Wrestling: Ohio places eighth in Reno

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Ohio wrestling will be off for the next two next weeks after placing eighth out of 20 teams in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

The Green and White’s strongest finish in the tournament came in the 174-pound class with Nick Purdue placing second for the Bobcats.  Ohio’s second highest finisher was Jeremy Johnson who finished fifth in the heavyweight division. Johnson’s loss to Oregon State’s Clayton Jack snapped a 12-match winning streak for the big guy. Senior Darrin Boing also performed well for the 'Cats winning three out of his four matches in the 141-pound class.

The Bobcats as a team conjured 48.0 points finishing just 4.5 points behind West Virginia University, which took home the seventh spot. Oklahoma State demolished the competition on Sunday and was the winner of the tournament. The Cowboys had four first-place finishers and had a team score of 166 points. They finished way ahead of Wyoming who finished in second with 115.5 points.

The next time Ohio will be in action will be New Year’s Day in the Southern Scuffle. The Southern Scuffle is a two-day event and will be in Chattanooga, Ten. Ohio will return to dual match play after the Southern Scuffle when they meet Northern Illinois on January 13.