Flashes Win 17-of-20 Matches in Sweep of Northern Illinois and Cleveland State
DEKALB, Ill. – Kent State swept a pair of dual meets in dominant fashion Wednesday at Northern Illinois' Convocation Center. The Golden Flashes opened Mid-American Conference competition with a 29-6 victory over the host Huskies followed by a 43-6 thumping of Cleveland State. In all, Kent State won 17-of-20 matches on the day.
Seniors Nic Bedelyon (Lewistown, Pa.) and Brendan Barlow (Westerville, Ohio) each joined the Flashes' 100-victory club with a pair of wins on Wednesday. Bedelyon got the day started with a 13-5 major decision over No. 19 Nick Smith of Northern Illinois, while Barlow put an exclamation point on the Flashes' afternoon with a first period pin of Cleveland State's Rock Davis.
"It's great having two guys earning 100 wins together," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "As they move forward, they'll have a little battle to see who gets more wins by the end of the season."
The Flashes also got a pair of pins from freshman Ian Miller (Graytown, Ohio). In his MAC dual debut, Miller stuck NIU's Matt Smith 15 seconds into the second period and CSU's Tyler Green two minutes into match with half nelsons from the top position. Miller leads Kent State starters with seven falls on the season.
Sophomore Brandonn Johnson (Middletown, Md.) also notched a first period pin against the Vikings and topped NIU's Caleb Busson 5-1.
Junior Tommy Sasfy (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) has continued to put on weight and prove his worth at 165 pounds, with a 2-0 day.
"He's done a great job filling in for Ross and has given us a little more depth at a weight that we struggled at in the beginning of the year," Andrassy said of Sasfy.
Junior Mallie Shuster (Newville, Pa.) came up with bonus points in both of his matches. Shuster earned a 12-3 major decision against NIU's Tyler Loethen and a 19-0 technical fall over Cleveland State's Tanner Lemon.
Junior Keith Witt (Oak Harbor, Ohio) and sophomore Tyler Small (Littlestown, Pa.) also had 2-0 days. In a battle of the MAC's No. 1 & 2 ranked wrestlers at 197, Witt needed overtime to finish off NIU's Mike Lukowski 4-2.
Junior Casey Newburg (Union, Ohio) tore apart the Vikings' Corbin Boone 17-1, but fell to defending MAC champion Brad Dieckhaus 7-4.
"It's good to hit our break in the season with two wins and get our record back to .500 (4-4)," Andrassy said.
The Golden Flashes return to action Thursday, Dec. 29, at Lock Haven's Mat Town Invitational.
Kent State 29, Northern Illinois 6
125: Nic Bedelyon (KSU) maj. dec. Nick Smith (NIU), 13-5
133: Rob Jillard (NIU) dec. Steve Mitcheff (KSU), 6-5
141: Tyler Small (KSU) dec. Kevin Fanta (NIU), 7-3
149: Ian Miller (KSU) pins Matt Smith (NIU), 3:15
157: Mallie Shuster (KSU) maj. dec. Tyler Loethen (NIU), 12-3
165: Tommy Sasfy (KSU) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 8-6
174: Brandonn Johnson (KSU) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 5-1
184: Brad Dieckhaus (NIU) dec. Casey Newburg (KSU), 7-4
197: Keith Witt (KSU) dec. Mike Lukowski (NIU), 4-2 (OT)
285: Brendan Barlow (KSU) dec. Jared Torrence (NIU), 5-2
Kent State 43, Cleveland State 6
125: Nic Bedelyon (KSU) dec. Ben Willeford (CSU), 6-0
133: Nick Flannery (CSU) pins Troy Opfer (KSU), 2:45
141: Tyler Small (KSU) wins by forfeit
149: Ian Miller (KSU) pins Tyler Green (CSU), 2:00
157: Mallie Shuster (KSU) tech. fall Tanner Lemon (CSU), 19-0
165: Tommy Sasfy (KSU) dec. Koort Leyrer (CSU), 3-0
174: Brandonn Johnson (KSU) pins Aric Thurn (CSU), 2:09
184: Casey Newburg (KSU) tech. fall Corbin Boone (CSU), 17-1
197: Keith Witt (KSU) dec. Nick Anthony (CSU), 15-8
285: Brendan Barlow (KSU) pins Rock Davis (CSU), 1:57