Cleveland State Hands Kent State Dual Meet Loss On The Mat

By Melissa Wilson | Jan. 08, 2003, 12 a.m. (ET)
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Using strong showings at the beginning and at the end, #25 Cleveland State downed Kent State 18-15 in wrestling action Wednesday night at Woodling Gymnasium. The Mansueto brothers (Middletown, N.Y./Middletown) revved the CSU engine to quick 9-0 start as Rocco pummeled KSU freshman Josh Sabin at 125 to take a 19-4 technical fall after the completion of the third period and Phil scored an 11-3 major decision over Drew Opfer at 133. KSU's Ryan Simmons then defeated Paul Theodore on riding time, 7-6, at 141 before Viking Anthony Coleman (Bellevue, Ohio/Bellevue) handled Jason Bake 5-3 at 149. The Golden Flashes, who suffered their first dual meet loss after winning seven straight, took the next three matches. At 157, Mike Tolar downed redshirt freshman Matt Shultz (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville) 7-1 while Mike Nemeth beat junior Jason Effner (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield) 4-2 at 165. Ken Clark's 9-4 victory over true freshman Ron Howard (Cincinnati, Ohio/Finneytown) at 174 evened the match score at 12-all. However, Viking senior Gerald Harris (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) improved to 21-2 on the year at 184 by posting a 7-1 win over Alex Camargo and junior Stipe Miocic (Willowick, Ohio/Eastlake North) beat Ben Rings 6-2 at 197 to put CSU back in charge 18-12. At heavyweight, KSU's Tomas Rodriguez beat Russ Davie (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) 6-2 for the final margin. Cleveland State, 5-3 in duals, travels to Ashland, Ohio this weekend for the Wendy's Duals where the Vikings will face UT-Chattanooga, Indiana and Purdue.