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Bobcats Drop Home Wrestling Finale to Kent State

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Feb. 12, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - In its home finale, the Ohio wrestling team lost a Mid-American Conference dual meet to Kent State 25-6 Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats (11-10, 1-3 MAC) held a 6-3 lead after three matches but the Golden Flashes ran off seven consecutive wins to finish out the meet and extend their unbeaten streak to seven straight duals.

The event started with a closely contested match at 125 pounds between Kent State's Chad Sportelli - ranked as high as 15th in the national polls - and Ohio's Caleb Metcalf. Metcalf, a sophomore from Waterville, Ohio, had won seven of his last eight matches and led 1-0 after an escape early in the second period. Sportelli evened the score with an escape in the third and managed a takedown in the final seconds to pull out a 3-1 decision.

Terry Jackson answered right back for the Bobcats with a 7-0 shutout of KSU 133-pounder Drew Opfer in the next match. After a scoreless first period, the redshirt freshman from Uhrichsville, Ohio, got on the board with an escape and then a takedown in the second period. In the final stanza, Jackson added a two-point near fall and a stalling point before receiving a bonus point for 2:27 in riding time.

Ohio then took the lead at 141 pounds after redshirt freshman Albert Madsen won a 9-2 decision over Drew Lashaway. Two takedowns in the opening period gave the Strongsville, Ohio, native a 4-1 lead and an escape and takedown in the second period pushed it to 7-1 heading into the third. Another takedown with 19 seconds remaining produced Madsen's final score.

The Golden Flashes (13-3-1, 3-0-1 MAC) got a crucial victory from Jason Bake at 149 pounds over Bobcat junior Aaron Gomoll (Bay Village, Ohio). With the match tied 1-1 in the third period, Bake scored a takedown and Gomoll answered quickly with a reversal to make it 3-3 but a final escape by Bake with 1:08 left gave him the 4-3 decision.

Kent State 157-pounder Kurt Gross improved his record to 25-6 this season with a 7-3 decision over Ohio redshirt freshman Jake Frerichs (Uniontown, Ohio) in the next match. Frerichs registered an escape in the second period and two more in the third for his only points.

While the teams retreated to their locker rooms for a 10-minute intermission, Ohio Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt and Bobcat head coach Joel Greenlee presented former national champion and long-time head coach Harry Houska with a mantle clock made of maple trees from the Ohio University campus to announce the wrestling room's Harry Houska Wall of Champions, which recognizes all NCAA and Mid-American Conference champions from Ohio University.

Houska arrived at Ohio University in the fall of 1960 as a state champion from Parma High School outside of Cleveland. He immediately became the toughest man on the Bobcat wrestling team and won the conference title at 167 pounds in his first year of eligibility. The following season, Houska moved up to 177 pounds, won another Mid-American Conference title and, after not giving up a single point in 23 straight matches, lost in the 1963 NCAA finals. As a senior in 1964, he won the MAC heavyweight title and then dropped down to 191 and won the NCAA title, capping his collegiate career with a 76-3 record.

After graduating from Ohio University with a physical education degree, Houska was an alternate on the 1964 U.S. Olympic team and two years later won a gold medal at the Pan-American Games and finished fourth at the World Wrestling Championships in New Delhi, India. At the age of 25, he took over the Bobcat coaching helm from his mentor Fred Schleicher, become just the third head coach in Ohio Wrestling history. He ended up coaching the Bobcats to 11 MAC titles, including seven straight from 1970 to 1976.

Under Houska's guidance, the Bobcats produced 69 individual MAC-title winners, 11 MAC Wrestlers of the Year, 17 All-Americans and two national champions. Houska was named MAC Coach of the Year five times and was inducted into the Ohio University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1972 and into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1986.

To see a video tribute to Harry Houska, please click here.

The meet resumed with a 10-1 major decision by KSU's Jason McGree over Bobcat freshman Kent Smith (Bowling Green, Ohio) at 165 pounds. Then, in a physical battle at 174 pounds, Aaron Miller took a 10-5 decision over Ohio sophomore Ryan Knapp (McConnelsville, Ohio).

With the Golden Flashes leading 17-6, the 184-pound bout featured a showdown between 12th-ranked Alex Camargo of Kent State and Bobcat junior Brian Cesear, who leads his squad with 21 wins this year. Cesear opened the scoring in the second period with an escape and followed a Camargo takedown with another escape for a 2-2 score heading into the final two minutes. After an escape by Camargo, Cesear was awarded a stalling point but then gave up a takedown with just four seconds remaining. An escape by Cesear in the closing seconds was not enough as the Amherst, Ohio, native lost the 5-4 decision.

At 197 pounds, Ohio junior Nick Terbay (Dayton, Ohio) trailed 8-2 midway through the second period but scored an escape and takedown to pull within three heading into the third. Another escape early in the final period made it a two-point gap but two takedowns by KSU's Ardian Ramadani down the stretch sealed the 12-8 decision.

In the afternoon's final match, Bobcat heavyweight Marcus Adelman got taken down in the second period and then again with 16 seconds left in the contest. A late escape by the junior from Alliance, Ohio, prevented it from being a shutout but 2:13 in riding time for KSU's Jermail Porter gave him the 5-1 victory.

Ohio will close out its regular season Friday, Feb. 17, with a 7 p.m. dual at Central Michigan (11-4, 3-0 MAC). The Chippewas, currently ranked fifth in the country, boast nine nationally ranked wrestlers, including top-ranked 197-pounder Wynn Michalak.

The Bobcats will then travel to DeKalb, Ill., for the MAC Championships on March 3-4. The NCAA Championships will be held March 16-18 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Kent State 25, Ohio 6

125 - #15 Chad Sportelli (KSU) dec. Caleb Metcalf, 3-1
133 - Terry Jackson (Ohio) dec. Drew Opfer, 7-0
141 - Albert Madsen (Ohio) dec. Drew Lashaway, 9-2
149 - Jason Bake (KSU) dec. Aaron Gomoll, 4-3
157 - Kurt Gross (KSU) dec. Jake Frerichs, 7-3
165 - Jason McGee (KSU) major dec. Kent Smith, 10-1
174 - Aaron Miller (KSU) dec. Ryan Knapp, 10-5
184 - #12 Alex Camargo (KSU) dec. Brian Cesear, 5-4
197 - Ardian Ramadani (KSU) dec. Nick Terbay, 12-8
HWT - Jermail Porter (KSU) dec. Marcus Adelman, 5-1