Late heroics lift Kent State past Cleveland State

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A wild night at Woodling Gym ended with a pin by Spencer Berthold to give Kent State a 23-20 road victory over Cleveland State. The redshirt freshman heavyweight helped the Golden Flashes overcome a 20-9 deficit heading into the final three matches.

The host Vikings recorded three pins of their own, while winning four consecutive matches from 149 to 174.

The Flashes run of three straight wins to end the night began with a 25-10 technical fall victory from sophomore Andrew McNally (184). Although McNally dominated the first and third periods against Chris Morrow, a second period slip-up nearly cost him the match. Morrow's six-point move had a feisty McNally vigorously work his way off his back. Scoring takedowns at will in the third, McNally extended his winning streak to nine matches.

"We put a little too much on Andrew to score points and he got a little too aggressive," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said of the second period. "But he pushed through it."

Junior 197-pounder Shane Mast kept Kent State's hopes alive with a 6-5 decision over Ben Smith. Mast scored takedowns in the first and third periods.

"Shane did what he needed to do to win," Andrassy said of the back-and-forth match.

With Cleveland State still leading by three (20-17) Berthold quickly connected on an opening takedown and rolled underneath Collin Kelly to tighten up his patented cradle. It was Berthold's eighth pin of the year.

"Spencer won us the dual," Andrassy said. "He's gotten a lot better as the year has gone on. He put us in a position to win with a big pin at Ohio and came through for us again tonight."

Sophomore Jake Ferri got the Flashes on the board first at 125, with a 5-3 decision over Cameron Lathem. Ferri snagged a single leg takedown in the second and spun behind Lathem for another takedown in the third.

Junior Tim Rooney (133) continued with the theme of second and third period takedowns. He also locked up riding time in a 6-2 decision over Armando Torres.

Sophomore Cory Simpson (141) trailed 6-5 heading into his third period, before his quick escape set up a well-timed double leg takedown that made the difference in his 9-6 victory over Sam Matzek.

"It was big to see all three of them get back to winning," Andrassy said of Ferri, Rooney and Simpson, who each had a tough January on the mat.

Kent State has won 12 consecutive duals in their long-running series against the Vikings.

The Golden Flashes return to the M.A.C. Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, hosting Central Michigan alongside Kent State's gymnastics team for Beauty & The Beast.

125 lbs | Jake Ferri (KSU) def. Cameron Lathem (CSU) | Dec. 5-3
133 lbs | Tim Rooney (KSU) def. Armando Torres (CSU) | Dec. 6-2
141 lbs | Cory Simpson (KSU) def. Sam Matzek (CSU) |Dec. 9-6
149 lbs | Brady Barnett (CSU) def. Kody Komara (KSU) | Pin 2:16
157 lbs | Nico O'Dor (CSU) def. Joe Andrassy (KSU) | Pin, 6:43
165 lbs | Ryan Ford (CSU) def. Isaac Bast (KSU) | Dec. 6-5
174 lbs | Colton Carroll (CSU) def. Kade Byland (KSU) | Pin 1:50
184 lbs | Andrew McNally (KSU) def. Chris Morrow (CSU) | TF, 25-10
197 lbs | Shane Mast (KSU) def. Ben Smith (CSU)| Dec. 6-5
285 lbs | Spencer Berthold (KSU) def. Collin Kelly (CSU) | Pin 1:41
1 team point deducted from CSU for unsportsmanlike conduct after 149-pound bout


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