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CLEVELAND --The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the November weight class individual rankings in conjunction with the league office today. Based on the individual rankings, the Ohio wrestling team boasts seven student-athletes ranked in the top-four of their respective weight classes in the league.
Ranked second in their weight classes are redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) at 125 pounds, redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) at 133 and redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) at 157. Redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) is ranked third at heavyweight. Three other Bobcats are ranked fourth in their respective weight classes -- Senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) at 141, redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) at 149 and sophomore Aaron Naples (Brunswick, Ohio) at 197.
The November team rankings were also decided in the same forum. The eight schools were ranked based on the number of first through fourth-place votes that were earned in the individual voting system. A first-place vote was worth four team points; a second-place vote earned three team points; third-seeded votes were worth two team points, while a fourth-place tally earned one point in the team ranking system. Ohio is currently ranked third with 14 points behind Missouri (29 points) and Old Dominion (19 points).
Ohio opened the 2018-19 season at the Michigan State Open on Nov. 3, with nine individuals earning top-five finishes. Two Bobcats came away with first-place finishes, with Guillen winning at 133 in the open bracket and freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) winning at 165 in the freshman/sophomore bracket.
The Bobcats competed in their first dual meet of the year last Saturday (Nov. 10) in Buies Creek, N.C., falling to host Campbell, 19-13. Redshirt sophomore Nick Vestal (Wilmington, Ohio) earned a 6-3 decision at 157. Yinger came away with a 16-6 major decision win at 165. Parker won by a 6-3 decision in the heavyweight bout while Guillen delivered a win by a 4-3 decision at 133.
Ohio heads to Annapolis, Md., on Saturday (Nov. 17) to take part in the Navy Classic.