Feb. 2, 2003
Columbus, Ohio – The No. 3/4-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (9-4, 1-1) completed a Big Ten weekend dual series with a 20-15 loss to No. 3/4 and two-time reigning national champion Minnesota (13-4, 3-0) Sunday at St. John Arena. Ohio State senior Keaton Anderson (Pickerington, Ohio) topped reigning national champion Luke Becker in the 157 match, while 165 John Clark (Jr., Canton, N.Y.) scored a dramatic upset of No. 3 Jacob Volkman as the Buckeyes captured wins in each of the event’s final four matches, but fell short to the reigning Big Ten champs.
Following a major decision loss by Ohio State senior No. 14 Josh Daugherty (Sr., Huber Heights, Ohio) in the 149 match to No.2-ranked and defending NCAA champion Jared Lawrence to set the dual score at 20-3, Buckeye 157 and No. 2-ranked Anderson faced No. 1 Becker in the feature dual bout as Anderson looked to avenged his only loss of 2003, a 8-5 decision in the finals of the 2002 Las Vegas Invitational.
Anderson and Becker scrapped to a 0-0 tie after the first period before Anderson set the 1,515 in attendance into an eruption with an emphatic 2-point takedown midway through the second period. Anderson carried a 3-1 advantage into the third stanza and extended the lead with two strong takedowns as he had Becker on the verge of a pin fall on two separate occasions for a 9-3 edge. Anderson reached the 1:00 riding time advantage to net the 10-3 decision over Becker and pull Ohio State to within 20-6.
Clark looked to carry the Ohio State momentum into the 165 match as he faced third-ranked Jacob Volkman. The two battled to a 1-1 tie with less than a minute remaining in the match before Clark brought the St. John Arena crowd to its feet again as he scored a two-point takedown with just :08 remaining in the bout for the 3-1 victory and close OSU to within 20-9.
Ohio State junior No. 6 Blake Kaplan (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) returned to the OSU line up after a six-week absence as he tried to pull the Buckeyes to within striking distance in the 174 match versus Minnesota’s No. 14 Josh McLay. Kaplan followed scoreless first and second periods with a combination of a 1-point escape and 1-point advantage in riding time for the 2-0 win and record his first dual victory of the season and 15th overall.
With the Kaplan win, Ohio State entered the final match of the day between 184’s Casey Kapustka (Sr., Centerville, Ohio) and Matt Nagel trailing the Golden Gophers 20-12. Although Kapustka claimed a 9-5 decision over Nagel, Minnesota ultimately claimed the dual victory 20-15.
The early matches of the event kicked off with the 197 bout where Ohio State No. 7 Anton Talamantes (Sr., Ft. Wayne, Ind.) faced Minnesota’s No. 8 Damian Hahn in the first of many matches featuring wrestlers ranked in the Top 10. Talamantes entered the third period facing a 5-2 disadvantage, but was able to score a 1-point escape to close within 5-3. Talamantes was unable to recover as he fell by a final tally of 7-3 to set the dual score at 3-0 after the first bout.
The heavyweights took the mat next as Ohio State No. 2 Tommy Rowlands (Jr., Hilliard, Ohio) waged battle with Minnesota’s Garrett Lowney, ranked No. 9. Rowlands jumped out to a 4-1 edge following the first period and extended that lead to a 9-4 decision for the 3-point win as OSU knotted the score at 3-3. With the 3-point win, Rowlands 29th of 2003, the defending NCAA champion closes in on the Ohio State all-time mark for career team points with 446.5. Current Buckeye assistant and former national champ Mitch Clark currently holds the mark with 448.5 career points.
The Buckeyes fell on the wrong end of both the 125 and 133 matches as Minnesota extended its lead to 13-3. Ohio State’s Nathan Costello (Fr., Maple Heights, Ohio) dropped a major decision to No. 16 Bobbe Lowe of Minnesota, while OSU junior Rob Rosenfeld (So., Medina, Ohio) fell via pin at the hands of top ranked and defending Big Ten champion Ryan Lewis at 133 to give Minnesota a 13-3 advantage.
No. 16 Jeff Ratliff (Jr., Marion, Ohio) of Ohio State looked to begin a Buckeye rally as he took on UM’s No. 11 Derek Phillips in an exciting 141 bout, where they entered the third period at a 8-8 stalemate before Phillips eclipsed the 1:00 riding time mark and escape with the 9-8 triumph and what proved to be an insurmountable 16-3 UM advantage.
No. 3/4 Minnesota 20, No. 3/4 Ohio State 15 Wgt. Winner (Team) Dec. Loser Score/Time UM OSU 197 Damion Hahn (M) Dec. A. Talamantes (O) 7-3 3 0 HWT Tommy Rowlands (O) Dec. Garrett Lowney (M) 9-4 3 3 125 Bobbe Lowe (M) MDec. Nathan Costello (O) 14-5 7 3 133 Ryan Lewis (M) Fall Rob Rosenfeld(O) 2:42 13 3 141 Derek Phillips (M) Dec. Jeff Ratliff (O) 9-8 16 3 149 Jared Lawrence (M) MDec. Josh Daugherty (O) 11-3 20 3 157 Keaton Anderson (O) Dec. Luke Becker (M) 10-3 20 6 165 John Clark (O) Dec. Jacob Volkman (M) 3-1 20 9 174 Blake Kaplan (O) Dec. Josh McLay (M) 2-0 20 12 184 Casey Kaputska (O) Dec. Matt Nagel (M) 9-5 20 15