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ATHENS, Ohio -- Four members of the Ohio wrestling team will represent the Bobcats this weekend (March 21-23) at the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which are being held at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Under the leadership of 22nd-year head coach Joel Greenlee, redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio), redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio), senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) and redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) are all set to compete at nationals for the Bobcats.
Kelly (141 pounds; 19-3) and Parker (285 pounds; 15-12) were among 285 student-athletes that qualified automatically through their conference tournament finishes. Kelly placed third in his weight class at the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships, while Parker placed fourth and won a challenge match to punch his ticket to Pittsburgh. Kelly is slated to make his second-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships and third overall while Parker qualified for the second time in his career.
Carson (157 pounds; 19-9) and Guillen (133 pounds; 17-3) were among 45 at-large selections for nationals, as announced by the NCAA today. The at-large selections were made by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee using the following selection criteria: head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking and conference tournament finish. Carson finished sixth in his weight class at the MAC Championships while Guillen claimed fourth. Carson is making his second-straight NCAA Championship appearance and first as a Bobcat. He was an at-large selection at 165 pounds for Eastern Michigan last year before transferring to Ohio after EMU dropped its wrestling program. Guillen is set to make his first NCAA Championship appearance.
2019 NCAA DIVISION I WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE & FORMAT
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Session 1 - Noon ET (Eight Mat Configuration; Television: ESPNU)
• Pigtails and First-Round Competition
Session 2 - 7 p.m. ET (Eight Mat Configuration; Television: ESPN)
• Preliminaries: Wrestle-Back Prelims (pigtail matches) as needed.
• Wrestle-Back First Round.
• Followed by Championship Round, Second Round and Consolation Round.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Session 3 - 11 a.m. ET (Eight Mat Configuration; Television: ESPNU)
• Quarterfinals on middle four mats; Wrestle-Back Second and Third Rounds on outside mats.
Session 4 - 8 p.m. ET (Six Mat "Dog Bone" Configuration; Television: ESPN)
• Semifinals on inside two mats (one weight at a time) and Wrestle-back Fourth Round on outside four mats. Followed by Wrestle-Back fifth rounds on all six mats.
Saturday March 23, 2019
Session 5 - 11 a.m. ET (Three Mat Configuration; Television: ESPNU)
• Wrestle-Back Semifinals on all three mats.
• Followed by third, fifth and seventh place medal round matches.
Session 6 - 7 p.m. ET (One Championship Mat; Television: ESPN)
• Championship weight class finals.
• Individual weight class awards.
Seedings and first-round draws for the Bobcats at the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships will be as follows:
(23) Ohio R-So. Mario Guillen vs. (10) Penn State Fr. Roman Bravo-Young
(12) Ohio Sr. Cameron Kelly vs. (21) North Carolina R-Jr. A.C. Headlee
(22) Ohio R-Jr. Zac Carson vs. (11) Ohio State R-Jr. Ke-Shawn Hayes
(31) Ohio R-Sr. Zack Parker vs. (2) Penn State Sr. Anthony Cassar
OHIO IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Ohio wrestling program, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, has produced four national champions in its history -- Kermit Blosser (1932; 191 pounds), Harry Houska (1964; 191 pounds), Andy Daniels (1978; 118 pounds) and Dwight Gardner (1998; 158 pounds). Ohio wrestlers have earned the distinction of All-American a total of 31 times. Cody Walters is the last Bobcat to earn All-American status, finishing seventh at 164 pounds in 2016.
OHIO WRESTLING ALL-AMERICANS
1932 - Kermit Blosser (191)
1964 - Harry Houska (191)
1978 - Andy Daniels (118)
1998 - Dwight Gardner (158)
1963 - Harry Houska (177)
1970 - Bruce Trammel (158)
1998 - Shawn Enright (134)
2004 - Jake Percival (157)
1971 - Bruce Trammel (158)
1971 - Russ Johnson (177)
1972 - Barry Reighard (190)
2005 - Jake Percival (157)
1972 - Joe Zychowicz (126)
1973 - Brian Oswald (150)
1994 - Shawn Enright (126)
1995 - Eric Kimble (134)
2002 - Jake Percival (149)
1973 - Bob Tscholl (158)
2000 - Tim Courtad (Hwt.)
2003 - Jake Percival (149)
1968 - Dave Unik (115)
1973 - Russ Johnson (190)
1974 - Kurt Blank (177)
1987 - Rob Johnson (134)
2010 - Germane Lindsey (141)
1994 - Eric Kimble (134)
1997 - Dwight Gardner (158)
2012 - Jeremy Johnson (Hwt.)
2014 - Jeremy Johnson (Hwt.)
2016 - Cody Walters (174)
2013 - Cody Walters (174)
As a team, Ohio has placed in the top-20 at the NCAA Championships eight times, with its highest finish coming in 1972 when the Bobcats tied for eighth place.