Ohio blows past Northern Illinois

DEKALB, Ill. -- The Ohio University Wrestling team (4-3) improved to 2-1 in conference action Friday night as it defeated Northern Illinois 32-13 at the NIU Convocation Center to post its fifth straight win over the Huskies.

The Huskies claimed the first bout of the evening as Kevin Fanta defeated freshman Kagan Squire (Wadsworth, Ohio) at 141, but the Bobcats responded by winning the next seven matches to secure the win.

Sophomore Andrew Romanchik (Independence, Ohio) got the Bobcats on the board as he pinned Robert Jillard to win at 149. Romanchik's pin was one of three registered by the Bobcats. Redshirt sophomore Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) and redshirt junior Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.) also logged pins at 165 and 184, respectively.

Redshirt freshman Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) picked up his team-best 21st win on the year as he defeated NIU's Matt Mougin.

Redshirt junior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) also chipped in with win as they posted major decision victories at heavyweight and 197, respectively.

Ohio returns to action next Friday as it heads to Kent State. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.

141: Kevin Fanta (NIU) dec. Kagan Squire (Ohio), 5-2
149: Andrew Romanchik (Ohio) pins Rob Jillard (NIU), 1:43
157: Spartak Chino (Ohio) dec. Andrew Morse (NIU), 9-3
165: Harrison Hightower (Ohio) pins Dan Burk (NIU), 1:17
174: Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 5-2
184: Ryan Garringer (Ohio) pins Bryan Loughlin (NIU), 2:39
197: Phil Wellington (Ohio) maj. dec. Arber Bebo (NIU), 13-5
285: Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) maj. dec. Jared Torrence (NIU), 10-1
125: Derek Elmore (NIU) wins by forfeit
133: Nick Smith (NIU) maj. dec. Garret Garness (Ohio), 9-1


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