ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team heads to the first annual Beast of the East Collegiate Wrestling Tournament on the campus of the University of Delaware. The Bobcats will be the favorite to capture the team championship with The Citadel, Bloomsburg, Virginia and Virginia Tech rounding out the list of top contenders. Complete release in PDF format.
Bobcats Handle Findlay at Convo Ohio enters the invitational fresh off its home dual meet triumph against Findlay over the weekend and a fifth place finish at the Mat Town Invitational at the end of November. In Saturdayís 30-9 defeat of the Oilers, Bobcat wrestlers were victorious in eight of the 10 individual bouts.
Carrizales Notches No. 50 Junior Anthony Carrizales (Delta) posted the 50th victory of his three-year career at Ohio on Saturday in the teamís win over Findlay. He improved to 6-4 in 2002-03 with a 6-2 decison over Joey Simcoe in the 133-pound weight class. One of three Bobcat qualifiers for nationals last season after going 25-15, Carrizales now owns a 50-31 collegiate record. The Delta High School graduate has registered half of his victories in major decisions, standing undefeated at 3-0.
Willis with 18 Wins Sophomore Ed Willis (Liberty Township) who became the first Ohio wrestler to reach 10 wins on the season, continues to lead the team with his 18-6 record after posting just a 4-10 mark in limited action as a freshman. The 174-pound sophomore defeated Findlayís Brandon Cooper for the third time this season in the home opening dual meet victory over the Oilers in Athens.
Six Bobcats Topping 10 On Saturday, second-year grapplers Jon Spires (Lancaster) and Joel Weimer (Waynesville) joined teammates Ed Willis (Liberty Township), Luke Moore (Springfield), Jake Percival (Elyria) and Erik Jones (West Chester) with 10 or more victories on the season. Spires (10-5) nearly won by technical foul in his match at 141 pounds, settling for an impressive 19-5 major decision over Findlayís Von Graham. Weimer, meanwhile, came out on the winning side of a 7-3 decision against Clinton Salisbury. Moore (14) follows Willis (18) for second on the team in victories, while Percival and Jones have totaled 13 apiece.
Wrestling With The Best Returning national qualifiers Luke Moore and Jake Percival stand among the nationís best in their respective weight classes. Percival, who finished fourth in the spring to become the 8th All-American in Ohio Wrestling history, has been No. 4 at 149 pounds all season long in each of the Intermat and The Wrestling Mall national polls. Moore, who did not wrestle against Findlay due to injury, is 15th according to Intermat and 20th by Wrestling Mall standards. After consecutive 20-win seasons at 174 pounds, the Springfield native has dropped to 165 pounds, allowing Ed Willis to take over at the higher weight class.
Individual Pin Leaders Luke Moore - 3 Erik Jones - 3 Jake Percival - 2 Joel Weimer - 2 Paul Hodermarsky - 1 Robert Lyons - 1 Mark Shrout - 1