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Ohio Plays Host to West Virginia on Senior Night

Nick Purdue is one of four seniors that will be honored prior to Friday's match.

Feb. 9, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (3-5) returns to the mats at the Convocation Center on Friday at 7 p.m. for its final home dual meet of the season against West Virginia University (6-4).

Prior to the dual, Ohio will recognize graduating seniors Darrin Boing (Northfield Center, Ohio), Casey Gordon (Dublin, Ohio), Andy Hartshorn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and Nick Purdue (Genoa, Ohio).

The Bobcats enter the match following an impressive 22-18 victory at Buffalo back on Jan 29. Ohio got off to a hot start against the Bulls as it won four of its first five bouts to take an early 16-3 lead.

Sophomore Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) remained perfect in dual competition as he earned a pin over Jedd Mason to pick up his 25th win of the season. Johnson's pin was his 10th on the season.

Redshirt freshman Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) also had strong bout against Buffalo as he earned a pin over Wally Maziarz to run his record to 16-13 on the year and 3-2 in Mid-American Conference action. Hightower's pin of Maziarz was his sixth on the year.

West Virginia enters the dual in the hopes of rebounding from its 26-12 loss at home against Pittsburgh on Feb. 4. Prior to that match, the Mountaineers had won four of their previous five matches, posting wins against Michigan State, Clarion, Lock Haven and Rutgers.

The Mountaineers have five individuals, who have recorded 15-or-more wins and two individuals that have won 20-or-more matches. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi, who wrestles at 133, owns the team's best record at 23-6.

125: Gabe Ramos 6-8
133: Drew Hammer 7-7
141: Darrin Boing 12-12
149: Andrew Romanchik 12-11
157: Harrison Hightower 16-13
165: Miles Chapman 7-10
174: Nick Purdue or Michael Duckworth 11-7
184: Ryan Garringer 10-11
197: Kyle Sanders 0-2 or Beau Wenger 5-12
HWT: Jeremy Johnson 25-5 or Andy Hartshorn 12-8

West Virginia
125: Shane Young 18-5
133: Nathan Pennesi 23-6
141: Michael Morales 9-2
149: Brutus Scheffel 17-12
157: Dominic Prezzia 14-13
165: Kyle Eason 13-14
174: Lance Bryson 19-11
184: Matt Ryan 14-3
197: Mac Mancuso 14-6 OR Nicholas Hylton 0-4
HWT: Brandon Williamson 20-6