Dustin Kilgore Goes Out With a Bang at KSU’s MAC Center


Senior Dustin Kilgore (Berea High) went out with a bang, while freshman Mack McGuire(Upper St. Clair, Pa.) gave Kent State fans a glimpse of what’s to come Sunday at the M.A.C. Center.

The Golden Flashes won a respectable three matches against No. 1 Oklahoma State, before pummeling No. 18 Wisconsin 33-10 in the third place dual of the NWCA Cliff Keen Regional.

In his final performance at the M.A.C. Center, Kilgore defeated a pair of Top 20 opponents.  He cruised to a 12-3 major decision over No. 9 Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma State), before pinning No. 18 Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) in the second period.  Kilgore actually trailed Hein 1-0 after the first period, but the inevitable “Killer Cruncher” turned cradle from the top position resulted in a Kent State single-season, record tying 17th pin.

DSC_6156The NCAA reports that Kilgore  continues to hold the lead nationally in pin for all Div. I wrestlers  with a total of 17 falls. The 197-pounder is trailed by Cornell’s Kyle Dake (165 pounds) who has tallied 16.
In the NWCA Regional at Kent,  top-seeded Oklahoma State defeated Northern Iowa 39-7 in Sunday’s final, advancing to next week’s eight-team championship tournament in Minnesota.


For KSU, McGuire came up with the biggest upset of the day, taking down No. 6 Jon Morrsion (Oklahoma State) 3-2.  A first-period takedown and a third-period escape was all the scoring McGuire needed to give the Flashes a 6-0 team lead after two bouts.



Senior Stevie Mitcheff (Lorain, Ohio) led the day off with a 3-2 victory over Ed Kilmara.  Mitcheff then completed a 2-0 day by pinning Wisconsin’s Matt Cavallaris in the opening period with a tilt.

DSC_6202Senior Tommy Sasfy (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) needed a rally midway through the second period to come up with a 7-6 win against the Badgers.  Sasfy trailed 4-1 and 5-4 in the third, before a takedown and riding time helped stretch Kent State’s lead out to 15-6.

Sophomore Caleb Marsh (Marysville, Ohio) followed with a 5-2 victory, behind a first period takedown and third period reversal.

Redshirt freshman Sam Wheeler (Copley, Ohio) then made the most of his only match, with a 10-5 over Scott Liegel.  Wheeler converted four takedowns and built up 1:14 of riding time.

Wisconsin did not have a 149-pounder make weight and opted to compete against senior Casey Newburg (Union Ohio).
Kent State (10-6) gets three weeks in-between competitions as it prepares for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships March 10 in Buffalo.


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