Nov. 10, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Ohio University wrestling team opened the 2013-14 campaign in impressive fashion Saturday night at the Michigan State Open as it placed five individuals in the top five.
The event was held at Jenison Field House and featured more than 500 wrestlers from 28 schools across the nation.
Redshirt sophomore Phil Wellington(Euclid, Ohio) highlighted the tournament as he went 4-0 en route to earning a winning performance at 197 pounds. Wellington opened the bracket by pinning T.J. Hohenadel (Indiana). He then went on to post a major decision over Kelvin Jordan from Indiana Tech and then downed Northern Illinois' Shawn Scott. In the final bout, he downed Braden Atwood from Purdue by a count of 6-3.
Junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) also turned in a strong performance as he finished runner-up at 149 pounds, finishing with a mark of 3-1. Claxton opened the bracket with a win over Brandon Nelson from Purdue. He then went on to post wins over Neal Molloy (Indiana) and Ian Paddock (Ohio State) before falling in the title match to Ohio State's Hunter Stieber by a count of 9-4.
Redshirt sophomore Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) and redshirt senior Jeremy Johnson(Broadview Heights, Ohio) both posted third-place performances at 157 and 285 pounds, respectively. Both individuals posted 4-1 records.
Redshirt junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) also turned in a top five performance as he posted a 5-1 mark at 165 pounds.
The Bobcats also had strong performances in the freshman/sophomore division as freshman Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) won the 141 pound bracket. Fellow freshman Cullen Cummings (Woodridge, Ill.) also posted a top five finish as he place fifth in the 149 pound bracket.
Ohio returns to action on Nov. 16 as it heads to the Eastern Michigan Duals in Ypsilanti, Mich. The EMU Duals are set to begin at 10 a.m.