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Ohio records decisive win over Bloomsburg

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (6-6, 4-3 MAC) recorded its fourth Mid-American Conference victory in its last five conference duals, taking down Bloomsburg (2-5, 0-4 MAC) in decisive fashion, 28-9, this afternoon at the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats won seven of the final nine bouts to beat the Huskies by 19 points.

Freshman Christian Gannone gave Bloomsburg a 3-0 lead with a 4-1 win by decision at 125 pounds to open the match, but the Bobcats won each of the next six weight classes to take control.

Redshirt freshman Giovanni DiSabato (Hilliard, Ohio) got things going for Ohio with a 5-0 win by decision at 133 over redshirt freshman Josh Mason.

The Bobcats then scored back-to-back victories by major decision, with redshirt senior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio), currently ranked No. 17 in his weight class by InterMat Wrestling, posting a 17-7 win over junior Shawn Orem at 141 and redshirt sophomore Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) following an 11-1 triumph at 149.

Ohio posted a pair of one-point victories in the next two bouts. Redshirt senior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) logged a 3-2 win by decision over sophomore Aaron Coleman at 157, and redshirt junior Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) followed with a 2-1 win by decision over senior Nate Newberry at 165.

"Shakur just goes out there and competes the same way at '41 that he did at '25," said 23rd-year head coach Joel Greenlee. "He's aggressive, he goes hard. After every match, he sits down and he thinks about what he has to do different to get better and makes changes, and you can see it. Alec Hagan, I think he's super consistent. He's been doing well. We'd like to see him get to his offense a little bit more, get a few more takedowns, but he's done really well. Zac Carson, I think he's Mr. Consistency. He's had a pretty tough couple of weeks. He's got a pretty good month ahead of him."

Sophomore Logan Stanley (Fredericksburg, Ohio) made it a 22-3 lead for Ohio thanks to a 22-3 win by technical fall in 6:57 over senior Anthony Vetrano at 174.

"He's getting better and better every day," said Greenlee of Stanley. "He went out there and got a takedown early and just kept his foot on the gas the whole match."

Bloomsburg scored back-to-back wins at 184 and 197, with redshirt senior Trevor Allard, ranked No. 12 in his weight class by InterMat, picking up a 4-3 win and senior Kyle Murphy earning a 3-1 win in sudden victory.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Earnest (Wadsworth, Ohio) put his stamp on the victory for Ohio by pinning redshirt sophomore Jarrett Walters in 4:51 to end the match.

"It felt great there at the end, said Earnest. "We wanted to start off strong, and, obviously, we continued that all the way through the dual and just ended on a strong note. It's a great feeling."

Earnest, who is in his first season as a regular in Ohio's starting lineup, is now 16-8 on the season with four wins coming by fall.

"I never would have thought I could have gotten this far so quickly," said Earnest. "It's just been building week upon week. One win turns into two, two wins turns into three. The setbacks become a bigger step forward. It's been great stepping in for Zach Parker, the previous heavyweight. It's been nice to be able to fill in for him and continue and a good heavyweight streak."

Ohio continues its stretch of five-straight home dates to close out the 2019-20 regular season next Sunday (Feb. 9) when it hosts MAC foe Northern Illinois at noon ET, then takes on non-conference opponent South Dakota State at 2 p.m. ET.

Results:
125: Christian Gannone (Bloomsburg) def. Derek Giallombardo, 4-1 dec. (0-3)
133: Giovanni DiSabato (Ohio) def. Josh Mason (Bloomsburg), 5-0 dec. (3-3)
141: No. 17 Shakur Laney (Ohio) def. Shawn Orem (Bloomsburg), 17-7 maj. dec. (7-3)
149: Alec Hagan (Ohio) def. Aaron Coleman (Bloomsburg), 11-1 maj. dec. (11-3)
157: Zac Carson (Ohio) def. Alex Carida (Bloomsburg), 3-2 dec. (14-3)
165: Joe Terry (Ohio) def. Nate Newberry (Bloomsburg), 2-1 dec. (17-3)
174: Logan Stanley (Ohio) def. Anthony Vetrano (Bloomsburg), 18-3 tech. fall, 6:57 (22-3)
184: No. 12 Trevor Allard (Bloomsburg) def. Hunter Yeargan (Ohio), 4-3 dec. (22-6)
197: Kyle Murphy (Bloomsburg) def. Jake Walker (Ohio), 3-1 SV-1 (22-9)
285: Jordan Earnest (Ohio) def. Jarrett Walters (Bloomsburg), fall, 4:51 (28-9)

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