COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the revelation of the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals brackets Thursday, the No. 24 Ohio State wrestling team knew another tough task against a Top 5 team awaited when it drew No. 1 Cornell. In a match that featured 10 Top 20 wrestlers, the Buckeyes dropped a 27-6 decision to the Big Red at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Ohio State will return to action at 2 p.m. ET Saturday when it faces host Northern Iowa. The Panthers lost a 27-9 round of 16 match to No. 8 Missouri.
Sophomore Ian Paddock and redshirt-freshman Peter Capone earned wins for the Buckeyes (1-4; 0-1 Big Ten) at 133 and 197 pounds, respectively.
Paddock, an NCAA qualifier from Warsaw, N.Y., had a 5-2 lead heading into the third period, but Cornell’s Joseph Stanzione immediately evened the score at 5-all on an escape and takedown. Paddock answered with a reversal only to see Stanzione counter with a reversal of his own. However, an escape and a riding time of 1:35 helped Paddock prevail, 9-7.
Capone, who has by far been the busiest Buckeye, wrestling a total of 23 times so far this season, shut out Maciej Jochym, 7-0. Capone was wrestling at 184 pounds before moving up a class to 197 for the National Duals. The move appeared to pay off as a takedown, 3-point nearfall, Cornell penalty call and a riding time of 4:59 helped Capone to his 13th victory of the season.
Swapping weight classes with Capone, redshirt-sophomore C.J. Magrum made No. 4 Steve Bosak work for his 3-0 win at 184 pounds . Magrum, an Oak Harbor, Ohio, native and Bosak were scoreless in the first period and nearly so in the second before Magrum was called for stalling. With Bosak choosing bottom in the third, the Big Red escaped Magrum’s clutches and took a 2-0 lead. A riding time of 1:58 sealed Bosak’s win.
An escape and riding time of 2:44 were the deciding factors that kept freshman Randy Languis from earning his first dual win of the season at 141 pounds. A takedown in the second period was not enough for Languis as he dropped a 4-2 decision to Michael Nevinger, who also tallied a takedown in the first period.
Redshirt-junior Zach Stolarsky also lost a close decision, 5-2, to Stryker Lane at heavyweight. The match was tied 3-3 in the third period, but Lane had managed to lock up riding time (3:18) entering the final period and soon scored a reversal to secure the win.
2011 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals No. 1 Cornell 27, No. 24 Ohio State 6 Jan. 8, 2011 UNI Dome Cedar Falls, Iowa
Individual Matches 125:# 15 Frank Perrelli (Cornell) MD Bo Touris (Ohio State), 12 – 4 133:# 16 Ian Paddock(Ohio State)DEC Joseph Stanzione (Cornell), 9 – 7 141:Michael Nevinger (Cornell) DEC Randy Languis (Ohio State), 4 – 2 149:#2 Kyle Dake (Cornell) TF5 Mike Fee (Ohio State), 21 – 6 (7:00) 157:#10 DJ Meagher (Cornell) DEC Sean Nemec (Ohio State), 8 – 2 165:# 3 Justin Kerber (Cornell) DEC #10 Colt Sponseller (Ohio State), 8 – 3 174:# 3 Mack Lewnes (Cornell) DEC #14 Nick Heflin (Ohio State), 11 – 4 184:# 4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) DEC #20 C.J. Magrum (Ohio State), 3 – 0 197:Peter Capone (Ohio State) DEC Maciej Jochym (Cornell), 7 – 0 285:Stryker Lane (Cornell) DEC Zach Stolarsky (Ohio State), 5 – 2