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Ohio Wrestling Welcomes Northern Illinois on Friday

Nick Purdue

Jan. 12, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (1-3; 0-2 MAC) returns home for the first time since Dec. 10 as it welcomes Northern Illinois to the Convocation Center. The match will serve as the Bobcats' Mid-American Conference home opener and is set to begin at 7 p.m.

The Bobcats return to the mat for the first time since Jan. 2 when it competed in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. Ohio finished the two-day event in 10th-place. The Southern Scuffle served as the Bobcats' final tournament of the year.

Sophomore Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) highlighted tournament competition for the Cats' as he advanced to day-two competition finished fifth. Johnson tallied a 5-2 mark during the event and picked up his team-best 20th victory on the year in the process.

Redshirt freshman Harrison Hightower, (Strongsville, Ohio), senior Nick Purdue (Genoa, Ohio), sophomore Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.), senior Andy Hartshorn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) also joined Johnson in day two competition.

In last season's duel at Northern Illinois, Ohio picked up a 30-11 victory over the Huskies.

Probable Lineups
125: Gabe Ramos (4-6)
133: Jake Wojcik (5-7) or Drew Hammer (5-5)
141: Darrin Boing (11-9)
149: Andrew Romanchik (11-8)
157: Harrison Hightower (14-11)
165: Miles Chapman (6-8)
174: Nick Purdue (13-5) or Michael Duckworth (11-6)
184: Ryan Garringer (7-10)
197: Beau Wenger (5-9)
285: Jeremy Johnson (21-5)

Northern Illinois
125: Nick Smith (10-2) OR Derek Elmore (4-6)
133: Rob Jillard (12-8)
141: Kevin Fanta (6-3) OR Shawn Fayette (7-5)
149: Matt Smith (7-5) OR Tyler Argue (5-8)
157: Tyler Loethen (8-7) OR Sam Bennett (1-3)
165: Matt Mougin (3-6) OR Dan Burk (3-4)
174: Caleb Busson (7-9)
184: #19 Brad Dieckhaus (7-0) OR Shane Rosenberry (0-4)
197: Mike Lukowski (5-4)
285: Jared Torrence (9-8)