ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (1-2, 0-1 MAC) is back on the road this weekend, visiting Chattanooga (2-4, 1-0 SoCon) on Sunday (Dec. 1) for a 2 p.m. ET dual meet in Maclellan Gym. Fans can follow all the action via live scoring on TrackWrestling or watch online through the MocsVision SoCon Digital Network broadcast, with Travis Jarrard on the call.
The Bobcats will be competing in their fourth dual competition of the 2019-20 season. Ohio lost its first dual meet of the year to Campbell on Nov. 10 at the Convocation Center, then came away with a split at the Boro Duals on Nov. 16, bouncing back from a 25-7 setback to Mid-American Conference foe Edinboro by rolling to a 46-0 shutout of Long Island.
Ohio is coming off of a sixth-place finish at the Navy Classic last Saturday (Nov. 23), tallying 74.5 points. 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.
Four Bobcats enter the weekend ranked in their respective weight classes by FloWrestling, with Laney coming it at No. 18 at 141, Guillen coming in at No. 19 at 133, Hagan coming in at No. 23 at 149 and Earnest coming in at No. 23 at 285. Laney is also ranked No. 17 by InterMat, while Carson is ranked No. 18.
Sunday's dual meet will mark the 17th meeting between the Bobcats and the Mocs, with Ohio holding a 9-7 advantage in a series that dates back to 1986. Ohio is 5-5 against Chattanooga over the last 22 years under head coach Joel Greenlee. The Bobcats will be facing the Mocs for the fifth year in a row. In the last meeting between the two squads on Dec. 20, 2018, Ohio earned a 22-19 win over Chattanooga, with Hagan producing a pin and Carson earning a two-point decision win. Ohio's last road dual at Chattanooga came on Dec. 18, 2017, a 22-19 setback for the Bobcats. The Bobcats' last victory in Chattanooga was an 18-14 triumph on Dec. 18, 2015.
Chattanooga is led by second-year head coach Kyle Ruschell. The Mocs split a pair of road dual matches in North Carolina last weekend, shutting out Davidson, 47-0, on Nov. 22 but falling to then-No. 19-ranked North Carolina, 22-15, on Nov. 24.
Ohio at Chattanooga Probable Lineups
125: Ohio R-Fr. Giovanni DiSabato or R-Jr. Trevor Giallombardo vs. Chattanooga Jr. Fabian Gutierrez
133: Ohio R-Jr. Mario Guillen vs. Chattanooga So. Franco Valdes or Jr. Wade Cummings
141: Ohio R-Sr. Shakur Laney vs. Chattanooga So. Aidan Murphy
149: Ohio R-So. Alec Hagan vs. Chattanooga So. Mason Wallance or So. Tanner Smith
157: Ohio R-Jr. R-Sr. Zac Carson vs. Chattanooga Sr. George Carpenter or So. Tyler Shilson
165: Ohio R-Jr. Joe Terry vs. Chattanooga So. Drew Nicholson
174: Ohio So. Logan Stanley vs. Chattanooga So. Hunter Fortner
184: Ohio R-So. Mason Kroening vs. Chattanooga So. Matthew Waddell
197: Ohio R-Jr. Jake Walker vs. Chattanooga Sr. Rodney Jones
285: Ohio R-Fr. Jordan Earnest vs. Chattanooga So. Grayson Walthall
After Sunday's dual meet against Chattanooga, Ohio will be back in action on Dec. 20 when it meets West Virginia in a dual meet at Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, W. Va.