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Bobcat Wrestlers Finish Sixth at Navy Classic

Tywan Claxton

Nov. 23, 2013

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Ohio University wrestlers Tywan Claxton and Phil Wellington both claimed individual titles Saturday night, propelling the Bobcats to a sixth-place finish at the 2013 Navy Classic. The event was held inside the Wesley Brown Field House and featured 14 teams from across the country.

"I think we are headed in the right direction," said head coach Joel Greenlee. "I think we competed well and wrestled hard."

Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) and Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) both highlighted competition for the Bobcats as they both posted perfect 4-0 marks to claim the 149 and 197 weight classes, respectively.

"Tywan (Claxton) is doing a great job for us all year and when the lights are on he is ready to go. Phil (Wellington) has also done a great job for us and I think it shows a lot on how far these two guys have come along," Greenlee said.

Claxton, who entered the tournament as the No. 18-ranked individual, before his run after he made quick work of Brown's Steven Galiardo following a 12-0 major decision. He then went on to post back-to-back 6-4 victories over Shawn Greevy (Chattanooga) and Alex Pellicciotti (Bucknell) before claiming a 3-1 decision over Navy's Alex Johnson. With the four straight wins, Claxton improved to 10-1 on the year.

Wellington lived up to his No. 15 ranking as he posted a major decision and a fall in his first two bouts. He then posted an 8-1 victory over Bucknell's Tyler Lyster and a 9-3 decision versus Abram Ayala (Princeton) in the championship final. Wellington's four triumphs moved him to 10-1 on the year. It also marked the second time this season in which he has claimed a tournament title. Earlier this year at the Michigan State Open, Wellington posted a perfect 4-0 mark to claim the 197 weight class.

Redshirt senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) also turned in a strong performance as he opened his bracket by going 3-0 and posted a pair of falls, but was edged 8-2 in the championship final. Johnson has now finished in the top three in two tournaments this season and owns a 10-2 record. His first top three finish of the year came at the Michigan State Open.

In addition, redshirt junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) posted his second-consecutive top five finish at the Navy Classic as he went 4-1 to secure third-place honors.

Ohio returns to action on Friday, Dec. 6 as it heads to Missouri. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.