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Ohio Wrestling Sweeps Competition at the EMU Duals

Jeremy Johnson

Nov. 16, 2013

YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Ohio University wrestling picked up three victories Saturday afternoon in its first head-to-head competition of the year. The Bobcats downed Drexel, Utah Valley and Indiana Tech by scores of 19-15, 26-13 and 43-6, respectively.

Dating back to last season, Ohio has now won its last 10 matches.

Senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio), junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio), redshirt junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) and redshirt sophomore Marshal Willet (Broadview Heights, Ohio) all posted perfect 3-0 records.

Redshirt sophomore Cody Walters also posted a clean slate as he went 2-0. The Bobcats also had a strong performance from Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio), who went 2-1. Wellington's loss was his first setback of the year and came to Drexel's Brandon Palik, who entered the bout with a No. 12 ranking.

In the Bobcats first dual against Drexel, Ohio fell behind early 12-0, but the Bobcats responded as they won six of the final seven matches. Heading into the final match at 285, Ohio and Drexel were tied at 15 apiece. In the final match, Johnson defeated Joseph Giorgio 14-5 to give Ohio the 19-15 victory.

Ohio's second dual saw the Bobcats trail Utah Valley 13-10 following six bouts. The Bobcats responded as they won the final four matches to earn a 26-13 win.

The final dual placed Ohio against Indiana Tech. The Bobcats wasted little time in taking control of the dual as they nine of the 10 bouts. The lone loss came on a foreit.

Ohio returns to action on Nov. 23 as it heads to the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md.

Drexel vs. Ohio (Ohio defeats Drexel, 19-15)
125: Kevin DeVoy Jr. (Drexel) dec. KeVon Powell (Ohio), 6-4 (Drexel, 3-0)
133: David Pearce (Drexel) pinned Kagan Squire (Ohio), 1:24 (Drexel, 9-0)
141: Matthew Cimato (Drexel) dec. Noah Forrider (Ohio), 9-4 (Drexel, 12-0)
149: Tywan Claxton (Ohio) dec. Noel Blanco (Drexel), 10-4 (Drexel, 12-3)
157: Spartak Chino (Ohio) dec. Austin Sommer (Drexel), 13-8 (Drexel, 12-6)
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) dec. Jason Fugiel (Drexel), 5-0 (Drexel, 12-9)
174: Marshal Willet (Ohio) dec. Kevin Matyas (Drexel), 9-5 (Tied, 12-12)
184: Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Alex DiCiantis (Drexel), 5-0 (Ohio, 15-12)
197: Brandon Palik (Drexel) dec. Phil Wellington (Ohio), 7-0 (Tied, 15-15)
285: Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) maj. dec. Joseph Giorgio (Drexel), 14-5 (Ohio, 19-15)

Utah Valley vs. Ohio (Ohio defeats Utah Valley, 26-13)
125: Jade Rouser (UVU) maj. dec. KeVon Powell (Ohio), 13-4 (UVU, 4-0)
133: Brandon Nipko (UVU) dec. Thomas McLaughlin (Ohio), 6-0 (UVU, 7-0)
141: Avery Garner (UVU) dec. Noah Forrider (Ohio), 4-3 (UVU, 10-0)
149: Tywan Claxton (Ohio) maj. dec. Trevor Wilson (UVU), 9-1 (UVU, 10-4)
157: Chase Cuthbertson (UVU) dec. Spatak Chino (Ohio), 14-12 (UVU, 13-4)
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) pinned Curtis Abner Cook (UVU) (UVU, 13-10)
174: Marshall Willet won by forfeit (Ohio, 16-13)
184: Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Ethan Smith (UVU), 2-1 (Ohio, 19-13)
197: Phil Wellington (Ohio) dec. Derek Thomas (UVU), 3-2 (Ohio, 22-13)
285: Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) maj. dec. Adam Fager (UVU), 14-1 (Ohio, 26-13)

Indiana Tech. vs. Ohio (Ohio defeats Indiana Tech, 43-6)
125: KeVon Powell (Ohio) dec. Kris McKinley (Ind. Tech), 4-2 (Ohio, 3-0)
133: Kagan Squire (Ohio) dec. Mitch Pawlak (Ind. Tech), 7-5 (Ohio, 6-0)
141: Noah Forrider (Ohio) pinned Travis Barroquillo (Ind. Tech), 3:22 (Ohio, 12-0)
149: Tywan Claxton (Ohio) pinned Adam Fahs (Ind. Tech), 2:45 (Ohio, 18-0)
157: Chase Hack (Ind. Tech) won by forfeit (Ohio, 18-6)
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) dec. Kafuba Donzon (Ind. Tech), 7-0 (Ohio, 22-6)
174: Marshall Willet (Ohio) dec. Darryl Grayson (Ind. Tech), 6-5 (Ohio, 25-6)
184: Ryan Garringer (Ohio) pinned Tanner Martin (Ind. Tech), 00:41 (Ohio, 31-6)
197: Phil Wellington (Ohio) pinned Brandon Sunday (Ind. Tech), 4:29 (Ohio, 37-6)
285: Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) pinned Andre Dunn (Ind. Tech), 1:48 (Ohio, 43-6)