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ATHENS, Ohio -- A pin by redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) and a two-point victory by redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) helped the Ohio wrestling team (2-2) overcome Chattanooga (1-2), 22-19, in the Bobcats' 2018-19 home opener this evening at the Convocation Center.
"It was a good win," said 22nd-year head coach Joel Greenlee. "We injury defaulted at '84 and were winning the match and got pinned at '25. Those things don't help, and it takes a little wind out of your sails, but we came back and got a fall and got a win at the end. It was exciting. It was fun. It was a good way to kick off our break."
Freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) made his Bobcat debut at the Convo, earning a 12-4 major decision win over senior Trey Watson at 165 pounds to get the evening started.
"He was in our kids club when he was little and has wrestled in the Convo and been to most of the matches in the Convo," said Greenlee of the local product Yinger. "It was nice for a big crowd from Nelsonville to come out and support him. He looked good."
Redshirt sophomore Joe Terry (Pickerington Ohio) helped the Bobcats extend their lead to 7-0 courtesy of an 8-5 decision over freshman Hunter Fortner at 174.
Chattanooga cut the Ohio advantage to one point when junior Dominic Lampe won by medical default at 184.
The Bobcats answered with back-to-back victories, however. Redshirt junior Nate Hall (Lewis Center, Ohio) defeated senior Rodney Jones by an 8-3 decision at 197, then redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) earned a 3-1 decision win over senior Connor Tolley at 285 to make it a 13-6 lead for Ohio.
Momentum shifted in favor of the Mocs after a pin by sophomore Fabian Gutierrez at 125 shaved Ohio's lead back to one point. Chattanooga then took a 19-13 lead after junior Jake Huffine picked up a 13-1 major decision victory at 133 and junior Chris Debien came away with a 4-3 decision win at 141.
Hagan came up big for the Bobcats at 149, though, pinning freshman Mason Wallace in just 45 seconds to even the score back up.
"Going into the match, I knew I needed to help my team out with a win," said Hagan. "Going in there, I tried to get to my attacks as early as possible and get to my stuff on top. I did, and I got the pin and helped the team win. I just needed to do my job."
Carson then sealed the victory for Ohio by defeating freshman Ryan Resnick at 157 with a 10-8 decision win.
"He's gotten so much better," said Greenlee of Carson. "He's gotten better by leaps and bounds in the last month. I think he's going to make a lot of noise at the NCAA tournament."
Ohio will ring in 2019 by traveling to Chattanooga, Tenn., to participate in the Southern Scuffle Jan. 1-2.
Ohio 22, Chattanooga 19
165: Colt Yinger (Ohio) def. Trey Watson (Chattanooga), 12-4 maj. dec. (4-0).
174: Joe Terry (Ohio) def. Hunter Fortner (Chattanooga), 8-5 dec. (7-0)
184: Dominic Lampe (Chattanooga) default (7-6)
197: Nate Hall (Ohio) def. Rodney Jones (Chattanooga), 8-3 dec. (10-6)
285: Zack Parker (Ohio) def. Connor Tolley (Chattanooga), 3-1 dec. (13-6)
125: Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga) def. Shakur Laney (Ohio), fall, 6:55 (13-12)
133: Jake Huffine (Chattanooga) def. Trevor Giallombardo (Ohio), 13-1 maj. dec. (13-16)
141: Chris Debien (Chattanooga) def. Kyran Hagan (Ohio), 4-3 dec. (13-19)
149: Alec Hagan (Ohio) def. Mason Wallace (Chattanooga), fall, 0:45 (19-19)
157: Zac Carson (Ohio) def. Ryan Resnick (Chattanooga), 10-8 dec. (22-19)