March 10, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Ohio University Wrestling team tied Northern Illinois for fifth place at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship on Sunday at Alumni Arena.
Redshirt freshman Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio)highlighted competition for the Bobcats as he posted a perfect 3-0 record to claim the MAC title at 174. Walters, who entered the championship as the No. 2 seed, defeated Matt Mougin (Northern Illinois), Sam Wheeler (Kent State) and John-Marti Cannon (Buffalo).
Walters became the second-straight Ohio wrestler to win the 174 league title. In 2012, Nick Purdue won the 174 title. With the win at 174, Walters earned an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Championship.
Walters was one of three Ohio wrestlers to earn a bid to the NCAA Championship. Freshman Kevon Powell (Romeoville, Ill.) and junior Jeremy Johnson also earned bids to the 2013 NCAA Championship as they both placed third.
Powell placed third despite entering the championship, pre-seeded No. 7. Powell reeled off victories over No. 2 seeded Christian Cullinan (Central Michigan), No. 4 seeded Jared Germaine (Eastern Michigan) and No. 5 seeded Max Soria (Buffalo) in the third-place bout.
Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) took third after he posted wins over Keith Witt (Kent State), Blayne Beale (Northern Iowa) and Jared Torrence (Northern Illinois).
Michael Duckworth and Andrew Romanchik placed fifth at 184 and 149, respectively.
The NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 13. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; qualifying event placement; quality wins; results against common opponents; winning percentage; RPI; coaches ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.
FINAL TEAM SCORING:
1. Missouri, 136.0
2. Central Michigan, 88.0
3. Northern Iowa, 83.0
4. Kent State, 82.0
t5. Ohio, 63.5
t5. Northern Illinois, 63.5
7. Buffalo, 51.5
8. Eastern Michigan, 44.5