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Ohio Earns a 22-18 Victory at Buffalo

Redshirt freshman Harrison Hightower recorded his sixth pin on the year.

Jan. 29, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Ohio University wrestling team (3-5; 2-3 MAC) got back in the win column with a 22-18 triumph over Buffalo Sunday afternoon on the strength of two pins and a major decision.

The Bobcats got off to a hot start as they won four of the first five bouts to take a commanding 16-3 lead. Sophomore Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.) gave Ohio its first win of the afternoon as he earned a major decision over Zach Ward at 184, winning 11-3.

Two bouts later, sophomore Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) put his undefeated duel record on the line against Jedd Mason. Johnson remained perfect following a pin (2:46) of Mason, improving his duel mark to 8-0. His pin of Mason was his 10th on the year and his fifth-consecutive victory.

Junior Gabe Ramos (Hopatcong, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Drew Hammer (Loveland, Ohio) followed with back-to-back wins at 125 and 133, respectively.

Buffalo fought back with two straight victories and trimmed Ohio's lead to 16-9, following victories at 141 and 149. Redshirt freshman Harrison Hightower followed at 157 and earned a pin over Wally Maziarz (4:09) to put the match out of reach at 22-9. Hightower's pin of Maziarz was his sixth on the year.

Ohio returns to action on Feb. 4 as it welcomes Clarion to the Convocation Center for a 7 p.m. match.

Ohio 22 - Buffalo 18
184: Ryan Garringer (Ohio) won by major decision over Zach Ward (Buffalo) 11-3. Ohio 4, Buffalo 0
197: Justin Heisermen (Buffalo) won by decision over Kyle Sanders (Ohio) 6-2. Ohio 4, Buffalo 3
285: Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) won by pin over Jedd Mason (Buffalo) 2:46. Ohio 10, Buffalo 3
125: Gabe Ramos (Ohio) won by decision over Sean Walton (Buffalo) 5-0. Ohio 13, Buffalo 3
133: Drew Hammer (Ohio) won by decision over Justin Farmer (Buffalo) 4-2. Ohio 16, Buffalo 3
141: Kevin Smith (Buffalo) won by decision over Darrin Boing (Ohio) 4-0. Ohio 16, Buffalo 6
149: Blake Roulo (Buffalo) won by decision over Andrew Romanchik (Ohio) 7-1. Ohio 16, Buffalo 9
157: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) won by pin over Wally Maziarz (Buffalo) 4:09. Ohio 22, Buffalo 9
165: Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) won by tech fall over Miles Chapman (Ohio) 5:11 15-0. Ohio 22, Buffalo 14
174: Jake Waste (Buffalo) won by major decision over Michael Duckworth (Ohio) 15-3. Ohio 22, Buffalo 18