ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (3-3, 1-1 MAC) earned its first Mid-American Conference victory of the 2018-19 season as it toppled Kent State (6-11, 1-3 MAC), 24-12, in the annual grudge match between the two rivals this evening at the Convocation Center.
"It's bragging rights for the year," said 22nd year head coach Joel Greenlee of Ohio's win over Kent State. "It's no secret that they don't like us and we don't like them. Bottom line is for the next year, they have to hear it."
The matchup began at 197 pounds, and sophomore Aaron Naples (Brunswick, Ohio) tallied a takedown in the first period en route to a 3-0 win by decision over junior Shane Mast. The Golden Flashes grabbed a 6-3 lead, though, when redshirt freshman Spencer Berthold came away with a fall in 1:37 at 285.
The Bobcats made sure Kent State's lead was short lived, however, coming away with victories in the ensuing six bouts.
Redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) got Ohio's run started with a 10-4 win by decision at 125 over sophomore Jake Ferri that tied the team score at six-all. Laney posted a pair of takedowns in the first period, an escape in the second and two more takedowns in the third.
Redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) and senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) then swung momentum in favor of Ohio with a pair of convincing victories at 133 and 141, respectively.
Guillen jumped out to a 7-0 advantage with an escape, a takedown and a near fall, then sealed the deal with a third-period takedown. Riding time gave him a 10-1 major decision triumph over junior Tim Rooney.
"Last year, I lost that match to that same guy, so I've been looking forward to this dual," said Guillen of facing Rooney. "It felt good to get that win."
Kelly was dominant in an 18-3 win by technical fall over sophomore Cory Simpson, piling up six takedowns and earning four more points with a first-period near fall.
Redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) and redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) made it a 21-6 lead for the Bobcats with back-to-back wins by decision at 149 and 157, respectively. A third-period takedown gave Hagan a 4-3 edge over redshirt freshman Kody Komara. Carson then earned an 11-4 win over sophomore Richard Jackson thanks to four takedowns, two escapes and riding time.
Freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) then sealed the win for Ohio with a 3-1 overtime victory at 165 over fifth-year Isaac Bast. With the score deadlocked at one after three periods, Yinger produced a takedown to up the Bobcats' point total to 24.
Ohio will be back in action again on Sunday (Jan. 20) as it makes the drive south to Charlottesville, Va., to take on Virginia in a 1 p.m. ET matchup at Memorial Gymnasium. Sunday's matchup between the Bobcats and the Cavaliers will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.
197: Aaron Naples (Ohio) def. Shane Mast (Kent State), 3-0 dec (3-0)
285: Spencer Berthhold (Kent State) def. Zack Parker (Ohio), fall, 1:37 (3-6)
125: Shakur Laney (Ohio) def. Jake Ferri (Kent State), 10-4 dec (6-6)
133: Mario Guillen (Ohio) def. Tim Rooney (Kent State), 10-1 maj. dec. (10-6)
141: Cameron Kelly (Ohio) def. Cory Simpson (Kent State), 18-3 tech. (15-6)
149: Alec Hagan (Ohio) def. Kody Komara (Kent State), 4-3 dec. (18-6)
157: Zac Carson (Ohio) def. Richard Jackson (Kent State), 11-4 dec. (21-6)
165: Colt Yinger (Ohio) def. Isaac Bast (Kent State), 3-1 (SV-1) (24-6)
174: Dylan Barreiro (Kent State) def. Arsen Ashuygan (Ohio), 2-1 dec. (24-9)
184: Andrew McNally (Kent State) def. Hunter Yeargan (Ohio), 3-2 dec. (24-12)