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Ohio Wrestling Takes Seventh at 40th Annual Navy Classic

By Ohio University Sports Department , 11/20/17, 12:00PM EST

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The Ohio wrestling team continued the 2017-18 season on Saturday (Nov. 18) at the 40th annual Navy Classic, finishing the day in seventh place with 69 points. Four Bobcats would finish the day in the top-5 of their weight classes.

"It wasn't a bad outing for us," said head coach Joel Greenlee. "Overall, I thought we wrestled pretty well and almost everybody we took won matches. I think I saw some definite improvement from last week to this week, so I'm happy with the way we wrestled."

Team Results
1. Navy (112.5)
2. Purdue (100.5)
3. Old Dominion (98.5)
4. Indiana (81.5)
5. Princeton (74.5)
6. American (72.5)
7. Ohio (69)
8. Campbell (62.5)
9. Kent State (61.5)
9. Brown (61.5)
11. Oregon State (56.5)
12. Columbia (52)

Ohio Top-5 Finishes
Junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) would finish second in the 133-class. Kelly also finished second in last year's tournament as a sophomore. This year, Kelly started the day with a win by fall in 1:44 over George Mason's Trevor Mello. In the next round, Kelly would post an 18-2 technical fall win in 2:56 over Brown's Zeke Salvo. In the quarterfinals match, Kelly would earn a 4-7 win by decision over No. 22 Purdue's Ben Thornton. Kelly then posted a 12-2 major decision win over Indiana's Garrett Pepple to move on to the final match against American's Josh Terao where Kelly would suffer a 4-3 decision loss, giving him the second-place finish on the day.

Freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Ohio) finished fifth in the 141-class. Hagan would start the day with a 4-1 decision loss to Bucknell's Tyler Smith who entered the tournament as the number one seed. Hagan then set his sights on taking the consolation bracket. Hagan would face Kent State's Chance Driscoll, posting a 5-2 decision win to move on to the next round. The freshman moved on to post a win by fall in 1:32 over Brown's Jimmy Pawelski before posting another win by fall in 6:58 over Kent State's Timothy Rooney. In the consolation semis, Hagan would earn a 5-2 decision win over American's Kizhan Clarke. In the fifth-place match, Hagan would post another 5-2 decision win to earn the spot in the top-five over George Mason's Tejon Anthony.

Redshirt junior Austin Reese (Urbana, Ohio) would finish the day in fifth place in the 165-class. Reese started the day with an 11-1 major decision win over American's Colin Shannon. Reese then posted a win by fall in 6:11 over Hofstra's Jake Kaminsky before falling to Navy's Drew Daniels in a 4-3 decision loss in the quarter-finals. Reese would then join the consolation bracket in the fourth round, posting a win by fall in 4:45 over American's Michael Eckhart before moving on to the consolation semi-finals and posting a win by fall in 1:48 over No. 22 Purdue's Jacob Morrissey to move on to the final. Reese would take an 8-0 major decision win over Bucknell's DJ Hollingshead to take the fifth-place spot.

Redshirt junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) would take fourth-place in the 285-class. Parker started the day with a win by fall in 1:49 over Brown's Tony Valentino before earning a 5-2 decision win over Oregon State's Cody Crawford. Parker would suffer a 10-3 decision loss to Columbia's Garrett Ryan in the semi-finals before moving on to the third-place match against No. 22 Purdue's Shawn Streck where he would suffer a 12-4 major decision loss and earn the fourth-place finish.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats are back on the road next week and will travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to begin Mid-American Conference competition this season. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET.

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