Cody Walters celebrates after earning All-America honors at the NCAA Championships.
March 24, 2013
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DES MOINES, Iowa - For the second-consecutive season an Ohio University wrestler has earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships as redshirt freshman Cody Walters placed eighth in the 174 weight class.
Walters' eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships also marked the third time in four years an Ohio wrestler had received All-American accolades.
The Macedonia, Ohio native earned a 5-2 decision over Iowa State University's Tanner Weatherman. Walters opened the Wrestlebacks with a 2-1 decision over Central Michigan's Craig Kelliher. He then defeated Buffalo's John-Martin Cannon 3-1 before he posted his victory over Weatherman.
In the seventh-place bout, he came up short to Illinois' Jordan Blanton, falling 4-3. Walters finished the year with a 39-5 record.
With his eight-place finish, Walters helped propel the Bobcats to a 29th-place finish in the team standings.
At heavyweight, junior Jeremy Johnson's (Broadview Heights, Ohio) bid for back-to-back All-America honors fell one match short as he suffered a fall at the 6:43 mark of his matchup with Zac Thomusseit from Pittsburgh. Johnson opened competition on Friday by pinning Boston University's Kevin Innis in 4:12. He then moved on to earn a 6-2 decision over Stanford's Dan Scherer before falling to Thomusseit. Johnson finished the year with a 35-11 record.
Redshirt Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) opened competition on Friday as he pinned Virginia's Michael Salopek in 6:27. However in the evening session, Wellington's tournament run ended as dropped a 6-3 decision to Maryland's Christian Boley.
Fellow redshirt freshman Sparty Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) also concluded his tournament run on Friday as he dropped an 11-2 major decision to Purdue's Tommy Churchard.