ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio wrestling team (0-3) is set to continue the 2017-18 season with a match-up against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Monday (Dec. 18). Action is set to begin at 6 p.m. ET at the Maclellan Gym.
Fans can watch the action live here.
REWINDING LAST WEEK
Ohio suffered a 36-6 loss to reigning Mid-American Conference champion Missouri (8-0) on Sunday (Dec. 10) in Columbia, Missouri. Two Bobcats would record wins for Ohio on the day.
Freshman Alec Hagen (Eureka, Mo.) recorded Ohio's first win on the day with a 3-1 victory over Missouri's Nick Nasenbeny. The first period would go scoreless, but Hagan would earn an escape in the second to lead 1-0 going into the third. After a neutral start in the third period, Hagan would earn a takedown early on and would remain in control until Nassenbeny recorded an escape with three seconds remaining. Hagen would take the match, 3-1.
Redshirt junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) would earn Ohio's only other victory on the day over Missouri's Austin Myers. The first period would go scoreless. In the second period, Myers would earn an escape to lead 1-0 before the third. In the third period, Parker would also earn an escape to tie the match up at 1-1 before a sudden victory round would commence. In the overtime match, Parker would record a takedown right away to take the match 3-1.
Junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) put up a fight in the 133-class but would suffer a 9-6 decision loss to No. 7 John Erneste. Erneste would earn a takedown early in the first period. Soon after, Erneste would record a near-fall for two more points, but Kelly would earn two for a conversation. Erneste would earn an escape to bring his lead to 5-2 before the second period. The second period would go scoreless until the last 30-seconds where Kelly would earn a 2-point conversion to bring the score to 5-4 before the third period. Erneste would earn an escape to start the period, followed by a then earn near-fall for four more points. Kelly would earn two points for another reversal, but it would not be enough for the win. Erneste would add one point for riding time to his total to take the match 9-6.
The Mocs are currently 2-2 to start the 2017-18 season and 0-1 at home. Chattanooga has recorded wins over VMI and Davidson and the Moc's losses came from Virginia Tech and N.C. State, both squads were ranked in the top ten at the time.
Chattanooga's Scottie Boykin has a 9-2 record in the 197-class while the senior also won the Hokie Open and the Black Knight Invite. Michael Pongracz is currently 7-5 overall and recorded a third-place finish at the Hokie Open.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Ohio wrestling team was ranked in third place in the MAC December rankings while also landing five wrestlers in the top-4 of their class.
Redshirt freshman Mario Guillen, junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio), freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Ohio), junior Austin Reese and junior Zack Parker each represented Ohio in the top-5 of their weight class for the second month in a row.
Ohio is set to continue action on the road when the Bobcats compete in the 55th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Tournament in Evanston, Ill. Action is set for December 29-30.