Ohio had a chance to even out its record at SIU-Edwardsville after a disappointing start to its season. When the Bobcats led 15-9 with just two matches left on the day, they only needed one more wrestler to win in order to clinch a victory. Hunter Yeargan did even more than what was needed of him when he pinned Jake McKiernan to give Ohio a 21-9 lead.
The Bobcats (5-5 overall, 3-2 Mid-American Conference) defeated the Cougars 24-9 at the Vadalabene Center on Sunday afternoon. It was Ohio’s third straight victory against a conference opponent as its long string of road duals ended on a high note.
The first four matches kept the dual very close, with Giovanni DiSabato and Shakur Laney coming away with victories while Trevor Giallombardo and Alec Hagan fell to their opponents. The dual was tied 6-6 at that point, but nearly everything went Ohio’s way after that.
Zac Carson, Joe Terry, Logan Stanley and Jordan Earnest all won via decisions, and Yeargan’s pin was the highlight of the day. Only three Bobcats lost their matches, and they were all just decisions.
Ohio has a lot to look forward to now that the rest of its events are home duals. The Bobcats have shown improvement as a team since the beginning of the season, and their opponents won’t be nearly as challenging as some of their earlier ones.
The next dual for Ohio will be when it hosts Central Michigan on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at The Convo.