ATHENS, Ohio -Ohio Wrestling put up a good fight against No. 12 Central Michigan on Saturday evening, losing the Mid-American Conference dual meet by a final score of 23-12. The Bobcats won four of the last five bouts against the nationally-ranked Chippewas.
The dual meet got off to an exciting start, with No. 4 Jarod Trice and No. 14 Jeremy Johnson battling it out on the mat in the heavyweight division. Johnson fought hard but would ultimately lose a close 3-1 decision. Central Michigan would add to its lead in the next bout, as Joe Roth earned an 11-3 major decision over Ohio's KeVon Powell in the 125-pound class.
The Chippewas kept up their series of strong performances, winning the next three bouts. Ohio was able to limit the damage, only allowing one major decision during this stretch.
Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) earned Ohio's first points in the day in dramatic fashion, earning a 3-1 decision over Lucas Smith in the sudden victory period. Chino recorded a two-point takedown right as the buzzer sounded, awarding him the 3-1 win to pull Ohio within 14 points at 17-3.
Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) followed this up with a very impressive win, as he earned a 10-4 decision over No. 20 Mike Ottinger in the 165-pound class. The redshirt sophomore dominated the bout, accumulating 4:56 in riding time en route to scoring three points for the Bobcats.
Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) and Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) ended the match on a high note, helping the Bobcats to take two of the final three bouts of the evening. Walters earned a decision over Craig Kelliher to pull the `Cats within eight points at 17-9. After No. 5 Ben Bennett pinned Ryan Garringer, Wellington ended the match with a close decision over Jackson Lewis to bring the match to its final score, 23-12 in favor of the visiting Chippewas.
Ohio Wrestling will next be in action on Sunday, Dec. 2 against Eastern Michigan. The first bout between the Bobcats and Eagles will begin at 5:30 p.m. in The Convocation Center.