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Ohio Tied for Third in November MAC Rankings Ahead of Navy Classic

Ohio Tied for Third in November MAC Rankings Ahead of Navy Classic

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team is set to travel to Annapolis, Md. to participate in the 2017 Navy Classic on Saturday, Nov. 18. 17 teams will be participating in this year's tournament at the Wesley Brown Field House hosted by Navy.

Fans can follow the day's action at FloWrestling.org.  

The Ohio wrestling team was ranked tied for third place in the 2017-18 Mid-American Conference November rankings released Friday (Nov. 17) while also landing five wrestlers in the top-4 of their class.

Defending MAC Champion Missouri was picked as the conference favorite with 31 points. Central Michigan would earn the second-place vote with 20 points. Ohio would share the third-place selection with Buffalo each receiving 10 points. The rankings would continue to list Eastern Michigan in fifth place with 9 points followed by Northern Illinois, Kent State, and Old Dominion.

Redshirt freshman Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) earned the third-place vote in the 125-weight class. Guillen is the only freshman the 125-class rankings.

Sophomore Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) was listed in third in the MAC in the 133-weight class. Kelly is also currently ranked 20th in the NCAA in the 133-class according to InterMat. The junior finished his first two tournaments in first and second place.

Freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Ohio) would earn the fourth-place ranking in the 141-class, joining Guillen as the youngest ranked wrestler in his respective class. Hagan took the first-place spot at the Hokie Open (Nov. 5) in his career debut. The freshman would also finish sixth in the Bearcat Open (Nov. 12).

Junior Austin Reese would finish in first in the 165-class. Reese produced an 11-12 record last season.

Junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) earned fourth in the heavy-weight class. Parker finished fourth in the 285-class in the Hokie Open as one of Ohio's two top-5 finishes on the day.

Kelly took his first tournament win of the season in the 133-class in last weekend's competition at the Bearcat Open. The junior opened the competition with a win by fall over Columbia's Christopher Scorese in 1:07. In round two, Kelly would record another win by fall over Harvard's Lukus Stricker in 1:37. In the quarterfinals, Kelly would post aa 15-7 major decision victory over Cornell's Noah Baughman. Kelly would then produce a 16-0 technical fall victory over Buffalo's Derek Spann to make it to the finals where he would face Vito Arujau. Kelly would earn the first-place victory in a 6-5 decision.

Guillen would take a third-place finish in the 125-class at the Bearcat Open in Vestal, N.Y. Guillen would start competition in the second round with a 19-2 technical fall win over Binghamton's Joe Nelson. In the quarterfinals, Guillen would post an 11-7 win by decision over Brown's Donald Keeley. Guillen would then suffer a 9-2 decision loss to Cornell's Michael Russo. Guillen would move on to the third-place match and post a 10-3 decision win over Buffalo's Kyle Akins.

Hagan and redshirt freshman Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) would both finish in sixth in his respective weight-class.

Following the holiday, the Bobcats will travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to begin Mid-American Conference competition with the Bulls this season. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET.