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Bobcats Best Bulls

Jan. 30, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Ohio Wrestling (10-3, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) went on the road and came away with a hard-fought 22-17 victory over the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday. The Bobcats and the Bulls split the victories right down the middle, as each team came away winning five of the ten weight classes. Clay Tucker, Jacob Ison, Nick Purdue, Andy Hartshorn and Germane Lindsey all defeated their opponents in the match.

Bonus points proved to be the deciding factor, as of the five Ohio victories on Saturday, three were bonus point wins (victories that come by way of major decision, pin or technical fall). Only two of Buffalo’s victories were bonus point wins.

“That’s what we tell our guys before the match,” said head coach Joel Greenlee. “We’ve got to go out there and get big wins.”

The day began with Tucker (Martins Ferry, Ohio) taking a 3-2 decision over Buffalo’s Andrew Stella. The Bulls countered in the 165-pound class as No. 20 John-Martin Cannon won a 4-2 decision over Ohio’s Kevin Christensen (Fairborn, Ohio). At this point the match was tied 3-3.

The next two bouts went quite well for the ‘Cats, as Ison (Batavia, Ohio) pinned Pat Brady in 3:43 and No. 18 Purdue (Genoa, Ohio) took a 9-3 decision over Buffalo’s Josh Peters. The Green and White held a 12-3 lead at this point in the match.

Jimmy Hamel came up with an upset of No. 12 Schuth (Spencerport, N.Y.) to get the Bulls back on track at 12-6. Hartshorn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) came back in a big way for the Bobcats in the heavyweight class, pinning his opponent in 3:52 to grab a vital six points.

“He did great,” said Greenlee. “That’s one of those matches where he knows that he needs to get a big win. The other guy is trying not to give up big points. Hartshorn had to go out there, stay after him, take some chances and it worked out for him.”

Buffalo (7-5-1, 0-1 MAC) won three of the day’s final four bouts, making this match a nail-biter. At 125 pounds, Dan Bishop won a 17-5 major decision over Bobcat Gabe Ramos (Hopatcong, N.J.). Kevin Smith then took a close 7-5 decision over Quentin Keyes (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) at 133 pounds to pull the Bulls closer.

No. 11 Lindsey (Cincinnati, Ohio) won a very important bout at 141 pounds, taking an 11-3 major decision over Andrew Schutt to put the match out of reach. No. 16 Desi Green won a 24-8 technical fall over Darrin Boing (Northfield Center, Ohio) but at that point the match was out of reach. See below for full results:

 Ohio University 22, University at Buffalo 17
157: Clay Tucker (OU) dec., Andrew Stella (UB), 5-4.
165: #20 John-Martin Cannon (UB) dec., Kevin Christensen (OU), 4-2.
174: Jacob Ison (OU) fall, Pat Brady (UB), 3:43.
184: #18 Nick Purdue (OU) dec., Josh Peters (UB), 9-3.
197: Jimmy Hamel (UB) tb, #12 Erik Schuth (OU), 4-3.
285: Andy Hartshorn (OU) fall, Jedd Mason (UB), 3:52.
125: Dan Bishop (UB) maj. dec., Gabe Ramos (OU), 17-5.
133: Kevin Smith (UB) dec., Quentin Keyes (OU), 7-5.
141: #11 Germane Lindsey (OU) maj. dec., Andrew Schutt (UB), 11-3.
149: #16 Desi Green (UB) tech fall, Darrin Boing (OU), 25-10 (6:57).

The Bobcats will next be in action when they host current No. 20 Kent State on February 12. First bout is set for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

**The rankings in this article are courtesy of InterMatWrestle.com**