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Ohio Wrestling Set for Bearcat Open

Ohio Wrestling Set for Bearcat Open

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team returns to action Sunday (Nov.12) and at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open in Vestal, N.Y. The tournament will play host to 18 teams. Action at the Bearcat Open begins at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

The tournament can be followed on TrackWrestling.com.

Ohio saw two top-5 finishes in the Hokie Open in Roanoke, Va. last week (Nov. 5). Junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) and redshirt junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) would represent Ohio in their respective weight classes.

Kelly took second-place in the 133-class. Kelly opened the competition with a 19-6 major decision win over Newberry College's Nolan Whitley. In the quarterfinals, the junior would post an 8-2 decision victory over UNC's James Szymanski. Kelly would then produce a technical fall victory in 3:52 over Stanford's Gabriel Townsell to make it to the finals where he would face Virgina Tech's Dennis Gustafson III where he would suffer a 9-7 decision loss.

Parker finished fourth in the 285-class in his season debut. Parker would first face Army West Point's Kyle Wilkins where Parker posted a win by fall in 1:59. Parker would then produce a 5-2 win by decision over UNC's Andrew Gunning before falling in the semi-finals to Stanford's Nate Butler on a 3-5 decision.

Ohio's freshmen and sophomore classes had an impressive season-opening performance. Freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Ohio), redshirt freshman Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio), Sam Meddings (Fairfield, Ohio), Steele Strout (Johnstown, Ohio) and Hunter Yeargan (Wilard, Mo.) each finished in the top-5 of the freshman and sophomore section of the open.

Hagan would finish first in the 141-class in the Freshman/Sophomore bracket. Hagan took his first match of the season in a 2:13 win by fall over Appalachian State's Cody Bond before producing another win by fall performance in 3:52 over Limestone College's Phil Ruiz. The freshman would then produce his third win by fall victory of the day over Army West Point's Taylor Brown in 2:07. Hagan would then face Virginia Tech's Brent Moore and would post a 2-1 decision win to get to the finals. Hagan battled with Gardner-Webb's Denton Spencer and recorded a 4-3 decision to earn first place in the 141-class in his career debut.

Meddings and Strout would both finish the day in fourth place in their respective classes. Meddings would compete in the 149-class where the freshman would post a win by fall over Duke' Colten Thomas in 2:20 before producing a 5-2 victory over Virginia Tech's Brendan Grammes. Meddings would then face Army West Point's Knox Fuller where the freshman would post a 6-4 decision before falling to Army West Point's Will Lucie in an 8-1 decision in the semi-finals. Strout saw action in the 165-class and began the day with a 3-2 decision victory over Virginia Tech's Eric Hansen. Strout would then post an 8-1 decision over The Citadel's Stephen Alvarez before defeating Army West Point's David Russell in a 4-2 decision. Strout would then face Virginia Tech's Derek Ciavarro in a 3-2 decision win before falling to Chattanooga's Dominick Petrucelli in an 8-3 decision.

Terry would finish third in the 174-class. Terry would open the season with an 18-7 major decision win over Southeast Regional Training Center's Aiden Henry. Terry would then face the Citadel's Michael Lopouchanski and post a 12-8 decision. Terry then fell to Duke's Matthew Finesilver in a 4:30 win by fall before posting a 3-2 decision for third place over Old Dominion's Dean Drugac. 

Yeargan would finish fifth in the 184-class after facing teammate Robbie Bowers (Defiance, Ohio) in the consolation match for fifth place where Yeargan would win the spot in a 2-0 decision. Bowers started the day with an 8-7 decision over Old Dominion's George Walton III followed by a 12-1 major decision over Emmanuel's Seth Bell. Bowers then faced Chattanooga's Rodney Jones in a 3-1 decision. Yeargan started the day with a victory over Chattanooga's Rodney Jones in a 6-2 decision before taking on Virginia Military Institute's Gage Levine in a win by fall in 1:26. Yeargan would produce another win by fall over Davidson's Joe Perino in 1:11. Yeargan then battled with Duke's Kaden Russell in a 5-2 decision before taking the fifth-place spot. 

After Sunday's competition, Ohio will travel to Annapolis, Md. to participate in the Navy Classic on Saturday, Nov. 18. The open is set to begin at 9 a.m. ET.