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Feb. 9, 2003

Columbus, Ohio – The No. 4-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (10-5, 2-2) suffered a 21-17 defeat at the hands of the 17th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (13-3, 2-2) Sunday afternoon at St. John Arena. Buckeye HWT No. 2-ranked Tommy Rowlands (Jr., Hilliard, Ohio) established a new Ohio State wrestling record with a 8-4 decision and 3-point win over No. 15 Isreal Blevins of Purdue as he eclipsed OSU assistant coach Mitch Clark’s career total of 448.5 all-time team points.

Rowlands met Blevins in the third match of the event following an Anton Talamantes 3-point decision in the 197-pound match and a Purdue decision in overtime at 184. Rowlands carried a 3-1 advantage into the third period and helped break a 3-3 stalemate with a 8-4 decision and the 3-point lead as he established the new all-time mark with 449.5 career team points.

The Buckeyes relinquished the 3-point advantage after a pair of Purdue falls in the 125 and 133-pound bouts as the Boilermakers moved out to a 15-6 lead before 141 Jeff Ratliff (Jr., Marion, Ohio), ranked 16th, put the Buckeyes back on the board with another decision, this time by an 8-2 count to set the dual tally at 15-9. Ratliff improves to 24-13 with the win.

Ohio State senior No. 14 Josh Daugherty (Sr., Huber Heights, Ohio) looked to close the Buckeye deficit as he met Purdue No. 18 Dan Jankowski in the 149-pound class, Jankowski ultimately prevailed with a 7-3 decision as Purdue increased its lead to 18-9.

Top-ranked 157 Keaton Anderson (Sr., Pickerington, Ohio) brought the Buckeyes to within four at 18-14 after claiming a 18-3 technical fall over Purdue’s Clovis Crane as he extended his current win streak to 16-consecutive matches as the dual headed for an exciting climax in the 165 and 174-pound class, which featured bouts between Top 10 wrestlers No. 4 John Clark (Jr., Canton, N.Y.) and No. 6 Oscar Santiago, while No. 5 Blake Kaplan (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) met Purdue’s No. 5 Ryan Lange at 174. Clark took a 6-4 edge into the third period over Santiago en route to scoring a 10-5 decision to claim his 30th win of 2003 and close OSU to within one at 18-17 as the dual meet held in the balance heading into the decisive 174-pound bout between Kaplan and Lange.

The two Top 5-ranked combatants grappled to a scoreless first period before Lange scored an escape in the initial moments of the second period and combined that with a 2-point takedown for a 3-0 advantage as the match progressed into the third period. Lange extended his lead to 6-2 before scoring a third takedown of the match and an 8-2 decision as the Boilermakers scored the upset 21-17.

No. 17 Purdue 21 No. 4 Ohio State 17

Wgt. Winner (Team) Dec. Loser Score/Time PU OSU 184 Ben Wissel (P) Dec. Casey Kaputska (O) 6-4 (ot) 3 0 197 A. Talamantes (O) Dec. Bryan Kapp (P) 11-4 3 3 HWT Tommy Rowlands (O) Dec. Isreal Blevins (P) 8-4 3 6 125 Chris Fleeger (P) Fall Nathan Costello (O) 1:23 9 6 133 Rene Hernandez (P) Fall Rob Rosenfeld(O) 2:28 15 6 141 Jeff Ratliff (O) Dec. Doug Withstandley (P) 8-2 15 9 149 Dan Jankowski (P) Dec. Josh Daugherty (O) 7-3 18 9 157 Keaton Anderson (O) TFall Clovis Crane (P) 14-2 18 14 165 John Clark (O) Dec. Oscar Santiago (P) 10-5 18 17 174 Ryan Lange (P) Dec. Blake Kaplan (O) 8-2 21 17

Att. 822