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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The Ohio wrestling team (5-4, 3-1 MAC) won five of its first six bouts on its way to a 19-15 victory over Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan (3-6, 2-3 MAC) today at McGuirk Arena. The Bobcats earned their third-straight conference dual win with the victory over the Chippewas.
The match began at 125 pounds, with redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) winning by forfeit.
After redshirt freshman Brock Bergelin cut Ohio's lead to 6-3 with a 6-3 win by decision at 133, senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) produced a big 13-4 major decision victory over redshirt freshman Drew Marten at 141 to extend the lead to 10-3 for the Bobcats. Kelly is now 11-2 on the season with a 4-0 mark in conference action. His win over Marten was his first by major decision this year.
Redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) made it a 13-3 lead for Ohio courtesy of a 9-6 win by decision over Dresden Simon at 149. Hagan upped his overall record to 14-9 and is now 3-1 in conference matches.
The lead grew to 13 points for the Bobcats when redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) came through with a 7-4 win by decision over Logan Parks at 157. Carson improved to 16-5 on the year and 3-1 in MAC meets.
Freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) made it four-straight wins for Ohio when he beat Blake Montrie with an 8-4 decision win at 165. Yinger is now 12-6 in his rookie year and picked up his second conference win.
The Chippewas won the final four bouts, with redshirt freshman Colin Lieber winning by an 11-4 decision at 174, senior Jordan Atienza winning by a 7-2 decision at 184, sophomore Landon Pelham winning by a 9-3 decision at 197 and sophomore Matt Stencel winning by a 6-3 decision at 285. It wasn't enough, though, as the Bobcats held on for the four-point victory.
Ohio will close out the home portion of its 2018-19 schedule next weekend at the Convocation Center by hosting a pair of MAC dual meets, welcoming Old Dominion on Friday (Feb. 8) for a 6 p.m. ET matchup and SIUE on Saturday (Feb. 9) for a 1 p.m. ET showdown. The Bobcats will put a wrap on the program's 100th anniversary celebration, honoring the program's All-Americans prior to the Old Dominion dual and the four national champions prior to the SIUE dual. The SIUE dual will also serve as Ohio's Senior Day celebration.
Ohio 19, Central Michigan 15
125: Shakur Laney (Ohio) for. (6-0)
133: Brock Bergelin (Central Michigan) def. Trevor Giallombardo (Ohio), 6-3 dec. (6-3)
141: Cameron Kelly (Ohio) def. Drew Marten (Central Michigan), 13-4 maj. dec. (10-3)
149: Alec Hagan (Ohio) def. Dresden Simon (Central Michigan), 9-6 dec (13-3)
157: Zac Carson (Ohio) def. Logan Parks (Central Michigan), 7-4 dec. (16-3)
165: Colt Yinger (Ohio) def. Blake Montrie (Central Michigan), 8-4 dec. (19-3)
174: Colin Lieber (Central Michigaredsn) def. Logan Stanley (Ohio), 11-4 dec. (19-6)
184: Jordan Atienza (Central Michigan) def. Jake Walker (Ohio), 7-2 dec. (19-9)
197: Landon Pelham (Central Michigan) def. Derek Hillman (Ohio), 9-3 dec. (19-12)
285: Matt Stencel (Central Michigan) def. Zack Parker (Ohio), 6-3 dec. (19-15)