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January 17, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes bounced back after suffering a tough defeat Saturday to go 3-0 at the Wendy’s Classic in Ashland, Ohio. The Buckeyes defeated Kent, 28-6, Ashland, 30-6, and Cleveland State, 23-10.

Heroes on the afternoon were Robert Sessley (So., Columbus, Ohio), Jeff Bucher (Sr., Toledo, Ohio), Peter Rogers (Jr., Sheboygan, Wis.) and Bo James (So., Akron, Ohio). All went 3-0 on the day to help the Buckeyes to three wins.

After suffering only his fourth loss in his last 15 matches yesterday against Pittsburgh, Sessley had a great afternoon. Sessley’s only close match came against Kent. Wrestling at 141 for the first time this year, the sophomore defeated Steve Daugherty, 4-2. Sessley was not headed in his other two matches of the day, in which he wrestled at his customary 133 pounds.

Bucher also rebounded after suffering a loss yesterday. His record improves to 14-5 (7-3 dual) with his three victories today.

The re-emergence of James at 174 is a welcome sight to the OSU coaching staff. Since returning from his wrist injury, James has a 5-1 record, including wins in his last four decisions. The Akron native moved up to 184 for the first time this year and had no problems disposing of Nick Magistrelli of Kent, 6-3, and Zack Truax of Ashland, 18-0. James is now 15-2 on the year, including 6-1 in dual matches.

Rogers’ three victories extended his win streak to nine wins in his last ten matches. Rogers is currently second on the team with 20 wins.

The Buckeyes’ next action comes Friday, when they take on the four-time defending national champion Iowa Hawkeyes, who are currently ranked third in the nation. The match starts at 7 pm in St. John Arena.

Results Ohio State 28 Kent 6 125 – Matt Fratta, Ohio State def. Brent Thompson, Kent 8-2 133 – Brian Baughman, Kent def. Kore Sharpley, Ohio State 11-6 141 – Robert Sessley, Ohio State def. Steve Daugherty, Kent 4-2 149 – Jeff Bucher, Ohio State def. Sam Murdock, Kent 2-1 157 – Brian Singleton, Kent, def. Brian Roskovich, Ohio State 4-3 165 – Peter Rogers, Ohio State def. John Moore, Kent 2-1 174 – Joel Walker, Ohio State def. Bert Dobies, Kent 2-1 184 – Bo James, Ohio State def. Nick Magistrelli, Kent 6-3 197 – Brad Todd, Ohio State maj. dec. Shawn Andrews, Kent 13-4 HWT – Eric Wood, Ohio State def. Jason Pence, Kent 4-2 Ohio State 30 Ashland 6 125 – Chris Peretti, Ashland def. Matt Fratta, Ohio State 6-4 133 – Robert Sessley, Ohio State def. Dugan Bentley, Ashland 11-5 141 – Tariq Seiffullah, Ohio State def. Chris Shears, Ashland 5-4 149 – Jeff Bucher, Ohio State def. TJ Hellickson, Ashland 6-3 157 – Brian Roskovich, Ohio State maj. dec. Rich Slaper, Ashland 13-3 165 – Peter Rogers, Ohio State def. Greg Reamsider, Ashland 2-0 174 – Joel Walker, Ohio State def. Brady Wealsin, Ashland 7-3 184 – Bo James, Ohio State tech. fall Zach Truax, Ashland 18-0 197 – Clell Cox, Ashland def. Brad Todd, Ohio State 4-2 HWT – Eric Wood, Ohio State def. Jeremiah Balkin, Ashland 2-1 Ohio State 23 Cleveland State 10 125 – Kore Sharpley, Ohio State def. Phil Mansuetto, Cleveland State 5-1 133 – Robert Sessley, Ohio State maj. dec. Nick Bouchet, Cleveland State 14-5 141 – Ryan Guciardo, Cleveland State maj. dec. Tariq Seiffullah, Ohio State 13-1 149 – Jeff Bucher, Ohio State maj. dec. Juan Miller, Cleveland State 15-5 157 – Josh Janson, Ohio State def. Brandon Gibbs, Cleveland State 9-6 165 – Peter Rogers, Ohio State Gerald Harris, Cleveland State 4-1 174 – Bo James, Ohio State def. Josh Smith, Cleveland State 5-0 184 – Josh Didion, Cleveland State def. Joel Walker, Ohio State 8-6 197 – Brad Todd, Ohio State def. John Cole, Cleveland State 3-2 HWT – Brian Criddle, Cleveland State def. Eric Wood, Ohio State 5-4