ATHENS, Ohio - Momentum played a key in Saturday's SIUE match at Ohio.
Ohio improved to 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference by winning the first four matches as well as the final two against the Cougars, which dropped to 1-11 overall and 1-5 in the MAC.
SIUE collected four straight wins at one point, including a second-period fall for Christian Dulaney at 197 pounds over Ohio's Aaron Naples.
After starting at 141 pounds for the meet, Gschwendtner broke a streak of four straight wins for the Bobcats heading into a halftime break.
"After the break Sergio, Christian and Colton kept it going," added Spates."Christian went for it, and his pin put us right back in the match."
Spates said some of SIUE's losses were simply technical mistakes. The team wrestled hard, he noted, especially at the upper weights.
SIUE now gets set for its final home dual match of the season. The Cougars will celebrate Senior Day with a 1 p.m. match next Sunday against Truman State.
Ohio 22 SIUE 15
141: Cameron Kelly (Ohio) def. Lucas Bernal (SIUE), 19-1 tech. (5-0)
149: Alec Hagan (Ohio) def. Tyshawn Williams (SIUE), 6-4 dec. (8-0)
157: Zac Carson (Ohio) def. Justin Ruffin (SIUE), 7-1 dec. (11-0)
165: Colt Yinger (Ohio) def. Nate Higgins (SIUE), 6-4 dec. (14-0)
174: Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) def. Logan Stanley (Ohio), 8-6 dec. (14-3)
184: Sergio Villalobos (SIUE) def. Mason Kroening (SIUE), 5-4 dec. (14-6)
197: Christian Dulaney (SIUE) def. Aaron Naples (Ohio), fall, 4:20 (14-12)
285: Colton McKiernan (SIUE) def Zack Parker (Ohio), 5-3 dec. (14-15)
125: Shakur Laney (Ohio) def. Gage Datlovsky (SIUE), 10-3 dec. (17-15)
133: Mario Guillen (Ohio) def. Jacob Blaha (SIUE), 18-1 tech. (22-15)