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Kelbly's pin secures Cleveland State's ninth win

The Cleveland State University wrestling team was given a late scare by host Bloomsburg, but redshirt sophomore John Kelbly came through in the final bout to help the Vikings claim a 23-13 win in Mid-American Conference dual action Friday evening inside Nelson Field House.

With CSU holding a 17-13 lead entering the final bout at heavyweight, Kelbly came through for the Vikings. After netting a takedown about two minutes into the opening period, it didn't take long for Kelbly to put his opponent on his back and clinch the win for Cleveland State.

With the win, CSU improved to 9-5 on the season. The nine wins for the Vikings are the most for the program in 13 years.

Six bouts were decided by two points or fewer Friday, with each team winning three, as late winning takedowns proved to be a theme of the night.

True freshman Logan Heil continued his fine rookie campaign by opening the dual with a win at 125 pounds. He secured the only takedown of the bout in the third period to break a tie and held on for a 3-2 win.

After CSU lost the 133-pound bout via decision, redshirt senior Evan Cheek had a field day at 141 pounds. He scored four near-fall points on three separate occasions in the first period and held a 14-0 lead after three minutes. He would polish off the technical fall in the second period to give CSU a team score lead it would not relinquish.

Bloomsburg claimed a win at 149 pounds over a visibly injured Viking.

Redshirt junior Nico O'Dor would defeat an opponent ranked more than 10 spots higher than him at 157 pounds. With the bout deadlocked, 1-1, in the closing stages, O'Dor claimed a takedown with just a second or two remaining to notch a 3-1 victory.

Redshirt freshman Riley Smucker used a first-period takedown and a third-period reversal to post a 4-2 win at 165 pounds.

Redshirt sophomore Chase Archangelo gave CSU its third win in a row with his victory at 174. He tallied a third-period takedown to break a 2-2 tie and held on for the 4-2 victory.

Cleveland State had 3-2 leads in the final seconds at both 184 and 197 pounds, but Bloomsburg notched takedowns in the final moments in both bouts to stay alive. In the 184-pound bout, true freshman DeAndre Nassar nearly pulled off the upset of Bloomsburg's Trevor Allard, the top-ranked wrestler in the MAC at his weight class.

The home team entered the final bout with momentum and looking to pull off the upset, but Kelbly ensured the Vikings would leave town winners. After he notched a win in the final bout to guarantee a CSU victory in the Vikings' first MAC dual of the season, he pulled off the feat again in the final MAC match.

Cheek posted his team-leading 32nd win Friday while tallying his 18th of the bonus-point variety. Kelbly posted his fifth pin of the season.

With its road slate complete, Cleveland State will return home this Sunday, Feb. 16, as it welcomes Michigan State in its regular-season finale.

QUICK HITS
  • Cleveland State survived a late scare to top Bloomsburg, 23-13
  • John Kelbly secured the win with a pin in the final bout at heavyweight
    It was Kelbly's fifth pin of the season
  • Evan Cheek posted his team-leading 32nd win with a technical fall
  • Nico O'Dor posted an upset with a late takedown at 157 pounds
  • Chase Archangelo, Logan Heil and Riley Smucker also added wins for CSU
  • DeAndre Nassar nearly upset the top wrestler in the MAC at 184 pounds
  • Cleveland State's nine wins are its highest total in over a decade

    Results:
    125: Logan Heil (CSU) over Christian Gannone (BU) - 3-2 dec. | CSU leads, 3-0
    133: Josh Mason (BU) over Justin Patrick (CSU) - 8-2 dec. | Tied, 3-3
    141: Evan Cheek (CSU) over Shawn Orem (BU) - 16-0 TF 4:19 | CSU leads, 8-3
    149: Aaron Coleman (BU) over Gus Sutton (CSU) - 12-1 MD | CSU leads, 8-7
    157: Nico O'Dor (CSU) over Alex Carida (BU) - 3-1 dec. | CSU leads, 11-7
    165: Riley Smucker (CSU) over Nate Newberry (BU) - 4-2 dec. | CSU leads, 14-7
    174: Chase Archangelo (CSU) over Anthony Vetrano (BU) - 4-2 dec. | CSU leads, 17-7
    184: Trevor Allard (BU) over DeAndre Nassar (CSU) - 4-3 dec. | CSU leads, 17-10
    197: Kyle Murphy (BU) over Ben Smith (CSU) - 4-3 dec. | CSU leads, 17-13
    285: John Kelbly (CSU) over Michael Porreca (BU) - Fall 2:13 | CSU wins, 23-13
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