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`Cats Close Regular Season with Gardner-Webb and Cleveland State

Jeremy Johnson

Feb. 21, 2014

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (11-4, 4-4) gears up for its final regular season duals Sunday in the Convocation Center as they take on Gardner-Webb at 1:30 p.m., followed by Cleveland State at 3 p.m.

The Bobcats enter the weekend after a 26-19 victory over West Virginia this past Sunday.

Gardner-Webb is home to No. 20 Austin Trott at 165, according to InterMatWrestle.com. The Running Bulldogs are 6-15 heading into their Athens matches.

Cleveland State enters the bout with a 2-10 record, earning victories over Rider and John Carroll.

Ohio houses four ranked individuals, including No. 16 Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) at 149, No. 14 Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) at 174, No. 9 Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) at 197, and No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) at heavyweight.

Junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) leads the Bobcats in pins with 14 overall and will be after his fourth and fifth-consecutive victories.

Senior Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.) will be competing for his second and third-consecutive triumphs in his final bouts for the Bobcats.

Sophomore KeVon Powell (Romeoville, Ill.) has posted victories in his previous two duals, and will be chasing his third and fourth-consecutive win.

Johnson will be fighting to maintain his undefeated 15-0 dual record, improve his team-best 31-4 record and earn his 11th-consecutive win in his last matches in the Convocation Center.

Wellington has won his last eight bouts and will be looking to tally a pair of wins onto his 28-3 record.

Ohio's Probable Lineup
KeVon Powell (11-11)
Joel Shump (6-11)
Noah Forrider (21-14)
No. 16 Tywan Claxton (22-6)
Spartak Chino (15-10)
Harrison Hightower (28-9)
Marshal Willet (4-7)
Ryan Garringer (10-17)
No. 9 Phil Wellington (28-3) or Beau Wenger (0-5)
No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (31-4)