EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Ohio wrestling team turned in six top-five finishes as it opened the 2019-20 season at the Michigan State Open today at Jenison Field House. Four Bobcats earned top three-finishes in the freshman/sophomore division while two others placed in the top five in the open division.
Redshirt sophomore Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) earned a fourth-place finish at 149 pounds in the open division. Hagan earned two wins by decision in the championship bracket, defeating Michigan State redshirt junior Alex Hrisopoulos, 7-3, and Oklahoma redshirt freshman Jacob Butler, 2-0. In the consolation bracket, he notched a 12-2 major decision win over Northern Illinois redshirt freshman Anthony Gibson, a 5-3 sudden victory over Northern Illinois redshirt senior McCoy Kent and a 3-1 sudden victory over Michigan graduate student Ben Lamantia.
Redshirt junior Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) took fifth at 133 pounds in the open division. Guillen got his day started with a 19-2 win by technical fall over Tiffin senior Rico Puente, then earned a 3-2 win by decision over Michigan State redshirt senior Garrett Pepple in his second win in the championship bracket.
In his debut as a Bobcat, freshman Carson Brewer (Avon, Ind.) won the 184-pound freshman/sophomore division title, clinching the championship with a 6-2 win by decision over Penn freshman Jesse Quatse.
Two Bobcats notched second-place finishes in their respective weight classes in the freshman/sophomore division, with freshman Shawn Mondello (Oxford, Ohio) finishing as the runner-up at 157 and redshirt freshman Jordan Earnest (Wadsworth, Ohio) placing as the runner-up at 285. Mondello's first two victories in the championship bracket came by fall as he pinned Olivet freshman Gabe Guerrero in 1:29 and Davenport freshman Derek Nicks in 2:36. Earnest also got his day started with a win by fall, pinning Rochester's Kyle Scott in 4:37.
In the 174-pound freshman/sophomore division, sophomore Logan Stanley (Fredericksburg, Ohio) took third, locking up the top-three finish with a 12-7 win by decision over Buffalo's Bryson Alsteen.
With the Michigan State Open in the books, Ohio will host its first home dual meet of season on Sunday, Nov. 10 when it welcomes Campbell to the Convocation Center. Action is set to get underway at 4 p.m. ET.