Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wellington opens season with title and other college wrestling notes

VASJ grad Phil Wellington opened his sophomore season at Ohio University as a champion.

Wellington, ranked No. 18 by InterMat, captured the 197-pound title at the Michigan State Open this past weekend. Wellington, a NCAA Division I qualifier last season, went 4-0. He ended the tournament with a 6-3 victory over Purdue's Braden Atwood in the finals. On his way to the finals, Wellington had two major decisions and a fall.

One of Wellington's Ohio University teammates, University School graduate Harrison Hightower, placed fifth at 165. Hightower went 5-1.

Another title for Davis

Facing Division I competition hasn't flustered Notre Dame College star Joey Davis.

The sophomore remained undefeated as a college wrestler by winning the 174-pound title at the Michigan State Open. Davis went 5-0 and earned the title when Michigan's Taylor Massa defaulted in the final.

A bout with Massa would have been intriguing. Massa, one of the nation's top recruits in 2012, reached the NCAA Division I Round of 12 last season. In the semifinals, Davis defeated Central Michigan's Mike Ottinger, 3-1. Ottinger is ranked No. 19 in Division I by InterMat.

NDC senior Brian Hauser (Brush) went 2-1 at 125 pounds, and returning Division II All-Americans Brandon Johnson (197) and Maurice Miller (141) went 3-2 and 2-2, respectively.

Storm open season 

Lake Erie College also sent  contingent to Michigan State, including 2013 Division II finalist Zak Vargo and qualifier Dylan Zivic.

Vargo went 2-1 at 165 before defaulting out of the tournament. Zivic, a Mentor graduate, went 1-2 at 174.

Ohio State's Jordan dominating

No freshman has created a bigger early-season buzz than Ohio State's Bo Jordan. The four-time Ohio state champion captured his second open title by cruising through the 165-pound bracket at Michigan State. Jordan pinned Indiana's Ryan LeBlanc in the final. According to Ohio State's Twitter account, Jordan won his last three bouts despite a leg injury.

Fellow true freshman Nathan Tomasello, also a four-time state champ, won the 125-pound title. Jordan and Tomasello are redshirting this season.

Ohio State's Hunter Stieber (149) and Kenny Courts (184) also won titles.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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