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Feb. 15, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team (8-9, 4-4 Big Ten) wrestled two matches on senior day Sunday against Big Ten foe Michigan State (1-11, 0-6 Big Ten) and No. 15 Central Michigan (10-4, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes split the pair of duals with a decisive 30-8 victory over MSU and a tough 21-14 loss to No. 15 Chippewas.

In the opening match against MSU, Ohio State senior Tommy Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) who totaled 12 takedowns in a technical fall win Friday at Illinois, notched a takedown in the opening moments of the HWT bout against MSU’s Mike Keenan to set the career mark at Ohio State in takedowns. The three-time All-American surpassed former Buckeye Adam DiSabato (1989-93) for No. 1 all-time his 647th takedown.

Later in the match, Rowlands added two back points to finish the first period ahead 4-0. Rowlands tallied a second, third and fourth takedown in the second period and another set of back points en route to a 12-3 advantage after the second period. The third stanza saw Rowlands record his 12th technical fall of the season by a 22-6 count with 12 seconds remaining in the match. Rowlands’ eight takedowns in the win over Keenan moved his career total to 654.

The Rowlands’ technical fall gave the Buckeyes a 5-0 match lead, which was bolstered to 8-0 after a decision win at 125 pounds by freshman Jermaine Jones (West Chester, Pa./Henderson), who used a takedown and three back points in the first period to claim a 6-3 decision win.

Senior Jesse Leng (Hickley, Ohio/Highland) helped the Buckeyes to an 11-0 lead with a decision at 133 pounds after two first period takedowns, a combination of a takedown and near fall points to take an 8-3 edge into the third period. Leng emerged with a 13-6 decision after recording two more takedowns in period three.

The Spartans got on the scoreboard at 141 pounds after No. 8 Andy Simmons downed OSU freshman Theo Dotson (Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) by an 8-0 major decision, slicing the OSU lead to 11-4.

At 149 pounds, Ohio State senior Jeff Ratliff (Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding) scored a 7-4 decision against Ryan L’Amoreaux to extend the Buckeye lead to 14-4 as he used a third period takedown to knot the score at 2-2 with less than 1:30 in regulation. L’Amoreaux knotted the match at 4-4 with a takedown of his own with less than 30 seconds remaining, but Ratliff answered with an escape to assume a 5-4 lead and sealed his 28th win of the season with a takedown with 10 seconds left for a 7-4 decision, lifting the Buckeyes to a 14-4 match advantage.

Michigan State scored its second major decision win of the day at 157 pounds as Spartan Matt McCarty topped Buckeye freshman Ryan Rhodes (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Central Catholic) by a 10-0 count before Ohio State senior John Clark (Canton, N.Y./Canton), ranked No. 9 nationally, moved OSU back into the win column with a 12-3 major decision over Arsen Alexsanyan. Clark recorded a pair of takedowns and a three-point nearfall to claim a 7-1 lead after one period. Clark built his lead to 9-3 heading into the third period as the Canton, N.Y. native added a late takedown to secure his 28th win of 2004. The major decision by Clark, his sixth of the season, moved Ohio State to a 10-point advantage for the second time in the match at 18-8.

At 174, sophomore Anthony Magistrelli was locked in a tight bout with MSU’s Anton Hall as the two were set at a 3-3 stalemate into the third period. Hall grabbed a 4-3 lead with an early third-period escape, but Magistrelli gained a 5-4 edge with 26 seconds left with a takedown and held off Hall with another late takedowns for a 7-4 decision win and a 21-8 OSU lead.

Ohio State senior Blake Kaplan (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Sycamore) and freshman J.D. Bergman (Oak Harbor, Ohio/ Oak Harbor) assured the Buckeyes of their eighth dual win in 2004 with victories at 184 and 197 pounds. Kaplan, ranked No. 9 in the country at 184, edged ahead of Spartan Nate Mesyn 2-0 with a first period takedown and a second period near fall en route to a 5-0shutout decision. The win earned Kaplan his first 30-victory season of his career.

Bergman set the final match score at 30-8 with his team-best ninth fall over Spartan 197 Jeff Clemens at the 1:53 mark of the first period.

COMPLETE MATCH RESULTS – No. 19 OHIO STATE 30, Michigan State 8 Wgt. Winner, Team Dec. Loser, Team Result Score HWT Tommy Rowlands, OSU TF Mike Keenan, MSU 22-6 5-0 125 Jermaine Jones, OSU Dec. Craig Trombly, MSU 6-3 8-0 133 Jesse Leng, OSU Dec. Tony Greathouse, MSU 13-6 11-0 141 Andy Simmons, MSU TF Theo Dotson, OSU 18-5 11-4 149 Jeff Ratliff, OSU Dec. Ryan L’Amoreaux, MSU 7-4 14-4 157 Matt McCarty, MSU MD Ryan Rhodes, OSU 10-0 14-8 165 John Clark, OSU MD Arsen Alexsanyan, MSU 12-3 18-8 174 A. Magistrelli, OSU Dec. Anton Hall, MSU 7-4 21-8 184 Blake Kaplan, OSU Dec. Nate Mesyn, MSU 5-0 24-8 197 J.D. Bergman, OSU F Jeff Clemens, MSU 1:53 30-8

Attendance: 679