Updated Sun, Jan 20, 2013 9:26 pm
Matched up against the No. 20 team in the country, the Bobcats were certain to have a tough challenge heading into Bloomsburg. Junior Jeremy Johnson, along with redshirt freshmen Cody Walters and Kagan Squire picked up big wins for the Green and White, but that was not enough for Ohio as it fell, 24-9.
The dual meet kicked off with 15th ranked Johnson wrestling Bloomsburg’s No. 16 Justin Grant in the heavyweight division. Johnson won in a 7-2 decision and gave his team an early 3-0 lead.
The win gave Johnson his 24th of the season, which leads the team.
Following the heavyweight bout was the 125-pound match, where Tyler Heminger of Ohio took on Bloomsburg’s Sean Boylan. Boylan majored Heminger by an 11-2 decision, and the Huskies took the lead, 4-3.
Next up in the meet were the 133-pounders. For Bloomsbrug, No. 15 Nick Wilcox took on Ohio freshman Joe Munos. Wilcox won the close match 4-3 due to a point awarded for riding time.
141-pounders Squire and Matt Rappo were the next to take the mat. Squire picked up the Bobcats’ second win of the day and cut Bloomsburg’s lead down to 7-6.
Bloomsburg pulled away from Ohio in the next three matches in the meet with wins from two 12th ranked wrestlers, Frank Hickman and Josh Veltre. Josh Roosa also picked up a win for Bloomsburg in that span.
With three matches to go, Ohio got its third win of the meet when the 174-pounders met up. No. 18 Walters overcame Bloomsburg’s Chris Smith in a 2-0 win that put the meet score at 17-9.
With a major decision victory in the next match, the Huskies took complete control of the match at 21-9. In the final match of the meet, Bloomsburg sent another ranked wrestler to the mat in No. 17 Richard Perry. Ohio’s Phil Wellington fell to Perry by a 6-2 decision, and the meet concluded by a 24-9 score.
With the loss on Sunday, the Bobcats fell to an overall record of 4-5. Ohio will compete next in Athens against conference opponent Buffalo in a dual meet on Jan. 26.