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Jan. 13, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State wrestling Buckeyes, the No. 16 team in the nation, visited No. 22 Pittsburgh Friday and returned home with a 26-11 victory. The Buckeyes improved to 5-3 on the season while the Panthers fall to 3-2 overall.

Ryan Hieber (Fr., Galion, Ohio/Galion) started the dual for the Buckeyes with a victory by decision over Brendon O’Connell at the opening weight-class of 174 pounds. The 3-0 OSU lead was quickly erased by Pittsburgh’s Dan Stine as he scored a major decision victory over Anton Talamantes (So., Ft. Wayne, Ind./Lassens) at 184 and gave the Panthers their only lead of the match, 4-3.

Nick Preston (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/DeSales) and Tommy Rowlands (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) took back the lead at 197 and 285 pounds, respectively. Preston tallied a decision win over David Sandberg to earn the 6-4 team lead OSU never gave back. Rowlands improved to 21-2 on the year with his major decision victory over Jacob Lininger.

With the team score at 10-4, UP scored a three point victory by decision when Shawn Amistade defeated Kore Sharpley (Sr., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), and reclaimed the lead (11-10) with a major decision victory by Joe Crecca.

OSU ran the table in the remaining matches, which included major decision victories by Robert Sessley (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) and John Clark (Fr., Canton, N.Y./Canton) at 141 and 165, respectively, and a technical fall victory by Keaton Anderson (So., Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington).

OSU will return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday when it plays host to another set of Panthers, the No. 17 Northern Iowa Panthers, at St. John Arena.

No. 16 Ohio State: 26
No. 22 Pittsburgh: 11

(Opening weight class was 174)

O P 174 Ryan Hieber (O) dec. Brenden O’Connell 3 0 184 Dan Stine (P) MD Anton Talamantes 3 4 197 Nick Preston (O) dec. David Sandberg 6 4 285 Tommy Rowlands (O) dec. Jacob Lininger 10 4 125 Shawn Amistade (P) dec. Kore Sharpley 10 7 133 Joe Crecca (P) MD Jeff Ratliff 10 11 141 Robert Sessley (O) MD Hasse 14 11 149 Keaton Anderson (O) TF Matt Kaus 19 11 157 Josh Janson (O) dec. Zach Doll 22 11 165 John Clark (O) MD Matt Catullo 26 11