FINAL MAC BRACKETS
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â Ohio sophomore Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) took the Mid-American Conference Championship Sunday in the 125-class in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and earned an automatic qualifying spot to the NCAA Championships.
âI think Shakur had an unbelievable weekend as far as being prepared. The two weeks leading up to this he had a plan. He executed the plan to perfection all weekend. He didnât get rattled. He did exactly what he needed to. He wrestled his best in this tournament,â head coach Joel Greenlee said about Laneyâs title run.
Laney was pitted against Northern Iowaâs Dylan Peters. The pair didnât face off this years at the dual in Athens, Ohio on Jan. 27. Peters defeated Laney in each of their three meetings last season. Laney started off the match with a takedown late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead into the second. Peters scored an escape, but Laney accumulated precious riding time as he led 2-1 heading into the final period. Laney scored an escape after starting down and followed up with a takedown with 1:11 left in the championship match. Peters scored a takedown in the final minute, however, Laney escaped and held on to take the 125-MAC title with a 7-4 decision.
âIt really feels amazing,â Laney said about winning the 125-MAC title. "The reason it feels so good to me is because last yearâs scenario where I finished fifth and didnât qualify a (automatic) spot to the national tournament, to know I won it this time and with the same kids in my weight class. I won it this time and Iâll stand on top of everyone it feels amazing to me.â
Redshirt sophomore Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) wrestled to a fourth-place finish after dominating Old Dominionâs Will Hilliard by a 13-2 major decision to advance to third-place match. Parker was out pointed in final matchup, 3-1, against Missouriâs Austin Meyers.
Redshirt junior Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) finished in second at the MAC Championships and earned an All-MAC Honorable Mention. Forrider fell in the 141-class championship round to Missouriâs Jaydin Eierman. Forrider wrestled in a true-second match for a NCAA automatic qualifying spot against Central Michiganâs Mason Smith. Forrider fell by decision to Smith and looks for an at-large bid for the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) took seventh place when he defeated Northern Illinoisâs Alijah Jeffery in a 7-4 decision.
âIâm proud of our guys,â Greenlee said about his teamâs weekend at the MAC Championships. âI think the last month of the year was hard on us with injuries, illness and everything else and we just never caught up to our selves again. I think you gotta remember this, go forward and be ready to make changes for next year.â
The Bobcats wait to see who will receive at-large bids and join Laney at the NCAA Championships on Tuesday (Mar. 7) when the brackets are revealed.
157 â Zachary Carson (EMU) over Cullen Cummings (Ohio) via SV-1 4-2
285 â Zack Parker (Ohio) over Will Hilliard (ODU) via Maj. Dec. 13-2
125 â Shakur Laney (Ohio) over Dylan Peters (UNI) via Dec. 7-4
141 â Jaydin Eierman (Mizzou) over Noah Forrider (Ohio) via Maj. Dec. 10-1
141 â Mason Smith (CMU) over Noah Forrider (Ohio) via Dec. 3-2
Third Place Round
285 â Austin Meyers (Mizzou) over Zack Parker (Ohio) via Dec. 3-1
Fifth Place Round
157 â Larry Early (ODU) over Cullen Cummings (Ohio) via Dec. 8-3
Seventh Place Round
133 â Cameron Kelly (Ohio) over Alijah Jeffery (NIU) via Dec. 7-4
174 â Jerald Spohn (KSU) over Arsen Ashughyan (Ohio) via Fall 0:58
184 â Shane Mast (KSU) over Dontae McGee (Ohio) via Maj. Dec. 21-11