Flashes Head to Clarion for Saturday MAC Tri-Meet

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KENT, OH – Kent State wrestling kicks off on Saturday, traveling to Clarion for a Mid-American Conference tri meeting where the Flashes will face Southern Illinois in Edwardsville and host Clarion.

The Golden Flashes will face SIU-E at 11am and host Clarion at 3pm. All matches will be streamed courtesy of Clarion TV. Links are available on the wrestling schedule page.

Kent State is coming into the big conference weekend with a couple of wins Wednesday night in their housewarmers. The Golden Flash eliminated Gannon 19-12 and Mercyhurst 26-9. Both teams finished in the Division-II standings, with Gannon at # 7 and Mercyhurst at # 17.

No Kent State fighter is sexier than Jake Ferri, who won both games on Wednesday and increased his streak to five. Ferri won both games on Wednesday for an important decision and will be looking to continue the momentum until Saturday. Ferri will most likely face SIU-E’s Austin Macias, who is 2-2 this season. Ferri defeated Macias in 2018 in their only previous matchup. Against Clarion, look for Ferri to face Cam Butler, who is 0-3 this season, will be the first time Butler and Ferri have lined up.

At 133, Patrick Gould gets the nod after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw. Gould will most likely face SIU-E’s Aaron Schulist and Clarion’s TJ England. Gould did not face either of the two fighters. Schulist is 2-0 this season, winning both games in the tri-match with Northern Illinois and Bellarmine. England are a real freshman and 0-3 in the season.

Avry Mutschler will fight 141 lbs for the Golden Flashes. He was beaten in both games on Wednesday night, coming on the wrong side of two one-point decisions. Mutschler will face SIU-E’s Saul Ervin, who is 3-1 this season. Kyle Schickel arrives 1-2 of the season on Saturday, the freshman took a win in Clarion’s double defeat against Rider.

At 149 pounds, Kody Komara will seek his fifth and sixth win of the year. Komara split his two games on Wednesday and will face SIU-E’s Cardeionte Wilson and Clarion’s Jalin Hankerson. Wilson started a solid 3-1 early in the season and is 1-0 against MAC opponents. Hankerson is looking for his first win of the season, arriving on Saturday 0-4 overall and 0-2 at MAC. Komara has not faced either wrestler in his Kent State career.

Ian Senz will look to build his 2-0 on Wednesday as he takes the mat at 157 pounds for Kent State. Justin Ruffin will represent SIU-E. Ruffin is one of the top 20 wrestlers from various publications. Ruffin is 3-1 this season and 1-0 against MAC opponents. Clarion has three potential wrestlers at 157, led by Tate Ortz. Ortz is a senior red jersey who has not yet taken the carpet this season. Trevor Elvfin (1-2) or Ethan Wiant (1-1) are also listed as potential wrestlers.

Brady Chrisman and Mason Karpinski shared the time at 165 pounds on Wednesday. Chrisman lost his game, 9-5 to wrestler # 4 D-II at 165 to Alex Farenchak. Karpinski defeated Jason Breeden of Mercyhurst. The likely opponent for SIU-E would be Chase Deihl, who is 0-4 in the season and 0-1 in the MAC. Clarion will probably knock Kolby Ho out. The junior is 2-2 in the season. Other potential fighters for Clarion include redshirt freshman John Worthing (2-2) and Eli Brinsky (0-4).

Andrew McNally came out on Wednesday and comes in on Saturday 3-0 in the season and has been ranked in the top-10 by several publications. SIU-E will send Kevin Gschwendtner to the mat and he’s 1-3 in the season. McNally won the previous bout between the two, 8-3 as part of the SIU-E doubles last January. Clarion will respond with Mike Vernaglio. The sophomore year in redshirt is 1-4 this season and he has never faced McNally before.

Tyler Bates is also out on Wednesday and is back on the mat at £ 184 on Saturday. Bates brings a 2-2 record over the weekend and will likely face Ryan Yarnell or Sergio Villalobos of SIU-E and Max Wohlabaugh of Clarion. Yarnell and Bates have met once previously with Yarnell taking the win and he too arrives at the weekend at 2-2. Bates hasn’t faced Villalobos in his Kent State career and is 1-0 this season.

Winner of four straight wins, Colin McCracken enters Saturday with a lot of momentum. McCracken will likely face Austin Cooley or Austin Andres of SIU-E and Greg Bulsak of Clarion. McCracken didn’t face Cooley or Andres. Cooley is 1-0 in the season while Andres is 1-3 and 0-1 in the MAC. Bulsak is one of the top 10 fighters at 197 pounds. It’s 4-0 this season, 2-0 in MAC and 2-0 against McCracken all time.

Jacob Cover is 2-4 in the season at 285 and split a couple of decisions at a score Wednesday night. The cover will feature SIU-E’s Colton McKiernan or Aric Bohn and Clarion’s Ty Bagoly. McKiernan is the likely SIU-E starter and is 3-1 in the season and 1-0 in the Mid-American Conference. For Clarion, Bagoly is one of the top 25 heavyweight wrestlers, but he’s ready for a 0-3 start to the season. Cover has not faced either opponent in his Kent State career.

Kent State will return home next weekend for a traditional double against Mizzou. The double conference is scheduled for early midday from Kent State Field House

Via: kentstatesports.com

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