WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ohio wrestling team (4-8, 2-5) suffered a close 20-17 loss to American University (7-6, 3-3) in Bender Arena on Saturday (Feb. 17) evening.
"Great win for Cam Kelly tonight," said head coach Joel Greenlee. "He went up against Josh Terao, a guy he lost to early in the year 4-3, and tonight he came back and almost majored the guy. I'm extremely proud of him. Joe Terry, Hunter Yeargan, and Mario Guillen each got a win and for the most part, those guys wrestled well. We were in position to win the dual, we just have to close it. There were two or three matches I thought we should of win, and you're not going to win them all, but we have to be the aggressor. I thought we were being aggressive in the beginning of the dual, but we ended up on the short end of the stick. We just have a little bit of work to do before the MAC tournament."
125 – Trevor Giallombardo vs. Gage Curry
Redshirt freshman Trevor Giallombardo (Gaylord, Mich.) started the evening in a match-up with American's Gage Curry. Curry started the match shooting first and earning a takedown right away. Giallombardo would quickly escape to lessen Curry's lead to 2-1. It wasn't long before Curry shot again and hit another two-point takedown to increase his lead to 4-1. Curry maintained control throughout the first period before it ended with a 4-1 lead in his favor. In the second period, Curry did not allow Giallombardo to escape and regained his control early on, attempting to establish a pin. Giallombardo worked hard to escape soon after, but Curry hit a takedown to increase his lead to 6-2 going into the third period. Giallombardo would start on top in the third but Curry escaped after a stalling call was made in his favor to earn two points, increasing his lead to 8-2. In the final seconds of the match, Curry hit another takedown to lead 10-2 before he added a point for riding time, taking an 11-2 major decision win.
133 – No. 16 Cameron Kelly vs. No. 9 Josh Terao
Ohio junior and No. 16 ranked Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) would face American's No. 9 ranked Josh Terao. The match would start quickly, with both wrestlers wasting little time to start shooting. Kelly scored first with a two-point takedown before Terao escaped to lesson his lead to 2-1. Kelly then earned two-points for danger before hitting another takedown and leading 6-1 in the first two minutes. In the second period, Kelly hit a quick takedown to start, increasing his lead to 8-1. Kelly remained in control throughout the second period, leading 8-1 before the third period began. Terao managed to hit a reversal in a final attempt to lessen Kelly's lead, but it wouldn't be enough to stop Kelly from earning the win. Kelly took the match in a 9-3 decision after adding a point for riding time.
141 – Mario Guillen vs. Kizhan Clarke
At the 141-class, Ohio redshirt freshman Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) was up next, taking on American's Kizhan Clarke. Guillen hit a takedown to start the match with a lot of energy before Clarke escaped. Guillen continued to add to his lead with another takedown in the beginning of the first to lead 4-1. Clarke would escape again before the two continued to battle for control in the first period. Guillen would lead 4-2 going into the second period. Clarke managed to escape early in the second period after Guillen fought to keep him down to lessen Guillen's lead to 4-3. Guillen earned several points after regaining control with a takedown to increase his lead to 6-3 before the third period began. Guillen escaped to start the final period, increasing his lead to 7-3. Clarke hit a last-second takedown to lesson Guillen's lead to 7-5, but it wouldn't be enough to stifle Guillen's 8-3 decision win after he earned an added point for riding time.
149 – Kade Kowalski vs. No. 19 Michael Sprague
In the 149-class match-up, redshirt sophomore Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio) went up against American's Michael Sprague. The match would start with both wrestlers making a few attempts, but neither could score right away, and the first period would go scoreless. In the second period, Sprague stayed on top throughout the period, establishing two minutes of riding time but neither wrestler could add points to the board for another scoreless period. In the third period, Sprague scored first with a two-point takedown to lead 2-0 halfway through the third. After Sprague gained an added point for riding time, he would take the 3-0 decision win.
157 – Cullen Cummings vs. Eric Hong
Redshirt senior Cullen Cummings (Woodridge, Ill.) represented Ohio in the 157-class against American's Eric Hong. The first period went scoreless. Cummings escaped to start the second period to score first and lead 1-0 going into the third. Cummings started the third period with energy, maintaining control on top. After a stalemate and travel out of bounds, Hong escaped to tie up the scores at 1-1 with 20 seconds remaining in the third. Hong managed to hit a takedown in the final seconds of the match, enough for him to take a 3-2 decision win for the Eagles.
165 – Joe Terry vs. Anthony Wokasch
Redshirt freshman Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) took on American's Anthony Wokasch in the 165-class. The match would start with action as the two scrambled for control. Wokasch scored first with a takedown in the first period to lead 2-0 going into the second. Terry maintained control to start the second period, but Wokasch escaped about halfway through the period to increase his lead to 3-0 before the third period began. Terry chose a neutral position to start the third period before earning a big takedown followed by a four-point near fall to lead 6-3. Wokasch escaped to lessen Terry's lead to 6-4. Terry hit another takedown to increase his lead to 8-4 before Wokasch escaped to lessen Terry's lead to 8-5 with 10 seconds on the clock in the third. Wokasch made a last second attempt to score, but it wouldn't be enough to stifle Terry's 8-5 decision victory.
174 – Ben Schneider vs. Michael Eckhart
Redshirt freshman Ben Schneider (Orland Park, Ill.) represented Ohio in the 174-class facing American's Michael Eckhart. Eckhart would score first after 30 seconds of action with a takedown to lead 2-0 in the first period. Eckhart remained in control throughout the period, to lead 2-0 before the second began. Eckhart would add to his lead with a point granted after a stalling call on Schneider. In the final seconds of the second period, Schneider escaped to lessen Eckhart's lead to 3-1. Eckhart escaped to start the third period, bringing his lead to 4-1. Eckhart hit another takedown for two-points in the middle of the third period to lead 6-1. Eckhart would take a 7-2 decision win.
184 – Hunter Yeargan vs. Prince Hyeamang
Redshirt freshman Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) went up against American's Prince Hyemang in the 184-class. The match would start with several attempts by both wrestlers before Yeargan hit a takedown to lead 2-0 to end the first period with the lead. Yeargan escaped to start the second period, adding to his lead. Yeargan continued to score in the final seconds of the second period with another takedown to lead 5-0 before the third period began. The third period would go scoreless before he earned an added point for riding time to take a 6-0 decision victory for the Bobcats.
197 – Aaron Naples vs. Jeric Kausnic
Freshman Aaron Naples (Brunswick, Ohio) faced No. 10 ranked Jeric Kausnic in the 197-bout. Kusnic hit a takedown to start the match with a 2-0 lead before Naples escaped to lesson Kausnic's lead to 2-1. Kausnic responded with another takedown before he hit a two-point near fall to lead 6-1 at the end of the first period. Kausnic attempted to earn a pin, but Naples would defend it and escaped to bring the score to 6-2. Kausnic added another takedown to lead 8-2 to end the second period. Kausnic hit a takedown mid-way through the third period to increase his lead to 10-2 before adding a point for riding time to earn an 11-2 major decision win.
285 – Zack Parker vs. Brett Dempsey
Redshirt junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) would close out the night in the 285-class with a battle against American's No. 26 Brett Dempsey. The two would battle for position to start the first period, but neither wrestler could score before the period ended. Parker escaped to start the second period, scoring first and leading 1-0. Dempsey tied up the score with an escape to start the third period. After three periods, the score was tied at 1-1. Advanced time was then set for another minute of action where Dempsey hit a last-second takedown to take the match in a 3-1 decision.
125 – Gage Curry (AMERICAN) maj. dec. over Trevor Giallombardo (OHIO), 11-2
133 – Cameron Kelly (OHIO) dec. over Josh Terao (AMERICAN), 9-3
141 – Mario Guillen (OHIO) dec. over Kizhan Clarke (AMERICAN), 8-5
149 – Michael Sprague (AMERICAN) dec. over Kade Kowalski (OHIO), 3-0
157 – Eric Hong (AMERICAN) dec. over Cullen Cummings (OHIO), 3-2
165 – Joe Terry (OHIO) dec. over Anthony Wokasch (AMERICAN), 8-5
174 – Michael Eckhart (AMERICAN) dec. over Ben Schneider (OHIO), 7-2
184 – Hunter Yeargan (OHIO) dec. over Prince Hyeamang (AMERICAN), 6-0
197 – Jeric Kausnic (AMERICAN) maj. dec. over Aaron Naples (OHIO), 11-2
285 – Brett Dempsey (AMERICAN) dec. over Zack Parker (OHIO), SV 3-1