Ohio University’s Nick Vestal (149 lbs.) wrestles Joey Amenta during a meet against Gardner-Webb at the Convocation Center on February 4, 2018. (Michael Johnson/WOUB)

Ohio Wrestling: Ohio picks up important win against Appalachian State

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Coming off a decent performance at the Navy Classic, the Ohio wrestling team got their first dual meet win this season on Friday. The Bobcats defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers 25-16.

The Bobcats started off weak with Appalachian State’s Cary Miller getting the pin against Devin King at heavyweight. However, Ohio came back in the next three weights. 125-pounder Shakur Laney pulled off a major decision against Andy Richard. Both Mario Guillen (133) and Kyran Hagan (141) pinned their opponents.

It went back-and-forth between the teams the next couple of matches. Kyran’s brother, Alec Hagan, was unable to win his match for Ohio at 149 pounds. Appalachian State’s Jonathan Miller defeated Hagan 7-4. Ohio’s 157-pounder, Zac Carson, then beat Angel Najar 13-9. However, the Mountaineers bounced back at 165 pounds. With a stall point and a late third-period takedown, Appalachian State’s Michael Elliot defeated freshman Colt Yinger. Ohio’s Joe Terry followed with a close 8-7 win against Thomas Flitz at 174.

The alternating ended at 184 pounds when Ohio locked up the win. Hunter Yeargan defeated Appalachian State’s Alan Clothier in Sudden Victory in Overtime. The Mountaineers did end the match with a win at 197 pounds. Randal Diabe won against Ohio’s Nathan Hall.

The Bobcats travel again for their next dual meet. Ohio will go against Iowa State Dec. 16th in Ames, Iowa. They then will compete in the Convocation Center for the first time this season on Dec. 20th against Chattanooga.