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Ohio Wrestling Set for Weekend of Conference Action

Ohio Wrestling Set for Weekend of Conference Action

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team (0-4) is set for a weekend of Mid-American Conference action Jan. 5-7. The Bobcats will first play host to Eastern Michigan on Friday (Jan. 5) at 7 p.m. then travel to Central Michigan to compete with the Chippewas on Sunday (Jan. 7) at 2 p.m.

Redshirt senior Cullen Cummings (Woodridge, Ill.) and redshirt junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) led the way for Ohio in their respective classes in the 55th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30) making it to day two of the tournament.

Parker would start the tournament ranked 10th in the 285 class, facing Princeton's Christia Araneo. Parker would earn a 6-1 decision victory over Araneo to move on to the next round. Parker would then face Butterbrod in the round where he would secure a 5-3 decision win to move on to the quarterfinals. He would then face second-seeded Sam Stoll of Iowa, where he would suffer a 5-3 decision loss.

Cummings would start the tournament with byes in his first two rounds. In the third round, Cummings would suffer a major decision loss to second-seeded Joshua Shields of Arizona State, 18-2.

Eastern Michigan is currently 4-3 on the season with victories coming over Gardner-Webb, American, Indianapolis and Cleveland State. The Bobcats and the Eagles faced one another last season where Ohio recorded a 20-12 win.

Leading the way for the Eagles is redshirt junior Kayne MacCallum who finished eighth in the 184 class at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30). Along with MacCallum, Eastern Michigan's Kyle Springer (149) and Zac Carson (165) also made it to day two of the tournament but were eliminated in their first consolation matches of the day.

Eastern Michigan's Tanner Smith is also making a mark on the team as a freshman. Smith was the 149-class winner at the Cleveland State Open (Dec. 16).

Central Michigan is currently 4-3 with wins over Michigan State, Northern Illinois, SIUE and Purdue.

CMU's Mason Smith has helped the Chippewas this season, winning the 141-pound title at the Midlands Championship. Central Michigan finished third overall with 108 points on the tournament. CMU's Justin Oliver placed second at 149, Jordan Ellingwood was third at 184, Matt Stencel was fourth in the 285-class while CJ Brucki placed fifth in the 174-class.

The Bobcats will begin 2018 continuing Mid-American Conference competition hosting Eastern Michigan on Friday, Jan. 5. Action is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.