Updated Sun, Dec 22, 2013 10:40 pm
Led by Jeremy Johnson and Phil Wellington, Ohio Wrestling took fourth place at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday. The Bobcats’ heavyweight and 197-pounder each claimed first place in their respective weight classes to pace the Green and White to 83.0 points.
Johnson was especially dominant on his way to the heavyweight title at Reno. In his first four matches he recorded three major decisions and a pin. He won the championship bout by a 5-3 decision over Amar Dhesi of Oregon State.
Wellington picked up four wins, including a major decision and a pin, before he defeated Oklahoma State’s Austin Schafer by a 9-1 decision to take the 197-pound title.
With their titles both wrestlers earned their 17th victory to lead the team in wins.
Also placing for the Bobcats was true freshman Noah Forrider, 141, who went 5-2 on his way to a fifth place finish. He defeated Cameron Neiss of Montana State North, 4-3, in his final match. The finish pushed the freshman’s record to 16-8.
Forrider recorded a pin for the Bobcats, as did Tywan Claxton, 149, and Harrison Hightower, 165. Two of Hightower’s three wins came by pin. The 165-pounder’s record now stands at 16-5 on the season.
Claxton started out 3-0 but his day ended on a disappointing note. After winning his first three matches he had to default out of competition with a concussion.
Sparty Chino, 157, also had a solid showing that ended in injury. After dropping his first match, Chino went on to win four straight contests until a knee injury knocked him out of contention.
Though he did not place Kagan Squire, 133, also wrestled well for the Bobcats and posted a 4-2 record on the day.
The Ohio grapplers will be back in action on Jan. 1 when they participate in the Southern Scuffle, a two-day event, in Chattanooga, Tenn.