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Dec. 8, 2001

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

(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)