Kent State's Dustin Kilgore sets school career record with 47th pin

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MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Senior Dustin Kilgore broke a Kent State record with his 47th career pin in the Golden Flashes' 27-8 loss to Central Michigan Sunday at McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas were difficult to score on throughout most of the day, winning 1-0 decisions at 125 and 184, a 2-0 decision at heavyweight and a 3-2 decision at 165.

"There were a lot of really close matches so it was not as bad as the final score may look," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "Central's style is not very exciting, but they're very good at what they do. And they're especially tough to beat at their place."

Kilgore improved to 30-0 on the year with his Division I leading 15th pin of the year just 1:43 into the first period. Each of his last eight opponents in dual meets have not made it past the second period.

Kilgore ran his winning streak to 49 and his dual meet winning streak to 59.

The Golden Flashes got a victory at 174. Redshirt freshman Sam Wheeler knocked off No. 23 Craig Kelliher 5-2 behind takedowns in the first and second periods.

"Sam did a really good job of getting that first period takedown," Andrassy said. "As soon as you score that first takedown against them, it forces them to come out get you. And that's more of our style.

"If we're able to wrestle our style at the MAC Tournament, I think a lot of these matches could have different outcomes."

Seniors Casey Newburg, Stevie Mitcheff and Keith Witt did not allow takedowns, but all dropped close bout against Top 10 opponents.

Mitcheff and Newburg each allowed third period escapes in 1-0 losses, while Witt allowed an escape and riding time.

Redshirt freshman Tyler Buckwalter made his dual meet debut, dropping a 3-2 decision to Mike Ottinger.

A second period takedown made the difference at 165.

Sophomore 165-pounder Caleb Marsh and redshirt freshman 149-pounder Nick Carr (Fayette, Pa.) each sat out with injuries, but are expected to return to the starting lineup soon.

The Golden Flashes return to Mid-American Conference action Friday, visiting Eastern Michigan, before heading to Buffalo on Sunday, Feb. 3.

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