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Dec. 8, 2001%^$

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 7 Ohio State wrestling team opened its dual match season by sweeping its three competitors at the Sheridan Duals in Allentown, Pa., Saturday. The duals, hosted by Lehigh University, pitted No. 7 OSU against Rider, Rutgers and No. 12 Lehigh. No. 14 Lock Haven and Ohio University also competed in the duals.%^$

%^$In the their first dual, the Buckeyes and Broncs traded wins in the first four matches before OSU won three of the last five contests to secure a 24-13 decision. No. 8 Jeff Ratliff (So., Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding), at 133 pounds, No. 7 Keaton Anderson (Jr., Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington), at 149, No. 9 John Clark (So., Canton, N.Y./Canton), at 165, Joel Walker (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), at 174, No. 4 Nick Preston (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/DeSales), at 197, and No. 2 Tommy Rowlands (So., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready), heavyweight, won their matches to put OSU on top. Ratliff picked up his first win via fall this year at 2:55 over Dave Santamaria while Anderson, Clark and Preston all won by decisions. Walker, in his first dual action since the 1999-00 season at 165, and Rowlands both won by major decision, 13-4 over No. 19 Nick Cantone and 24-11 over Vinny D’Agustino, respectively.%^$

%^$After a seesaw battle with the Broncs, OSU took charge early in its dual with Rutgers and scored a commanding 33-4 decision. The Buckeyes were victorious in the first nine matches but could not secure the sweep of the Scarlet Knights when No. 18 Jesse Leng (So., Hinckley, Ohio/Highland) suffered a 12-3 major decision loss to Andrew Uhrlass. OSU was led by Josh Daugherty (Jr., Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) at 141. He scored a pin at 1:08 to put the Buckeyes ahead 10-0 following a 17-3 major decision win by Ratliff. Joining Ratliff with major decision wins were Clark, 11-0 over Bryon Lauer at 165, and Rowlands, 18-2 over Frank Sabatino at heavyweight. The biggest win of the match was scored by Blake Kaplan (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore). He upset No. 8 Tom Tanis, 8-7.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes completed the sweep with a tough 25-19 decision over No. 12 Lehigh. The dual opened at 133 and OSU jumped to the early 13-0 lead on the strength of another Ratliff major decision, a fall by Daugherty and decision by Anderson. LU fought back to take a 16-13 lead when No. 9 Josh Janson (Sr., Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Moeller) was pinned by Warren Stout at 4:40, Clark lost a major decision, 16-8, to No. 4 Chris Vitale, and Walker and No. 10 Anton Talamantes (Jr., Ft. Wayne, Ind./Lassen J.C.) both suffered defeat at 174 and 184, respectively. OSU jumped back on top immediately with wins via pinfall by Preston and Rowlands at 2:33 and 2:35, respectively.%^$

%^$OSU returns to action at the Clarion Duals Dec. 15 with duals against Ohio at 1 p.m., host Clarion at 3 p.m. and No. 14 Lock Haven at 5 p.m. The Buckeyes first home dual of the year is Jan. 5 at the Buckeye Duals. The action starts at noon at St. John Arena when OSU takes on Buffalo.%^$

%^$Match Results
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(Opening weight class was 133)%^$No. 7 Ohio State 24 (1-0 overall)%^$ Rider 13 (0-3 overall)%^$ O R%^$133 #8 Jeff Ratliff (OSU) FALL #18 Dave Santamaria, 2:55 6 0%^$141 Mike Harris (RU) DEC Josh Daugherty, 8-2 6 3%^$149 #7 Keaton Anderson (OSU) DEC Nick Harrington, 10-7 9 3%^$157 #17 Derek Jenkins (RU) DEC #9 Josh Janson, 10-5 9 6%^$165 #9 Josh Clark (OSU) DEC Cory DeBias, 16-9 12 6%^$174 Joel Walker (OSU) MAJ DEC #19 Nick Cantone, 13-4 16 6%^$184 Bob Pizzuto (RU) DEC #10 Anton Talamantes, 9-5 16 9%^$197 #4 Nick Preston (OSU) DEC Greg Sawyer, 5-4 19 9%^$285 #2 Tommy Rowlands (OSU) MAJ DEC Vinny D’Agustino, 24-11 24 9%^$125 #19 Jerold Limongelli (RU) MAJ DEC #18 Jesse Leng, 8-0 24 13%^$

%^$(Opening weight class was 133)%^$No. 7 Ohio State 33 (2-0 overall)%^$ Rutgers 4 (0-3 overall)%^$ O R%^$133 #8 Jeff Ratliff (OSU) MAJ DEC Jon Rodriguez, 17-3 4 0%^$141 Josh Daugherty (OSU) FALL Ken Rodriguez, 1:08 10 0%^$149 #7 Keaton Anderson (OSU) DEC Greg Austin, 9-3 13 0%^$157 #9 Josh Janson (OSU) DEC Chris Ressa, 12-6 16 0%^$165 #9 Josh Clark (OSU) MAJ DEC Bryon Lauer, 11-0 20 0%^$174 Joel Walker (OSU) DEC Justin Haskins, 6-2 23 0%^$184 Blake Kaplan (OSU) DEC #8 Tom Tanis, 8-7 26 0%^$197 #4 Nick Preston (OSU) DEC Greg Wrenn, 12-6 29 0%^$285 #2 Tommy Rowlands (OSU) MAJ DEC Frank Sabatino, 18-2 33 0%^$125 Andrew Uhrlass (RU) MAJ DEC #18 Jesse Leng, 12-3 33 4%^$

%^$(Opening weight class was 133)%^$No. 7 Ohio State 25 (3-0 overall)%^$No. 12 Lehigh 19 (3-2 overall)%^$ O L%^$133 #8 Jeff Ratliff (OSU) MAJ DEC Dan Hyman, 15-2 4 0%^$141 Josh Daugherty (OSU) FALL Tommy Rohn, 6:04 10 0%^$149 #7 Keaton Anderson (OSU) DEC Mike Pirozzola, 7-1 13 0%^$157 Warren Stout (LU) FALL #9 Josh Janson, 4:40 13 6%^$165 #4 Chris Vitale (LU) MAJ DEC #9 Josh Clark, 16-8 13 10%^$174 Brad Dillon (LU) DEC Joel Walker, 3-1 13 13%^$184 #8 Rob Rohn (LU) DEC #10 Anton Talamantes, 10-3 16 13%^$197 #4 Nick Preston (OSU) FALL Josh Moore, 2:33 19 16%^$285 #2 Tommy Rowlands (OSU) FALL Joe Sahl, 2:35 25 16%^$125 #11 Mario Stuart (LU) DEC #18 Jesse Leng, 9-5 25 19%^$

%^$Exhibition Matches%^$157 Nate Cote (LU) DEC Richie Bordner, 8-3%^$157 Richie Bordner (OSU) MAJ DEC Zach Bornemhn (Rutgers), 20-9%^$157 Richie Bordner (OSU) DEC Aaron Peterson (LU), 5-4%^$184 Phillip Freeman (OSU) DEC Greg Chirieleison (LU), 5-1%^$184 Casey Kapustka (OSU) DEC Craig Kempinski (Rutgers), 3-2%^$184 Blake Kaplan (OSU) TECH FALL Dave Brandage (LU), 5:38 (18-3)