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Ohio Duals with Northern Illinois on Friday

Cody Walters

Jan. 8, 2014

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (4-1) steps back into league action on Friday at 7 p.m. as it welcomes Northern Illinois University (4-5) to the Convocation Center. The Bobcats enter the dual in search of their sixth-consecutive win over NIU.

Ohio enters the dual with Northern Illinois, having won 11 of its last 12 dual competitions dating back to last season. The Bobcats' only loss during that 12-match stretch came on the road at Missouri this season. This week Missouri checked in at No. 11 in the latest Intermatwrestle.com poll.

The Bobcats feature four individuals that rank in the Top 20 of the Intermatwrestle.com poll in the form of junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio), sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio), sophomore Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) and senior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio).

In addition, Wellington, Johnson and junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) have all won 20 matches-or-more this season.

Northern Illinois enters the match following a decisive 33-15 victory over SIU Edwardsville. The Huskies' matchup with Ohio will mark their third dual in league play. In its two previous league matches, Northern Illinois fell to Northern Iowa and Central Michigan.

Ohio was topped Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill. 32-13 in last year's meeting. The Bobcats' win over NIU was their fifth-consecutive victory over the Huskies.

Ohio's Probable Lineup
125: KeVon Powell (5-8)
133: Kagan Squire (6-4)
141: Noah Forrider (16-10)
149: No. 19 Tywan Claxton (14-4)
157: Spartak Chino (10-5)
165: Harrison Hightower (20-7)
174: No. 7 Cody Walters (1-0)
184: Ryan Garringer (8-7)
197: No. 14 Phil Wellington (20-2), Beau Wenger (0-4), or Michael Duckworth (0-0)
HWT: No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (21-3)

Northern Illinois' Probable Lineup
125: Braun Marquez (4-10) OR Nick Harrison (7-4)
133: Nick Smith (4-5)
141: Tyler Argue (10-8) OR Kevin Fanta (7-6)
149: Rob Jillard (3-2) OR Gabe Morse (5-7)
157: Andrew Morse (17-9)
165: Shaun'Qae McMurtry (5-6) OR Sam Bennett (7-9)
174: Matt Mougin (7-8)
184: Caleb Busson (6-12) OR Shane Rosenberry (4-4)
197: Shawn Scott (13-8)
285: Jared Torrence (12-9) OR Arthur Bunce (6-5)