KENT, Ohio -- Kent State (5-3, 2-0 MAC) won its fifth consecutive dual meet with a 25-7 victory over Old Dominion Monday night at the M.A.C. Center. Sophomore Cole Baxter put an exclamation point on the Golden Flashes' six straight victories from 149 to 197 with a first period pin of Kevin Beazley.
"I thought we wrestled especially well from the top position," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "Better than we have all season."
Baxter was among the many Flashes wrestling well from the top. After a pair of takedowns, he used an arm bar and far side wrist control to turn Beazley for the fall at 1:54.
The beginning of Kent State's six straight wins also started with a strong performance from the top position by sophomore Michael DePalma. After a scoreless first period, DePalma tilted Alexander Richardson to take a 3-0 lead. A third period escape immediately followed by a takedown gave DePalma a 6-0 lead on the way to a 7-1 victory.
"He was ranked higher than me so I came in with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder," DePalma said.
Sophomore Ian Miller also knocked off a ranked opponent with a 7-2 win over Tristan Warner. Miller's patented underhook and shot in the first 10 seconds of the match was the first of his three takedowns.
Sophomore Tyler Buckwalter kept things rolling with a 16-3 major decision over Marcus Johnson. Buckwalter unleashed five takedowns and a pair of two-point near falls.
Junior Caleb Marsh jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two periods in a 5-3 victory over Billy Curling. A penalty point awarded to Marsh broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and led to the exit of Monarch's coach Steve Martin. Old Dominion was deducted two team points.
Sophomore Sam Wheeler made it five straight wins for the Flashes with a 5-3 decision over Austin Coburn. A double-leg takedown in the first and a reversal in the second gave Wheeler a 4-0 edge heading into third.
Sophomore Mack McGuire's two first period takedowns made the difference in a 9-6 victory. McGuire tied the team score up 3-3 after sophomore Del Vinas dropped the 125 bout 2-0.
Junior Tyler Small fell to No. 9 Chris Mecate 5-0 to give the Monarchs a 6-3 lead after three matches.
One of Kent State's toughest tests of the season comes Thursday (Dec. 19) when the Golden Flashes host No. 7 Ohio State at the M.A.C. Center.
125 Jerome Robinson (ODU) won by decision over Edilberto Vinas (KSU) 2-0.
133 Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) won by decision over Scott Festejo (ODU) 9-6
141 Chris Mecate (ODU) won by decision over Tyler Small (KSU) 5-0
149 Michael Depalma (KSU) won by decision over Alexander Richardson (ODU) 7-1
157 Ian Miller (KSU) won by decision over Tristan Warner (ODU) 7-2
165 Tyler Buckwalter (KSU) won by major decision over Marcus Johnson (ODU) 16-3
174 Caleb Marsh (KSU) won by decision over Billy Curling (ODU) 5-3
184 Sam Wheeler (KSU) won by decision over Austin Coburn (ODU) 5-3
197 Cole Baxter (KSU) won by pin over Kevin Beazley (ODU) 1:54
285 Matt Tourdot (ODU) won by decision over Mimmo Lytle (Kent State) 3-1
Old Dominion deducted two team points during 174-pound bout