COLUMBUS, Ohio Led by a perfect day from three Buckeyes in J.D. Bergman, Reece Humphrey and J Jaggers, the eighth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team posted a 2-1 record at the Chattanooga Duals Saturday at Maclellan Gym. Moving to 3-1 on the year, the Buckeyes beat Anderson, 44-3 and Cumberland, 39-16, before falling to No. 21 Chattanooga, 19-16.
With three wins on the day at heavyweight, Bergman earned his 100th career victory at Ohio State, one of 16 Buckeyes now with 100 or more wins in their OSU career.
Ohio State began the day with a strong outing, winning nine of 10 matches against Anderson University that included three pins, two technical falls and a major decision. Freshman Nikko Triggas, who went 1-2 on the day at 125 pounds, downed Nick Moreira in 1:11 to give the Buckeyes its first of three pins. With a 4-0 record on the year at 133 pounds, Humphrey followed suit and pinned Chris Francis in 2:07. The sixth-ranked Jaggers, who also owns a perfect mark on the season (4-0), catapulted the Buckeyes to a 17-0 advantage after he added five points with his technical fall over Tim Crocken at the 2:46 mark at 141 pounds. The big wins continued for the Buckeyes with Lance Palmer’s pin of Nick DiCarlo in 1:18 at 149 pounds. Jason Johnstone’s 2-1 ledger for the day included a 13-4 major decision over T.J. Selke to increase the Buckeyes’ lead to 27-0 after the 156 weight class. Anderson got on the board at 165 pounds when Trevor Sanford recorded a 4-1 decision over freshman Robel Campbell. However, the Scarlet and Gray cruised the rest of the match with a pair of decisions by Tommy Priestley over Josh Hambrick, 4-1, (174) and Wes Bergman over Luis Audelo, 3-2 (184). Freshman John Weakley earned his first collegiate victory at 197 pounds with a technical fall over Logan Watson in 2:54. Bergman won his first match of the day by an Anderson forfeit
No. 8 Ohio State 44, Anderson 3
125 Nikko Triggas (OSU) pinned Nick Moreira (AND), 1:11; 6-0
133 Reece Humphrey (OSU) pinned Chris Francis (AND), 2:07; 12-0
141 No. 6 J Jaggers (OSU) tech. fall Tim Crocken (AND), 2:46; 17-0
149 No. 3 Lance Palmer (OSU) pinned Nick DiCarlo (AND), 1:18; 23-0
157 Jason Johnstone (OSU) major dec. T.J. Selke (AND), 13-4; 27-0
165 Trevor Sanford (AND) dec. Robel Campbell (OSU), 4-1; 27-3
174 Tommy Priestley (OSU) dec. Josh Hambrick (AND), 4-1; 30-3
184 Wes Bergman (OSU) dec. Luis Audelo (AND), 3-2; 33-3
197 John Weakley (OSU) tech. fall Logan Watson (AND), 2:54 (16-0); 38-3
HWT No. 4 J.D. Bergman (OSU) by forfeit; 44-3
Benefiting from the momentum from its first match, Ohio State again had an impressive showing when it beat No. 15 (NAIA) Cumberland, 39-16. There were three lineup changes in the second half of the match with Alex Picazo, No. 4 Mike Pucillo and Nickolai Timbs wrestling at 174, 184 and 197 pounds, respectively. The three newcomers posted victories for the Buckeyes Picazo pinned Stephen Medina in 2:16, Pucillo pinned Jordan Powers in 4:10 and Timbs recorded an 8-0 major decision over Kyle Studer. Bergman notched his first of two pins when he dropped B.J. Stewart in 1:16. Also giving the Buckeyes six points were Jaggers with his :34 second pin over Eddie Sanchez and Johnstone with his 4:21 win against Pat Blanks. Humphrey posted a 16-1 technical fall over Deseasn Willis.
No. 8 Ohio State 39, No. 15 (NAIA) Cumberland 16
125 Josh Choppa (CU) pinned Nikko Triggas (OSU), 5:59; 0-6
133 Reece Humphrey (OSU) tech. fall Desean Willis (CU), 16-1; 5-6
141 J Jaggers (OSU) pinned Eddie Sanchez (CU),:34; 11-6
149 Theo Dotson (CU) by forfeit; 11-12
157 Jason Johnstone (OSU) pinned Pat Blanks (CU), 4:21; 17-12
165 Corey Bleaken (CU) major dec. Robel Campbell (OSU), 12-3; 17-16
174 Alex Picazo (OSU) pinned Stephen Medina (CU), 2:16; 23-16
184 No. 4 Mike Pucillo (OSU) pinned Jordan Powers (CU), 4:10; 29-16
197 Nickolai Timbs (OSU) major dec. Kyle Studer (CU); 8-0; 33-16
HWT No. 4 J.D. Bergman (OSU) pinned B.J. Stewart (CU), 1:16; 39-16
Ohio State dropped its final dual of the day to No. 21 Chattanooga, 19-16. Four Buckeyes posted individual success, notably Bergman, who pinned Ben O’Neill in 28 seconds, which ranks 13th all-time in the OSU records book.
It was a close match, not decided until the 197 bout. Down 15-10 with two matches remaining, the Buckeyes were not able to record the win despite the pin by Bergman in the final match. Chattanooga took an early 3-0 lead after No. 8 Javier Maldonado decisioned Triggas, 7-1. However, Humphrey countered with an 8-4 decision of his own over Steve Hromada to even the score at 3-all. Jaggers gave the Scarlet and Gray a 6-3 lead after beating Cody Cleveland, 10-7. However a 6-3 decision by Joey Knox over Palmer would return the match to a 5-5 tie. Seth Garvin’s 8-7 win over Johnstone would give the Mocs an 8-5 lead that would last for the rest of the match. Chattanooga’s Nick Davis would go on to beat Campbell, 16-6 and No. 16 Lloyd Rogers would decision Alex Picazo, 11-5. Pucillo would add five points to the OSU score with his 18-2 technical fall over Josh Edmondson. No. 11 Matt Koz would go on to beat Weakley, 11-2, before Bergman’s pin.
The Buckeyes next will open their home slate at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 against Rutgers in St. John Arena.
No. 21 Chattanooga 19, No. 8 Ohio State 16
125 No. 8 Javier Maldonado (UTC) dec. Nikko Triggas (OSU), 7-1; 3-0
133 Reece Humphrey (OSU) dec. Steve Hromada (UTC), 8-4; 3-3
141 No. 6 J Jaggers (OSU) dec. Cody Cleveland (UTC), 10-7; 3-6
149 Joey Knox (UTC) dec. No. 3 Lance Palmer (OSU), 6-3; 5*-5*
157 Seth Garvin (UTC) dec. Jason Johnstone (OSU), 8-7; 8-5
165 Nick Davis (UTC) mdec. Robel Campbell (OSU), 16-6; 12-5
174 No. 16 Lloyd Rogers (UTC) dec. Alex Picazo (OSU), 11-5; 15-5
184 No. 4 Mike Pucillo (OSU) tfall Josh Edmondson (UTC), 18-2 (6:29); 15-10
197 No. 11 Matt Koz (UTC) mdec. John Weakley (OSU), 11-2; 19-10
285 No. 4 J.D. Bergman (OSU) pinned Ben O’Neill (UTC), 0:28; 19-16
(*one team point deducted from both teams)