Arsen Ashughyan, right, at the WVU Mountaineer Quad on November 6, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va. He would go on to win all three of his matches against Pittsburgh, Campbell, and WVU. (Robert McGraw/WOUB)

Bobcats Own Grudge Match at Kent State

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The Ohio wrestling team is bringing the Grudge Match trophy back to Athens. The Bobcats beat Kent State 43-2 Sunday after losing to their rival last year at home. From beginning to end, Ohio kept adding on the bonus points.

Ohio dominated from the top and locked in the win after six matches. In the first four matches, the Bobcats racked up bonus points with pins from both 197-pounder Bailey Faust and 125-pounder Shakur Laney, heavyweight Zack Parker’s major decision, and Kent State’s forfeit at 133 pounds against Cameron Kelly. Noah Forrider followed up with a 6-0 win at 141, and Kade Kowalski squeezed out a 3-2 win with a riding point at the 149 bout.

Cullen Cummings (157) was the only loss for the Bobcats. Cummings lost a close 3-2 match to ranked Casey Sparkman.

In a surprising ending of the 174 match, Arsen Ashughyan won the bout when his opponent was disqualified. With only two seconds left in the match, Kent State’s Jairod James punched Ashughyan in the face. James was winning 6-4, so this turned what would’ve been three points for Kent State to six points for Ohio.

Dontae McGee closed out the win for the Bobcats at 184 with an additional pin.

The Bobcats will return home on Friday in a match against Northern Iowa.