Wrestling: Ohio Extends Win Streak To Seven

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Ohio grabbed its sixth and seventh straight win Sunday, as it dominated its final dual meets of the season against the Cleveland State Vikings, 37-6, and the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, 40-6.

Harrison Hightower (165 lbs.) and Cody Walters (174 lbs.) had big days for the Bobcats, as each had two pins. They combined to account for four of the team’s seven pins.

The Bobcats first meet of the day was at 1 p.m. against the Vikings, and the ‘Cats got off to a strong start with a first period pin by No. 17 Walters.

Following Walters’ victory that put the Green and White up 6-0, wins from Michael Duckworth, Phil Wellington, No. 15 Jeremy Johnson, KeVon Powell and Joe Munos got Ohio off to a big 22-0 lead.

Cleveland State got its first points of the day, when Nick Flannery (141 lbs.) earned a pin over true freshman Kagan Squire. Unfortunately for the Vikings, those would be their only points of the day.

Andrew Romanchik (149 lbs.) got the Bobcats back in the win column with a 2-0 decision.

With the score at 25-6, No. 26 Spartak Chino (157 lbs.) earned a pin with 35 seconds into his match that put the Bobcats up, 31-6.

Hightower then closed the meet and by picking up a pin over Mike Mencini in the final match.

Ohio took on Gardner-Webb at 3 p.m., and it started much like the first, with a Walters pin.

The pin was Walters’ sixth of the season, and improved his record to 32-2.

Following Walters, Duckworth (184 lbs.) and Wellington (197 lbs.) earned consecutive major decisions and the ‘Cats went up 14-0.

Then in a battle of ranked heavyweights, Johnson took on No. 32 Travis Porter. Johnson got the best of Porter and earned a 20-5 technical fall victory.

A victory by decision for Powell and pins earned by Munos and Squire put Ohio up 34-0.

Two victories by brothers Alex and Ryan Medved put the Bulldogs on the board for the first time. Ryan defeated Romanchik in a 6-2 decision and Alex got the win over Chino.

After surrendering two straight scores to Gardner-Webb, Hightower again closed the meet with a first period pin, just like he did versus the Vikings.

Hightower’s pin was his 12th of the season, and his fifth consecutive first period pin.

The two victories today give Ohio its longest win streak in school history.

The Bobcats eyes will now be set on the Mid-American Conference Championships that will take place in Buffalo, NY, on March 10.