Ohio Week 2 Report
by, 11-11-2010 at 06:14 AM (563 Views)
'Twas an opening weekend of mixed results for Ohio's Division I wrestlers. By and large, the youth did great. Only one or two did not meet or exceed my expectations (which is the only true judge of success or failure).
In Blacksburg, Virginia:
Kent State split in their dual meets, pounding Chattanooga 24-12 and losing to a young Iowa State team in a 23-19 upset. Nic Bedelyon posted a pair of beatings over Chattanooga's Prescott Garner (a 15-5 major decision) and Iowa State's Patrick Hunter (by pin). Also going 2-0 on the day was Dustin Kilgore, who picked up a pair of very one-sided major decisions off the strength of about a dozen takedowns. Saturday evening's mat was the stage of two position battles for the Flashes; Mallie Shuster and Matt Cathell each started a match at 157, while Brandonn Johnson and Chris Estep each stated his case for the 174 spot. Shuster and Estep both lost their matches (Estep's came at the cruel hands of two-time All-American Jon Reader). Johnson majored Chattanooga's Levi Clemons, and Cathell capped off an exciting bout with a pin over respectable freshman Trent Weatherman.
The next day at the Hokie Open, the field was littered with young Ohio talent and seasoned veterans as well. (AUTHOR'S NOTE: There were a lot of Ohio wrestlers at the Hokie Open, so this section is pretty long. If you're just looking for the brightest of highlights, you might want to skim or skip this part.)
At 125 pounds, Ty Mitch made a big splash by going 4-1 and majoring his opponent in the consolation finals. His only loss came to Jarrod Garnett, his junior teammate who has contended for All-America honors since he was a true freshman two years ago. Also impressive was Kent State's Steve Mitcheff, who won six matches en route to his 6th place finish. His best win came over Chattanooga's Prescott Garner, who, in four other matches, won two by technical fall and one by pin.