LEXINGTON, Va. – After earning wins in nine out of the 10 weight-classes, the Ohio wrestling team (2-5) earned a big 37-6 victory over VMI while on the road on Saturday (Jan. 13) at Cormack Hall in Lexington, Va.
"I'd like to thank VMI for letting us come in and take part in their duals today," said head coach Joel Greenlee. "I thought it was a good match for us today, we won nine out of 10 weights. Trevor Giallombardo goes out there at 125 and gets a win to start and a lot of other guys went out there and wrestled hard and had an opportunity to score some points and rack up some good wins. It was good for our confidence and it was good for our morale. It's a lot more fun driving home after a win rather than a loss so I'm proud of our guys today.
125 – Trevor Giallombardo vs. Cliff Conway
Ohio redshirt freshman Trevor Giallombardo (Gaylord, Mich.) would start the day in a battle with VMI's Cliff Conway in the 125-class. In the first period, Giallombardo would earn a takedown to take an early 2-0 lead going into the second period. In the next period, Giallombardo would earn an escape before he earned another takedown to lead 5-0 after two periods. Conway would earn a single point on a stalling call in the third, but Giallombardo would take the win with an added point for riding time to earn a 6-1 decision win.
133 – No. 14 Cameron Kelly vs. Hunter Starner
Ohio junior No. 14 Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) would earn another victory for the Bobcats in his match against VMI's Hunter Starner. Kelly would earn a quick takedown to start the match for a 2-0 lead before Starner earned a one-point escape. Kelly would add to his lead with another takedown in the first period. Kelly would take the victory quickly with a pin for a 9-1 win by fall in 2:05.
149 – Kade Kowalski vs. William Lawrence
Ohio redshirt sophomore Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio) would represent the Bobcats in the 149-class where he would face VMI's William Lawrence. In the first period, Kowalski would earn a quick two-point nearfall and Lawrence would respond with a takedown of his own to put all scores at 2-2. Kowalski would then earn a point from an escape to take the lead before the second period. Kowalski would increase his lead with an escape to start the second period. Lawrence would then earn a takedown to tie-up scores once again at 4-4 before the third period. Kowalski would earn a point on a stalling call on VMI to take a 6-4 decision win for Ohio.
157 – Cullen Cummings vs. Robert Dupont
Ohio redshirt senior Cullen Cummings (Woodridge, Ill.) would face VMI's Robert Dupont in the 157-class. Cummings would earn a takedown to start the match and lead 2-0 going into the second period. Cummings would add to his lead in the second with takedown followed by three four-point nearfalls in a row to end the match with a 16-0 technical fall win in 4:47, adding another win for the Bobcats.
165 – Joe Terry vs. Blake Hohman
Ohio redshirt freshman Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) would meet VMI's Blake Hohman in the 165-class to continue the dual. In the first period, Terry would record a takedown to lead 2-0 going into the second. The second period would start with an escape by Terry to add to his lead. Hohman would not respond until the third period with an escape, but it wouldn't be enough to prevent Terry's 3-1 decision win.
174 –Arsen Ashughan vs. Cade Kiely
Next up, Ohio redshirt junior Arsen Ashughyan (Vanadzor, Armenia) would face VMI's Cade Kelly in the 174-class. The match would start with a takedown by Ashughyan before Kiely responded with an escape to give Ashughyan a 2-1 lead going into the second. In the second period, Kiely and Ashughyan would each earn a reversal before the third period. Ashughyan would then earn another reversal to add to his lead before Kiely would earn an escape followed by a takedown. Before the match was over, Ashughyan would secure the win with an escape and an added point for riding time to take an 8-6 decision victory.
184 – Hunter Yeargan vs. Chris Beck
Ohio redshirt freshman Hunter Yeargan (Williard, Mo.) would represent Ohio in the 184-class against VMI's Christopher Beck. Yeargan would start the match with a takedown to lead 2-0 after one period. In the second period, Yeargan would then earn an escape to lead 3-0 before the third period began. Beck would earn an escape to start the last period before adding another point on a stalling call to lessen Yeargan's lead. Yeargan, however, would add a point for riding time to his total to take the match in a 4-2 decision.
197 – Aaron Naples vs. Max Gallahan
Ohio freshman Aaron Naples (Brunswick, Ohio) would add another big win for the Bobcats in his match against VMI's Max Gallahan. Naples would start the match with a takedown in the first period, leading 2-0 going into the second. The second period would see Naples earn four four-point nearfalls to secure an 18-0 technical fall win in 4:25.
285 – Zack Parker vs. Jake Koch
Ohio redshirt junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) would tally another win for Ohio before the day was over, facing VMI's Jake Koch. Parker would earn a quick takedown early in the match followed by a pin to take a win by fall in 1:16.
125 – Trevor Giallombardo (OHIO) dec. Clifton Conway (VMI), 6-1
133 – Cameron Kelly (OHIO) pinned Hunter Starner (VMI), 2:05
141 – Michael Hulcher (VMI) pinned Trey Grenier (OHIO), 0:38
149 – Kade Kowalski (OHIO) dec. William Lawrence (VMI), 6-4
157 – Cullen Cummings (OHIO) tech fall Robert DuPont (VMI), 16-0 (4:47)
165 – Joseph Terry (OHIO) dec. Blake Hohman (VMI), 3-1
174 – Arsen Arshughyan (OHIO) dec. Cade Kiely (VMI), 8-6
184 – Hunter Yeargan (OHIO) dec. Christopher Beck (VMI), 4-2
285 – Zack Parker (OHIO) pinned Jake Koch (VMI), 1:16