Ohio Wrestling Claims Third Place Finish At Navy Classic

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The Ohio Bobcats sent 14 wrestlers to Annapolis, Md., this weekend to compete in the Navy Classic, and as a team finished third out of the 13 teams that were represented. 

The Bobcats totaled 105.5 points, an improvement over their sixth place finish in last year’s Navy Classic. The Green and White had two first place finishers and five more finishers in the top-five.

Taking home the big prizes were Tywan Claxton and Cody Walters, who both won their respective weight classes.

Claxton secured the first-place title at 149 with a decisive 12-4 win over Chatanooga’s Shawn Greevy. Claxton’s 2014-15 is off to a great start with a 12-0 record.

Walters prevailed over Caleb Marsh of Kent State thanks to a last second takedown to claim the 174 title.

Harrison Hightower made it to the finals at 165 but came up short, losing 8-0 to finish second.  Hightower’s march to the finals was aided in the second round when his opponent was disqualified for biting.

Phil Wellington took third place at 197 by beating Sergio Suglio from Kent State.

Noah Forrider, the sophomore at 141, got fourth place, losing 1-0 in the third-place match to Mike Pongracz of Chattanooga. 

Junior KeVon Powell took home fifth place in the 125 division, beating Edilberto Vinas from Kent State.

Redshirt junior Andrew Romanchik beat West Virginia’s George Scheffel 7-2 to place fifth in the 157 division and round out the ‘Cats top performances.

In addition to Powell, Ohio wrestled two more in the 125 division. Sebastian Arroyo went 2-2 on the day, and Zachary Hassan went 1-2.

Joel Shump wrestled in the 133 division and the redshirt freshman went 2-2. 

Redshirt freshman Cullen Cummings also wrestled for Ohio at 149, going 1-2.

Antonio Reynolds was the ‘Cats’ lone wrestler in the 184 class and the redshirt freshman went 1-2.

Both heavyweights Jesse Webb and Zack Parker wrestled for the Bobcats.  Webb went 0-2 while Parker went 2-2.

The Bobcats will be back in action Dec. 5, when they take on Appalachian State in Boone, N.C.