ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team (4-6, 3-2 MAC) will close out the home slate of the 2018 schedule when the Bobcats host Old Dominion (8-8, 4-2 MAC) on Sunday, Feb. 11. The dual will also serve as Senior Day for five Bobcat seniors. Action is set to begin at 1 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bobcats earned a 28-10 victory at home over Gardner-Webb on Sunday (Feb. 4) in the Convocation Center.
In the 141 matchup, Ohio redshirt freshman Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) picked up a major decision win over Gardner-Webb's Landon LoAlbo. The first round was a mostly a feeling out period, but Guillen hit a takedown around the 30-second mark of the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead after the first. In the second, Guillen escaped the opening position after about 10-seconds and hit another takedown with 25-seconds left in the match. In the third, Guillen held LoAlbo down to get his riding time, then hit two more takedowns to solidify the 10-2 major decision.
Redshirt freshman Nick Vestal (Wilmington, Ohio) earned Ohio's second victory on the day in a 6-4 decision win over Gardner-Webb's Joby Armenta at 149-pounds. Vestal hit a quick takedown to start the match with a two-point lead. Armenta then escaped lessening Vestal's lead to 2-1 in the first period. Vestal recorded another takedown in the first, but Armenta escaped to bring Vestal's lead to 4-2 before the second period. The second period went scoreless after a pair of stalemates, allowing Vestal to maintain his 4-2 lead going into the third. Armenta escaped starting the third period before Vestal hit a takedown to increase his lead to 6-3 before Armenta escaped once again to bring the score to 6-4 in the final seconds of the match, giving Vestal the 6-4 decision win.
In the 174-pound contest, Ohio redshirt junior Austin Reese (Urbana, Ohio) picked up a hard-fought 2-0 decision over Gardner-Webb's Christian Maroni. The match was scoreless through the first round and the only point scored in the second was Reese's opening escape point. Reese started the third on top and held Maroni down through the whole period after some big escape attempts to begin the round, earning his riding time point and the match, 2-0.
In the 184-class, Ohio redshirt freshman Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) recorded a 6-0 decision win over Gardner-Webb's Cole Graves. After the first period went scoreless, Yeargan put points on the board first, escaping to start the second period with a 1-0 lead. In the third period, Yeargan hit a four-point near fall to lead 5-0. Graves was unable to respond, resulting in a 6-0 decision victory for Yeargan.
Ohio redshirt junior heavyweight Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) added another win for Ohio in the 285-class with a 12-4 major decision victory over
Gardner-Webb's Lathan Brumgarner. Parker started the match hitting a quick takedown before Brumgarner escaped making it a 2-1 match early on. Parker hit another takedown and Brumgarner escaped once again bringing Parker's lead to 4-2 to end the first period. Parker escaped starting the second period, increasing his lead before hitting another takedown, giving him a 7-2 lead after two periods. Bumgarner escaped to start the third before Parker hit a big takedown followed by another Brumgarner escape, bringing Parker's lead to 9-4. Before the match ended, Parker added another takedown to lead 11-4 at the end of the third period, winning the match with an added point for riding time in a 12-4 major decision.
Ohio junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) picked up a 16-1 technical fall over Gardner-Webb's Phillip Anderson at 133-pounds to finish off the dual. Kelly started immediately landing a takedown just 20-seconds into the opening frame, Anderson escaped but Kelly immediately went in for another takedown and finished it. After a near fall, Kelly led 8-1 after the first. Kelly started down and escaped quickly to start the second, then got a point after Anderson was called for stalling. Kelly finished another takedown before the end of the second to lead 12-1 after two. Kelly started down again in the third and escaped while Anderson was called for another stalling point. Kelly finished another takedown to end the match early up, 16-1.
SCOUTING THE MONARCHS
Old Dominion is currently 8-8 overall and 4-2 in the MAC. The Monarchs most recently recorded a 19-14 win over conference rival Kent State on Friday (Feb. 9). Other notable wins this season came against Eastern Michigan, Campbell, Chattanooga, Buffalo and American. The Monarchs have suffered losses at the hands of Virginia, Navy, Central Michigan, Iowa State, Virginia Tech, Missouri and North Carolina State.
Leading the way for Old Dominion is Michael McGee. McGee is currently 22nd in the country in the 125-class and maintains a 22-8 record. In the 141-class, Alex Madrigal currently has a 16-6 record while Larry Early holds a 23-8 record on the season in the 157-class. In the 174-class, Seldon Wright has recorded a 20-8 record on the season.
The last time the two squads met, Old Dominion earned a 19-18 victory at home. The Monarchs currently lead the series with Ohio, 3-2.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Ohio wrestling team was ranked in sixth place in the MAC February rankings while also landing three wrestlers in the top-4 of their class.