ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team (0-2) opened the home portion of the 2017-18 schedule suffering a 18-14 loss to Appalachian State (3-1) on Saturday (Dec. 2).
"I think we just have to fight hard the whole time. We were in every match, but then we got outfought in a couple of places and that just can't happen," said head coach Joel Greenlee. "We're young, we're not wrestling one hundred percent of our lineup, but we need to go out there and fight and score points the whole time. We look bad in positions we've worked on for two weeks, we've got to keep working."
125 – Coleton Chase vs. De'Andre Swinson
Redshirt freshman Coleton Chase (Lancaster, Ohio) wrestled hard through the whole match but lost a closely contested decision to Appalachian State's De'Andre Swinson, 4-2 at 125-pounds. Swinson scored a takedown to close the first period and took a 2-0 advantage into the second. Swinson managed to get a two-point near fall in the second and a one-point escape in the third. Chase kept trying to earn takedowns in the third but wasn't able to finish one for the win.
133 – Cameron Kelly vs. Codi Russell
Junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) and the Mountaineer's Codi Russell would match-up in the 133-class. Kelly started the match with a takedown in the first period and Russell would quickly earn an escape followed by another takedown by Kelly. Kelly would then earn back-to-back near-falls to take the first period 12-1. Kelly earned an escape to start the second period followed by a takedown by Russell to make it 13-3, Kelly would earn an escape followed by a takedown to lead 17-3 going into the third. Russell would earn a takedown to start the third period. Kelly would earn an escape followed by takedown and a near-fall to take the match in a 20-3 technical fall.
141 – Alec Hagen vs. Irvin Enriquez
Ohio freshman Alec Hagen (Eureka, Mo.) dropped an 11-6 decision to Appalachian State's Irvin Enriquez at 141-pounds. Hagen started the match with a takedown in the opening round but Enriquez escaped with just two-minutes remaining in the round. After the reset, Hagen shot in and finished another takedown, but Enriquez was able to reverse it just before the round ended. Hagen led 4-3 into the second period. In the second period, Enriquez stayed on the top position taking the riding time to 1:58 in his favor. In the third Enriquez escaped from the bottom to even the score, then took down Hagen for tow-points. Hagen escaped but was taken down again. After a stall point was awarded and riding time Enriquez picked up the 11-6 decision win.
149 – Kade Kowalski vs. Gavin Londoff
Redshirt sophomore Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio) would earn a takedown at the start of the first period to earn a 2-0 lead before the second. Kowalski would remain in control, earning an escape to start the second and increasing his lead to 3-0 to start the third. Londoff would respond and earn a takedown in the third period, but by Kowalski would quickly earn an escape and take the match with a 5-2 decision win to tie up all scores at 3-3.
157 – Cullen Cummings vs. Angel Najar
Redshirt senior Cullen Cummings beat Appalachian State's Angel Najar in an 11-5 decision victory. After a stalemate in the first where Najar shot in for several takedowns but was stuffed by Cummings, Cummings picked up eight points in the second frame off a pair of escapes, a two-point takedown and a near fall and led 8-2 going into the third. Najar started the third with an escape but Cummings pulled off a takedown with just over a minute left and spent most of the rest of the match in the top position but gave up a point with a called stall with just eight-seconds left. With riding time and an escape, Cummings finished the match on top, 11-5.
165 – Austin Reese vs. Thomas Flitz
Redshirt senior Austin Reese (Urbana, Ohio) would earn a takedown to start the match. Flitz would then earn an escape to bring it to 2-1 before the second period. Flitz would earn another escape in the second period to tie it up at 2-2 going into the third. Reese would earn a quick escape in the start of the third to lead 3-2 while he also earned a point for riding time at 2:41 to take the match 4-2, giving the Bobcats a 9-3 lead.
174 – Joe Terry vs. Forrest Przybysz
It was a fairly evenly matched affair at 174-ponds between Ohio redshirt freshman Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) and Appalachian State's Forrest Pryzbysz through the first round and a half. After a scoreless opening frame, Terry exploded out of the opening position to score his only point of the match. Before the end of the round with about 45-seconds left Przybysz hit a takedown for a 2-1 advantage. In the third, Przybysz hit a takedown and got another two-points from an escape and riding time to pick up the decision, 6-1.
184 –Dontae McGee vs. Alan Clothier
Redshirt freshman Dontae McGee (Marion, Ohio) would suffer an 8-2 loss to Appalachian State's Alan Clothier at 184-pounds. Clothier would earn a takedown in the first period to lead 2-0 going into the second. Clothier would earn an escape at the start of the second followed by a takedown to lead 5-0 going into the third period. Clothier would earn a takedown in the start of the third period after electing to start the period neutral. McGee would earn an escape in the third, but it wouldn't be enough to earn an Ohio win. Clothier would take the match in an 8-2 decision tying up all scores at 9-9.
197 – Hunter Yeargan vs. Randall Diabe
At 197-pounds it was an even match between redshirt freshman Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) and Appalachian State's Randall Diabe. It was nearly even through the first two periods with Diabe getting the only point off a one-point escape. Diabe stayed in the top position through the third and gave up a point to Yeargan on a technical violation. Yeargan tried to escape several times, but Diabe was able to stay in the top position, getting the win on the one-point of riding time, 2-1.
Hwt – Zack Parker vs. Cary Miller
Redshirt junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) would suffer a 3-1 decision loss to Appalachian State's Cary Miller. The first period would go scoreless. Parker would earn an escape to start the second period leading 1-0 going into the third. Miller would earn an escape to start the third followed by a takedown to take the match 3-1 giving Appalachian State a 15-9 lead.
125 – De'Andre Swinson (APP STATE) won by decision over Coleton Chase (OHIO), 4-2
133 – No. 14 Cameron Kelly (OHIO) won by technical fall over Codi Russell (APP STATE), 20-3
141 – Irvin Enriques (APP STATE) won by decision over Alec Hagen (OHIO), 11-6
149 – Kade Kowalski (OHIO) won by decision over Gavin Londoff (APP STATE), 5-2
157 – Cullen Cummings (OHIO) won by decision over Angel Najar (APP STATE), 11-5
165 – Austin Reese (OHIO) won by decision over Thomas Flitz (APP STATE), 4-2
174 – Forrest Przybysz (APP STATE) won by decision over Joe Terry (OHIO), 6-1
184 – Alan Clothier (APP STATE) won by decision over Dontae McGee (OHIO), 8-2
197 – Randall Diabe (APP STATE) won by decision over Hunter Yeargan (OHIO), 2-1
Hwt – Cary Miller (APP STATE) won by decision over Zack Parker (OHIO), 3-1
Ohio is set hit the road again to take on reigning Mid-American Conference champion Missouri on Sunday, Dec. 10. Action is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET.