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Ohio Wrestling Falls to No. 13 Missouri

Jeremy Johnson

Dec. 6, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Ohio University wrestling team (3-1) suffered its first season and conference loss Friday night to the No. 13 ranked Missouri Tigers, 23-10, on the stage of Jesse Hall.

After a Mizzou win to start the match, Ohio redshirt sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) defeated J'Den Cox, cutting the lead to 4-3 to pick up his seventh straight victory.

The momentum continued for the Bobcats, with redshirt senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) earning a 11-2 major decision over the Tigers' Devin Mellon, putting Ohio ahead 7-4.

Missouri responded, winning the next three bouts to push its lead over Ohio to 14-7.

Bobcat junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) was not intimidated, and took down Mizzou's undefeated Drake Houdashelt, closing the gap to 17-10. With the decision win, Claxton's record improved to 11-1.

The Tigers would go on to solidify their lead, claiming the remaining three bouts to secure the win.

The Bobcats return to the Convo on Dec. 15 as it will face off against Appalachian State at 10 a.m.

184 - No. 10 Johnny Eblen (MU) major dec. over Ryan Garringer (OHIO), 15-4.
197 - No. 15 Phil Wellington (OHIO) decision over No. 8 J'den Cox (MU), 6-4.
HWT - No. 9 Jeremy Johnson (OHIO) major dec. over Devin Mellon (MU), 11-2.
125 - Barlow McGhee (MU) decision over KeVon Powell (OHIO), 2-1.
133 - Matt Manley (MU) decision over Kagan Squire (OHIO), 1-0.

141 - Lavion Mayes (MU) major dec. over Noah Forrider (OHIO), 12-3.

 149 - No. 18 Tywan Claxton decision over No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (MU), 5-3.
157 - No. 6 Kyle Bradley (MU) decision over No. 18 Spartak Chino (OHIO), 5-3.

165 - No. 10 Zach Toal (MU) decision over Harrison Hightower (OHIO), 4-0.
174 - No. 20 Mikey England (MU) decision over Marshal Willet (OHIO), 11-5.