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Bobcats Defeat West Virginia, 26-19

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Feb. 16, 2014

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (11-4, 4-4) earned a 26-19 triumph over West Virginia Sunday afternoon in the Convocation Center.

Ohio Seniors Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.) and No. 11 Jeremy Johnson(Broadview Heights, Ohio) earned victories and were recognized during Senior Day prior to the match.

Ohio earned an early 10-0 lead following the 157 and 165 matches. Junior Spartak Chino(Wheaton, Ill.) posted a major decision victory over Jason Luster.

Fellow junior Harrison Hightower(Strongsville, Ohio) recorded a 1:39 fall over Ross Renzi. With the fall, Hightower recorded his third-consecutive win and his 14th fall, a team-best.

West Virginia responded with a fall at 174, with Bubba Scheffel pinning sophomore Marshal Willet(Centerburg, Ohio) to bring the count to 10-6.

The Bobcats posted sweeps at 184, 197, heavyweight and 125 classes, beginning with Garringer earning three points for Ohio with a decision victory over Mac Mancuso.

No. 9 Phil Wellington(Euclid, Ohio) earned a major decision (17-3) victory over Leo Trindade, marking his eighth-consecutive win and his 28th victory overall.

Johnson improved his team-best record to 31-4 with a disqualification triumph over A.J. Vizcarrondo. Johnson has won his last 10 consecutive matches, and is undefeated in dual competition.

Sophomore KeVon Powell(Romeoville, Ill.) earned a last-second 6-5 decision victory over Corey Stainbrook, improving his record to 11-11.

WVU tallied four points at 133 as Nathan Pennesi recorded a major 11-1 decision over Sabastian Arroyo. No 16. Colin Johnston and Mike Morales continued West Virginia's momentum, with Johnston earning a 5:42 fall over sophomore Garret Garness (Kasson, Minn.) at 141, and Morales recording a 6-4 decision victory over No. 16 Tywan Claxton(South Euclid, Ohio) in the final seconds of the bout.

The Bobcats will finish out their regular season next Sunday as they take on Gardner-Webb and Cleveland State at the Convocation Center. The matches are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

FINAL RESULTS
157 - Spartak Chino (15-10) 12, Jason Luster (4-4) 4, major dec. - Ohio 4, WVU 0
165 - Harrison Hightower (28-9), Ross Renzi (19-14), Fall 1:39 - Ohio 10, WVU 0
174 - Bubba Scheffel (27-7), Marshal Willet (4-7), Fall 2:50 - Ohio 10, WVU 6
184 - Ryan Garringer (10-17) 9, Mac Mancuso (19-11) 6, dec. - Ohio 13, WVU 6
197 - No 9. Phil Wellington (28-3) 17, Leo Trindade (14-13) 3, major dec. - Ohio 17, WVU 6
HWT - No 11. Jeremy Johnson (31-4) 11, A.J. Vizcarrondo (18-15) 0, DQ - Ohio 23, WVU 6
125 - KeVon Powell (11-11) 6, Cory Stainbrook (21-13) 5, dec. - Ohio 26, WVU 6
133 - Nathan Pennesi (16-8) 11, Sebastian Arroyo (3-8) 1, major dec. - Ohio 26, WVU 10
141 - No. 16 Colin Johnston (26-5), Garret Garness (2-3), fall 5:42 - Ohio 26, WVU 16.
149 - No. 16 Tywan Claxton (22-6) 4, Mike Morales (17-5) 6, dec. - Ohio 26, WVU 19

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