, but Eastern Michigan took the lead back at 157 with Ian Miller out the Flashes' lineup.
 
"I think if Ian wrestles, it's a seven-point difference there and Mack (McGuire) got upset tonight," Andrassy said.  "So we could have won by more.  But at the same time we won some matchups in the upperweights that could have gone either way going into the night."
 
Sophomore Tyler Buckwalter tied the dual up 9-9 with a 5-2 decision of Dean Vettese.  It was Buckwalter's first win away from the M.A.C. Center.
 
"Tyler looked pretty solid," Andrassy said.  "He worked hard tonight.  Now we just need him to become more explosive."
 
Junior Caleb Marsh gave the Flashes the lead for good with a 5-3 win over Jake Davis, who's "always been able to keep matches close with Caleb," according to Andrassy.
 
Sophomore Sam Wheeler earned some redemption against Phillip Joseph with an 11-7 victory.  Joseph defeated Wheeler at last year's conference tournament.
 
"Any time you can beat a guy that's beaten you, it's a sign that you've been doing the right things to improve yourself," Andrassy said.
 
Sophomore Cole Baxter sealed the team victory with a 5-2 win over Nick Whitenburg at 197.  The only points Baxter surrendered against the 2013 NCAA qualifier came on a reversal in the final five seconds of the match.
 
Kent State will take a week off from competition before visiting Northern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 8.
  
 Results
 125: No. 19 Jared Germaine (EMU)dec.  Alfredo Gray (KSU), 9-7 (EMU, 3-0)
 133: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) dec.  No. 18 Mack McGuire (KSU), 7-6 (EMU, 6-0)
 141: Tyler Small (KSU) dec. Nicholas Barber (EMU), 7-3 (EMU, 6-3)
 149: Mike DePalma (KSU) dec. Michael Shaw (EMU), 5-0 (Tied, 6-6)
 157: Brandon Zeerip (EMU)dec. T.J. Keklak (KSU), 9-3 (EMU, 9-6)
 165: Tyler Buckwater (KSU) dec. Dean Vettese (EMU), 5-2 (Tied, 9-9)
 174: Caleb Marsh (KSU) dec. Jacob Davis (EMU), 5-3 (KSU, 12-9)
 184: No. 12 Sam Wheeler (KSU) dec. Phillip Joseph (EMU), 11-7 (KSU, 15-9)
 197: Cole Baxter (KSU) dec. Nick Whitenburg (EMU), 5-2 (KSU, 18-9)
 HWT: Khodor Hoballah (EMU) dec. Mimmo Lytle (KSU), 5-0 (KSU, 18-12)

 

Missouri:
 
Tenth-Ranked Tigers Can't Solve No. 6 Cowboys;
No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (149) and No. 5 J'den Cox (197) claimed ranked wins Friday night in Stillwater, Okla.
 
STILLWATER, Okla. - Just a day removed from an 18-15 victory over No. 6 Oklahoma, the No. 10 Tigers fell short to the ninth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, 28-6. Junior Drake Houdashelt and freshman standout J'den Cox picked up the Tiger wins at Gallagher-IBA Arena Friday night, both over ranked opponents.
 
Down 10 points after the first three weights, Houdashelt put the Tigers on the board with a 4-0 decision over No. 7 Josh Kindig. Houdashelt's victory was his third over Kindig this season, with the previous coming by way of a 10-2 major decision at the Joe Parisi Open, followed by a 5-3 decision in the semis at the Southern Scuffle. His 27 victories on the season now ties him for the team high. The O'Fallon, Mo.-native, ranked No. 1 in the nation at 149 pounds, defeated No. 2 Kendric Maple of Oklahoma on Thursday to hold on to the top spot.
 
No. 5-Cox picked up his 16th win in his last 17 bouts with a 9-3 decision over Nolan Boyd, who replaced OSU's No. 10 Blake Rosholt in the starting lineup. Cox climbed out to an early 5-0 lead with a takedown and three backpoints in the first period, and added a third period takedown to seal the decision. Boyd ranks No. 19 by Intermat at 184 pounds.
 
Lavion Mayes nearly had his second win over a ranked wrestler in as many nights at 141 pounds, falling to No. 18 Anthony Collica in tie-breaker 1, 6-3. Mayes defeated 2012 All-American Nick Lester (Oklahoma) Thursday night, 6-4.
 
The Tigers fall to 6-2 on the season following the squad's second loss to a top-10 team. Oklahoma State picks up their sixth straight win over the Tigers, dating back to the 2010-11 season.
 
RESULTS: OKLAHOMA STATE 28, MIZZOU 6
 125: Eddie Klimara (OSU) major dec. Barlow McGhee (MIZZ), 9-1
 133: No. 5 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. Matt Manley (MIZZ), 6-1
 141: No. 18 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Lavion Mayes (MIZZ) in tie breaker 1, 6-3
 149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (MIZZ) dec. No. 7 Josh Kindig (OSU), 4-0.
 157: No. 3 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. Joey Lavallee (MIZZ), 4-2
 165: No. 5 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) major dec. Jordan Gagliano (MIZZ), 15-2.
 174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) major dec. Mikey England (MIZZ), 11-3.
 184: Jordan Rogers (OSU) major dec. Cody Johnston (MIZZ), 13-3.
 197: No. 5 J'den Cox (MIZZ) dec. No. 19 Nolan Boyd (OSU), 9-3.
 HWT: No. 16 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Devin Mellon (MIZZ), 6-3.
 
 
No. 10-Tigers Knock Off No. 6-Sooners, 18-15;
Mizzou wins the seventh dual in the last nine tries against Oklahoma
 
NORMAN, Okla. - After a full 10 matches, the tenth-ranked Tigers will leave Norman, Okla., on Thursday night with a 18-15 win over the No. 6 Sooners under their belt. Fueled by top-10 victories from Drake Houdashelt and J'den Cox, and sealed by a Devin Mellon decision over No. 16 Ross Larson at heavyweight, Brian Smith's squad improved to 6-1 on the season. The win was the program's 11th over the Sooners all-time.
 
Down 15-12 with only two bouts remaining, true freshman J'den Cox and junior heavyweight Devin Mellon found a way to put the Tigers back on top. Cox, ranked fifth at 197 pounds, further engraved his name among the nation's elite by way of a 6-1 decision over the nation's third-ranked Travis Rutt. Cox's win was his fifth over wrestlers ranked higher than him this season at 197 pounds. The decision knotted the dual up at 15-a-piece, with the deciding bout up next at heavyweight.
 
The Tigers needed a Devin Mellon victory, and he answered the call, winning by decision 6-0 over No. 16 Ross Larson. Mellon scored first, which proved to be all that he would need over the Sooner's heavyweight. Mellon led 2-0 after the first three minutes, scoring a takedown on a Larson mistake. He would add an escape and another takedown in the second, and would win by decision 6-0 with 3:07 of riding time.
 
"We won some big matches. I'm really proud of our guys," said Smith of the victory. "They stuck to game plans and wrestled hard for a full seven minutes. They grew up tonight. We were throttled at Northern Iowa, but came out the next day and responded at Northern Illinois. And they responded again tonight. We need to celebrate it for a little bit, and then we need to forget about it and refocus. We have another big matchup tomorrow in Stillwater." 
 
Mizzou won six of 10 matches Thursday evening, all by decision. Among those victors were Lavion Mayes and Drake Houdashelt, as both disposed of their ranked counterpart. At 141 pounds, Mayes won his first collegiate bout over a former All-American, topping Oklahoma's No. 15 Nick Lester 6-4. Lester gained All-American status in 2012.
 
The No. 1-Houdashelt followed suit, squeaking past No. 2 Kendric Maple with a 3-2 decision at 149 pounds. Mizzou's junior captain improves to 26-1 on the season, and now has wins against Maple and Minnesota's Nick Dardanes, who both have held the top-spot at 149 pounds this season.
 
The Tigers also received decisions from true freshman Barlow McGhee, a 3-1 win over Sean Williams, and junior Mikey England, who topped Derek Geiges, 6-1.
 
Mizzou will make the short drive to Stillwater, Okla., for another top-10 matchup on Friday evening at historic Gallagher-IBA Arena. The Tigers fell twice to the Cowboys last season, who are coming off of a 29-3 victory over Iowa State last weekend. Friday's dual will again feature a plethora of ranked wrestlers, including another tough test at 149-pounds for Houdashelt, who will compete against No. 7 Josh Kindig. Wrestling will again get going at 7 p.m Friday evening.
 
RESULTS: MIZZOU 18, OKLAHOMA 15
 125: Barlow McGhee dec. Sean Williams (OU), 3-1

 133: No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU) tech. fall. Matt Manley (Missouri), 18-3

 141: Lavion Mayes dec. No. 15 Nick Lester (OU), 6-4

 149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) dec. No. 2 Kendric Maple (OU), 3-2

 157: No. 18 Justin DeAngelis (OU) dec. Joey Lavallee (Missouri), 5-3

 165: Clark Glass (OU) dec. Jordan Gagliano (Missouri), 6-2

 174: No. 18 Mikey England (Missouri) dec. Derek Geiges (OU), 6-1

 184: Andrew Howe (OU) maj. dec. Cody Johnston (Missouri), 22-9 

 197: No. 6 J'den Cox (Missouri) dec. No. 3 Travis Rutt (OU), 6-1

 285: Devin Mellon (Missouri) dec. No. 16 Ross Larson (OU), 6-0
 
WHAT'S NEXT: The squad will be back home for the first time in 2014 to compete against Buffalo on Feb. 7. The dual will be part of the annual Beauty and the Beast event, where the Missouri Wrestling and Gymnastics teams will compete simultaneously.  Mizzou Wrestling will be right back in action at home on Feb. 8 against Eastern Michigan, looking to close out the weekend with two more conference wins under their belt.  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. 
 
 
Northern Iowa:
 
UNI Wrestling Picks Ups 2 Wins Over Ohio, SDSU 
 
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Panthers protected their perfect record with wins over Ohio (25-15) and South Dakota State (29-12) in the West Gym today.  UNI improved to 9-0 in duals and 5-0 in the Mid-American Conference.  It’s the best start UNI has had since 1969 when the Panthers went 8-0 and settled for a tie in their ninth dual.
 
The Panthers haven’t had an undefeated season since 1956 under Bill Koll. UNI took 10th at nationals that year.  Three Panthers earned bonus points in both of their duals, and Cooper Moore earned one pin on the day.
 
“The guys that scored points, scored a lot and were fun to watch,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “We just need to find a way to win those other matches. We evaluate and get better next week. We need more pep and life. We need to do a better job to get them ready.”
 
No. 1 Joe Colon (133 pounds) added two more technical falls to his record, making it seven on the season. Coming into the dual, he was fifth in the nation at the Division I level for tech falls this year.
 
“He’s scoring points,” said Schwab. “He did a good job moving in and out and create more offense. He looked really good.”
 
At 125 pounds, Dylan Peters earned two more pins to launch him into the top 10 among all Panthers with the most falls in a single season.
 
Ryan Loder earned two tech falls to give the Panthers a strong start at 184 pounds in both matches.
 
OHIO VS. UNI (25-15)
 
Ohio’s head coach Joel Greenlee, a two-time all-American for the Panthers, returned to the West Gym to coach against his former team.
 
Greenlee still holds a spot in the top 10 in every category for the Panthers, including most career dual victories and best career winning percentage. He is also still the leader for most dual victories in a season with 20.
 
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE VS. UNI (29-12)
 
UNI is now up in the series with their former conference foe, 37-3-1. SDSU is in the Western Wrestling Conference, which UNI abandoned last year. This is the first season the Panthers have implemented a full MAC schedule.
 
NEXT UP:   The Panthers host Iowa State at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 and will follow up with Kent State at 1 p.m. Feb. 9. Both meets will be in the West Gym.
 
“It’s obviously a big meet for us. Being an in-state rival, we will get up for it and expect more hostile and fight. That’s what we need to do. That’s how we are going to get where we want.”
 
FINAL RESULTS:
 
UNI 25, Ohio, 15
184 – #5 Ryan Loder (UNI) tech fall Ryan Garringer (Ohio), 15-0                 
197 – Phil Wellington (Ohio) dec. Basil Minto (UNI), 4-0 
285 – Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) dec. Blaize Cabell (UNI), 4-1 
125 - #6 Dylan Peters (UNI) fall KeVon Powell (Ohio), 1:20 
133 – #1 Joe Colon (UNI) tech fall Kagan Squire (Ohio), 22-5 (5:33) 
141 – #14 Joey Lazor (UNI) dec. Noah Forrider (Ohio), 8-6 SV1        
149 – Tywan Claxton (Ohio) dec. Tyler Patten (UNI), 5-1 
157 – Spartak Chino (Ohio) dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 3-1 SV1 
165 - #11 Cooper Moore (UNI) fall Harrison Hightower (Ohio), 3:39 
174 – #9 Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. #17 Cody Caldwell (UNI), 6-1 
 
UNI 29, SDSU 12
184 – #5 Ryan Loder (UNI) tech fall Brady Ayers (SDSU), 17-2 
197 –Basil Minto (UNI) dec. Trey Hablel (Ohio), 2-0   
285 – J.J Everard (SDSU) dec. Cody Krumwiede (UNI), 6-5 
125 - #6 Dylan Peters (UNI) fall Ben Gillette (SDSU), 2:24 
133 – #1 Joe Colon (UNI) tech fall Brance Simms (SDSU), 18-3 
141 – #14 Joey Lazor (UNI) maj. dec. Eric Orozco (SDSU), 8-0 
149 – Alex Kocer (SDSU) fall Tyler Patten (UNI), 1:49 
157 – #17 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 4-0 
165 - #11 Cooper Moore (UNI) dec. Joe Brewster (SDSU), 6-1 
174 –#17 Cody Caldwell (UNI) dec. John Nething II, 5-4 
 
 
Northern Illinois:
 
Huskies Fall at Old Dominion, 23-12; Smith, Scott and Torrence claim victories against Monarchs
 
NORFOLK, Va. - Facing Mid-American Conference newcomer Old Dominion, the Northern Illinois University wrestling team dropped a 23-12 decision on the road Friday night in Norfolk, Va.
 
Despite a 6-3 lead after two matches, the Huskies (6-9, 1-5 MAC) dropped the next six bouts - including two agonizing overtime defeats back-to-back - to the Monarchs (6-8, 2-2 MAC).
 
"(Nick) Smith was dominant and (Shawn) Scott and (Jared) Torrence won hard-fought matches," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "Torrence showed his leadership in gutting out a gritty performance that every guy needs to learn from. We were in position to get our hands raised in some tight bouts that were the swing matches of the dual."
 
ODU got on the board first when Brandon Jeske claimed a 6-2 decision over Nick Harrison at 125 pounds. However, the Huskies quickly turned the three-point deficit into a three-point lead, as Nick Smith scored a pin against Michael Hayes late in the third period to give NIU a 6-3 edge.
 
The Monarchs tied the contest at 6-6 when Tyler Argue fell to Chris Mecate - the nation's fifth-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds - in a 4-0 decision. From there, though, ODU scored two demoralizing victories in consecutive matches. At 149, Rob Jillard held a 3-1 lead over 20th-ranked Alexander Richardson through two periods, only to have Richardson tie the match in the final seconds of regulation. After the first sudden victory and overtime session, the nationally-ranked Monarch got a takedown and two nearfall points in the second sudden victory session to garner a 7-5 win.
 
Andrew Morse would endure a similar fate at 157, falling 7-5 in sudden victory to Tristan Warner to give ODU a commanding 12-6 edge. After scoring a takedown and a reversal in the first two periods, the Huskie sophomore held a 4-1 lead entering the final stanza. Yet, Warner got a reversal against Morse to get within 4-3. After an escape from Morse, Warner got the tying score on a takedown, then nailed another one to secure three more points for the Monarchs.
 
Trailing 12-6, the Huskies were unable to spark a comeback. Shaun'Qae McMurtry dropped that 165 match in a 12-9 decision to Devin Geoghegan to make it a 15-6 ODU lead. Consecutive major decisions for the hosts - Billy Curling over Billy Chancey, 15-4, at 174 and Jack Dechow over Caleb Busson, 15-5, at 184 - resulted in the clincher for the Monarchs.
 
Despite the deficit, NIU finished strong with a pair of commanding wins at the upper weights. Shawn Scott earned his 17th win of the year at 197 pounds with a 6-4 decision against Kevin Beazley. Meanwhile, heavyweight Jared Torrence scored his 50th career victory, as he triumphed over Matt Tourdot, 5-3.
 
The Huskies return to DeKalb for their final home meet of the season next weekend, as they play host to Kent State Saturday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. inside Victor E. Court.
 
Old Dominion 23, NIU 12
125: Brandon Jeske (ODU) dec. Nick Harrison (NIU), 6-2
133: Nick Smith (NIU) pins Michael Hayes (ODU), 6:13
141: #5 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. Tyler Argue (NIU), 4-0
149: #20 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 7-5 (SV2)
157: Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 7-5 (SV1)
165: Devin Geoghegan (ODU) dec. Shaun'Qae McMurtry (NIU), 12-9
174: Billy Curling (ODU) maj. dec. Billy Chancey (NIU), 15-4
184: Jack Dechow (ODU) maj. dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 15-5
197: Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU), 6-4
285: Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU), 5-3
 
 
Ohio:
 
Bobcat Wrestlers Split with SDSU and UNI;
Johnson, Wellington, Claxton and Walters go 2-0 on Saturday
 
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The Ohio University wrestling team (9-3. 4-3) tallied a win and a loss on Saturday inside UNI's McLeod Center. The Bobcats posted a strong 32-6 win over South Dakota State University, but dropped a 25-15 decision to No. 5 University of Northern Iowa.
 
Senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio), redshirt sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio), junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio), and redshirt sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) picking up wins against both teams.
 
With the two wins, Johnson and Wellington both remained undefeated in conference competition. Johnson also tallied his 10th fall on the year as he pinned SDSU's JJ Everard.
 
Johnson has now posted seven-consecutive wins and increased his team-best record to 27-4.
 
In the Bobcats first dual against SDSU, Ohio grasped a strong lead as it posted victories in the 184 through 125 weight classes opening up an 18-0 lead.
 
Sophomore KeVon Powell (Romeoville, Ill.) picked up his third fall of the season against SDSU's Ben Gillette in a time of 6:20.
 
SDSU found its first victory at 133 with Will Games defeating Kagan Squire (Wadsworth, Ohio), 7-0. The Jackrabbits would only win one other bout against Ohio, with No. 17 Cody Pack defeating Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) at 157.
 
Junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) also highlighted competition as he picked up his third-consecutive victory for the Bobcats at 165, improving his record to 25-8, entering the matchup against UNI.
 
Ohio won two of its first three bouts to take a 6-5 lead over UNI. Wellington and Johnson both tallied wins for Ohio.
 
UNI charged back by winning the next three decisions to open up a 19-6 advantage. No. 6 Dylan Peters pinned Powell at 125 and No. 1 Joe Colon earned a technical fall versus Squire to highlight the three-match stretch for UNI.
 
Claxton and Chino both won by decision at 149 and 157 to cut UNI's lead to 19-12, but a fall by Northern Iowa's Cooper Moore against Hightower ensured the UNI win.
 
The match ended with an Ohio win by Walters, earning his fourth-consecutive victory.
 
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8 as it welcomes Clarion to the Convocation Center.
 
Final Results: Ohio 32 - South Dakota State 6
 184 - Ryan Garringer (Ohio) dec. Ben Schwery (SDSU), 5-3
 197 -Phil Wellington (Ohio) dec. Trey Hablel (SDSU), 7-3
 HWT -Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) fall, JJ Everard (SDSU), 3:41
 125 -KeVon Powell (Ohio) fall, Ben Gillette (SDSU), 6:20
 133 - Brance Simms (SDSU) dec. Kagan Squire (Ohio), 7-0
 141-Noah Forrider (Ohio) dec. Eric Orozco (SDSU), 7-3
 149 -Tywan Claxton (Ohio) maj. dec. Alex Kocer (SDSU), 10-2
 157 - Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Spartak Chino (Ohio), 4-0
 165 -Harrison Hightower (Ohio) maj. dec. Joe Brewster (SDSU), 11-2
 174 -Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. John Nething II (SDSU), 3-0
 
Final Results: UNI 25 - Ohio 15
 184 - #5 Ryan Loder (UNI) tech fall Ryan Garringer (Ohio), 15-0
 197 - Phil Wellington (Ohio) dec. Basil Minto (UNI), 4-0
 285 - Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) dec. Blaize Cabell (UNI), 4-1
 125 - #6 Dylan Peters (UNI) fall KeVon Powell (Ohio), 1:20
 133 - #1 Joe Colon (UNI) tech fall Kagan Squire (Ohio), 22-5 (5:33)
 141 - #14 Joey Lazor (UNI) dec. Eric Orozco (Ohio), 8-6
 149 - Tywan Claxton (Ohio) dec. Tyler Patten (UNI), 5-1
 157 - Spartak Chino (Ohio) dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 3-1
 165 - #11 Cooper Moore (UNI) fall Harrison Hightower (Ohio), 3:39
 174 - #9 Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. #17 Cody Caldwell (UNI), 6-1
 
 
Old Dominion:
 
ODU Cruises Past CMU 24-7, Beat Four Ranked Wrestlers
 
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion's Brandon Jeske, Chris Mecate, Tristan Warner and Billy Curling all defeated top-17 nationally ranked opponents to help ODU defeat Central Michigan 24-7 Sunday afternoon.
 
Carrying a six-point advantage after 149 pounds, Old Dominion gutted out two last minute wins at 157 and 174 pounds to pull away from Central Michigan at the Ted Constant Center.
 
"We wrestled extremely well today," said ODU head coach Steve Martin. "Pretty much everyone was clicking. It is what we've been looking for all year. Jeske, Mecate, Warner and Curling all beat nationally ranked opponents. We started at 125, Brandon wrestled very well. 141, Chris Mecate ranked fifth in the country beat the number nine kid, Zach Horan, who was another tough opponent. At 149, Lenny Richardson beat his guy almost in a pin position, where it was pretty close. At 157, Tristan had two great wins over the weekend. Billy Curling beat the number eight ranked kid in the country. One thing about Billy is that he wrestles hard every match. We joined the MAC so we could get this tough competition. Our kids wrestled very hard and we are proud of them."
 
The match started at 125 pounds where Brandon Jeske gave the Monarchs the start they needed. Jeske delivered a near fall, which earned three points and scored a takedown to secure riding time and earn a 7-1 decision victory over No. 12-ranked Corey Keener. Jeske is 15-10 and 2-0 in the MAC this season.
 
At 141 pounds, No. 5-ranked Chris Mecate scored a first period takedown and earned riding time to win 4-2 against No. 9-ranked Zach Horan. Mecate is 22-6 and 4-1 this season in the MAC.
 
ODU Sophomore and No. 16-ranked Alexander Richardson (149) followed with a first period takedown and a second period near fall to earn a 5-2 decision win against Scott Mattingly to give the Monarchs a 9-3 team lead. Richardson is 21-6 and 4-1 in the MAC this year.
 
Redshirt junior Tristan Warner (157) came away with a reversal and near fall in the closing seconds of the third period to defeat No. 17-ranked Luke Smith 6-2. Warner is 15-8 and 4-1 in the MAC this season.
 
Monarchs 174-pounder Billy Curling continued the excitement with a last second takedown to score him a 5-4 decision win against No. 8-ranked Mike Ottinger. Curling is 12-7 and 4-1 in the MAC.
 
Redshirt freshmen Jack Dechow (184) and Kevin Beazley (197) helped Old Dominion secure the team win with decision victories of their own. Dechow defeated Craig Kelliher by a 7-3 decision and Beazley scored a sudden victory takedown to win his match by a 3-1 decision. Dechow is 12-3 and a perfect 3-0 in the MAC, while Beazley improves to 15-10 and 2-3 in the conference.
 
Matt Tourdot (285) closed out the match for the Monarchs with a takedown and escape to earn him the 3-1 decision win over CMU's Adam Robinson. Tourdot is 12-11 and improves to 2-2 in conference play.
 
Old Dominion has won four straight dual matches and three straight dual matches in the MAC. ODU has faced eight ranked teams this season.
 
The Monarchs (7-8, 3-2 MAC) will continue Mid-American Conference competition at Ohio University next Sunday, February 9. 
 
Old Dominion 24, Central Michigan 7
125- Brandon Jeske (ODU) dec. No. 12 Corey Keener (CMU) 7-1. ODU: 3, CMU: 0
133- No. 10 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Michael Hayes (ODU) 8-3. ODU: 3, CMU: 3
141- No. 5 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. No. 9 Zach Horan (CMU) 4-2. ODU: 6, CMU: 3
149- No. 16 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Scott Mattingly (CMU) 5-2. ODU: 9, CMU: 3
157- Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. No. 17 Luke Smith (CMU) 6-2. ODU: 12, CMU: 3
165- Nick Becker (CMU) maj. dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU) 10-2. ODU: 12, CMU: 7
174- Billy Curling (ODU) dec. No. 8 Mike Ottinger (CMU) 5-4 ODU: 15, CMU: 7
184- Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. Craig Kelliher (CMU) 7-3 ODU: 18, CMU: 7
197- Kevin Beazley (ODU) defeated Jackson Lewis (CMU) SV-1 3-1. ODU: 21, CMU: 7
285- Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec. Adam Robinson (CMU) 3-1. ODU: 24, CMU: 7
 
 
Old Dominion Wrestling Defeats Northern Illinois 23-12
 
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion Wrestling team defeated Northern Illinois by a 23-12 final Friday night at the Ted Constant Center.
 
The Monarchs (6-8, 2-2 in MAC) have won their last two MAC dual matches and last three dual matches, after defeating Buffalo last week.
 
"Overall I thought we had a good performance," said ODU head coach Steve Martin. "We won seven out of ten matches. Jeske looked very good. Chris Mecate continues to win. Hard fought matches at 149 and 157, where we fell behind and came back. Devin Geoghegan looked unbelievable at 165. Billy Curling put a lot of points on the board tonight for us, which was good for him. Jack Dechow looked really good, he put up bonus points. Overall, we got after them."
 
The meet started at 125 lbs. and ODU's Brandon Jeske picked up a 6-2 decision win over NIU's Nick Harrison with a bonus point, giving the Monarchs an early 3-0 lead.
 
At 141 pounds, No. 5-ranked Chris Mecate defeated NIU's Tyler Argue by a 4-0 decision, which tied the team score at 6-6. Mecate is now 21-6 this year and 10-4 in dual matches.
 
Alexander Richardson (149) and Tristan Warner (157) both won by 7-5 sudden victories. Both matches were close as Richardson and Warner came through with the decision wins.
 
ODU's Devin Geoghegan (165) put up 12 points against NIU's Shaun'Qae McMurty. Geoghegan scored takedown after takedown and came away with a 12-9 decision win, which gave ODU a comfortable 15-6 team lead.
 
At 174 and 184 pounds, Billy Curling and Jack Dechow won with major decision victories, which gave Old Dominion a 23-9 team lead.
 
Old Dominion has faced seven ranked opponents this season and hosts Central Michigan on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Ted Constant Center.
 
Attendance 629 (thanks to all the Old Dominion teams who came tonight).
 
Old Dominion 23, Northern Illinois 12
125- Brandon Jeske (ODU) dec. Nick Harrison (NIU) 6-2: ODU 3: NIU 0
133- Nick Smith (NIU) won by pin over Michael Hayes (ODU) 6:13: ODU 3: NIU 6
141- Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. Tyler Argue (NIU) 4-0: ODU 6: NIU 6
149- Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Robert Jillard (NIU) 7-5 SV-2 ODU 9: NIU 6
157- Tristan Warner (ODU) won over Andrew Morse (NIU) 7-5 SV-1: ODU 12: NIU 6
165- Devin Geoghegan (ODU) dec. Shaun'Qae McMurty (NIU) 12-9: ODU 15: NIU 6
174- Billy Curling (ODU) won over Billy Chauncy (NIU) 15-4 MD: ODU 19: NIU 6
184- Jack Dechow (ODU) won over Caleb Busson (NIU) 15-5 MD: ODU 23: NIU 6
197- Shawn Scott (NIU) dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU) 6-4: ODU 23: NIU 9
285- Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU) 5-3.: ODU 23: NIU 12