Wrestlers square off during a meet against Gardner-Webb at the Convocation Center on January 4, 2018. OU defeated Gardner-Webb 28-10. (Michael Johnson/WOUB)

Ohio Wrestling Has Strong Performance at Southern Scuffle

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The Ohio Wrestling team showed a lot of potential for the second half of the season during the Southern Scuffle tournament. The team ended  in 8th  place with a field of 30+ teams in Chattanooga, TN. Two Ohio wrestlers placed 4th, Zac Carson and Cameron Kelly.

Zac Carson surprised many with his path to the 157 pound semi-finals. He upset the 2-seed, Paul Fox from Stanford 7-5. He then lost in the semis to Penn State’s Bo Pipher. However, it was not from a lack of effort. Carson initiated and continued the action through scrambles. He was only pinned after multiple scrambles in the match.

He bounced back from the loss to win a close consolation final against Oklahoma State’s Jonce Blaylock. He then continued his offensive approach in the 3rd place match. It was not enough though, losing 12-10 to Stanford’s Dom Mandarino.

Senior Cameron Kelly had a strong showing at 141 pounds for his first performance this season. He lost to Pittsburgh freshman Cole Matthews the first day, where he was dominating until the final seconds. He bounced back all the way to the 3rd and 4th place match with five wins, including a pin against Lock Haven’s Kyle Shoop. However, he lost 3-2 to Navy’s Nick Gil to get 4thplace.

Four other Bobcats were only one match away from placing in the top eight. 125-pounder Shakur Laney medically forfeited for his first match on the second day. Nick Vestal (157), Colt Yinger (165), and Hunter Yeargan (4-0) also lost in the Blood Round.

The Bobcats return to the Convocation Center January 11th. Ohio will take on Missouri at 7:00 p.m. in a MAC matchup.


Shakur Laney, 125

won 12-5 against Arien Leigh (Duke)

lost 4-3 to Brody Teske (Penn State)

won 11-3 against Harrison Campbell (Duke)

won 8-3 against Jacob Allen (Navy)

medical forfeited to Alonzo Allen (Chattanooga)


Trevor Giallambardo, 125

Lost 8-6 to Gabriel Townsell (Stanford)

Won 12-11 against Joe Manchio (Columbia)

Lost 14-4 to Jacob Allen (Navy)


Cameron Kelly, 141- 4thplace

Pinned Josh Scott (Campbell)

Got pinned by Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh)

Won 8-2 against Travis Layton (Rider)

Won 12-5 against Angelo Martinoni (CSU-Bakersfield)

Received a medical forfeit from Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State)

Won 3-2 against Dj Fehlman (Lock Haven)

Pinned Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven)

Lost 3-2 to Nick Gil (Navy)


Alec Hagan, 149

Won 11-8 against Zach Shareef (Chattanooga)

Lost 12-3  to Brady Berge (Penn State)

Won 16-1 against Selwyn Porter (Citadel)

Lost 3-1 in SV against Tejon Anthony (George Mason)


Kade Kowalski, 149

Was pinned by Kaden Gfeller (OK St)

Lost 3-2 to Collin Glorioso (Lock Haven)


Nick Vestal, 157

Lost 8-4 to Wyatt Gerl (CSU-Bakersfield)

Won 8-3 to Tim Suter (Edinboro)

Won 5-4 against Scout Skidgel (Navy)

Won 4-0 against Jordan Robison (Northern Colorado)

Won 9-2 against Evan Schenk (Gardner Webb)

Lost 11-3 to Ben Anderson (Duke)


Zac Carson, 157- 4thplace

Pinned Felix Belga (Drexel)

Won 9-3 against Alex Rivera (Campbell)

Won 8-3 to Tim Suter (Edinboro)

Won 3-2 against Alexander Mossing (Air Force)

Won 7-5 in SV against Paul Fox (Stanford)

Got pinned by Bo Pipher (Penn State)

Won 3-2 against Jonce Blaylock (Oklahoma State)

Lost 12-10 to Dom Mandarino (Stanford)


Colt Yinger, 165

Won 11-5 against Cameron Pine (Campbell)

Got pinned by Chandler Rogers (OK St)

Pinned Macoy Flanagan (Northern Colorado)

Won 10-2 against Dazjon Casto (Citadel)

Was pinned by Shane Griffith (Stanford)


Arsen Ashughyan, 174

Won 9-4 against Kyle Kretzer (Citadel)

Lost to 7-2 Trent Hidlay (NC State)

Lost 12-10 to Foster Karmon (Stanford)


Joe Terry, 174

Lost 10-0 to Jacob Oliver (Edinboro)

Lost 5-4 to Barrett Blakely (App St)


Logan Stanley, 174

Lost by technical fall, 17-2, to Mark Hall (Penn St)

12-0 to Christian Bahl (Oklahoma St)


Hunter Yeargan, 184

Won 5-4 against Brian Bonino (Columbia)

Won 10-2 against Dominic Lampe (Chattanooga)

Lost 11-0 to Shakur Rasheed (Penn St)

Lost 4-0 to Alan Clothier (Appalachian State)


Jake Walker, 184

Lost 9-4 to Alan Clothier (App St)

Pinned Lance Armenta (North Carolina)

Lost 11-0 to Dalton Robertson (Northern Colorado)


Aaron Naples, 197

Lost 6-4 to Paul Carson (App St)

Lost 10-1 to Ethan Laird (Rider)


Nate Hall, 197

Lost 16-0 to Nathan Traxler (Stanford)

Lost 18-4 to Kaden Sauer (Iowa State)


Jordan Earnest, 285

Lost 18-4 to Anthony Cassar (Penn State)

Pinned Gabriel Pickett (Gardner Webb)

Lost 6-1 to David Showunmi (Stanford)