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Ohio Wrestling's Yinger Clinches Spot In Title Bout On Opening Day Of 2019 MAC Championships

Ohio Wrestling's Yinger Clinches Spot In Title Bout On Opening Day Of 2019 MAC Championships


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NORFOLK, Va. -- Freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) earned a spot in the title bout at 165 pounds to highlight the opening day of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships today at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Yinger topped Kent State fifth-year senior Isaac Bast with a 3-2 win by decision in the quarterfinals, then upset No. 1-seeded Missouri redshirt junior Connor Flynn in the semifinals with a 5-4 win by decision. Flynn was ranked 13th in the nation according to the latest NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings. Yinger will wrestle Buffalo junior Troy Keller for the MAC title. He can claim the MAC's lone qualifier at 165 to the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships with a win.

"It feels great," said Yinger. "I've had a lot of emotions this week. Frankly, everything I've ever done in my life just paid off right there."

Yinger's efforts helped the Bobcats finish day one of the 2019 MAC Championships in fifth place with 76 points. Six-time defending champion Missouri leads the pack with 127.5 points, with Buffalo (94.5), host Old Dominion (92.5) and Central Michigan (82.5) trailing behind in the team standings. The Bobcats are ahead of Northern Illinois (71), SIUE (59.5) and Kent State (56.5).

The quarterfinals saw redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) join Yinger in advancing on to the semifinals.

Guillen picked up a 5-2 win by decision over Central Michigan sophomore Deven Perez at 133 pounds while Hagan notched a 5-4 win by decision over Kent State redshirt freshman Kody Komara at 149. Both fell in in the semis, though, with Guillen dropping a 6-4 decision to Buffalo redshirt sophomore Derek Spann and Hagan losing a 4-3 tie breaker to Old Dominion redshirt sophomore Kevin Budnock.

Ohio finished 3-7 in the quarters as redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) lost by fall in 3:12 to Northern Illinois redshirt freshman Bryce West at 125, senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) lost by fall in 0:25 to Kent State sophomore Cory Simpson at 141, redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) fell to Buffalo senior Alex Smythe, who earned a 3-1 sudden victory, at 157, freshman Logan Stanley (Fredericksburg, Ohio) lost by fall in 1:00 to Missouri redshirt senior Daniel Lewis at 174, junior Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) lost a 2-1 tie breaker to Old Dominion junior Antonio Agee at 184, graduate student Derek Hillman (Woodhaven, Mich.) lost by major decision, 17-6, to Buffalo redshirt senior Brett Perry at 197 and redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) lost by decision, 3-2, to Central Michigan sophomore Matt Stencel at 285.

The Bobcats went a perfect 7-0 in the consolation round.

Laney earned a 13-4 win by major decision over Missouri redshirt freshman Dack Punke.

Kelly recorded a 16-1 win by technical fall over Northern Illinois redshirt freshman Drew West.

Carson logged a 3-1 win by sudden victory over Central Michigan junior Logan Parks.

Stanley posted a 3-2 win by decision over Kent State sophomore Kade Byland.

Yeargan notched a 2-1 win by tie breaker over SIUE freshman Sergio Villalobos.

Hillman tallied a 4-1 win by decision over Buffalo redshirt sophomore Brett Perry.

Parker came away with a 7-0 win by decision over Old Dominion redshirt sophomore Will Hilliard.

Day two of the 2019 MAC Championships will see Laney, Guillen, Kelly, Carson, Hagan, Stanley, Yeargan, Hillman and Parker will all compete in the consolation semifinals on Saturday (March 9), with action getting underway at noon EST. The championship finals, third-place matches and fifth-place matches will begin at 2 p.m. EST. The action will be streamed live on ESPN+.