ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team (4-7, 2-5 MAC) will close out the 2018 regular-season schedule when the Bobcats travel to American (6-6, 3-3) and Maryland (4-11, 0-9 B1G) Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 17-18). Action is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Washington, D.C. on Saturday and the dual will begin at 3 p.m. in College Park, Md. on Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bobcats hosted Mid-American Conference rival Old Dominion (8-8, 4-2 MAC) on Sunday (Feb. 11). The dual was canceled after the 165-weight class due to a medical incident. Ohio picked up two wins before the match was canceled.
Redshirt sophomore Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio) earned Ohio's first win on the day with an exciting 5-1 decision victory over ODU's Kenan Carter. The first two periods saw a lot of action between the two, but they would go scoreless. In the final period, Carter escaped to-start the third, putting points on the board first to lead 1-0. Kowalski avoided a takedown by Carter and then acted quickly at the end of the period, hitting a takedown to lead 2-1 before adding to his lead with a two-point near fall in the final seconds of the match to take a 5-1 win with an added point for riding time.
Redshirt freshman Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) earned a 7-6 decision victory for the Bobcats in the 165-class over ODU's Luke Drugac. After the first period went scoreless, Terry hit a big reversal to start the second period to lead 2-0 before Drugac quickly escaped to put scores on the board at 2-1. Terry hit another takedown to increase his lead to 4-1 before Drugac escaped to give Terry a 4-2 lead going into the final period. Drugac escaped once again to start the third, lessening Terry's lead to 4-3 before hitting a takedown of his own to take the lead for the first time at 5-4. Terry escaped to tie up the scores again at 5-5 in the final 30 seconds of the match. Terry took control of the match and recorded a takedown with less than 10 seconds on the clock, to lead 7-5. Drugac escaped before the match was over, but it wouldn't be enough to stifle Terry's 7-6 decision victory.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American currently has a 7-6 record after securing a 38-3 win over George Mason on Thursday (Feb. 15). American's Jeric Kasunic, Brett Dempsey and Kizhan Clarke each recorded a fall for the Eagles. Kasunic and Dempsey are both nationally ranked seniors on the squad. Kasunic is currently ranked 10th in the nation in the 197-class while Dempsey is ranked 26th in the heavyweight class.
The Eagles have secured wins over Campbell, North Carolina, Duke, Brown and Binghamton while their losses have come at the hands of Wyoming, Lehigh, Navy, Old Dominion and Drexel.
The last time the two squads met, Ohio celebrated senior day in the Convocation Center where the Eagles took a 38-3 victory. The Bobcats single win on the day came in the 174-class where Arsen Ashughyan earned an 8-3 decision win over American's Cole Mosley.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Maryland is coming off of a 26-22 loss to Big Ten rival No. 19 Minnesota on Sunday (Feb. 11). The Terrapins are now 4-11 overall and 0-9 in the Big Ten. In the dual against Minnesota, Ryan Diehl recorded a fall victory in the 141-class while Alfred Bannister recorded a 15-6 major decision victory in the 149-class. David-Brian Whisler and No. 7 Youssif Hmida both recorded decision wins in the 197 and 285 classes respectively.
Maryland's wins have come over Campbell, George Mason, Stanford and Brown while their losses have come at the hands of Rutgers, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska, Navy, Harvard, Penn State, Illinois and Minnesota.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Ohio wrestling team was ranked in sixth place in the first MAC February rankings while also landing three wrestlers in the top-4 of their class.