KENT, Ohio -- For the second year in a row, the Ohio wrestling team (3-5, 1-2 MAC) can claim Grudge Match bragging rights after earning a 26-17 triumph over archrival Kent State (5-8, 1-3 MAC) tonight at the M.A.C. Center. The Bobcats picked up their first Mid-American Conference win of the 2019-20 season courtesy of the victory over the Golden Flashes.
The Bobcats set the tone for the night by coming away with wins in six of the first eight weight classes, including in each of the first four bouts.
No. 17-ranked redshirt senior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) opened the evening with a 16-5 major decision win over junior Cory Simpson at 141 pounds. After No. 20-ranked Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) posted a 6-0 win by decision over sophomore Kody Komara at 149, redshirt senior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) logged a 10-1 major decision win over redshirt freshman Conan Becker at 157. Redshirt junior Nick Vestal (Wilmington, Ohio) then put Ohio ahead 17-0 when he pinned junior Kade Byland in 4:49 at 165.
Junior Andrew McNally got Kent State on the scoreboard with a 6-2 win by decision at 174, but senior Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) put Ohio back up by 17 points by picking up a 3-1 win by decision over junior Lane Hinkle at 184.
The Bobcats and the Golden Flashes then traded pins. Sophomore Colin McCracken won by fall in 2:36 at 197, but redshirt freshman Jordan Earnest (Wadsworth, Ohio) answered for Ohio at 285 by pinning sophomore Spencer Berthold in 3:46.
Kent State came away with wins in the final two bouts of the night as junior Tomas Gutierrez won by an 8-1 decision at 125 and No. 18-ranked redshirt senior Tim Rooney won by a 16-1 technical fall in 2:07 at 133, but it wasn't enough to overcome the big lead the Bobcats had built.
Ohio will look for its second conference win in as many days as its northeast Ohio road trip continues with a visit to Cleveland State (6-1, 2-1 MAC) on Saturday (Jan. 18) at 1 p.m. ET at Woodling Gymnasium.
141: No. 17 Shakur Laney (Ohio) def. Cory Simpson (Kent State), 16-5 maj. dec. (4-0)
149: No. 20 Alec Hagan (Ohio) def. Kody Komara (Kent State), 6-0 dec. (7-0)
157: Zac Carson (Ohio) def. Conan Becker (Kent State), 10-1 maj. dec. (11-0)
165: Nick Vestal (Ohio) def. Kade Byland (Kent State), fall, 4:49 (17-0)
174: Andrew McNally (Kent State) def. Logan Stanley (Ohio), 6-2 dec. (17-3)
184: Hunter Yeargan (Ohio) def. Lane Hinkle (Kent State), 3-1 dec. (20-3)
197: Colin McCracken (Kent State) def. Jake Walker (Ohio), fall, 2:36 (20-9)
285: Jordan Earnest (Ohio) def. Spencer Berthhold (Kent State), fall, 3:46 (26-9)
125: Tomas Guitierrez (Kent State) def. Giovanni DiSabato (Ohio), 8-1 dec. (26-12)
133: No. 18 Tim Rooney (Kent State) def. Trevor Giallombardo (Ohio), 16-1 tech. fall, 2:07 (26-17)