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Ohio Wrestlers Come Up Short at No. 19 Central Michigan, 17-15

Nick Purdue

Dec. 4, 2011

MOUNT PLEASANT, Ohio - The Ohio University wrestling team (0-1) dropped a 17-15 decision to No. 19 Central Michigan Saturday night as the Bobcats opened up their Mid-American Conference slate. Saturday night's match was also Ohio's first dual match of the year.

Ohio fell behind early as Central Michigan wrestlers claimed the first two bouts, but the Bobcats fought back to win four of the next five matches to take a 12-9 lead.

Senior Darrin Boin (Northfield, Center), junior Brad Squire (Wadsworth, Ohio), sophomore Harrison Hightower (Strongsvillle, Ohio) and No. 15 senior Nick Purdue (Genoa, Ohio) all posted victories during the stretch.

Central Michigan reclaimed the lead for good as two-time All-American Ben Bennett registered a technical fall over junior Ryan Garringer (Downers Grove, Ill.) at 184.

Ohio junior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) continued his hot streak as he defeated CMU's Peter Sturgeon 5-0 to win his sixth straight victory.

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow afternoon at Eastern Michigan. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m.

No. 19 Central Michigan 17, Ohio 15
Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Gabe Ramos, 9-2; CMU 3-0
Christian Cullinan (CMU) dec. Jake Wojcik, 3-1; CMU 6-0
Darrin Boin (Ohio) dec. Scott Mattingly, 4-3; CMU 6-3
Brad Squire (Ohio) dec. Joey Kielbasa, 4-0; CMU 6, Ohio 6
Harrison Hightower (Ohio) dec. Jared Porter, 5-2; Ohio 9-6
Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. Miles Chapman, 11-6; CMU 9, Ohio 9
No. 15 Nick Purdue (Ohio) dec. Anthony Bill, 3-0; Ohio 12-9
No. 9 Ben Bennett (CMU) tech. fall Ryan Garringer, 23-7; CMU 14-12
Chad Friend (CMU) dec. Kyle Sanders, 4-1; CMU 17-12
No. 12 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) dec. No. 9 Peter Sturgeon, 5-0; CMU 17-15