KENT, Ohio -- Kent State continued to roll through Mid-American Conference competition Friday night with a 26-11 victory over rival Ohio at the M.A.C. Center. A second period pin by fifth-year senior Dustin Kilgore (Berea, Ohio) gave the Golden Flashes their first lead (9-3), which they kept throughout the dual.
"I thought our guys wrestled hard and were the more aggressive team," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "Our young guys are learning to win and our older guys are doing what we expect them to do."
Kilgore's win came on the heels of a 6-0 shutout by senior Casey Newburg (Union, Ohio). Newburg used a third period takedown and tilt to secure his victory, while Kilgore (28-0) gradually wore down Ohio's Phil Wellington. Kilgore now has 12 pins on the year including one in each of his last six dual meets. He ran his winning streak to 47 and dual meet winning streak to 57.
Senior Stevie Mitcheff (Lortain, Ohio) turned Tyler Heminger twice in each period, cruising to a 21-3 tech fall.
Freshman Mack McGuire (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) appeared to be in control of his 133-pound bout, before giving up a four-point move in the third period. McGuire stayed aggressive late in the third and into overtime as he finished off a shot for a 9-7 victory.
Two matches later, the Flashes found themselves in another nail-biter at 149. Redshirt freshman Nick Carr (South Fayette, Pa.) trailed 6-2 after the first period and 7-5 late in the third before a takedown with under 10 seconds to go also helped secure 1:06 of riding time and an 8-7 win.
"I just had to focus on scoring points," Carr said. "I felt like I should have never been in that position, but I've got learn from my mistakes."
Senior Tommy Sasfy (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) countered a Sparty Chino shot for a key takedown in the first period and hung on for a 5-2 victory. Sasfy had escapes in the second and third periods and 1:20 of riding time.
"I thought Tommy was more physical and controlled his match the whole time," Andrassy said. "Overall he did a really good job tonight."
Sophomore Caleb Marsh (Marysville, Ohio) closed the night out with a 2-1 victory over Harrison Hightower. Marsh, Mitcheff, Carr, Kilgore and Newburg all improved to 2-0 in MAC duals as did Kent State as team, winning its seventh straight conference dual.
The Golden Flashes (5-3, 2-0 MAC) look to continue their home success Sunday, hosting Clarion at 2 p.m.
125 Steve Mitcheff (KSU) won by tech fall over Tyler Heminger (Ohio) 6:43 21-3
133 Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) won in sudden victory 1 over Joseph Munos (Ohio) 9-7
141 Kagan Squire (Ohio) won by tech fall over Lukas Kern (KSU) 15-0
149 Nicholas Carr (KSU) won by decision over Andrew Romanchik (Ohio) 8-7
157 Tommy Sasfy (KSU) won by decision over Spartak Chino (Ohio) 5-2
165 Caleb Marsh (KSU) won by decision over Harrison Hightower (Ohio) 2-1
174 Cody Walters (Ohio) won by decision over Sam Wheeler (KSU) 8-2
184 Casey Newburg (KSU) won by decision over Ryan Garringer (Ohio) 6-0
197 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) won by pin over Phillip Wellington (Ohio) 4:42
285 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) won by decision over Keith Witt (KSU) 2-0