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Feb. 8, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team (7-7, 3-2 Big Ten) evened its 2004 dual record with a 40-3 triumph over Northwestern (9-7, 0-6 Big Ten) Sunday in St. John Arena. Three-time All-American senior Tommy Rowlands (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Ready) helped the Buckeyes to the lopsided decision with a technical fall at HWT as he tied the all-time mark for career wins with No. 151 Sunday. Rowlands, who tied former Buckeye Ed Potokar (1980-83) for the most wins at OSU, now owns at least a share of the top standards in Ohio State history in career wins, team points and is less than 15 takedowns away from claiming the No. 1 spot in that category.

Rowlands faced Northwestern’s Michael Little in the leadoff bout at HWT and posted a 16-4 advantage with five takedowns and two nearfalls in the first period en route to his 10th technical fall of the season. After four additional takedowns in the second period, Rowlands ended the match at 23-7 at the 4:40 mark, leading to an early 5-0 lead for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State added six points to its lead after the 125 match as freshman Jermaine Jones (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) was awarded a win by default after Northwestern’s John Velez could not wrestle through the first period because of injury.

With an 11-0 OSU lead, senior Jesse Leng (Hinckley, Ohio/Highland) upped the OSU advantage to 17-0 with his second fall of the season as he pinned Northwestern’s Jon Ott at the 3:39 mark. Ohio State’s Theo Dotson (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township) looked to keep the shutout alive at 141 as he carried a 4-3 advantage over Daniel Quintella in the first match of the day to reach the third period. Dotson assured the win at 141with a takedown and an ensuing nearfall to claim an 11-4 decision and put the Buckeyes up 20-0.

Ohio State extended its lead to 24 -0 after a major decision at 149 by senior and No. 12-ranked Jeff Ratliff (Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding), who used two takedowns and a three-point nearfall in the first round and a pair of takedowns in period two for a decisive 11-2 advantage heading into the third session. In the final period, Ratliff claimed Ohio State’s fifth win in as many matches with two more takedowns to post a 16-4 major decision after riding time and up the Buckeye lead to 24-0.

The Wildcats notched their first points of the day at 157 pounds, where NU’s Mike Kimberlin claimed a 4-1 decision over Ohio State freshman Ryan Rhodes (Fr., Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Central Catholic).

The Buckeyes got back into the win column at 165 as senior All-American John Clark (Canton, N.Y./Canton) tallied two first period takedowns and a one in the second to carry a 6-1 lead into the final period. A Clark reversal in the third moved his lead to 8-1 and he held on for a 9-2 decision after riding time.

The Clark win improved Ohio State’s lead to 27-3 heading into the 174 match, where Ohio State sophomore Anthony Magistrelli (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) scored an early takedown and nearfall to take a 5-1 lead over Nolan Walther and extended his advantage to 10-2 with the same combination near the one minute mark of the first period. Magistrelli posted another takedown at the 30-second mark to claim a 12-3 lead after one en route to a 17-6 major decision after two third period takedowns.

Ohio State senior 184 Blake Kaplan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) quickly pushed the Buckeye lead to 37-3 with a fall at the 0:27 mark of the match over Joseph Gulotta. The fall is the fourth of the season for Kaplan.

The Buckeyes polished off the win Sunday at 197 as freshman J.D. Bergman (Oak Harbor, Ohio/ Oak Harbor) his 21st win of the season with a nearfall in the first period as his opponent Matt Delguyd held off a fall for more than a minute to close the first period. Bergman emerged with a 7-1 decision, earning the dual victory for the Buckeyes at 40-3.

The Buckeyes next match comes Friday, Feb. 13 when they travel to No. 3 Illinois.

COMPLETE MATCH RESULTS – No. 19 OHIO STATE 40, NORTHWESTERN 3 Wgt. Winner, Team Dec. Loser, Team Result Score HWT Tommy Rowlands, OSU TF Michael Little, NW 23-7 5-0 125 Jermaine Jones, OSU Def. John Velez, NW Inj. 11-0 133 Jesse Leng, OSU F Jon Ott, NW 3:39 17-0 141 Theo Dotson, OSU D Dan Quintella, NW 11-4 20-0 149 Jeff Ratliff, OSU MD Josh Ballard, NW 16-4 24-0 157 Mike Kimberlin, NW D Ryan Rhodes, OSU 4-1 24-3 165 John Clark, OSU D Nick Hayes, NW 9-2 27-3 174 A. Magistrelli, OSU MD Nolan Walther, NW 17-6 31-3 184 Blake Kaplan, OSU F Joseph Gulotta, NW :27 37-3 197 J.D. Bergman, OSU D Matt Delguyd, NW 7-1 40-3

Attendance: 850