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Feb. 6, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team (6-7, 2-2 Big Ten) welcomed Michigan (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten) to St. John Arena Friday night as the Buckeyes fell behind 19-0 before scoring their first victory, dropping to 2-3 at home on the dual season.

Ohio State won four of the last five matches of the dual, but could not overcome the 19-point deficit at the outset of the match.

Ohio State senior HWT Tommy Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/ Bishop Ready) completed the match with his sixth fall of the season at the 2:37 mark of the first period over No. 5-ranked Greg Wagner to highlight the match for the Buckeyes. Rowlands claimed a 6-1 advantage with three takedowns before scoring the fall. The win Friday is Rowlands’ 150th of his career and moves him to within one win of the No. 1 spot at Ohio State in all-time career victories. The record is held by Ed Potokar, who completed his Buckeye career with 151 triumphs.

Fellow senior John Clark (Canton, N.Y./ Canton) attempted to start Ohio State’s long climb back with a decision win over No. 4 Pat Owen of Michigan at 165. Clark nearly scored a fall over Owen in the second period before the referee’s whistle stopped the action. With the nearfall, Clark added an escape to move ahead 8-5, where the match ended as Clark afforded the Buckeyes their first points of the night at 19-3. The win is Clark’s fifth straight and his 25th of the season.

Michigan bounced back at 174 as Nick Roy bested Ohio State’s Anthony Magistrelli (So., Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) via a 7-3 decision. Roy owned a 4-3 edge into the third period, where he assured the win with a takedown with 11 seconds remaining in the match and added a one-minute riding time advantage. Buckeye senior Blake Kaplan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) wrestled Michigan 184 Joshua Weitzel through a scoreless first period before notching a takedown in the early moments of the second round. Kaplan held onto the two-point lead through the second and added another takedown in the third period to gain his 28th win of the season and bring the Buckeyes to within 22-6 with the decision win.

Ohio State freshman J.D. Bergman (Oak Harbor, Ohio/Oak Harbor) entered the 197-pound match in search of his third win in a row vs. UM’s Chase Verdoorn. Bergman set the tone in the match with a takedown 50 seconds into the first period and second takedown in the last minute of the opening session to grab a 4-1 lead. In period two, Bergman used an escape and a takedown to grab a 7-1 edge heading into the third period. Despite allowing an escape, Bergman scored an 8-2 decision with riding time to bring Ohio State to within 22-9 heading to the HWT bout.

To open the match , the Wolverines used wins in each of the first five matches to claim the insurmountable 19-point advantage. No. 4 ranked Mark Moos scored a 12-2 major decision over Buckeye freshman Jermaine Jones (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) at 125 and moved ahead 8-0 with another major decision at 133, where OSU’s Jesse Leng (Sr., Hinckley, Ohio/Highland) fell by a 12-3 major decision to No. 2 Foley Dowd.

Michigan extended its lead to 11-0 after a decision at 141, where Ohio State’s Theo Dotson (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) opened the action with a takedown over Michigan’s No. 19 Clark Forward, who evened the match at the end of the opening minute with a takedown of his own to set the score at 2-2. Forward moved into period two with a 3-2 edge after scoring an escape late in the period. He upped his advantage over Dotson in the second session with a takedown before Dotson closed the gap to 5-3 with two escapes to end the period. In the third, Forward combined an escape and two takedowns to claim an 11-5 decision

Ohio State’s Jeff Ratliff (Sr., Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding) stepped on the mat at 149 as the No. 12 ranked wrestler in the nation at his weight class to face No. 8 Ryan Churella of Michigan. Ratliff was the first to score in the match with a takedown at the 1:58 mark of round one. Churella answered with an escape to take the match to period two trailing 2-1. Ratliff scored a takedown in the second minute of round two for a 4-1 advantage and carried a 4-2 lead into the third period after Churella’s second escape of the match. Churella’s third escape of the match and a takedown in the third period helped him claim a 5-4 edge and held off Ratliff for the decision to put Michigan ahead 14-0.

UM continued to pull away at 157 as No. 2 Ryan Bertin topped Ohio State’s Ryan Rhodes (Fr., Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Central Catholic) by a 24-8 technical fall. Bertin used six takedowns and three escapes to take a 15-4 lead into the third period and tallied three more takedowns to post a 24-8 technical fall to move UM to a 19-0 lead.

The Buckeyes remain at St. John Arena to close out the weekend home stand against Northwestern at 2 p.m. Sunday.

COMPLETE MATCH RESULTS – No. 2 MICHIGAN 22, No. 19 OHIO STATE 15 Wgt. Winner Team Dec. Loser Team Result Score 125 Mark Moos UM MD Jermaine Jones OSU 12-3 4-0 133 Foley Dowd UM MD Jesse Leng OSU 12-3 8-0 141 Clark Forward UM D Theo Dotson OSU 11-5 11-0 149 Ryan Churella UM D Jeff Ratliff OSU 5-4 14-0 157 Ryan Bertin UM TF Ryan Rhodes OSU 23-8 19-0 165 John Clark OSU D Pat Owen UM 8-5 19-3 174 Nick Roy UM D A. Magistrelli OSU 7-3 22-3 184 Blake Kaplan OSU D Joshua Weitzel UM 4-0 22-6 197 J.D. Bergman OSU D Chase Verdoorn UM 9-2 22-9 HWT Tommy Rowlands OSU F Greg Wagner UM 2:37 22-15

Attendance: 1,535