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CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced their 2019-20 preseason weight class individual rankings and team rankings in conjunction with the league office today. Ohio enters the season ranked 10th as a team with 8.5 points while five Bobcats are ranked in their respective weight classes.
Redshirt junior Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) is ranked fourth at 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) is ranked fifth at 149 pounds, redshirt senior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) is ranked tied for fifth at 157 pounds, redshirt junior Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) is ranked sixth at 165 pounds and senior Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) is ranked sixth at 184 pounds.
The rankings will be released each month throughout the season, with one additional ranking system (two total) in January and February.
Ohio finished the 2018-19 regular season with a record of 8-6, including four MAC victories over Kent State, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan and SIUE, then placed fifth at the 2019 MAC Championships. Carson and Guillen return to the Bobcats after qualifying for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh.
The MAC is about to embark on a historic 2019-20 wrestling season as the league welcomes seven new affiliate members this season as the conference membership increases to 15 wrestling members, the second-largest NCAA Division I Wrestling Conference in the nation.
Last March, the MAC announced a historic membership expansion in the sport of wrestling as the MAC added seven new affiliate members – Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, Lock Haven, Rider, George Mason and Cleveland State – to begin competing in the MAC with the 2019-20 wrestling season.
The addition of seven new affiliate members increases MAC wrestling membership to 15 total members. Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, Lock Haven, Rider, George Mason and Cleveland State all joined the MAC from the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) making the MAC the second largest NCAA Division I Wrestling conference.
Ohio officially opens up the 2019-20 season under the direction of 23rd-year head coach Joel Greenlee with a trip to East Lansing, Mich., for the Michigan State Open (Nov. 2). The Bobcats will host their first home dual meet of season on Nov. 10 when they welcome Campbell to the Convocation Center. Click here for the team's complete schedule.