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Ohio Wrestlers Duel with Northern Illinois Friday Night

Cody Walters

Jan. 11, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (3-3; 1-1 MAC) heads to Northern Illinois Friday night for its third Mid-American Conference matchup this season. The Bobcats duel with the Huskies is set to begin at 7 p.m. inside Victor E. Court.

Ohio's matchup with the Huskies, marks the 21st meeting between the two schools with NIU holding a slim 10-9-1 advantage in the all-time series. In last year's meeting, Ohio defeated NIU 27-6 at home.

The Bobcats enter the duel after posting a seventh place finish at the 2013 Southern Scuffle. Redshirt freshman Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) highlighted competition for the Bobcats as he posted a fourth-place at 197 after tallying a 3-2 mark.

Redshirt Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) also posted a strong outing at the Scuffle as he placed fifth at heavyweight, finishing with a mark of 5-2.

Earlier this week, redshirt freshman Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill./ 15-7) at 157, redshirt sophomore Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio/15-11) at 165, redshirt freshman Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio/20-2) at 174, Wellington (14-9) and Johnson (21-7) were ranked No. 28, No. 28, No. 17, No. 27 and No. 15, respectively in the most recent WrestlingReport.com Division I rankings.

The five individuals ranked in the Top 33 of the latest poll are the most Ohio has had this season.

The Huskies come into Friday's dual with a 7-3 record following a pair of wins - 26-12 over Appalachian State and 31-13 over SIU Edwardsville - last Sunday in Edwardsville, Ill. Between the two duals, NIU notched four pins, while Nick Smith, Kevin Fanta, Andrew Morse, Bryan Loughlin and Jared Torrence recorded individual wins in both duals.

Ohio Wrestling Lineup vs. Northern Illinois
125: Tyler Heminger (4-2) or KeVon Powell (3-7)
133: Joe Munos (1-7) or Garret Garness (0-3)
141: Kagan Squire (9-11)
149: Andrew Romanchik (9-7)
157: Sparty Chino (15-7)
165: Harrison Hightower (15-11)
174: Cody Walters (20-2)
184: Ryan Garringer (12-11) or Cody Rodgers (11-8)
197: Phil Wellington (14-9)
HWT: Jeremy Johnson (21-7)