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Ohio Wrestling Travels to VMI

Ohio Wrestling Travels to VMI

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team will (1-5) hit the road again this weekend as the Bobcats take on VMI in Lexington, Va. on Saturday (Jan. 13). Action is set to begin at 5 p.m. in Cormack Hall.

Fans can follow the day's action live here.

The Bobcats suffered a tough 29-9 loss to Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan on Sunday (Jan. 7) in McGuirk Arena. Cameron Kelly and Zack Parker would record Ohio's only wins on the day.

At 133-pounds, Ohio junior Cameron Kelly would give up an early takedown in the first period and would trail 6-0 halfway through the first period. Kelly would come back in the next two periods with an escape and a takedown followed by a near fall to lessen Simon's lead. Kelly would make the ultimate comeback with a pin to earn an 8-6 comeback win over Simon, Ohio's first victory on the day. 

Redshirt junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) would face Matt Stencel in the 285-class to end the day's action. The match would start with a takedown by Stencel to lead 2-0 after the first period. Parker would respond with a quick escape followed by a takedown to earn a 3-2 lead in the second period. Parker would earn a 4-point near fall to increase his lead to 7-3 before the third period. Stencel would earn an escape to start the third, but Parker quickly responded with a takedown to lead 9-3. Stencel would earn another escape to lessen Parker's lead to 9-4, but Parker would earn the win with an added point for riding time at 10-4.

VMI will play host to both Davidson and Clarion on Saturday, for a full day of matches before facing Ohio. Saturday will also serve as senior day for VMI who will honor six seniors before the match against Davidson.

The Keydets are currently 0-3 with losses to Chattanooga, Franklin & Marshall and Gardner-Webb. VMI's Blake Hohman was named Sothern Conference's Wrestler of the Week after placing third in the 165-class at the Franklin & Marshall Open last weekend. Hohman leads the squad with nine victories on the season.

The Ohio wrestling team was ranked in sixth place in the MAC January rankings while also landing four wrestlers in the top-4 of their class.

Junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio), freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Ohio), junior Austin Reese and junior Zack Parker each represented Ohio in the top-5 of their weight class for the third month in a row.

The Bobcats will return home, hosting four-straight duals in the Convocation Center starting Friday (Jan. 19) when Ohio faces Kent State at 7 p.m.