ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team (3-6) recorded an exciting 34-6 victory over Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois to close out a weekend of MAC competition in the Convocation Center on Sunday (Jan. 21).
125 – Trevor Giallambardo vs. Kirk Johansen
Ohio redshirt freshman Trevor Giallambardo (Gaylord, Mich.) took on Northern Illinois' Kirk Johansen at 125-pounds. The match was faced paced throughout with Johansen landing a two-point takedown in the first after a scramble. Giallambardo escaped after a few escape attempts fell short, but Johansen led 2-1 after the first. Giallambardo went down to begin the second and escaped quickly but was taken down after another scramble, the bell rang to cut short an escape attempt by Giallambardo. After Johansen escaped the initial position he landed another takedown after going in deep on a few attempts. After the riding time extra point, Johansen took the decision win 8-2.
133 – Cameron Kelly vs. Alijah Jeffery
Ohio junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) dominated the 133-class match with Northern Illinois' Alijah Jeffery, taking an 18-0 technical fall victory for Ohio's first win. Kelly started the match with a takedown to lead 2-0 early on in the first period followed by a two-point near fall to increase his lead to 4-0 before the second period. Kelly then quickly escaped starting the second period followed by another takedown to lead 7-0 going into the last period. Kelly then landed a takedown to start the third period to lead 9-0 before hitting a four-point near fall to lead by 13-0. Jeffery could not score throughout the match, allowing Kelly to hit a four-point near fall to lead 17-0 with an added point for riding time to take an 18-0 technical fall win for the Bobcats.
141 –Mario Guillen vs. Anthony Rubino
Ohio redshirt freshman Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) picked up a 13-2 major decision victory over NIU's Anthony Rubino. Guillen hit a takedown quickly and dominated the top position, pulling Rubino down after a couple escape attempts. In the second, Guillen grew his lead by turning his opening position into two near falls before Rubino was able to escape. Guillen iced his major decision with another takedown and an extra point for riding time in the third.
149 – Kade Kowalski vs. Nolan Baker
Redshirt sophomore Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio) recorded Ohio's third victory on the day with a 10-4 decision win over NIU's Nolan Baker. The match started with a takedown by Kowalski to gain an early 2-0 lead in the first period. Kowalski remained in control for the remainder of the first period. Kowalski then added to his lead with an escape followed by a takedown to lead 5-0. Baker managed to land a reversal for two before a two-point near fall to lessen Kowalski's lead to 5-4. Kowalski then earned control once again with an escape to lead 6-4 before the third period. Kowalski hit a quick takedown to increase his lead to 8-4 to start the third period before gaining another point on a stalling call on Baker to lead 9-4 before adding a point for riding time to take a 10-4 decision victory for the Bobcats.
157 – Cullen Cummings vs. Caden McWrhirter
Ohio redshirt senior Cullen Cummings (Woodridge, Ill.) picked up a major decision 12-2 over NIU's Caden McWhirter at 157-pounds. Cummings went for a couple takedowns and had some scrambles before finishing one for two-points in the opening frame. Cummings scored another two-points after reversing the initial position and held McWhirter down for the rest of the match. Cummings hit three takedowns and scored a point on a McWhirter stalling call and another on riding time to finish the 12-2 major decision.
165 – Joe Terry vs. Jose Acosta
The first period was back and forth between Ohio redshirt freshman Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) and NIU's Jose Acosta and would go scoreless. Terry scored first with an escape to start the second period. Terry added to his lead late in the second after hitting a takedown to lead 3-0 going into the third period. Acosta escaped to cut into Terry's lead to 3-1 to open the third period, but it wasn't enough to prevent Terry's 3-1 decision win for the Bobcats.
174 – Austin Reese or vs. Quinton Rosser
Ohio redshirt junior Austin Reese (Urbana, Ohio) made quick work of Quinton Rosser from NIU at 174-pounds. Reese went in for a single leg takedown, finished it and turned the scramble into a quick pin at the 1:15 mark of the opening frame.
184 – Arsen Ashughyan vs. Bryce Gorman
Ohio redshirt junior Arsen Ashughyan (Vandazor, Armenia) added another win by pin for the Bobcats with a quick pin over NIU's Bryce Gorman. Wrestling up a weight class at 184-pounds, Ashughyan started the match with an escape before hitting a two-point near fall. he pinned Gorman in just 45 seconds for back-to-back pins by the Bobcats.
197 – Gabe Dzuro vs. Max Ihry
Ohio redshirt junior Gabe Dzuro (North Olmstead, Ohio) was neck-in-neck with NIU's Max Ihry until the final 15-seconds on the match when Ihry was able to hit a late takedown to pick up a 3-1 decision. After lots of hand fighting and feeling out in the opening frame, Ihry scored first after an escape from the opening position in the second round. Dzuro returned the favor in the third on a quick escape before Ihry was able to land the deciding takedown late in the round.
HWT – Zack Parker vs. Caleb Gossett
Ohio redshirt junior heavyweight Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) closed out the day with a final win for the Bobcats. Parker scored first after he escaped the opening position to lead 1-0 in the beginning of the second period. Parker added to his lead with a takedown in the final seconds of the second period to lead 3-0 before the third. Gossett escaped to start the last period and gained another point on a violation call to drop Parker's lead to 3-2, but it would not be enough to prevent Parker from earning the 3-2 decision victory.
125 – Kirk Johansen (NIU) dec. over Trevor Giallambardo (OHIO), 7-2
133 – Cameron Kelly (OHIO) tech fall over Alijah Jeffery (NIU), 18-0
141 – Mario Guillen (OHIO) maj. dec. over Anthony Rubino (NIU), 13-2
149 – Kade Kowalski (OHIO) dec. over Nolan Baker (NIU), 10-4
157 – Cullen Cummings (OHIO) maj. dec. over Caden McWrhirter (NIU), 12-2
165 – Joe Terry (OHIO) dec. over Jose Acosta (NIU), 3-1
174 – Austin Reese (OHIO) pinned Quinton Rosser (NIU)
184 – Arsen Ashughyan (OHIO) pinned Bryce Gorman (NIU)
197 – Max Ihry (NIU) dec. over Gabe Dzuro (OHIO), 3-1
HWT – Zack Parker (OHIO) dec. over Caleb Gossett (NIU), 3-2