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Seven Bobcats Earn Top 5 MAC Championship Pre-Seeds

Cody Walters is ranked No. 2 at 174 pounds

March 6, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Wrestling team (11-5) placed seven individuals in the top 5 of the preliminary seeds for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship. The league announced the pre-seeds on Tuesday.

Redshirt freshman Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) earned Ohio's highest pre-seed as he was ranked No. 2 at 174 pounds. Walters enters Sunday's championship with a mark of 32-2 and has claimed his last two bouts by fall. He is currently in the midst of a 12-match winning streak. Walters opened the year by claiming his first 19 bouts.

Junior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) earned a No. 3 seed at heavyweight after he posted a 30-8 mark this season. The 2012 defeating MAC heavyweight champion enters the event on Sunday, having won 12 of his last 13 bouts.

Sophomore Andrew Romanchik (Independence, Ohio) at 157, redshirt freshman Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) at 157 and redshirt freshman Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) at 197 each earned No. 4 pre-seeds.

Sophomores Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) at 165 and Michael Duckworth (Liberty, Ind.) at 184 each earned No. 5 pre-seeds.

The pre-seeds were voted on by the conference's coaches and rank the top eight wrestlers in each weight class.

The 2013 MAC Wrestling Championship is set for Sunday, March 10 on the campus of the University at Buffalo at Alumni Arena. The event is set to begin at 10 a.m.

125 lbs.
1) Alan Waters, Missouri
2) Christian Cullinan, Central Michigan
3) Steve Mitcheff, Kent State
4) Jared Germaine, Eastern Michigan
5) Max Soria, Buffalo
6) Ryan Jauch, Northern Iowa
7) Kevon Powell, Ohio
8) Derek Elmore, Northern Illinois

133 lbs.
1) Nathan McCormick, Mizzouri
2) Scotti Sentes, Central Michigan
3) Levi Wolfensperger, Northern Iowa
4) Nick Smith, Northern Illinois
5) Mackenzie McGuire, Kent State
6) Vince Pizzuto, Eastern Michigan
7) Justin Farmer, Buffalo
8) Joe Munos, Ohio

141 lbs.
1) Joey Lazor, Northern Iowa
2) Erik Galloway, Buffalo
3) Kevin Fanta, Northern Illinois
4) Nick Hucke, Missouri
5) Scott Mattingly, Central Michigan
6) Seth Schaner, Eastern Michigan
7) Dillon Kern, Kent State
8) Kagan Squire, Ohio

149 lbs.
1) Drake Houdasheldt, Missouri
2) Donnie Corby, Central Michigan
3) Bart Reiter, Northern Iowa
4) Andrew Romanchik, Ohio
5) Rob Jillard, Northern Illinois
6) Blake Roulo, Buffalo
7) Mike Shaw, Eastern Michigan
8) Andrew Candillo, Kent State

157 lbs.
1) Kyle Bradley, Missouri
2) David Bonin, Northern Iowa
3) Aaron Sulzer, Eastern Michigan
4) Spartak Chino, Ohio
5) Luke Smith, Central Michigan
6) Andrew Morse, Northern Illinois
7) Wally Maziarz, Buffalo
8) Tommy Sasfy, Kent State

165 lbs.
1) Mike Ottinger, Central Michigan
2) Zach Toal, Missouri
3) Mark Lewandowski, Buffalo
4) Caleb Marsh, Kent State
5) Harrison Hightower, Ohio
6) Jake Davis, Eastern Michigan
7) Sam Bennett, Northern Illinois
8) Jarrett Jensen, Northern Iowa

174 lbs.
1) Todd Porter, Missouri
2) Cody Walters, Ohio
3) Sam Wheeler, Kent State
4) John-Martin Cannon, Buffalo
5) Craig Kelliher, Central Michigan
6) Cody Caldwell, Northern Iowa
7) Matt Mougin, Northern Illinois
8) Phillip Joseph, Eastern Michigan

184 lbs.
1) Ben Bennett, Central Michigan
2) Ryan Loder, Northern Iowa
3) Mike Larson, Missouri
4) Casey Newburg, Kent State
5) Michael Duckworth, Ohio
6) Khodor Hoballah, Eastern Michigan
7) Tony Lock, Buffalo
8) Bryan Loughlin, Northern Illinois

197 lbs.
1) Dustin Kilgore, Kent State
2) Brent Haynes, Missouri
3) Nick Whitenburg, Eastern Michigan
4) Phil Wellington, Ohio
5) Angelo Malvestuto, Buffalo
6) Parker Settecase, Northern Illinois
7) Taylor Ketteman, Northern Iowa
8) Jackson Lewis, Central Michigan

285 lbs.
1) Dom Bradley, Missouri
2) Jared Trice, Central Michigan
3) Jeremy Johnson, Ohio
4) Blayne Beale, Northern Iowa
5) Jared Torrence, Northern Illinois
6) Keith Witt, Kent State
7) Justin Heiserman, Buffalo
8) Chris Eggert, Eastern Michigan