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No. 25 Ohio Edged at Central Michigan, 19-15

Jeremy Johnson

Jan. 17, 2014

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Senior Jeremy Johnson picked up his team-best 23rd victory, but it was not enough as the Ohio University wrestling team (5-2) suffered a 19-15 loss at Central Michigan Friday night inside McGuirk Arena.

Central Michigan took an early lead, with back-to-back wins against sophomore Kagan Squire (Wadsworth, Ohio) and freshmen Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) in the 133 and 141 weight classes.

Ohio got on the board soon after as junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) posted a 3-1 victory over CMU's Scott Mattingly, which cut the score to 7-3. With the win, Claxton earned his second-consecutive triumph. The Chippewas were quick to respond to as Lucas Smith claimed a 3-0 decision over sophomore Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill), extending CMU's lead to 10-3.

The Bobcats fought back as redshirt junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) earned his fourth-consecutive victory on the year as defeated CMU's Nick Becker, cutting the CMU lead to 10-6.

Central Michigan continued to post wins in the 174 and 184 weight classes. Redshirt sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) recorded Ohio's third win of the evening, closing the gap to 16-9 and improved his record to 21-3.

Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) followed Wellington with a first period fall, tightening CMU's lead to 16-15 with one match remaining.

In the final bout, Ohio sophomore KeVon Powell (Romeoville, Ill.) fell to CMU's Corey Keener in a sudden victory takedown, solidifying the Chippewas victory, 19-15.

The Bobcats return to action on Sunday as they take on Eastern Michigan in the Convocation center at 2 p.m.

Central Michigan 19, No. 25 Ohio 15
133: No. 16 Joe Roth (CMU) major dec. Kagan Squire, 12-2; CMU, 4-0
141: No. 9 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Noah Forridor, 4-1; CMU, 7-0
149: No. 15 Tywan Claxton (Ohio) dec. Scott Mattingly, 3-1; CMU, 7-3
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Spartak Chino, 3-0; CMU, 10-3
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) dec. Nick Becker 4-0; CMU, 10-6
174: No. 10 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. No. 7 Cody Walters, 2-1; CMU, 13-6
184: Craig Kelliher (CMU) dec. Ryan Garringer, 4-0; CMU, 16-6
197: No. 13 Phil Wellington (Ohio) dec. Jackson Lewis, 5-1; CMU, 16-9
285: No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) fall Adam Robinson, 3:45; CMU, 16-15
125: No. 12 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. KeVon Powell, 3-1 SV1; CMU, 19-15