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Ohio Wrestlers Take Seventh at Southern Scuffle

Phil Wellington

Jan. 3, 2013

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Ohio University wrestling team placed seventh, finishing with 64.5 points concluding competition Wednesday night at the 2013 Southern Scuffle. The two-day event was held inside McKenzie Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Redshirt freshman Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) highlighted competition for the Bobcats as he posted a fourth-place finish after tallying a 3-2 mark. Wellington had two byes to open his bracket, but then reeled off two straight wins, defeating Virginia's Mike Salopek and No. 13 Brent Haynes from Missouri.

Wellington's first loss came to No. 8 Jake Meredith, who went on to place second. Once in the consolation bracket, Wellington defeated Duke's Conner Harmann before falling to Haynes.

At heavyweight, No. 17 Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) finished fifth after he recorded a mark of 5-2. The redshirt junior opened his bracket with an 8-0 major decision over North Carolina's Mike Kosoy, but was pinned in his next bout, falling to No. 16 Odie Delaney from the Citadel.

Johnson responded by winning three straight matches. During that stretch, Johnson notched a 5-2 win over No. 15 Jimmy Lawson from Penn State. Johnson dropped his next match to Nick Gwiazdowski, which set up a re-match with Delaney, which he would go on to win.

At 174, No. 18 Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) suffered his first loss of the year as he dropped a 16-8 decision to No. 3 Matthew Brown from Penn State. Walters finished the tournament with a 4-2 mark to take seventh.

Ohio also earned strong performances from redshirt freshman Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) and redshirt sophomore Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) as they placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

The 2013 Scuffle played host to 25 teams from around the nation, including the two-time defending National Champion Penn State Nittany Lions, and four of the top five finishers at the 2012 NCAA tournament.

The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Jan. 11 as it travels to Dekalb, Ill. to take on Northern Illinois. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.