Ohio’s day two at the Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships did not have a lack of excitement. Although the ending was not the results its wrestlers strived for, Ohio had a lot to celebrate Saturday night.
Standout freshman Sal Perrine was the lone Ohio wrestler to compete for first place in his weight class, 174-pound respectively. He gave it his all against Mason Kauffman of Northern Illinois but ultimately lost a 7-5 decision. However, Perrine still took second in his weight class.
Gio DiSabato climbed the ladder easily in the conference semifinals. DiSabato jumped out to a 4-1 lead against SIU Edwardsville’s Aaron Schulist and took a commanding 10-2 lead through two periods. He held strong and snuffed out a comeback attempt to win 10-6 and a spot in the finals.
However, DiSabato’s last match of the day in the 133-pound class ended in a 4-3 loss to Lock Haven’s Gable Strickland. A late escape was almost enough to tie it up, but DiSabato ended up fourth place.
Jordan Slivka took on Michael Petite of Buffalo for third in the 157-pound weight class. Petite had a takedown in the second period to go up 4-2, but Slivka escaped soon after to grab a third point. Slivka ran out of time though, and ended up losing on a 4-3 decision — also placing fourth.
Oscar Sanchez took on Buffalo’s Tristan Daugherty for fifth place in the 125-pound weight class. The two went tit for tat through the regular bout, but it was not enough. The two extended to an astounding three overtime periods. By the end of the overtime, Sanchez was outmatched and lost 4-3.
Sanchez then had to face a few matches in consolation. In consolation round three, Sanchez got an early jump and never looked back. Sanchez slammed the door to win by 11-4 decision.
He followed up in the consolation semis and took Kent State’s Jake Ferri to the limit in a high-energy match but ultimately fell 3-2. Sanchez took sixth place in his weight class.
Alec Hagan met up with Caleb Tyus of SIU Edwardsville in a match for seventh place in the 149-pound class. A takedown in the second period was enough to give Hagan a 4-3 lead to take the seventh place crown.
In the 197-pound seventh place match, Carson Brewer lost to Ryan Yarnell of SIU Edwardsville. Brewer finished in eighth place as part of a medical forfeit.