OVU matmen fall to visiting Tiffin

VIENNA – Ohio Valley University head coach Pat Sole’s wrestling team couldn’t recover from three forfeits here Saturday afternoon inside the Snyder Activity Center and dropped a 28-15 dual meet to visiting Tiffin.

Tiffin took a quick 6-0 cushion when 125-pounder Steve Pastor won via forfeit and it was 9-0 following Dragon Mike Screptock’s 6-0 decision versus Josue Rodriguez at 133. Screptock got the only points he ended up needing with a takedown midway through the first period. He added an escape and a takedown in the third and was awarded a point for riding time.

The Fighting Scots, who return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday when Kings University comes to the SAC, finally got on the scoreboard via an 8-3 decision when 141-pounder Nick Varazashvili took care of Dragon Lawrence Blackfall III. Although Varazashvili allowed a reversal with 10 seconds left in the opening period, he got an escape three seconds later to take the lead for good.

OVU took a 12-9 lead in the match after Tyler Green got a forfeit at 149 and Tyler George followed that up with a 4-1 decision against Isaac Williams in the 157-pound battle. George took control of the match early when he registered a takedown in the opening period.

Tiffin went ahead for good after Nick Hughes picked up a victory by forfeit at 165. After that, Jake Cramer posted a 13-5 major decision versus OVU’s Kobina Henriques in a physical 174-pound match. That was followed by the Dragons’ last forfeit win, which went to 184-pounder Walid Boggio.

Ohio Valley’s last triumph came at 197 when Chase Long posted a 2-0 decision versus Drew Itnyre. Following a scoreless opening three minutes, Long got his winning escape just eight ticks into the second period and then rode Itnyre out in the third period.

Fighting Scot heavyweight Blake Lucas was doubled up 2-1 by Kevin Christman to conclude the dual. Lucas was only able to hold Christman down for 18 seconds in the middle period and although he got an escape with 28 seconds left in the match, he couldn’t secure what would’ve been the winning takedown.