ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (7-8, 4-4 MAC) edged Utah Valley (2-11) this evening at the Convocation Center, 18-17.
"For the first part, I think we competed pretty hard," said 23rd-year head coach Joel Greenlee. "It was a good win for us. Our goal was to try to get three wins this weekend and end the season on a high note."
The Bobcats overcame a 7-0 deficit after the Wolverines picked up a win by decision at 125 pounds and a major decision victory at 133.
Redshirt senior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) got Ohio on the board with a 16-1 win by technical fall over redshirt freshman Kainalu Estrella in 4:54 at 141. Laney has now picked up wins in seven of Ohio's last eight duals, including six in a row.
"I think any time you're on a roll like that, you get more confident and more confident and more confident," said Greenlee of Laney's recent run. "I think right now he's wrestling the best that he's ever wrestled."
Laney's win sparked a run of four-straight triumphs for the Bobcats. Redshirt sophomore Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) logged an 8-2 win by decision at 149 over freshman Cameron Hunsaker, putting Ohio in front, 8-7. The Bobcats extended their lead to 12-7 thanks to a 13-5 major decision win for redshirt senior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) over redshirt sophomore Jed Loveless at 157, then redshirt junior Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) made it an eight-point advantage for Ohio with a 7-4 win by decision over redshirt junior Koy Wilkinson at 165.
Utah Valley trimmed Ohio's lead to five with a win by decision at 174, but senior Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) provided what proved to be the winning points for the Bobcats at 184 with a 6-3 win by decision over redshirt sophomore Ashton Seely.
Redshirt senior Tanner Orndorff picked up a 5-4 win by decision at 197, and redshirt sophomore Tate Orndorff followed with an 11-1 major decision win at 285 to allow the Wolverines to close the dual with victories in back-to-back bouts, but the Bobcats were still one point better in the end.
Ohio wraps up the 2019-20 regular season on Sunday (Feb. 22) as the Bobcats take on Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo (8-10, 3-6 MAC) at noon ET, then square off with Gardner-Webb (5-7) later in the afternoon. In between Ohio's two duals, Buffalo and Gardner-Webb will face off. All three duals involving Ohio will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Ohio will honor its alumni prior to Sunday's dual against Buffalo, then celebrate its six-member 2020 senior class prior to the dual against Gardner-Webb, with Carson, Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio), Laney, Ben Schneider (Orland Park, Ill.), Terry and Yeargan set to be honored.
125: Will Edelblute (Utah Valley) def. Trevor Giallombardo (Ohio), 6-0 dec. (0-3)
133: Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) def. Giovanni DiSabato (Ohio), 10-1 maj. dec. (0-7)
141: Shakur Laney (Ohio) def. Kainalu Estrella (Utah Valley), 16-1 tech. fall, 4:54 (5-7)
149: Alec Hagan (Ohio) def. Cameron Hunsaker (Utah Valley), 8-2 dec. (8-7)
157: Zac Carson (Ohio) def. Jed Loveless (Utah Valley), 13-5 maj. dec. (12-7)
165: Joe Terry (Ohio) def. Koy Wilkinson (Utah Valley), 7-4 dec. (15-7)
174: Kimball Bastian (Utah Valley) def. Logan Stanley (Ohio), 8-2 dec. (15-10)
184: Hunter Yeargan (Ohio) def. Ashton Seely (Utah Valley), 6-3 dec. (18-10)
197: Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley) def. Jake Walker (Ohio), 5-4 dec. (18-13)
285: Tate Orndorff (Utah Valley) def. Jordan Earnest (Ohio), 11-1 maj. dec. (18-17)