ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (0-1) fell to No. 21-ranked Campbell (1-1), 24-16, in its 2019-20 home opener this afternoon at the Convocation Center.
"I think if we have our starter at '41, '65 and '84, we probably win that dual," said 23rd-year head coach Joel Greenlee. "You know what, though? It doesn't matter. Next man up. You've got to be ready to get out there and wrestle no matter who you are. I thought we did fight hard. I thought that was a plus. But, we can't give up bonus points. We've got to go get them when we can get them. For us, I think it's just continuing to build on what we have right now."
The match opened at 125 pounds, with junior Korbin Meink scoring a 7-2 win by decision for the Camels. The Bobcats evened things up at three-all when redshirt junior Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) notched a 3-1 win by decision over redshirt senior Noah Gonser at 133.
Campbell took a 9-3 lead when redshirt junior Josh Heil scored six points for his team when he won by fall at 141. Redshirt sophomore Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) cut Ohio's deficit to two points when he won by major decision, 16-3, over redshirt sophomore Zach Barnes at 149.
"I think Alec has come a long way in a year," said Greenlee. "I think he did really, really well. What I talk to our guys about is your plan B. Go out there, get a takedown and ride him out the first period, grind him out, make him pay and then start building your lead after that. That's what he did for seven minutes. I'm proud of him."
The Camels extended their advantage to 16-7 courtesy of back-to-back wins at 157 and 165. Sophomore Matthew Dallara won by decision, 7-5, at 157, then redshirt senior Quentin Perez won by technical fall, 16-1, at 165.
Sophomore Logan Stanley (Fredericksburg, Ohio) got the Bobcats back in it with a pin of senior Charlie Andrews in 4:11 at 174, making it a three-point match.
"That move is called a spladle, and he is unbelievably good with it," said Greenlee of Stanley's pin. "You see him hit it in practice. I've seen him hit it two or three times in competition. If he gets it, you're doomed. There's no way out of it. You're getting pinned. I love the fact that he's got the confidence to go for it and try to get it."
Unfortunately for Ohio, the Camels came away with two victories in the final three bouts. Redshirt senior Andrew Morgan earned an 11-2 win by major decision at 184. Junior Aaron Naples (Brunswick, Ohio) delivered a 7-0 win by decision at 197 to cut the deficit to 20-16 for the Bobcats, but Campbell sealed the match victory when redshirt senior Jere Heino scored a 10-2 win by major decision at 285.
Ohio will visit the state of Pennsylvania next Saturday (Nov. 16) to take on host Edinboro at 10 a.m. ET, then square off with LIU later in the day.
No. 21 Campbell 24, Ohio 16 - Final Results
125: Korbin Meink (Campbell) def. Giovanni Disabato (Ohio), 7-2 dec. (3-0)
133: Mario Guillen (Ohio) def. Noah Gosner (Campbell), 3-1 dec. (3-3).
141: Josh Heil (Campbell) def. Trevor Giallombardo Ohio, fall, (9-3)
149: Alec Hagan (Ohio) def. Zach Barnes (Campbell), maj. dec., 16-3. (9-7)
157: Matthew Dallara (Campbell) def. Zac Carson (Ohio), 7-5 dec. (11-7)*
165: Quentin Perez (Campbell) def. Ben Schneider (Ohio) 16-1 tech. fall (16-7)
174: Logan Stanley (Ohio) def. Charlie Andrews (Campbell), fall, 4:11 (16-13)
184: Andrew Morgan (Campbell) def. Mason Kroening (Ohio) 11-2 maj. dec. (20-13)
197: Aaron Naples (Ohio) def. Austin McNeil 7-0 dec. (20-16)
285: Jere Heino (Campbell) def. Jordan Earnest (Ohio) 10-2 maj. dec. (24-16)
*One-point deduction for mat control