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Dec. 8, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team will compete in its first dual action Saturday with a pair of bouts vs. Ohio and Findlay at the All-Ohio Duals in Athens, Ohio.

MEET INFORMATION
The Buckeyes, Bobcats and Oilers all face each other in a tri-meet at Ohio’s Convocation Center.

2004 All-Ohio Duals:
Saturday, Dec. 11
10 a.m.- Findlay vs. Ohio State
noon – Findlay vs. Ohio
2 p.m. – Ohio State vs. Ohio

LAST TIME OUT: BERGMAN TAKES THIRD PLACE AT LAS VEGAS INVITE
J.D. Bergman posted another strong tournament performance last weekend, pacing the Buckeyes with a third-place finish at 197 pounds in the 2004 Las Vegas Invitational.

Bergman used major decisions in each of his first three matches, including an 11-2 win over No. 8/9 B.J. Padden of Nebraska in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Bergman suffered a 4-0 decision loss to No. 4/5 Hofstra’s Chris Skretkowicz to fall into the third-place match, where he scored a 5-0 decision victory over No. 17/18 Jerry Rinaldi of Cornell.

Despite suffering his first two losses of the season, freshman T.J. Enright performed well, taking home seventh place at 133 pounds. Enright, the winner at 133 of the Oklahoma Gold Classic and Michigan State Open this season, advanced to the quarterfinals with three decisions to set up a bout with 2002 National Champion Chris Fleeger of Purdue. The Boilermaker majored Enright, 12-3, to send the freshman into the wrestlebacks, where Enright gained a 5-3 decision before falling, 9-0, to Drew Headlee of Pittsburgh to move to the seventh-place match, where he scored another 5-3 decision over No. 8/9 Scott Jorgensen of Boise State.

True freshman Keegan Mueller wrestled into the quarterfinal round with a major and two decisions before losing two straight to fall from the tournament. His first loss came at the hands of eventual runner-up Davis Strader, the top-ranked wrestler at 157 in NAIA.

TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR TRI-MEETS
The 2004 Ohio State home schedule features a pair of three-way dual meets this season at St. John Arena.

The Buckeyes open their home slate next week on Dec. 18, welcoming No. 13 Missouri and Virginia Tech.

Ohio State will take on the Hokies at noon. Missouri will wrestle in the following match against Virginia Tech at approximately 2 p.m. Ohio State and Missouri will conclude the day at 4 p.m.

On Jan. 30, Ohio State plays host to its second tri-meet with Indiana and Virginia.

The Hoosiers and Cavaliers will face off in the opener at noon. Ohio State will wrestle in the final two bouts against Virginia at 2 p.m. and conference foe Indiana at 4 p.m.

All matches are scheduled to begin as soon as possible after the conclusion of the previous match. The 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. times are approximate starts.

ENRIGHT SUFFERS FIRST LOSS
Freshman T.J. Enright kicked off his Ohio State career with wins in each of his first 11 bouts before falling in the quarterfinal round of the Las Vegas Invite. During that win streak, Enright claimed 133 titles at the Oklahoma Gold Classic and the Michigan State Open, where he was named outstanding wrestler.

Enright is 13-2 this season.

BERGMAN, ENRIGHT RANKED NATIONALLY
With their quick starts to the 2004-05 season, J.D. Bergman and T.J. Enright have found themselves in the national rankings in their respective weight classes. Bergman, who started at No. 3 in preseason polls at 197, is ranked No. 4 by W.I.N. Magazine and No. 8 in the NWCA poll. Enright, unranked at the beginning of the season, is 12th in both NWCA and W.I.N. after an 11th-place ranking last week.

BERGMAN WINS AT 2004 NWCA ALL-STAR CLASSIC
J.D. Bergman competed in the 2004 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic in Edwardsville, Ill. Monday, Nov. 22. The returning All-American, who is ranked No. 3 in all individual polls, defeated Scott Barker of Oregon, the No. 7-ranked wrestler in the nation, via an 8-3 decision in the 197-pound bout.

Bergman was slated to face John Trenge of Lehigh, who is rated No. 1 at 197, but Trenge was forced to pull out of the event because of injury.

Early in the match, Bergman trailed Barker, 2-1, after the Duck scored his second escape. Later, Bergman jumped ahead with a takedown on a lateral throw and then took advantage of a missed shot by Barker and scored another takedown to extend his lead to 8-3. After a scoreless third period, Bergman claimed the win via decision.

Bergman is the ninth Buckeye to wrestle in the All-Star event. In the last four seasons, Tommy Rowlands wrestled in the event three times, sitting out once with an injury, while John Clark and Keaton Anderson competed in the 2003 event.

ENRIGHT RECORDS BUCKEYE FIRST
T.J. Enright’s consecutive tournament titles at 133 pounds account for an Ohio State first. The Galloway, Ohio native has become the first freshman to win his initial two tournaments in the Russ Hellickson era, which dates back to 1986.

ENRIGHT NAMED BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK FOR NOV. 23
T.J. Enright gained his second tournament title in the opening two weeks of the 2004 wrestling season, winning the 133-pound class at the 2004 Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich. With the tourney crown, Enright was named Big Ten wrestler of the week for Nov. 23.

Enright was named outstanding wrestler for the 2004 MSU Open after recording falls in three of his four victories en route to the championship. In the event final vs. Kyle Stoffer of Central Michigan, Enright recorded pin No. 3 at the 4:27 mark of the match to seal the 133 crown.

Enright, the No. 5 seed, upended top-seed and 2004 NWCA All-Star Sam Hiatt of Northern Illinois in the semifinal, 3-1. The tournament crown is the second for Enright this season after winning the Oklahoma Gold Classic last weekend. He is 8-0 on the season with three falls.

BUCKEYES PLACE SIX AT MSU OPEN
In addition to the tourney titles won by Bergman and Enright, Keegan Mueller, a true freshman, made his first appearance as a Buckeye and took fourth place at 157 pounds. Fellow freshmen Jason Johnstone and Andrew Lowther also made their OSU debuts. Johnstone placed eighth at 149, while Lowther gained a sixth-place standing at 174 after a tight 7-6 loss in his last match. Another freshman, J Jaggers, defaulted to sixth place because of injury. At 165, Zach Craiglow took fifth place.

NEEDLE RALLIES IN WRESTBACKS FOR THIRD-PLACE FINISH
Redshirt freshman Ryan Needle made his first appearance in a Buckeye singlet a memorable one at the Oklahoma Gold Classic. After dropping his first-round match, Needle combined five straight wins in the 149 wrestlebacks to win third place.

Needle scored a 21-9 major decision in his first consolation bout and then added four consecutive wins via decision, including a 3-1 tally in the third-place match against Pat Lloyd of Buffalo. Needle’s first-round loss came at the hands of eventual runner-up Jason Blake of Kent State.

OHIO STATE DEBUTS
Five wrestlers made their first appearance as Buckeyes last week at the Oklahoma Gold. True freshman J Jaggers wrestled into the Top 8 at 141. Redshirt freshmen T.J. Enright and Ryan Needle wrestled well as Enright won the 133-pound class, while Needle took third at 149. Fellow redshirt freshman John Vogel competed at 157, while junior Steve Wolery wrestled unattached in the same class as Needle at 149 .

Fellow freshman Keegan Mueller made his OSU debut at the Michigan State open, as did freshman Brian Baldridge. HWT Kirk Nail wrestled his first bouts for the Buckeyes at Las Vegas.

OHIO STATE AND OHIO ALL-TIME
The Buckeyes own a 34-4-1 advantage over Ohio in the all-time series that dates back to 1921. The Buckeyes have won the last two meetings with Bobcats, including a 32-9 decision at St. John Arena in the 2003 National Duals.

LAST BOUT WITH THE BOBCATS
No. 5-ranked Ohio State scored a win over Ohio Jan. 17 in the first round of the 2003 NWCA National Duals. The Buckeyes kicked off the two-day event with an impressive 37-4 victory over the Bobcats. OSU was fueled by fall wins by junior 133 Jesse Leng and senior 157 Keaton Anderson and a major decision victory from 141 Jeff Ratliff. John Clark and freshman 174 Anthony Magistrelli added decision wins. Magistrelli scored a takedown in the final seconds of his match to capture a 3-point win and a25-4 OSU advantage.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 1-2 in the early portion of the season, winning one of three bouts in their dual opener at Northeastern. Ohio defeated Drexel before falling to Army and No. 25 Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Jake Percival, the No.2-ranked wrestler at 157 pounds, leads the Bobcats. Percival is a three-time All-American and placed second at 157 at the NCAA championships last season.

Joel Greenlee is in his eighth season as head coach at Ohio. He is 78-50-3 overall and led the Bobcats to a No. 25 standing at the 2004 NCAA Championships.

OSU AND THE OILERS
Ohio State and Findlay have not faced each other since 1995, a 31-6 score in favor of the Buckeyes. Overall, Ohio State leads the series with wins in each of the five meeting with the Oilers. Ohio State and Findlay first wrestled each other in 1941.

FINDLAY FACTS
The Oilers boast a No. 13 national ranking among Division II schools and have five of their 10 starters ranked in the Top 10 individually.

Leading the way is junior Adam Morris, who is ranked No. 3 at 157 pounds.

Head coach Shawn Nelson is in his seventh year at Findlay. He has guided UF to a Top 6 finish at the D-II tournament in six of seven seasons, including a runner-up placing in 2004.

HELLICKSON COVERS 2004 OLYMPIC WRESTLING FOR NBC
Ohio State wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson served as play-by-play announcer for NBC’s coverage of the 2004 Olympic Games Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. Hellickson, who was a part of his sixth Olympic broadcast team, teamed with Jeff Blatnick for both Greco and Freestyle wrestling.

Hellickson previously covered wrestling at the 1984, ’88, ’92, ’96 and 2000 Olympic games in the role of analyst at the 1984 Los Angeles games and as play-by-play from 1988 in Seoul, Korea through 2000 in Sydney, Australia. As a wrestler, he was an Olympic silver medallist at the 1976 games in Montreal and a member of the 1980 U.S. team that boycotted Olympics in Moscow.

ROWLANDS NOT FINISHED WITH BUCKEYES YET
Tommy Rowlands, who’s national crown at the HWT class in 2004 touts him as the only four-time All-American in program history and just the second Buckeye to win two NCAA titles, will remain with Ohio State in 2004 as an assistant coach.

Rowlands will assume the volunteer position and offer the expertise that allowed him to conclude his career as the most decorated wrestler in Ohio State history. Rowlands, who narrowly missed a spot on the U.S. Olympic team at 211 pounds in May, is the all-time leader at Ohio State in career wins (164), career team points (702.0) and career takedowns (705). His career record of 164-14 (.921) ranks fourth all-time in winning percentage at OSU, while his 44 wins in 2004 and 43 triumphs in 2001 rank fourth and fifth all-time in a single season.

Mitch Clark ADDED TO FULL-TIME COACHING STAFF
Following six seasons as a volunteer coach at Ohio State, Mitch Clark joins the Buckeye staff in a full-time capacity in 2004-05.

In his term as a volunteer assistant, Clark helped the Buckeyes to a pair of Top 6 finishes in the nation, including a tie for third place at the 2004 NCAA championships last March. The former two-time All-American and 1998 national champion at 177 pounds also helped his brother John Clark to his second All-American at the 2004 NCAA’s.

M. Clark capped his wrestling career at Ohio State with a 39-1 record and the national crown his senior season, which followed a national runner-up finish his junior campaign. A two-time Big Ten champion, M. Clark ranks 10th in career wins, being passed by John last season.

CLARK CONNECTION
After sending brothers John (2000-2004) and Mitch Clark (1994-98) to glory at the NCAA championships as each earned multiple All-America honors with Mitch winning the 1998 national championship, Russ Hellickson welcomes a third Clark brother, Charlie Clark.

As a senior last season, C. Clark helped Blair Academy to a New Jersey state championship after earning national high school All-American status. Clark will wrestle at 165 in 2004-05.

HELLICKSON ALL-AMERICA COUNT NOW AT 40
With the record number of five All-America honorees at the 2004 NCAA championships, Ohio State head coach Russ Hellickson scored his 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th and 40th All-Americans in his 18 years at the OSU wrestling helm.

Since 1990, Hellickson has helped direct 40 individuals to All-American status, which ranks among the Top 10 in the county in that span.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes open up their home season with a tri-meet vs. Missouri and Virginia Tech at noon Saturday in St. John Arena.

Ohio State takes on the Hokies at noon. Missouri will wrestle in the following match against Virginia Tech at approximately 2 p.m. Ohio State and Missouri will conclude the day at 4 p.m.