ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Ohio wrestling team (1-2, 0-1 MAC) earned a sixth-place finish at the Navy Classic, tallying 74.5 points today at Wesley Brown Field House. The Bobcats logged two second-place finishes, one third-place finish, one fifth place-finish and a sixth-place finish.
Earning runner-up finishes for Ohio were redshirt sophomore Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) at 149 pounds and redshirt senior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) at 157 pounds. Redshirt senior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) turned in a third-place finish at 141, redshirt freshman Jordan Earnest (Wadsworth, Ohio) took fifth at 285 and redshirt junior Jake Walker (Sarasota, Fla.) placed sixth at 197.
Hagan got his day started with a 9-2 win by decision over Lock Haven redshirt freshman Austin Wilson, followed by a 6-1 win by decision over sophomore Selwyn Porter of The Citadel. After pinning Rutgers redshirt freshman Gerard Angelo in 4:03, he earned his way to the finals with a 10-1 win by major decision over Bucknell junior Matthew Kolonia. Hagan lost to American redshirt junior Kizhan Clarke by a 4-0 decision in the finals.
Carson's road to a second-place finish began with a 11-3 win by major decision over Navy junior Jack Stanton-Taddeo. He then recorded back-to-back victories by decision, topping Michigan State redshirt sophomore Nathan Atienza, 13-11, and besting Campbell sophomore Matthew Dallara, 3-1. Carson came up with a pin of Virginia Tech redshirt junior B.C. Laprade in 4:06 in the semifinals but ultimately fell to Michigan State redshirt junior Jake Tucker in the finals, losing by an 8-3 decision.
Laney earned three-straight wins to start the Navy Classic, pinning Kent State sophomore Raphael Rodriguez in 2:54, then recording back-to-back wins by decision after besting Cleveland State redshirt senior Evan Cheek, 8-6, and defeating Oregon State redshirt sophomore Grant Willits, 4-3. Laney bounced back from an 8-4 loss by decision to Lock Haven redshirt senior Kyle Shoop by earning a 6-3 win by decision over Virginia Tech sophomore Mitch Moore to secure third place.
After starting the day with a bye, Earnest came away with wins in three of his first four bouts en route to a fifth-place finish. He took a 6-3 win by decision over Oregon State redshirt junior Jamarcus Grant, topped Old Dominion redshirt junior Will Hilliard by a 4-3 decision and notched a win by fall in just 32 seconds over Rutgers redshirt senior Christian Colucci.
Walker won four of the seven bouts he competed in to take sixth, knocking off Old Dominion redshirt freshman River Henry with a 5-1 win by decision, earning an 18-2 win by technical fall over Oregon State redshirt junior Adam Rateb, recording a 4-1 win by decision over Lock Haven sophomore Parker McClellan and taking a win by medical forfeit over Rutgers redshirt junior Matthew Correnti.
Virginia Tech claimed the team title at the Navy Classic, coming away with seven top-five finishes.
Ohio will begin the second month of the 2019-20 season with a dual meet at Chattanooga on Dec. 1, with action getting underway at 2 p.m. ET.