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Jan. 23, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team (6-5, 0-1 Big Ten) got the 2005 Big Ten season underway Sunday vs. No. 18 Michigan State (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) at Jennison Field House in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes, winners of five of their last six duals heading into Sunday, were defeated by the Spartans, 27-16.

Michigan State jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage after No. 3-ranked Nick Simmons pinned Ohio State’s Nathan Costello (Jr., Maple Heights, Ohio) at 125 pounds, ending the opening match at 1:43.

The Spartans extended their lead to 18-0, winning the next three bouts at 133, 141 and 149. Ohio State’s T.J. Enright (Fr., Galloway, Ohio) was forced to default at 133 to give MSU a 12-0 lead. Another set of ranked wrestlers for Michigan State recorded wins at 141 and 149 with No. 3 Andy Simmons downing Ohio State’s Jason Johnstone (Fr., Massillon, Ohio), 6-2, at 141 and 19th-ranked Darren McKnight scoring a late takedown for a 6-5 decision over Buckeye Steve Wolery (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) at 149.

Freshman Keegan Mueller (Dallas, Texas) got the Buckeyes on the board at 157 with his first Big Ten dual win via a 7-2 decision over Matt McCarty. Mueller’s win served as his second this season over McCarty.

At 165, Michigan State answered with its second fall of the day and third six-point win for a 24-3 lead before Ohio State closed with victories in three of the last four bouts.

Nathaniel Augustson (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) recorded his first league win with a fall at 174 pounds to bring the Buckeyes to within 24-9. Augustson scored the pin over MSU’s Greg Goidosik at the 4:55 mark. After a decision loss by Alex Picazo (So., Grandview, Ohio) at 184 pounds, Ohio State’s pair of ranked wrestlers – J.D. Bergman (So., Oak Harbor, Ohio) and Kirk Nail (Fr., Hilliard, Ohio) – each extended their personal win streaks. Bergman, ranked No. 4 at 197 in all recognized polls, tallied a major decision over Jeff Clemens by a 10-2 count to up his current win streak to seven matches.

Nail upped his current win streak to six matches with his initial Big Ten win, benefiting from a stalling penalty against MSU’s Max Lossen for a 2-1 decision and a final dual score of 27-16.

The Buckeye return home next week for three duals at St. John Arena. Friday, Ohio State welcomes Purdue at 7 p.m. Sunday, the Buckeyes will play host to a tri-meet with Indiana and Virginia. The Hoosiers and Cavaliers open the day at noon before the Buckeyes face Indiana at 2p.m. and Virginia at 4 p.m.

No. 18 Michigan State 27, Ohio State 16 125 lbs.- Nick Simmons (MSU) pinned Nathan Costello Fall, 1:43 MSU 6-0 133 lbs.- Ryan Froese (MSU) def. T.J. Enright Default MSU 12-0 141 lbs.- Andy Simmons (MSU) def. Jason Johnstone 6-2 MSU 15-0 149 lbs.- Darren McKnight (MSU) def. Steve Wolery 6-5 MSU 18-0 157 lbs.- Keegan Mueller (OSU) def. Matt McCarty 7-2 MSU 18-3 165 lbs.- Bryan Harney (MSU) pinned John Vogel Fall, 1:09 MSU 24-3 174 lbs.- N. Auguston (OSU) pinned Greg Goidosik Fall, 4:55 MSU 24-9 184 lbs.- Joe Williams (MSU) def. Alex Picazo 6-1 MSU 27-9 197 lbs.- J.D. Bergman (OSU) def. Jeff Clemens MD, 10-2 MSU 27-13 285 lbs.- Kirk Nail (OSU) def. Max Lossen 2-1 MSU 27-16