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Parker Claims Title At 285 As Ohio Wrestling Places Sixth At 41st Annual Navy Classic

Parker Claims Title At 285 As Ohio Wrestling Places Sixth At 41st Annual Navy Classic

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) earned a first-place finish in the 285-pound weight class, and the Ohio wrestling team earned a sixth-place finish out of 16 teams at the 41st Annual Navy Classic, which was held today at Wesley Brown Field House.

Three other Bobcats claimed top-six finishes at the Navy Classic to help Ohio earn 67.5 team points. In addition to Parker, redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) finished second at 125, redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) took third at 149 and junior Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) placed sixth at 184.

Michigan State won the Navy Classic crown with 126 team points, with Indiana taking second with 95.5 points and the host Midshipmen taking third with 92 points.

Parker's road to the 285 championship began with a 4-1 decision win over Bucknell junior Brandon Stokes in the round of 32. In the round of 16, Parker defeated Edinboro sophomore Jon Spaulding in an 8-3 decision. A 3-2 decision victory over junior Andrew Piehl sent Parker to the semifinals. Parker earned a spot in the title bout courtesy of a 3-1 decision win over Campbell redshirt freshman Laith Alsous. Parker sealed the deal in the title match with a 3-2 decision win over Campbell junior Odgerel Batkhishig.

After a bye to the round of 16, Laney pinned Brown junior Trey Keeley in 6:57. A 14-5 major decision victory over Navy freshman Jacob Allen sent Laney to the semis, where he picked up a 4-2 decision win over Old Dominion sophomore Michael McGee. Laney finished as the runner-up at 125, falling to Michigan State sophomore Rayvon Foley in a 7-4 decision.

Coming off of a bye to the round of 16, Hagan posted a 13-0 major decision victory over Bucknell sophomore Joey Schiele, then beat Old Dominion redshirt junior Kenan Carter in a 4-0 decision. Hagan fell to Campbell redshirt sophomore Josh Heil in the semifinals, 3-0. In the consolation semis, Hagan defeated American redshirt senior Michael Sprague with a 6-4 decision win. Hagan claimed third place at 149 by pinning Kent State redshirt freshman Kody Komara in 2:44.

Yeargan lost to Air Force junior Tyler Wiederholt by a 4-3 decision in the round of 32 but proceeded to rattle off four-straight victories in the consis. He beat Bucknell freshman Jacob Ferreira in a 4-0 decision, topped Edinboro redshirt sophomore Cullen Wolford in a 7-1 decision, earned a 10-2 major decision victory over junior Kyle Inlander and defeated Edinboro sophomore Zach Ancewicz in 3-2 decision before being pinned by American redshirt sophomore Tanner Harvey in 4:40.

Following a bye week, Ohio will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 30, for a 7 p.m. dual meet against Appalachian State in Boone, N.C.

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