Feb. 10, 2007
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio wrestling team, currently in third place in the Mid-American Conference, will have a chance to jump to second in the standings Sunday when the Bobcats take on No. 25 Kent State at 2:00 p.m. in Kent, Ohio.
The Bobcats (16-6, 2-1) are winners of four straight dual meets as they have topped Buffalo, Ashland, Virginia, and West Virginia in the last four contests. Ohio is in third place in the MAC standings behind Kent State and No. 5 Central Michigan, who are both 3-0 in MAC action this season. The Bobcats will face each opponent in their final two dual meets of the regular season.
Ohio is coming off an impressive 22-16 win at West Virginia, a team that had received votes in the latest USA Today/InterMat/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll. The Mountaineers were coming off a win against No. 25 Pittsburgh but the Bobcats won the first three matches on Friday and earned two pins and a major decision en route to the road victory.
Ohio's 16 dual meet victories this season is a new record under Head Coach Joel Greenlee. Greenlee had led the Bobcats to 15 wins in the 1999-2000 season, his third as Bobcat coach, but eclipsed that mark with the win over the Mountaineers on Friday.
Kent State (14-2, 3-0) is coming off a convincing 31-7 win against Buffalo on Friday. The Bobcats defeated the Bulls earlier in the season by a score of 25-9. The Golden Flashes have suffered only two losses on the season, including a 16-15 loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 28. Kent's only other loss this season came to Edinboro on Jan. 13, a team that was ranked 12th in the nation at the time of the meet.
Previewing the Weight Classes
125: Ohio freshman Seth Morton (Canal Winchester, Ohio) has had a solid season filling in for an injured Caleb Metcalf. Morton is 10-12 on the season and is coming off a major decision win Friday that got the Bobcats started in the win over West Virginia. Morton will battle Chad Sportelli, who is ranked 18th in the country at 125. Sportelli is coming off a 9-3 win over Buffalo's Dan Bishop on Friday. He is 10-4 on the year.
133: Sophomore Terry Jackson (Uhrichsville, Ohio) is riding a three-match win streak and is the current MAC Wrestler of the Week. Jackson won 7-3 against West Virginia and is now 12-6 on the season. He will take on Kent State's Danny Mitcheff. Mitcheff is 10-11 on the season.
141: Sophomore Albert Madsen (Strongsville, Ohio) will get the go for the Bobcats after earning a pin against the Mountaineers Friday. Madsen is 8-7 on the season at 141. He will battle Drew Lashaway, who is 14-9 with three pins this season.
149: Redshirt freshman Clay Tucker (Martins Ferry, Ohio) is coming off a major decision loss Friday and looks to get back in the win column against the Flashes. Tucker is 8-17 this season and will face Jason McGee. McGee is coming off a major decision win and is 18-7 on the season.
157: Sophomore Jake Frerichs (Uniontown, Ohio) brings a 14-7 record into action Sunday despite a tough, three-point loss on Friday. Frerichs is 4-0 this season in matches decided by a pin and has two major decision wins this season. He will face Kurt Gross, who is 10-6 this season without a pin.
165: Redshirt freshman Jacob Ison (Batavia, Ohio) continues to be one of the most dominant wrestlers in the conference. With another win via the pin on Friday, Ison is now 28-9 on the season and a perfect 10-0 in matches decided by a pin. He is riding a five-match win streak and will face Sli Bostelman. Bostelman is 6-13 on the season and has already been pinned by Ison once this season.
174: The Bobcats could send any of three junior wrestlers Sunday at 174 in Antione Love (Gahanna, Ohio), Ryan Knapp (McConnelsville, Ohio) or Adam Faires (Glouster, Ohio). Love is 20-6 on the season and has started most of the season but Knapp and Faires split the last two starts for Ohio. Faires got the go against West Virginia Friday and suffered a 4-3 loss. Aaron Miller is the probable for the Flashes with a 16-6 record on the year.
184: Senior Nick Terbay (Dayton, Ohio) is the likely candidate for the start Sunday. Terbay is 8-14 on the year and has lost his last five matches. Terbay will have a tough task in 20th-ranked Eric Chine. Chine is 17-8 on the season.
197: Sophomore Larry Reichard (New Albany, Ohio) will get the start for the Bobcats after a loss to nationally-ranked Jared Villers Friday. Reichard is 19-12 on the season. Ardian Ramadani will start for the Flashes after winning by forfeit on Friday. He is 12-8 on the season.
HWT: Senior Marcus Adelman (Alliance, Ohio) has been one of the best wrestlers in the college ranks the last month and a half of the season and has posted an 11-1 record in the 2007 calendar year. Adelman is 18-8 on the season after starting the season 7-7. He will get a chance to prove that he belongs amongst the nation's best heavyweights when he takes on 19th-ranked Jermail Porter Sunday. Porter is 15-5 on the season.
The two teams will match up at 2:00 p.m. from Kent, Ohio.