March 4, 2009
Complete Weekly Release
ATHENS, Ohio - With the regular season in the books, the Ohio wrestling squad will head to Eastern Michigan University to compete for the Mid-American Conference title this weekend. The Bobcats (9-9-1, 3-2) finished third in the league and will look to improve on that standing against the likes of 10th-ranked Central Michigan and 20th-ranked Kent State, the regular season conference champion.
At stake are 19 spots in the NCAA National Championships that have been allocated to the MAC, which will be given out based on place finish in the league tournament. Also competing for the bids are wrestlers from host Eastern Michigan, Buffalo and Northern Illinois, all of whom the Bobcats defeated this year in dual-meet action.
Two Ohio grapplers appeared in the NCAA’s final coaches’ rankings, as redshirt junior Jacob Ison (Batavia, Ohio) was ranked 24th at 174 pounds and sophomore Erik Schuth (Spencerport, N.Y.) was tied for 31st at 184. Ison was also listed in the latest edition of the InterMat poll in 20th position. Schuth is 11-4 on the year and has won seven of his last eight matches. Team co-captain Clay Tucker (Martins Ferry, Ohio), a redshirt junior who leads the team in wins with 20, posted Ohio’s best league record this season with a 4-1 mark and is currently on a four-bout winning streak.
Last season, Ohio finished tied for fourth as a team, as five Bobcats placed in the top four of their respective weight class, and three of those five will compete for a title again this weekend. Redshirt sophomore Quentin Keyes (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) and sophomore Chris Iammarino (Lyndhurst, Ohio) both placed fourth last year at 133 and 197, respectively, while sophomore Germane Lindsey (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished third at 141 and was Ohio’s only national qualifier.
The action at EMU’s Convocation Center begins at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Mar. 7, with the championship finals to be held Sunday, Mar. 8 at noon. For more information, please click here. Complete results of the tournament will be available at OhioBobcats.com.
Ohio’s MAC Tournament Participants
125: Tim Silvers (9-19)
133: Quentin Keyes (16-12)
141: Germane Lindsey (9-7)
149: Seth Morton (13-12)
157: Clay Tucker (20-14)
165: Tommy Weinkam (11-4)
174: Nick Purdue (17-11)
184: Erik Schuth (11-4)
197: Chris Iammarino (12-21)
285: Andy Hartshorn (11-12)