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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Ohio wrestling team (3-4) suffered a 29-9 setback to host Virginia (10-6) in a non-conference dual meet this afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium.
Redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) gave the Bobcats a 3-0 lead to open up the match by edging sophomore Jake Keating in a 14-13 decision at 157 pounds. Carson, who is ranked 19th at 157 according to FloWrestling and 20th according to both InterMat and TrackWrestling, improved to 14-5 on the season -- including a 5-1 mark in dual meets.
The Cavaliers, who received votes in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I Coaches Poll, won the next bouts, though, giving Virginia a 29-3 advantage. Redshirt freshman Cam Coy won by a 5-4 decision at 165, freshman Robert Patrick won by fall in 4:35 at 174, redshirt senior Chance McClure won by a 2-0 decision at 184, redshirt sophomore Jay Aiello won by a 17-6 major decision at 197, redshirt junior Tyler Love won a 6-5 decision at 285, junior Jack Mueller won by a 9-1 major decision at 125 and redshirt sophomore Louie Hayes won by forfeit at 133.
Ohio closed out the meet with victories at 141 and 149. Senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) earned his third-straight victory to improve to 9-2 on the season with an 8-3 win by decision over sophomore Scott Kiyono. Redshirt junior Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio) notched his sixth victory of the year with a 7-3 decision win over redshirt sophomore Michael Murphy.
Ohio will close out January with a Mid-American Conference road match, visiting DeKalb, Ill., on Sunday, Jan. 27, for a 2 p.m. ET match against Northern Illinois. The Bobcats will look to improve to 2-1 in conference action.
Virginia 29, Ohio 9
157: Zac Carson (Ohio) def. Jake Keating (Virginia), 14-13 dec. (3-0)
165: Cam Coy (Virginia) def. Colt Yinger (Ohio), 5-4 dec. (3-3)
174: Robert Patrick (Virginia) def. Arsen Ashuygan (Ohio), fall, 4:35 (3-9)
184: Chance McClure (Virginia) def. Hunter Yeargan (Ohio), 2-0 dec (3-12)
197: Jay Aiello (Virginia) def. Aaron Naples (Ohio), 17-6 maj. dec. (3-16)
285: Tyler Love (Virginia) def. Zack Parker (Ohio), 6-5 dec. (3-19)
125: Jack Mueller (Virginia) def. Shakur Laney (Ohio), 9-1 maj. dec. (3-23)
133: Louie Hayes (Virginia) by for. (3-29)
141: Cameron Kelly (Ohio) def. Scott Kiyono (Virginia), 8-3 dec. (6-23)
149: Kade Kowalski (Ohio) def. Michael Murphy (Virginia), 7-3 dec. (9-29)