Nov. 12, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Redshirt freshmen Cody Walters and Phil Wellington both posted victories in their respective weight classes to pace the Ohio University wrestling team Sunday afternoon at the Michigan State Open.
Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) posted a pair of wins against opponents from Kent State and wins over foes from Edinboro and Purdue in the 174 bracket. Walters earned a spot in the championship match after he pinned Kent State's Mike Vollant. In the championship match, Walters defeated Kent State's Sam Wheeler.
Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) was a perfect 4-0 on the afternoon, posting a pin and a major decision to advance to the championship bout where he defeated Eastern Michigan's Anthony Abro 8-4 to win the bracket.
Returning All-American Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) posted a strong showing in the Open Division of the 285-pound weight class as he posted a pair of pins and a major decision to advance to the championship match. In the final match, Johnson suffered his first loss of the season as he fell to Michigan State's Mike McClure 3-1 in overtime.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Heminger (Mount Gilead, Ohio) placed fifth at 125 after he posted a 4-2 mark, defeating opponents from Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana and Kent State.
Junior Kagan Squire (Wadsworth, Ohio) jumped out to a great start as he posted back-to-back wins to open competition at 141, defeating foes from West Virginia and Michigan State before dropping a close 3-1 decision to Notre Dame Ohio's Mo Miller, who would later go on to win the bracket. Following the loss to Miller, Squire fought back to defeat Michigan's Nick Trimble to earn a spot in the third-place bout, but fell to Eastern Michigan's Nick Barber and finished fourth.
At 149, sophomore Andrew Romanchik (Independence, Ohio) advanced to the fifth-place match, but was unable to complete the bout.
In the 157 pound weight class, Ohio placed a of individuals in the top five as Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) took runner-up honor, while Zach Rohr (Hastings, Minn.) placed fifth.
Chino's run to the finals at 157 included four straight wins before falling to Zachary Brunson from Illinois in the finals. Rohr nearly faced Chino in the finals as he posted a pair of pins, but dropped a 9-7 decision to Brunson. In the consolation bracket, Rohr dropped his first bout, but would go on to take fifth following a win over Notre Dame Ohio's Louden Gordon.
At 184, redshirt freshman Cody Rodgers (Mechanicsburg, Ohio) posted a pair of pins as he advanced to the third-place match, but dropped a 7-4 to Edinboro's Vince Pickett.
Ohio returns to action Saturday as it heads to the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md. Competition begins at 10 a.m.