March 20, 2014
Session_II_Results | Session I Recap
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Four Ohio University wrestlers punched their tickets to day two competition Friday night following Session II of the 2014 NCAA Championships. The three-day event is being held Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Redshirt senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights), redshirt sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio), redshirt sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) and junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) all qualified for day two competition at heavyweight, 197, 174 and 149, respectively.
Walters highlighted Session II competition as he earned a fall in 3:54 over NC State's Pete Renda. His pin of Renda marked just the second time this season he has registered a fall.
With the win, Walters will face a familiar foe in Central Michigan's Mike Ottinger. The two individuals last met at the 2014 Mid-American Conference Championships where they engaged in a classic nine period clash.
Claxton also picked up a victory in as he defeated West Virginia's Mike Morales by a 4-3 count. The win improved Claxton's record to 27-8 on the year. He will take on Christopher Villalonga from Cornell.
Wellington and Johnson both dropped their second round matchups and will compete in the Wrestlebacks Friday morning. Both individuals claimed victories in Session I to advance to Friday's competition.
Redshirt junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) and redshirt Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) both dropped consolation bouts and were eliminated from the NCAA Championships. Hightower dropped a 2-1 decision to former Virginia Tech teammate Chris Moon. Chino came up short in a second tiebreaker match with Columbia's Markus Scheidel, falling 10-6.
As a team, Ohio is tied for 30th with Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, North Carolina and Purdue.
The third round begins at 11 a.m. ET on Friday. ESPNU will have the television coverage, while ESPN3 will have separate feeds of all eight mats. A link to live brackets also will be available at OhioBobcats.com, while live updates will be provided on the Ohio Wrestling Twitter account, @OhioU_Wrestling.