Updated Sun, Dec 15, 2013 1:04 pm
Ohio Wrestling defeated Appalachian State 27-12 on Sunday in its first home meet of the season.
The Bobcats took a quick 6-0 lead with wins from Sparty Chino, 157 pounds, and Harrison Hightower, 165. Marshall Willet, 174, fell to the Mountaineers’ Colin Hedash in the third meet of the match to draw the score to 6-3, but that was the closest Appalachian State was able to get.
Ryan Garringer, 184, and Phil Wellington, 194, contributed back-to-back technical falls and Ohio pulled away, 17-3.
Wins from Jeremy Johnson, heavyweight (285), Kagen Squire, 133, and Noah Forrider, 141, sealed Ohio’s victory.
Tywan Claxton, 157, fell in a controversial sudden takedown by Dylan Cottrell to end the meet. The loss was unusual for Claxton who was on a roll after defeating Missouri’s top-ranked Drake Houdashelt last week.
Wellington’s win marked his eighth consecutive victory as he continues to have the hottest winning streak for Ohio.
The Bobcats will be back at it on Dec. 22 when they travel to Nevada for the Reno Tournament of Champions.
Ohio is now 4-1 on the season. The Bobcats will not be back in the Convocation Center until 2014 when they compete in their second Mid-American Conference match of the season against Northern Illinois.