KSU wrestlers take on Buckeyes tonight

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

After competing in four tournaments to start the year, the Kent State wrestling team opens the dual-meet portion of its season tonight when it visits No. 4 Ohio State at St. John Arena in Columbus.

With five new faces among the Golden Flashes' starting 10 this season, Kent State has had its share of ups and downs early on. The Flashes won the team title at the Navy Classic on Nov. 17, before placing only two wrestlers at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational two weeks later.

The two consistent performers throughout the season have been seniors Casey Newburg and Dustin Kilgore. Newburg (17-2) won titles in his first three tournaments and most recently placed fifth at Las Vegas with a 5-2 mark.

Kilgore (15-0) raised his Kent State record-holding win total to 150 in Las Vegas, while claiming his fourth tournament crown of the season. Extending his NCAA winning streak to 34 matches, he was also named Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 5. In addition, Kilgore has victories in his last 49 dual meets. Ten of his 15 wins this season have been by pin or major decision.

Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine has the Golden Flashes No. 18 in its dual rankings, while InterMat has Kent State at No. 19.

Since the 2005-06 season, Kent State has gone 99-31-1 in dual meets.

Last season at the M.A.C. Center, the Golden Flashes and Buckeyes won five matches each in Ohio State's 22-15 victory. Kent State's last series victory came in 2007, a 20-18 win in Columbus.

Tonight's 157-pound bout is expected to be a rematch of last season's dual when KSU's Mallie Shuster topped OSU's Josh Demas 6-1 at the M.A.C. Center, but Demas edged Shuster 2-1 at the NCAA Championships. Shuster is four wins away from becoming the 13th member of Kent State's 100-victory club.

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