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Nov. 12, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by junior J.D. Bergman’s win in the 197-pound weight class, the 15th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team placed seven of their own in the Top 10 at the Michigan State Open Sunday at Jenison Field House in East Lansing.

A total of 21 schools sent 360 wrestlers to the all-day event, which served as the final tune-up first-year head coach Tom Ryan’s squad before Ohio State hosts third-ranked Missouri at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Buckeyes’ home opener in St. John Arena.

Bergman (Jr., Oak Harbor, Ohio/Oak Harbor) took top honors among the Buckeyes with his first-place finish, while Corey Morrison (So., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) took fourth at 285, Jason Johnstone (So., Massillon, Ohio/Perry) took fifth at 149, T.J. Enright (Galloway, Ohio/Westland) took sixth at 133, Blake Maurer (So., Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei) took sixth at 174, Will Livingston (Fr., Stillwater, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) took seventh place at 125 and Lance Palmer (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edwards) took eighth at 149.

Weight Class – Ohio State Wrestler and results
125 – Will Livingston: lost in first round to M. Steintrager (CMU). Went 5-1 in consolation bracket to win seventh place. 133 – T.J. Enright: beat M. Sears (UM) in first round, beat J. Royer (UNC) in second round, beat S. Clair (UNA) in quarterfinals, lost to N. Simmons (MSU) in semifinals. Went 0-2 in consolation bracket for sixth place.

133 – Owen Schaefer: lost in first round to B. Shaw (UNC); went 1-1 in consolation bracket.

141 – no OSU competitor

149 – Jason Johnstone: first-round bye, beat M. Whitham (OU) in second round, beat T. Billet (CMU) in third round, lost to R. Hitschler (UP) in quarterfinals. Went 3-1 in consolation bracket to win fifth place.

149 – Lance Palmer: first-round bye, beat J. Kyle (KSU) in second round, beat K. Lipp (KU) in third round, lost to R. Hurley (CSU) in quarterfinals. Went 1-2 in consolation bracket for eighth place.

157 – Chris Vondruska: lost in first round to E. Neil (CMU), went 3-1 in consolation bracket.

165 – Ryan Patrovich: first-round bye, beat N. Bourne (UP) in second round, beat J. Evans (MU) in third round, lost to K. Mueller (UNC) in quarterfinals. Went 0-1 in consolation bracket.

174 – Blake Maurer: beat R. Goss (UF) in first round, beat B. Mesyn (MSU) in second round, beat P. Moricone (EU) in quarterfinals, lost to T. Perry (IU) in semifinals, injury defeat. Took sixth place after injury forfeit in consolation bracket fifth-place match.

174 – Tommy Priestley: first-round bye, lost to J. Murphy (MSU) in second round. Went 1-1 in consolation bracket.

174 – Wes Bergman: lost to G. Goidosik (MSU) in first round. Went 1-1 in consolation bracket.

184 – Brian Tucker: first-round bye, lost to C. Hitschler (UP) in second round. Went 0-1 in consolation bracket.

184 – Alex Picazo: beat J. Papp (UM) in first round, lost to M. Bennett (IU) in second round. Went 0-1 in consolation bracket.

197 – J. D. Bergman: beat P. Bradshaw (EU) in first round, beat D. Drury (UNC) in second round, beat J. Gibson (EU) in quarterfinals, beat J. Curran (IU) in semifinals, beat N. Roy (UM) in championship match.

197 – Zack Weinrich: beat S. Russell (UM) in first round, lost to J. Gibson (EU) in second round. Went 0-1 in consolation bracket.

197 – Jason Cook: beat B. Balogh (CSU) in first round, lost to N. Palmieri (MSU). Went 1-1 in consolation bracket.

197 – Nickolai Timbs: first-round bye, lost to N. Roy (UM) in second round. Went 0-1 in consolation bracket.

285 – Corey Morrison: lost to D. Goetter (UNC) in first round. Went 6-1 in consolation bracket to take fourth place.