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CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the December weight class individual rankings and team 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, with redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) ranked first at 125 pounds and freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) ranked first at 149 pounds. As a team, the Bobcats are now ranked second in the MAC.
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 moved up one spot in the rankings with 18 points, surpassing Old Dominion (15 points). The Bobcats are ranked behind Missouri (30 points).
Laney is 4-2 so far on the year, with one win coming by fall and two others coming by major decision. He moved up to the top spot in his weight class after coming in at No. 2 in the November rankings. Laney is ranked No. 15 in the country according to The Open Mat, No. 18 according to InterMat and No. 19 according to WIN Magazine.
Hagan sports an 8-5 record and owns one victory by fall and three major decision wins, vaulting him from a fourth-place ranking in November all the way up to first.
Ranked second in their respective weight classes for the second month in a row are redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) at 133 and redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) at 157. Guillen is 5-0 on the season -- including a 2-0 mark in dual meets -- while Carson is 5-2 with a 1-0 record in dual meets and one win coming by technical fall. Sophomore Aaron Naples (Brunswick, Ohio), who has started the season 7-4 with two victories by fall, two more by major decision and another by technical fall, moved up to the No. 3 spot at 197. Redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) is now ranked fourth at heavyweight. He sports a 10-1 mark so far this season. Senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) remains ranked fourth at 141.
Ohio (1-1) will head to Ames, Iowa, for its third dual meet of 2018-19 to match up against Iowa State (1-1) on Sunday (Dec. 16.). The Bobcats last competed on Nov. 30, topping Appalachian State, 25-16, in Boone, N.C.