Sophomore Austin Reese wrestles Clarion University junior Evan Delong on February 2, 2016. (Robert McGraw/WOUB)

Ohio Loses to Old Dominion by Narrowest of Margins

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The Ohio Bobcats fell to the Old Dominion Monarchs on criteria based on total points on Friday. The Bobcats had an early lead but the Monarchs fought back to tie the score at 18. After that, ODU used their momentum and won 68-67 over the Bobcats.

The night started with the Bobcats winning three matches early. Shakur Laney won at 125 on a major decision (11-2), Cam Kelly won on a technical fall (16-1) at 133 and Noah Forrider at 141 won by decision (14-7). Ohio was in control of the meet 12-0, until the momentum was shifted.

After these wins, the Green and White lost three in a row. At 149, Kyle Kaminski fell in a major decision, Cullen Cummings  was defeated in decision at 157 and at 165 Austin Reese put up a tough fight but ended up losing in overtime on a decision. The Monarchs fought back and brought the score within striking distance at 12-10.

At 174, Arsen Ashughyan won a decision bringing the score to 15-10, but after losing at 184 in a major decision and losing at 197 in a decision, The Bobcats were trailing 18-15 going into the heavyweight matchup. Ohio got the tie at 18-18 after Zach Parker won a decision to bring the Bobcats back in the meet.

Unfortunatelyfor Ohio, after the clawing back by the Bobcats, they lost on total points scored since each team won five matches. The Monarchs came out with the win, 68-67.

The Green and White have a quick turnaround and will head to Gardner-Webb to battle the Runnin’ Bulldogs on Sunday, Feb. 12.