ATHENS, Ohio -- Redshirt senior Jeremy Johnson collected his team-best 22nd win to lead the Ohio University wrestling team (5-1) to a convincing 33-9 win over Northern Illinois Friday night at the Convocation Center.
With the win, Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) earned his seventh fall on the season and improved to 15-2 in his last 17 matches.
As a team, Ohio picked up its sixth-consecutive win over Northern Illinois. The win also gave the Bobcats their 12th win in their last 13 duel competitions.
Freshmen Noah Forrider (Marysville, Ohio) gave the Bobcats' an early 3-0 lead over the Huskies following a 7-4 decision.
Junior Tywan Claxton (South Euclid, Ohio) and redshirtsophomore Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill.) continued the Bobcats' momentum through a series of long matches both of which were won by decision, raising Ohio's lead to 9-0 over NIU.
Junior Harrison Hightower (Strongsville, Ohio) earned his third-straight win with a fall (2:25) over Shaun'Que McMurtry. Hightower's win was his 21st on the season. The fall increased the Bobcats' lead to double digits, leading NIU 15-0.
Sophomore Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) put three more points on the board in his first match since November, with a 3-1 decision over Matt Mougin.
Northern Illinois fired back in the next two bouts, with Caleb Busson recording a 2:29 fall over redshirt senior Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.). NIU's Shawn Scott followed with a 6-4 victory over Beau Wenger.
Back-to-back Bobcat wins by KeVon Powell and Kagan Squire (fall, 1:37) closed out the match and solidified an Ohio win.
The Bobcats return to the mat in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., as they take on Central Michigan. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.
141- Noah Forrider (17-10) 7, Tyler Argue (10-9) 4, dec. - Ohio 3, NIU 0
149- No. 19 Tywan Claxton (15-4) 3, Rob Jilard (3-3) 1, dec. - Ohio 6, NIU 0
157- Spartak Chino (11-5) 4, Andrew Morse (17-10) 1, dec. - Ohio 9, NIU 0
165- Harrison Hightower (21-7) fall (2:25), Shaun'Que McMurtry (5-7), - Ohio 15, NIU 0
174- No. 7 Cody Walters (2-0) 3, Matt Mougin (7-9) 1, - Ohio 18, NIU 0
184- Caleb Busson (7-12) fall (2:29), Ryan Garringer (4-6), - Ohio 18, NIU 6
197- Shawn Scott (14-8) 6, Beau Wenger (1-4) 4, Ohio 18, NIU 9
HWT- No. 11 Jeremy Johnson (22-3) fall (4:36), Jared Torrence (12-10) - Ohio 24, NIU 9
125- KeVon Powell (6-8) 7, Nick Harrison (7-5) 3, - Ohio 27, NIU 9
133- Kagen Squire (7-4) fall (1:37), Nick Smith (4-6),- Ohio 33, NIU 9