Devin King would fall to Dustin Conti with a 17-0 Technical Fall. (Robert McGraw/WOUB)

Ohio Dominated by American in Final Dual Meet

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It was a tough Sunday afternoon for the Bobcats against American. Ohio only had a single win on decision by Arsen Ashughyan in the 174 weight class. Ohio was able to compete in many matches but could not pull away with wins.

The afternoon started with the lone senior for the Bobcats, KeVon Powell, at 141 who challenged American’s Jack Mutchnik all match and forced overtime. A point was dealt to American that Ohio coach Joel Greenlee argued but the point stood and American led 3-0.

A pin at the 133 class match followed by two decisions had American up early, 15-0. In came Ashughyan who got the crowd involved again, bringing the Green and White their first score in a decision. A decision in the 184 overtime battle with Dontae McGee then a major loss by Nate Hall at 197 left the Bobcats down 22-3. A pin fall in the heavyweight battle before the 125 match put the Bobcats behind 28-3.

Shakur Laney, ranked 16th in the country at 125, was on the mat where he battled with the 10th-ranked wrestler in the country, Josh Terao. A slow first round left both wrestlers ready to go at each other in the next rounds. Both competitors clawed at each other trying to see the others’ weakness but Terao eventually won a major decision.

The final match was No. 13 Cam Kelly at 133. Kelly was in the fight until Esteban Gomez-Rivera threw Kelly to the mat and got on top of him. Kelly fought to stay up but unfortunately for the Bobcats, they witnessed their third pin of the duel that made the final score 38-3.

The Green and White took a tough loss but they will hope to bounce back quickly before they compete in the Mid-American Converence Championships starting on March 3.