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Wrestlers Moore, Percival Named Best in their Respective Weight Classes

Contact: Paul Warner

2/27/2002


Ohio wrestlers Luke Moore and Jake Percival combined for a 55-10 record, including 9-1 in the MAC, in 2002 for the Bobcats. They were both voted tops at their respective weight classes by MAC coaches Wednesday.

  • MAC Wrestling Rankings

    ATHENS - Luke Moore and Jake Percival were voted the top wrestlers in their respective weight classes by Mid-American Conference coaches Wednesday.

    Moore, a junior from Springfield, went 24-8 this year including a 4-1 record against the MAC at 174. The two-year letterwinner finished the season strong by winning 10 of his last 12 bouts, including two falls, a technical fall and two major decisions. His career record at Ohio now stands at 66-37.

    Percival, the nation's eighth-ranked grappler at 149, capped off an incredible year with 23 consecutive victories. Overall, the redshirt freshman from Elyria finished with a 31-2 record and was a perfect 5-0 in the MAC.

    Percival nearly had an undefeated season. Both of his defeats came against JaMarr Billman, the third-ranked wrestler in the country from Lock Haven University. Billman, a senior, finished with a 29-2 record and is 110-11 in his four-year career.

    Five other Bobcats earned respect from the MAC coaches.

    Freshman Joel Weimer (Waynesville) was named second in the 197 weight class behind Buffalo's Kyle Creminara. Weimer finished with a 17-11 record and went 3-2 in the MAC. He enjoyed a nine-match winning streak from Jan. 1st to Feb. 2nd.

    Sophomore Anthony Carrizales (Delta) was named third in the 133 class. Carrizales finished with a 23-12 record and went 3-2 in the MAC. He was 9-2 in his last 11 bouts including two falls, a technical fall and two major decisions. He was third on the team with seven pins.

    Junior Mark Shrout (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was named third in the 184 class. Shrout went 11-5 overall on the year and was 3-1 in the MAC. He has won seven of his last eight bouts, including two major decisions. Junior Ryan Smith (Dayton) was named fourth in the 157 class. Smith finished 21-10 overall and was 1-2 in the MAC. He got a quick start in 2002 by going 14-4 in his first 18 matches.

    Freshman Jeremiah Beltran (Olathe, Kan.) was named fourth in the heavyweight class. Beltran went 16-19 and was 1-4 in the MAC. He finished the regular season in grand fashion with a pair of pins last weekend. He pinned Cornell's Ryan Gruver in nine seconds and then wrapped up Buffalo's Mike Cooper in 1:39.

    The Bobcats (12-11-1, 3-2 MAC) will compete in the MAC Tournament in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Mar. 9-10.

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