Despite splitting the day's bouts, Appalachian State wrestling was unable to recover from a 16-0 deficit as the Mountaineers fell, 20-15, to Ohio University on Saturday at the OU Convocation Center. For ASU (3-2, 1-0 SoCon), the match was their
second straight non-conference loss, while the Bobcats (1-2, 0-2 MAC) earned their first win of the 2011-12 campaign.
The day started at 197 pounds, as Ohio's Beau Wenger notched the day's first decision, and No. 5 Jeremy Johnson followed with a major to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead.
As the bouts rolled over to the lightweights, Gabe Ramos and Jake Wojcik picked up a pin and decision, respectively to give the Bobcats a daunting 16-0 advantage.
The Mountaineers were not to be dismissed quietly, as Appalachian's corps of seniors rolled off four straight victories with Mike Kessler (Bay City, Mich./Western), Savva Kostis (Boone, N.C./Watauga), Chip Powell (Greensboro, N.C./S.W. Guilford) and No. 13 Kyle Blevins (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa) earning decisions to cut the gap to 16-12 with two bouts remaining.
Facing an uphill battle, ASU's Carter Downs (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter Christian) was unable to overcome No. 13 Nick Purdue at 174 pounds, and the Bobcat's major decision iced the match at 20-12.
In the afternoon's final bout, No. 11 Austin Trotman (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) triumphed for the Mountaineers, closing the day with a 10-5 decision, for a 20-15 final score in favor of Ohio.
The win continues Ohio's undefeated record against the Mountaineers, as the Bobcats have won all eight meetings dating back to 1995-96.
Saturday's match was Appalachian State's final dual of the 2011 calendar year. ASU will close out December with a trip to the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 18 and head to the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. on New Year's Day.
OHIO 20, ASU 15
December 10, 2011 | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center
197: Beau Wenger dec. Paul Weiss, 9-3 OU 3, ASU 0
285: No. 5 Jeremy Johnson maj. dec. Brock Durfee, 13-3. OU 7, ASU 0
125: Gabe Ramos pinned Tony Gravely, 3:37 OU 13, ASU 0
133: Jake Wojcik dec. Brett Boston, 7-6 OU 16, ASU 0
141: Mike Kessler dec. Darring Boing, 3-2 OU 16, ASU 3
149: Savva Kostis dec. Gavin Moore, 10-4 OU 16, ASU 6
157: Chip Powell dec. Harrison Hightower, 5-1 OU 16, ASU 9
165: No. 13 Kyle Blevins dec. Miles Chapman, 7-0 OU 16, ASU 12
174: No. 13 Nick Purdue maj. dec. Carter Downs, 10-2 OU 20, ASU 12
184: No. 11 Austin Trotman dec. Ryan Garringer, 10-5 OU 20, ASU 15
Photo Courtesy, Savva Kostis, by Dave Mayo, ASU Athletics