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Feb. 6, 2003

No. 4 Wrestling Edges No. 13 Penn State 18-18 Via Criteria in Happy Valley Ohio State improves to 3-0 away from Columbus as it claims criteria with six match wins to four.

Columbus, Ohio-The No. 3-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (10-4, 2-1) remained perfect on the road in 2003 as they edged the Nittany Lions of Penn State (10-5, 3-2), ranked 13th by the wrestling mall, 18-18 claiming the dual win via criteria as OSU tallied six match victories to four in State College, Pa. Thursday night. The Buckeyes swept through the mid-weight classes, 141-174, to recover from an early 12-0 deficit to escape Happy Valley with the win.

Ohio State HWT Tommy Rowlands (Jr., Hilliard, Ohio) held off a potential pin by Penn State’s No. 9 Pat Cummins four nearly 40 seconds to allow Cummins just a 3-point decision and knot the final score at 18-18 as the match went to criteria. Rowlands topped Cummins earlier this season at the Midlands Tournament 6-5, but fell 10-4 Thursday night to mark just his third career dual loss.

Ohio State found itself down 12-0 following the opening matches at 125 and 133, but 141 No. 17 Jeff Ratliff (Jr., Marion, Ohio) instigated the Buckeye recovery with a tight 12-10 decision over No. 14-ranked Scott Moore to put OSU on the board and start a furious Buckeye rally.

No. 14 Josh Daugherty (Sr., Huber Heights, Ohio) of Ohio State followed with a 7-4 decision victory at the 149-pound class before Keaton Anderson (Sr., Pickerington, Ohio), ranked No. 1 at the 157-pound class, extended his winning streak to 15-straight matches as he scored a 3-1 decision over Penn State’s No. 9 Nate Wachter to slice the PSU lead to 12-6. No. 3-ranked John Clark (Jr., Canton, N.Y.) pulled out a 15-14 high-scoring decision over Penn State All-American Doc Vecchio as the Buckeyes climbed to within three at 12-9. 174 and No. 5-ranked Blake Kaplan (Cincinnati, Ohio), in just his second dual match of the season, posted a 8-1 decision for the 3-point win and Ohio State’s first advantage of the night at 15-12.

Penn State set the dual score at a stalemate once again at 15-15 following a 6-0 decision by No. 5 Mark Becks over Ohio State’s Casey Kapustka (Sr., Centerville, Ohio), but OSU No. 8 Anton Talamantes (Sr., Ft. Wayne, Ind.) put the Buckeyes back on top with yet another 3-point win over Ryan Cummins in the 197-pound bout as the two squads headed into the determining HWT match.

The Buckeyes return to Columbus Sunday to play host to the 19th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers in St. John Arena at 2 p.m.

#4 Ohio State – 18, #13 Penn State – 18 Ohio State wins on first criteria, winning six bouts to four PS OSU 125 Adam Smith (PS) pinned Nathan Costello (OSU), F;2:49 6 0 133 #9 Josh Moore (PS) pinned Rob Rosenfeld (OSU), F;0:21 12 0 141 #17 Jeff Ratliff (OSU) dec. #14 Scott Moore (PS), 12-10 12 3 149 #16 Josh Daugherty (OSU) dec. Nate Galloway (PS), 7-4 12 6 157 #1 Keaton Anderson (OSU) dec. #9 Nate Wachter (PS), 3-1 12 9 165 #4 John Clark (OSU) dec. Doc Vecchio (PS), 15-14 12 12 174 #5 Blake Kaplan (OSU) dec. Dan Waters (PS), 8-1 12 15 184 #5 Mark Becks (PS) dec. Casey Kapustka (OSU), 6-0 15 15 197 #8 Anton Talamantes (OSU) dec. Ryan Cummins (PS), 3-2 15 18 Hwt. #9 Pat Cummins (PS) dec. #2 Tommy Rowlands (OSU), 10-4 18 18

Attendance: 1,270