ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team (4-6) earned a 28-10 victory over Gardner-Webb (1-9) at the Convocation Center on Sunday (Feb. 4).
"It was great to get a win," said head coach Joel Greenlee. "I think we wrestled hard from start to finish and it was nice to see Nick Vestal get out there and wrestle hard. Even in a losing effort, Aaron Naples wrestled pretty hard we just have to be a little bit smarter and the match is his. We're plugging away getting better and better every day."
133 – Cam Kelly vs. Philip Anderson
Ohio junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) picked up a 16-1 technical fall over Gardner-Webb's Phillip Anderson at 133-pounds to finish off the dual. Kelly started immediately landing a takedown just 20-seconds in to the opening frame, Anderson escaped but Kelly immediately went in for another takedown and finished it. After a near fall, Kelly led 8-1 after the first. Kelly started down and escaped quickly to start the second, then got a point after Anderson was called for stalling. Kelly finished another takedown before the end of the second to lead 12-1 after two. Kelly started down again in the third and escaped while Anderson was called for another stalling point. Kelly finished another takedown to end the match early up, 16-1.
141 – Mario Guillen vs. Landon LoAlbo
In the 141 matchup, Ohio redshirt freshman Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) picked up a major decision win over Gardner-Webb's Landon LoAlbo. The first round was a mostly a feeling out period, but Guillen hit a takedown around the 30-second mark of the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead after the first. In the second, Guillen escaped the opening position after about 10-seconds and hit another takedown with 25-seconds left in the match. In the third, Guillen held LoAlbo down to get his riding time, then hit two-more takedowns to solidify the 10-2 major decision.
149 – Nick Vestal vs. Joby Armenta
Redshirt freshman Nick Vestal (Wilmington, Ohio) earned Ohio's second victory on the day in a 6-4 decision win over Gardner-Webb's Joby Armenta at 149-pounds. Vestal hit a quick takedown to start the match with a two-point lead. Armenta then escaped to lessen Vestal's lead to 2-1 in the first period. Vestal recorded another takedown in the first, but Armenta escaped to bring Vestal's lead to 4-2 before the second period. The second period went scoreless after a pair of stalemates, allowing Vestal to maintain his 4-2 lead going into the third. Armenta escaped to start the third period before Vestal hit a takedown to increase his lead to 6-3 before Armenta escaped once again to bring the score to 6-4 in the final seconds of the match, giving Vestal the 6-4 decision win.
157 – Cullen Cummings vs. Tyler Marinelli
At 157-pounds Ohio redshirt senior Cullen Cummings (Woodridge, Ill.) dropped a close 6-4 decision to Gardner-Webb's Tyler Marinelli. After an opening round that saw lots of hand fighting and tie ups, Marinelli hit the first takedown of the match with 1:25 left in the opening frame, Cummings escaped pretty quickly ending the first round with down 2-1. In the second frame, Cummings evened the score after escaping the opening position. In the third, Marinelli escaped the opening position quickly and took advantage of a Cummings takedown attempt to land one of his own. Cummings escaped and got a point for Marinelli's stalling, but with riding time, Marinelli picked up the win, 6-4.
165 – Joe Terry vs. Brett Stein
Redshirt freshman Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) suffered a 16-6 major decision loss to Gardner-Webb's Brett Stein at 165-pounds. Terry started the first period with a takedown early in the period. Stein followed with an escape before hitting a takedown of his own to take a 3-2 lead to close the first period. Terry escaped to start the second, bringing all scores to 3-3. Terry then regained the lead after hitting a takedown before Stein escaped to lesson Terry's lead to 5-4. Stein then hit another takedown in the final seconds of the second period to lead 6-5 before the third. In the final period, Stein escaped to increase his lead before he hit back-to-back takedowns, leading 11-5. Stein then made a big addition to his lead with a two-point near fall to make it a 13-5 match. Terry escaped in the final moments of the match before Stein recorded another takedown to earn a 15-5 lead with an added point for riding time, taking a 16-6 major decision victory.
174 – Austin Reese vs. Christian Maroni
In the 174-pound contest, Ohio redshirt junior Austin Reese (Urbana, Ohio) picked up a hard-fought 2-0 decision over Gardner-Webb's Christian Maroni. The match was scoreless through the first round and the only point scored in the second was Reese's opening escape point. Reese started the third on top and held Maroni down through the whole period after some big escape attempts to begin the round, earning his riding time point and the match, 2-0.
184 – Hunter Yeargan vs. Cole Graves
In the 184-class, Ohio redshirt freshman Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) recorded a 6-0 decision win over Gardner-Webb's Cole Graves. After the first period went scoreless, Yeargan put points on the board first, escaping to start the second period with a 1-0 lead. In the third period, Yeargan hit a four-point near fall to lead 5-0. Graves was unable to respond, resulting in a 6-0 decision victory for Yeargan.
197 – Aaron Naples vs. Anthony Perrine
Ohio freshman Aaron Naples (Brunswick, Ohio) dropped a close decision to Gardner-Webb's Anthony Perrine at 197-pounds. Naples opened the frame actively going for three takedown attempts in the opening minute. Perrine used his third attempt to take down Naples but couldn't keep him down. Perrine hit another takedown shortly after Naples first escape, but again couldn't hold Naples down but had a 4-2 lead at the end of the first. Naples held Perrine down the whole second period and slammed him after some solid escape attempts. The third was fast paced as Naples started down, but escaped quickly. Naples landed a takedown but got reversed, Napes escaped but Perrine took him down with 20-seconds left. Naples was able to get out with just three-seconds remaining to set the final, 9-8 score.
Hwt – Zack Parker vs. Lathan Brumgarner
Ohio redshirt junior heavyweight Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) added another win for Ohio in the 285-class with a 12-4 major decision victory over Gardner-Webb's Lathan Brumgarner. Parker started the match hitting a quick takedown before Brumgarner escaped making it a 2-1 match early on. Parker hit another takedown and Brumgarner escaped once again bringing Parker's lead to 4-2 to end the first period. Parker escaped to start the second period, increasing his lead before hitting another takedown, giving him a 7-2 lead after two periods. Bumgarner escaped to start the third before Parker hit a big takedown followed by another Brumgarner escape, bringing Parker's lead to 9-4. Before the match ended, Parker added another takedown to lead 11-4 at the end of the third period, winning the match with an added point for riding time in a 12-4 major decision.
125 – Trevor Giallombardo (OHIO) win, (GWU) forfeit
133 – Cam Kelly (OHIO) tech fall over Philip Anderson (GWU), 16-1
141 – Mario Guillen (OHIO) maj. dec. over Landon LoAlbo (GWU), 10-2
149 – Nick Vestal (OHIO) dec. over Joby Armenta (GWU), 6-4
157 – Tyler Marinelli (GWU) dec. over Cullen Cummings (OHIO), 6-4
165 – Brett Stein (GWU) maj. dec. over Joe Terry (OHIO), 16-6
174 – Austin Reese (OHIO) dec. over Christian Maroni (GWU), 2-0
184 – Hunter Yeargan (OHIO) dec. over Cole Graves (GWU), 6-0
197 – Anthony Perrine (GWU) dec over Aaron Naples (OHIO), 9-8
HWT – Zack Parker (OHIO) maj. dec. over Lathan Brumgarner (GWU), 12-4