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Three Reach Finals as `Cats Wrestle Well on Day One

March 6, 2010

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MT. PLEASANT, Mich.- Ohio Wrestling had a terrific first day at the Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday, ending the day in fourth place overall with three wrestlers having punched their tickets to Sunday’s final rounds. Seth Morton, Nick Purdue and Erik Schuth all blazed their way through their respective brackets to earn a shot at winning a MAC title.

“We’ve got three guys in the finals,” said head coach Joel Greenlee. “I wish we had two more. I think as far as wrestling goes, we wrestled hard, we were aggressive and that’s what we’re looking for every time out. I’d like to win every one of them but I don’t know if that’s too realistic to happen. We wrestled hard today and I’m proud of our guys.”

Gabe Ramos (Hopatcong, N.J.) started things off the right way for Ohio, taking a 6-2 decision over Northern Illinois’ Izzy Montemayor in the first round. He was then defeated in his second match of the day, losing by default to Buffalo’s Dan Bishop. The redshirt freshman then responded emphatically in the next round, pinning the Eagles’ Greg Egbert in the second period, 3:23 into the bout. He will square off against Kent State’s Troy Opfer tomorrow in the consolation bracket.

Redshirt junior Quentin Keyes had a tough start to the first day, getting pinned by Buffalo’s No. 18 Kevin Smith in 7:06. He was able to take a 1-1 tie into overtime before Smith earned a takedown, a three-point near-fall and finally a pin 48 seconds into overtime. Keyes then lost a 6-3 decision to Eastern Michigan’s Sean Clair. The native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, will wrestle Northern Illinois’ Tristan Deshazer in the fifth-place match tomorrow.

Lindsey came out strong in his first bout, wrestling at 141 pounds. He defeated Eastern Michigan’s Corey Phillips by an 11-3 major decision, his 24th victory of 2009-10 and sixth by major decision. He was unable to get past Huskie Pat Mclemore in the second round though, losing a 6-4 decision to drop him to the consolation bracket. He was able to beat Buffalo’s Andrew Schutt by a 3-2 decision, setting up a match against Kent State’s Chase Skonieczny tomorrow.

149 pounds was a strong class for the Bobcats on Saturday, as Seth Morton (Canal Winchester, Ohio) came out of a first-round bye with a thrilling 6-5 decision over Central Michigan’s No. 13 Tony D’Alie. Morton put together five points in the second period of the match via an escape, a two-point near-fall and a takedown. The senior was able to hold on for the victory, even as D’Alie came back with an escape, a takedown and a penalty point in the third period. He will meet No. 19 Desi Green of Buffalo in the final round Sunday, a bout which will crown a conference champion. Regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s final, Morton has earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

“That was a huge win,” said Greenlee. “There’s two spots from that weight class that get to the NCAA Tournament and Seth Morton is now guaranteed one of them. It’s unbelievable. He came he and has worked his tail off for four years and I couldn’t be happier for him.”

Clay Tucker (Martins Ferry, Ohio) began his day with two very close bouts. He took a 3-2 decision in the first round against Andrew Stella of the Bulls before falling to the Chippewa’s No. 14 Steven Brown by the same score. He then came back and took a 4-1 decision victory over Eastern Michigan’s Aaron Sulzer, setting up a re-match on Sunday with Stella.

Kevin Christensen (Fairborn, Ohio) finished out his career by losing two straight at the MAC Championships. He lost a 7-2 decision to Eastern Michigan’s Alex Ortman in the first round before being defeated 6-0 by Chippewa Ross Tice in the second round.

Senior Jacob Ison (Batavia, Ohio) had a bye in the first round before squaring off against Kent State’s Keith Witt in the second. Ison trailed 4-2 going into the third period and was unable to turn the tables on his opponent, eventually getting pinned with one second left in regulation. He came back in a big way during the second match, taking an impressive 12-3 major decision over  Eastern Michigan’s Justin Brandel. Ison set the tone early with two takedowns in the first period, never losing the lead from that point. He will wrestle against Brian Sheehan of Buffalo in the consolation bracket Sunday.

Wrestling at 184 pounds, Purdue (Genoa, Ohio) had a great day. He pinned Zach Benzio of NIU in 6:58 during his first-round match, then came up with a huge 7-5 victory by decision over No. 14 Mike Miller of Central Michigan.

“He (Purdue) went out there and looked really good,” added Greenlee. “Miller is a pretty tough wrestler.”

Keeping consistent with the tone of the season, successful performances at 184 pounds are usually followed up by matching results at 197. Saturday was no exception. Schuth (Spencerport, N.Y.) had a great day, taking a 1-0 decision over Kent State’s Adam Cogar en route to setting up a date in the finals with Buffalo’s Jimmy Hammel.

“This time the guy didn’t takedown, so it was 0-0 after two periods,” said Greenlee. “He tried to takedown in the third and Schuth got away within the first four or five seconds, so then it’s a dogfight trying not to get called for stalling and staying aggressive. Schuth did a great job.”

Andy Hartshorn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) won his first bout of the day, taking a 5-2 decision over Buffalo’s Jason Weber. He then fell to No. 4 Jarod Trice of host Central Michigan and then lost a 3-1 decision in the consolation bracket to Eastern Michigan’s David Wade to end his season.

After a full day of wrestling, host Central Michigan is in first place with 54.5 points. Kent State is in second with 44, Buffalo holds third with 41.5 while Ohio (38), Northern Illinois (17.5) and Eastern Michigan (11) round out the rest of the conference.


Full Ohio Results:

125: Gabe Ramos dec. 6-2 Izzy Montemayor (NIU)

125: Dan Bishop (UB) def. Gabe Ramos

125: Gabe Ramos Fall 3:23 Greg Egbert (EMU)

133: No. 18 Kevin Smith (UB) Fall 7:06 Quentin Keyes

133: Sean Clair (EMU) dec. 6-2 Quentin Keyes

141: No. 18 Germane Lindsey MD 11-3 Corey Phillips (EMU)

141: Pat Mclemore (NIU) dec. 6-4 No. 18 Germane Lindsey

141: No. 18 Germane Lindsey dec. 3-2 Andrew Schutt (UB)

149: Seth Morton dec. 6-5 No. 13 Tony D’Alie (CMU)

157: Clay Tucker dec. 3-2 Andrew Stella (UB)

157: No. 14 Steve Brown (CMU) dec. 3-2 Clay Tucker

157: Clay Tucker dec. 4-1 Aaron Sulzer (EMU)

165: Alex Ortman (EMU) dec. 7-2 Kevin Christensen

165: Ross Tice (KSU) dec. 6-0 Kevin Christensen

174: Keith Witt (KSU) Fall 6:59 Jacob Ison

174: Jacob Ison MD 12-3 Justin Brandel (EMU)

184: No. 17 Nick Purdue Fall 6:58 Zach Benzio (NIU)

184: No. 17 Nick Purdue dec. 7-5 No. 14 Mike Miller (CMU)

197: No. 19 Erik Schuth dec. 1-0 Adam Cogar (KSU)

HWT: Andy Hartshorn dec. 5-2 Jason Weber (UB)

HWT: No. 4 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. 7-3 Andy Hartshorn

HWT: David Wade (EMU) dec. 3-1 Andy Hartshorn