Jake Walker had to defeat Rodney Jones in order to keep Ohio in a good spot in its dual against Chattanooga.
Ohio was down just four points in the dual, and a loss for Walker meant the Mocs had a guaranteed victory. Walker winning could have kept the Bobcats in striking distance, potentially giving them a lead.
It all came down to an overtime period between Walker and Jones. The redshirt junior kept it close, but Jones came away with an 8-6 victory on a takedown, and Ohio lost the dual 19-15.
Despite the sour end, the Bobcats had their positive and negative moments throughout Sunday’s dual. Zac Carson had the best performance of the day for the Bobcats when he defeated Tyler Shilson by a technical fall and put Ohio within one point from tying the dual at 10.
No. 19 Mario Guillen and No. 23 Alec Hagan had disappointing performances as they lost to unranked opponents. The only ranked Bobcat to come away with a victory was No. 18 Shakur Laney.
Wasted opportunities were the difference-makers for the Bobcats. If just one lost match went differently, Ohio could be sitting with .500 record instead of a losing one. Instead, the Bobcats settled with a few impressive performances from some of their wrestlers.