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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (5-5, 3-2 MAC) was edged by Old Dominion (8-5, 5-2 MAC), 16-15, this evening at the Convocation Center, snapping a three-match Mid-American Conference winning streak for the Bobcats.
It took the fifth tiebreaker in the NCAA rulebook to decide the winner, with the Monarches earning the victory based on a 13-9 advantage in takedowns in the dual meet.
"I think we wrestled a tough team," said 22nd-year head coach Joel Greenlee. "We had our opportunities at '49, we had our opportunities at '57. We had opportunities at '97. We gotta win those matches. Every single one was close. We won a couple in overtime, but we had our opportunities to win it outright and didn't do it. It's back to work, and we've got another dual tomorrow."
Senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) forced the tiebreaker after coming away with a 6-5 win by decision at 141 pounds over redshirt junior Sa'Derian Perry, who was an All-American last season, and tying the match at 15-all. Kelly is now 12-2 on the year -- including a perfect 6-0 in dual meets and 5-0 in conference meets.
"It was a big individual win for me," said Kelly. "I knew I had to go in there and just wrestle my match regardless of the team score. I kind of had some mental math going into it, kind of knowing what I had to do to get it done individually and for the team. It sucks because I was expecting to put that one on my back for the team. It's a hard-fought loss. Kudos to them. They wrestled tough."
Old Dominion jumped out to a 6-0 lead after redshirt sophomore Kevin Budock opened the meet with a 3-2 win by decision at 149 and redshirt junior Larry Early followed with a 10-6 victory by decision at 157.
Freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) got the Bobcats on the scoreboard by scoring a 3-1 win by sudden victory in overtime at 165 over redshirt junior Shane Jones. Yinger improved to 13-6 in his rookie campaign and notched his third conference victory.
Redshirt sophomore Luke Drugac gave the Monarchs a 9-3 lead with a 6-3 win by decision at 174, but redshirt sophomore Jake Walker (Sarasota, Fla.) cut Old Dominion's lead to three with a 4-2 sudden victory in overtime over redshirt sophomore Dean Drugac at 184. The victory marked Walker's first dual win of the season.
Junior Tim Young posted an 8-7 win by decision at 197 to push Old Dominion's lead to 12-6, but redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) came through with a 6-2 victory by decision at 285 over sophomore Ali Wahab. Parker improved to 12-7 on the year and earned his first MAC win.
"He's been injured, and he's been struggling a little bit," said Greenlee of Parker. "This guy was a big guy, but it was nice to see him go out there and get a couple of takedowns in the first period and make it happen."
Sophomore Michael McGee recorded a 3-1 win by decision at 125, but redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) put Ohio in position to tie things up when he defeated redshirt freshman Trevon Majette at 133 to trim the Monarchs' advantage to 15-12. Guillen is now 13-1 on the year with a 5-1 mark in dual meets and a perfect 4-0 record in MAC matches.
In all, three of Ohio's five wins came by sudden victory in overtime.
"Obviously, you want to win it in regulation, but some of the matches are great because they get to overtime," said Greenlee. "Some of the matches, we shouldn't even be in that position."
Ohio will close out the home portion of it 2018-19 schedule when it hosts SIUE (1-10, 1-5 MAC) on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 1 p.m. ET in a MAC matchup at the Convo. The Bobcats will wrap up their celebration of the program's 100th anniversary by honoring their four alumni who won national championships during their time competing for the Bobcats -- Kermit Blosser (1932; 191 pounds), Harry Houska (1964; 191 pounds), Andy Daniels (1978; 118 pounds) and Dwight Gardner(1998; 158 pounds). Ohio will also host its Senior Day on Saturday, honoring the careers Kelly, Parker, Arsen Ashughyan (Vanadzor, Armenia), Nate Hall (Lewis Center, Ohio), Derek Hillman (Woodhaven, Mich.), Kyle Kaminski (Parma, Ohio), Devin King (Thornville, Ohio) and Austin Reese (Urbana, Ohio).
Old Dominion 16, Ohio 15
149: Kevin Budock (Old Dominion) def. Alec Hagan (Ohio), 3-2 dec. (0-3)
157: Larry Early (Old Dominion) def. Zac Carson (Ohio), 10-6 dec. (0-6)
165: Colt Yinger (Ohio) def. Shane Jones (Old Dominion), 3-1 (SV-1) (3-6)
174: Luke Drugac (Old Dominion) def. Logan Stanley (Ohio), 6-3 dec. (3-9)
184: Jake Walker (Ohio) def. Dean Drugac (Old Dominion), 4-2 (SV-1) (6-9)
197: Tim Young (Old Dominion) def. Aaron Naples (Ohio), 8-7 dec. (6-12)
285: Zack Parker (Ohio) def. Ali Wahab (Old Dominion), 6-2 dec. (9-12)
125: Michael McGee (Old Dominion) def. Shakur Laney (Ohio), 3-1 dec. (9-15)
133: Mario Guillen (Ohio) def. Trevon Majette (Old Dominion), 3-1 (SV-1) (12-15)
141: Cameron Kelly (Ohio) def. Sa'Derian Perry (Old Dominion), 6-5 dec. (15-15)
*Old Dominion wins based on 13-9 advantage in takedowns.