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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (7-6) will wrap up the 2018-19 regular season with a visit to Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on Gardner-Webb (2-11) on Saturday (Feb. 23) in a 1 p.m. ET dual meet at Paul Porter Arena. The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.
The Bobcats are 3-3 in non-conference dual meets this season, most recently earning a 34-9 win at Bloomsburg last Friday (Feb. 15).
OHIO COMES IN THIRD IN FINAL MAC COACHES' RANKINGS
The Mid-American Conference wrestling coaches announced the final weight class individual rankings and team rankings of the 2018-19 season in conjunction with the league office on Thursday (Feb. 21).
Based on the individual rankings, Ohio, under the direction of 22nd-year head coach Joel Greenlee, continues to boast six student-athletes ranked in the top-four of their respective weight classes in the league.
As a team, the Bobcats are ranked third in the MAC with 15 points. 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. The Bobcats are ranked behind Missouri (36 points) and Old Dominion (17 points).
Three Bobcats are ranked second in their respective weight classes, including redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) at 125 pounds, redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohifo) at 133 and senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) at 141. Three others are ranked third in their respective weight classes, including redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) at 149, redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) at 157 and freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) at 165.
BOBCATS WELL REPRESENTED IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Four Ohio wrestlers were named to the second of four 2018-19 coaches' panel rankings, as announced by the NCAA on Feb. 14.
Representing the Bobcats were Laney, who is ranked 19th at 125 pounds, Carson, who is ranked 19th at 157, Kelly, who is ranked 20th at 141 and Guillen, who is ranked 23rd at 133.
Laney, Carson, Kelly and Guillen were all ranked in the first 2018-19 coaches' panel rankings, which were announced in January, and all four moved up in the rankings. Laney and Carson had both previously been ranked 20th while Kelly had been ranked 23rd and Guillen had been ranked 25th.
Guillen, Kelly and Carson are also representing Ohio in several of the national polls. Guillen is ranked 18th by The Open Mat and 19th by InterMat at 133.. Kelly is ranked 14th by InterMat and The Open Mat and 16th by FloWrestling at 141. Carson is ranked 18th by both InterMat and The Open Mat at 157.
KELLY RECOGNIZED BY THE OPEN MAT
Kelly garnered recognition from The Open Mat this week, coming in at No. 8 on the website's top ten performances of the week list. Kelly helped Ohio split a pair of road dual meets last weekend. Kelly recorded an 18-2 win by technical fall over redshirt junior Lewis Williams at 141 pounds to help the Bobcats earn a 34-9 victory over Bloomsburg last Friday (Feb. 15). He then got the Bobcats on the board by winning by a 7-2 decision over Buffalo redshirt senior Bryan Lantry, who was ranked No. 8 in the nation, on Sunday (Feb. 17).
OHIO PROBABLE STARTERS AT GARDNER-WEBB
125: R-So. Trevor Giallombardo (7-12)
133: R-So. Mario Guillen (15-1)
141: Sr. Cameron Kelly( 15-2)
149: R-Fr. Alec Hagan (17-10)
157: R-Jr. Kade Kowalski (10-9)
165: Fr. Colt Yinger (14-6)
174: Fr. Logan Stanley (7-14)
184: Jr. Hunter Yeargan (10-13)/R-So. Jake Walker (8-10)
197: Gr. Derek Hillman (1-2)
285: So. Aaron Naples (10-10)
Led by seventh-year head coach Daniel Elliott, Gardner-Webb enters the weekend with an overall record of 2-11. Before taking on Ohio, the Runnin' Bulldogs are scheduled to visit Southern Conference rival Davidson on Friday (Feb. 22) in a 7 p.m. ET dual meet. Gardner-Webb has dropped its last 10 dual meets, most recently falling to conference foe VMI at home on Feb. 12.
Ohio will compete in the 2019 MAC Championships, which will be held March 8-9 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.