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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (5-4, 3-1 MAC) is taking aim at a fourth-straight Mid-American Conference victory as it hosts Old Dominion (7-5, 4-2 MAC) for a 6 p.m. ET dual meet at the Convocation Center. The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Here are three matchups to keep an eye on tonight when the Bobcats and the Monarchs go head-to-head.
125 pounds: Shakur Laney (12-5, 4-0 MAC) vs No. 18 Michael McGee (21-4, 6-0 MAC)
The 125 pound matchup will feature two former MAC champions and national qualifiers. Laney is a two-time national qualifier in his redshirt junior campaign who won the 2017 MAC tournament and took a redshirt last season. McGee, who is in his redshirt sophomore campaign, is the reigning MAC champ after taking the crown in Mount Pleasant in 2018. The two faced off earlier this year in Annapolis at the Navy Classic, with Laney coming out on top in a close 5-4 bout. The two are currently ranked one and two respectively in the MAC at 125, thus making this match crucial for MAC tournament seeding.
141 pounds: No. 20 Cameron Kelly (11-2, 4-0 MAC) vs. No. 19 Sa'Derian Perry (18-4, 5-1 MAC)
The 141 pound matchup will be another great bout featuring a two-time national qualifier in Cameron Kelly and returning NCAA All-American Sa'Derian Perry. Kelly, who qualified for the tournament last year in Cleveland, is up a weight from last season and is having a successful senior campaign. Perry was a surprise All-American at 141 pounds in Cleveland last March and is a former Eastern Michigan Eagle who made the move to Old Dominion after EMU cut their program in April of 2018. The two have not met this season. Kelly was injured during the Navy Classic where Perry finished runner-up. This matchup is sure to be high scoring with a lot of fireworks and could be a big swing match in the dual.
157 pounds: No. 20 Zac Carson (15-6, 3-1 MAC) vs. No. 6 Larry Early (16-3, 5-1 MAC)
The 157 pound match might be the most anticipated bout of the dual due to the chance for so much action. The matchup is intriguing due to the scrambling ability of both wrestlers and ability to score from any position on the mat. Carson, a redshirt junior and transfer from Eastern Michigan, is having a great year down a weight from 165 pounds where he qualified for the big show in Cleveland. Early is ranked in the top 10 for the first time in his career, which he started at Minnesota before he made the move to Old Dominion after his redshirt season. The two have not met this year. Carson was also injured during the Navy Classic, where Early took the title at 157.