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Redshirt Freshman, Peyten Kellar, grabs Kent State opponent's ankle on Feb. 3, 2023 at The Convo, in Athens.

Ohio aspires for two straight wins as it faces Cleveland State

Ohio (5-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) will travel to Cleveland in hopes of defeating Cleveland State (3-7, 1-2 Mid-American Conference). Ohio will be looking to build off the momentum gained in its 29-6 thrashing of George Mason while Cleveland State will hope to rebound after falling 28-15 to Northern Illinois.

The Bobcats, like the Vikings, struggled to contain the Huskies, as they would also fall 24-15.

Here is what you need to know for Ohio’s dual vs. Cleveland State:

Match Information

Time: Jan, 27th, 7 p.m

Location: The Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Where to Watch: FloWrestling


This will be the third meeting between the two teams all time with Ohio winning convincingly both times. Ohio won the last meeting in Athens 27-18.

Wrestlers to Watch

Ben Smith: Ben Smith will leading the charge for the Vikings on Friday. The redshirt senior from Canton has been dominating MAC action, starting 3-0 in MAC competitions. He is ranked 32nd in the first coaches' poll in the 197lb weight class and is a proven winner, winning the Edinboro and JCU opens last season along with winning the program’s first-ever MAC Championship in 2021-22. He can also end matches quickly, recording three falls on the season with his fastest being 39 seconds.

Daniel Bucknavich: Daniel Bucknavich is the 20th-ranked wrestler in the 285lb weight class. Bucknavich was ranked 20th in the first edition of the coaches' poll due in large part to a 15-2 overall record and 7-1 in duals. He has also been perfect in MAC play this season at 2-0. He has recorded four falls this year with the quickest being set at 2:02 minutes. He has also seen success in the MAC tournament finishing fourth as a redshirt sophomore last season. This could set up a potential matchup against Ohio’s Jordan Greer, who is 5-2 in duals this season.

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