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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team is set to compete in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships this weekend (March 8-9) at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.
The Bobcats have captured 15 MAC Championships (1955-56-57-70-71-72-73-74-75-76-93-94-95-97-2001) -- the second-most of any program in the conference. Ohio placed fifth at the MAC Championships in 2018 with 84.5 points. Missouri has captured each of the last six MAC Championships.
Ohio wrestlers have accounted for 108 individual MAC titles. Shakur Laney accounted for Ohio's last individual MAC title, taking home first place at 125 pounds in 2017.
2019 MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
Day 1: Friday, March 8 -- Watch Live on ESPN+
2:00 pm ET: Doors Open to Public
2:57 pm ET: National Anthem
3:00 pm ET: Quarterfinals (40 matches, 3 Mats)
6:00 pm ET: Consolation Round 1 (20 Matches, 1 Mat)
Championship Semifinals (20 Matches, 2 Mats)
Day 2: Saturday, March 9 -- Watch Live on ESPN+
11:00 am ET: Doors Open to Public
11:57 am ET: National Anthem
12:00 pm ET: Consolation Semifinals (20 Matches, 3 Mats)
1:05 pm ET: Seventh Place Matches (10 Matches, 3 Mats)
1:45 pm ET: Championship Finals Parade & Face Off Introductions
2:00 pm ET: Championship Finals; Third Place Matches; Fifth Place Matches (3 Mats)
2019 MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-SEEDING
The conference office announced the pre-seeding for the 2019 MAC Championships earlier this week. The following is a look at where the Bobcats are seeded in their respective weight classes.
1 - Michael McGee, Old Dominion
2 - Drew Hildebrandt, Central Michigan
3 - Shakur Laney, Ohio
4 - Dack Punke, Missouri
5 - Kyle Akins, Buffalo
6 – Bryce West, Northern Illinois
7 - Jake Ferri, Kent State
8 – Gage Datlovsky, SIU Edwardsville
1 - John Erneste, Missouri
2 - Mario Guillen, Ohio
3 - Derek Spann, Buffalo
4 - Alijah Jeffery, Northern Illinois
5 - Tim Rooney, Kent State
6 - Trevor Majette, Old Dominion
7 - Devin Perez, Central Michigan
8 - Austin Macias, SIU Edwardsville
1 - Jaydin Eierman, Missouri
2 - Cameron Kelly, Ohio
3 - Bryan Lantry, Buffalo
4 - Sa'Derian Perry, Old Dominion
5 - Drew Marten, Central Michigan
6 - Drew West, Northern Illinois
7 - Cory Simpson, Kent State
8 - Lucas Bernal, SIU Edwardsville
1 - Brock Mauller, Missouri
2 - Kevin Budock, Old Dominion
3 - Alec Hagan, Ohio
4 - Tyshawn Williams, SIU Edwardsville
5 - McCoy Kent, Northern Illinois
6 - Kody Komora, Kent State
7 - Dresden Simon, Central Michigan
8 - Jason Estevez, Buffalo
1 - Larry Early, Old Dominion
2 - Jarrett Jacques, Missouri
3 - Zac Carson, Ohio
4 - Justin Ruffin, SIU Edwardsville
5 - Logan Parks, Central Michigan
6 - Alex Smythe, Buffalo
7 - Mason Kauffman, Northern Illinois
8 - Richard Jackson, Kent State
1 - Connor Flynn, Missouri
2 - Troy Keller, Buffalo
3 - Kenny Moore, Northern Illinois
4 - Colt Yinger, Ohio
5 - Isaac Bast, Kent State
6 - Nate Higgins, SIU Edwardsville
7 - Shane Jones, Old Dominion
8 - Bret Fedewa, Central Michigan
1 - Daniel Lewis, Missouri
2 - Brit Wilson, Northern Illinois
3 - Jake Lanning, Buffalo
4 - Collin Lieber, Central Michigan
5 - Kade Byland, Kent State
6 - Luke Drugac, Old Dominion
7 - Kevin Gschwendtner, SIU Edwardsville
8 - Logan Stanley, Ohio
1 - Dylan Wisman, Missouri
2 - Antonio Agee, Old Dominion
3 - Andrew McNally, Kent State
4 - Jordan Atienza, Central Michigan
5 - Will Feldkamp, Northern Illinois
6 - Sergio Villalobos, SIU Edwardsville
7 - Hunter Yeargan, Ohio
8 - Logan Rill, Buffalo
1 - Wyatt Koelling, Missouri
2 - Christian Dulaney, SIU Edwardsville
3 - Brett Perry, Buffalo
4 - Tim Young, Old Dominion
5 - Landon Pelham, Central Michigan
6 - Derek Hillman, Ohio
7 - Shane Mast, Kent State
8 - Max Ihry, Northern Illinois
1 - Matt Stencel, Central Michigan
2 - Zach Elam, Missouri
3 - Jake Gunning, Buffalo
4 - Will Hilliard, Old Dominion
5 - Caleb Gossett, Northern Illinois
6 - Colton McKiernan, SIU Edwardsville
7 - Spencer Berthold, Kent State
8 - Zack Parker, Ohio
2019 MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS BRACKET SET
The conference office released the 2019 MAC Championships bracket on Thursday (March 7) evening. Quarterfinals matches featuring Ohio will be as follows:
Shakur Laney (Ohio) vs. Bryce West (Northern Illlinois)
Mario Guillen (Ohio) vs. Deven Perez (Central Michigan)
Cameron Kelly (Ohio) vs. Cory Simpson (Kent State)
Alec Hagan (Ohio) vs. Kody Komara (Kent State)
Zac Carson (Ohio) vs. Alex Smythe (Buffalo)
Colt Yinger (Ohio) vs. Isaac Bast (Kent State)
Logan Stanley (Ohio) vs. Daniel Lewis (Missouri)
Hunter Yeargan (Ohio) vs. Antonio Agee (Old Dominion)
Derek Hillman (Ohio) vs. Brett Perry (Buffalo)
Zack Parker (Ohio) vs. Matt Stencel (Central Michigan)
BOBCATS RANKED 19TH IN NWCA MID-MAJOR POLL
Ohio finished the 2018-19 regular season ranked 19th in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Mid-Major Poll. Formulated two years ago, the Mid-Major Top 20 concentrates on the programs that fall outside of the traditional "Power 5" conferences.
The Bobcats concluded the regular season with a record of 8-6 -- including a 4-3 mark in MAC matches. Ohio recorded non-conference victories over Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Bloomsburg and Gardner Webb and conference wins over Kent State, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan and SIUE.
The Bobcats finished the regular season ranked third in the final MAC team rankings of the 2018-19 season, which were announced by the league office on Feb. 21.
FOUR OHIO WRESTLERS NAMED TO THIRD NCAA COACHES' PANEL RANKINGS
Four members of the Ohio wrestling team were named to the third of four 2018-19 coaches' panel rankings, as announced by the NCAA.
Representing the Bobcats were senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio), ranked 14th at 141 pounds, redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio), ranked 18th at 157, redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio), ranked 21st at 125 and redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio), ranked 23rd at 133.
Kelly currently owns a 16-2 record with three wins by fall, three by technical fall and two by major decison. Carson is 18-6 on the year. Laney owns a 12-8 record with three wins by major decision. Guillen sports a 15-1 mark with four wins by major decision and two by fall.
The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn allocation spots for their qualifying tournaments for the championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. To be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.
The NCAA also released the second RPI rankings, with six Bobcats appearing on the list. Carson is 15th at 157, Kelly is 18th at 141, Laney is 22nd at 125, redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) is 29th at 149, freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) is 29th at 165 and redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) is 32nd.
In addition to the release of the coaches' panel and RPI rankings, the NCAA also announced the qualifier allocations for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Each qualifying tournament was awarded automatic bids per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage at the weight class; ratings percentage index (RPI); and coaches' ranking.
For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his conference tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class. Each conference was awarded a minimum of one automatic bid per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if they did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds. NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish.
After all of the conference tournaments have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 44 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 12, while brackets and seeding will be announced on NCAA.com at 6 p.m. on March 13. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; quality wins; coaches' ranking; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.
The 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be held March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.