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Ohio Sweeps Past Cleveland State and Gardner-Webb

Cody Walters

Feb. 24, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Ohio University wrestling team concluded its 2012-13 regular season on a high note as it posted a pair of dominating wins over Cleveland State (37-6) and Gardner-Webb (40-6). With the back-to-back wins, Ohio collected its sixth and seventh-consecutive victories and improved to 11-5 on the year.

In the `Cats first match against Cleveland State, Ohio wasted little time in disposing of the Vikings as it went up 22-0, winning the first six bouts.

Redshirt freshman Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) got the `Cats going with a first period fall of CSU's Kort Leyrer at 174 to pick up his 31st win of the year and capture his 11th-consecutive triumph. Two bouts later, fellow redshirt freshman Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) registered a major decision over Corbin Boone to put Ohio up 13-0.

The `Cats closed the match with back-to-back pins courtesy of Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) and Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio). Hightower's pin was his 11th on the year.

In the final match of the afternoon against Gardner-Webb, Ohio once again started fast as it captured the first seven bouts to open up a 34-0 lead.

Walters once again got the Bobcats off to a strong start as he picked up his second win of the afternoon, GWU's Hunter Gamble to earn his 32nd win and his 12th-consecutive triumph. Sophomore Michael Duckworth (Liberty, Ind.) and Wellington followed with back-to-back major decisions.

Freshmen Joseph Munoz (South St. Paul, Minn.) and Kagan Squire (Wadsworth, Ohio) also tallied pins for the Bobcats to highlight competition.

Junior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) also picked up a pair of wins on the day to improve to 30-8 on the year. Johnson became the second individual on the squad to pick up his 30th win on the year.

Ohio will take a week off before it takes part in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. The Bobcats will take to the mat, beginning at 10 a.m. on March 10.

CSU vs. Ohio 37, Cleveland State 6
125- Kevon Powell (Ohio) dec. over Ben Willeford (CSU), 7-6. Ohio up 19-0
133- Joseph Munos (Ohio) dec. over Mike Carlone (CSU), 9-5. Ohio up 22-0
141- Nick Flannery (CSU) pinned Kagan Squire (Ohio), pin at 2:50. Ohio up 22-6
149- Andrew Romanchik (Ohio) dec. over RJ LaBeef (CSU), 2-0. Ohio up 25-6
157- Spartak Chino (Ohio) pinned Mike Mencini (CSU), pin at 0:35. Ohio up 31-6
165- Harrison Hightower (Ohio) pinned Corey Carlo (CSU), pin at 2:06. Ohio win 37-6
174- Cody Walters (Ohio) pinned Kort Leyrer (CSU), pin at 2:29. Ohio up 6-0
184- Mike Duckworth (Ohio) dec. over Bobby Blankenship (CSU). Ohio up 9-0
197- Phil Wellington (Ohio) maj. Dec. over Corbin Boone (CSU), 16-6. Ohio up 13-0
295- Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) dec. over Riley Shaw (CSU), 4-1. Ohio up 16-0

Ohio 40, Gardner Webb 6
125- Kevon Powell (Ohio) dec. over Cortez Starkes (GW), 6-1. Ohio up 22-0
133- Joe Munoz (Ohio) pinned Robbie Golde (GW), pin at 3:42. Ohio up 28-0
141- Kagan Squire (Ohio) pinned Tyler Zeigler (GW), pin at 2:41. Ohio up 34-0
149- Ryan Medved (GW) dec. over Andrew Romanchik (Ohio), 6-2. Ohio up 34-3
157- Alex Medved (GW) dec. over Sparty Chino (Ohio), 7-3. Ohio up 34-6
165- Harrison Hightower (Ohio) pinned Justin Guthrie (GW), pin at 0:40. Ohio wins 40-6
174- Cody Walters (Ohio) pins Hunter Gamble (GW), pin at 4:10. Ohio up 6-0
184- Michael Duckworth (Ohio) maj. Dec. over Gray Jones (GW), 10-0. Ohio up 10-0
197- Phil Wellington (Ohio) maj. Dec. over Blake Salyer (GW), 10-0. Ohio up 14-0
285- Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) tech fall over Travis Porter (GW), 20-5. Ohio up 19-0