Feb. 5, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team (7-9, 0-5 Big Ten) concluded its 2004-05 home season Friday night with a 30-6 loss to No. 10 Iowa (8-4, 3-2 Big Ten) at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes celebrated alumni night, welcoming back more than 50 former OSU wrestlers, including national champions Jude Skove (1982-86; 1986 NCAA champion), Rex Holman (1992-93; 1993 NCAA Champion), Mitch Clark (1994-98; 1998 NCAA Champion) and Tommy Rowlands (2000-04; 2002 and ’04 NCAA Champion). Saturday also served as senior night. Ohio State head coach Russ Hellickson honored OSU seniors Chris Burtscher and Nick Harpster.

The dual began at 184 pounds with Iowa’s No. 6-ranked Paul Bradley putting the Hawkeyes on the scoreboard first with a 13-5 major decision over Ohio State’s Alex Picazo (So., Grandview, Ohio). In the next bout at 197, Buckeye J.D. Bergman (So., Oak harbor, Ohio), ranked at No. 4 in the country, sliced the Iowa lead to 4-3 with a decision win. Bergman carried a 2-0 lead into the second period, scoring on a takedown 1:49 into the match. In the second period, Bergman pulled further ahead at 5-1 with another takedown and an escape. He put the finishing touches on his 31st win of the season in the third period with a 6-3 decision.

A pair of ranked wrestlers met in the HWT match in No. 17 Kirk Nail (Fr., Hilliard, Ohio) of Ohio State and No. 9 Matt Field of Iowa. After a scoreless first period, Nail scored an escape from the down position for a 1-0 lead before adding two more points with a takedown at the 4:20 mark. Up 3-1 in the third, Nail allowed a Field escape and a takedown to relinquish the lead at 4-3. Nail answered quickly with an escape of his own for a 4-4 tie. With less than a 30 seconds remaining, Fields scored a decisive takedown for the win and a 7-3 Iowa lead.

After Iowa extended its advantage to 11-3 with a major decision at 125 pounds. Ohio State’s T.J. Enright (Fr., Galloway, Ohio), ranked as high as 17th in the country, faced Iowa’s No. 11 Matt Galanakis. Enright trailed 5-2 at the opening of the third period and closed the gap to 6-4 with his first takedown of the match. Enright was unable to score in the final minute, dropping a 7-4 decision to Galanakis. With the win at 133, Iowa headed to intermission with a 14-3 lead.

Iowa took four of the five remaining matches after intermission, starting at 141 pounds, where Iowa’s Alex Tsirtsis shutout Ohio State’s Jason Johnstone (Fr., Massillon, Ohio), 3-0, to move Iowa ahead 17-3. The Hawkeyes claimed another win at 149 by No. 5 Ty Eustice over Buckeye Steve Wolery (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) via a 9-4 decision. Up 20-3, Iowa’s Joe Johnston, ranked No. 8 in the country, made it six straight wins for the Hawkeyes with a 21-6 technical fall at 157 pounds. Johnston was awarded four points for the technical fall instead of the customary five points because he scored zero nearfall points on Keegan Mueller (Dallas, Texas).

After a win by fall at 165 to put Iowa ahead 30-3, Ohio State’s Nathaniel Augustson (Jr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) lost a 4-3 lead at the end of the second period, but fought back in the third to take the lead with a takedown and a subsequent 3-point nearfall for the 10-6 winning count with just more than a minute remaining.

The Buckeyes continue Big Ten action next week with a trip to Michigan Friday. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m.

No. 10 Iowa 30, Ohio State 6 Iowa OSU 184 – Paul Bradley (I) mdec Alex Picazo (O), 13-5 4 0 197 – J.D. Bergman (O) dec Adam Fellers (I), 6-3 4 3 HWT – Matt Fields (I) dec Kirk Nail (O), 6-4 7 3 125 – Charlie Falck (I) mdec Nathan Costello (O), 10-0 11 3 133 – Mario Galanakis (I) dec T.J. Enright (O), 7-4 14 3 141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec Jason Johnstone (O), 3-0 17 3 149 – Ty Eustice (I) dec Steve Wolery (O), 9-4 20 3 157 – Joe Johnston (I) tfall Keegan Mueller (O), 21-6 24* 3 165 – Mark Perry (I) fall Zach Craiglow (O), 3:42 30 3 174 – Luke Lofthouse (I) vs. Nate Augustson (O), 10-6 30 6

*4-pt techfall – no nearfall pts

Att. 1,469

Individual Match Play-by-Play

First Period
TD-I (2:39)…stalemate position (2:26)…escape-O (2:24)…TD-I (1:54)…escape-O (1:40)…TD-I (:20)…stalemate position (:11)…stalemate position (:04)…

End First Period (O) 2 (I) 6

Second Period
O down…escape-O (1:57)…TD-I (:29)…warning stalling-I (:11)…

End Second Period (O) 3 (I) 8

Third Period
I down…escape-I (1:57)…TD-I (:38)…reversal-O (:15)…escape-I (:04)…ride time-I

Final (O) 5 (I) 13

First Period
stalemate position (2:30)…TD-O (1:11)…

End First Period (O) 2 (I) 0

Second Period
O down…escape-O (1:57)…warning stalling-I (:52)…TD-O (:46)…escape-I (:44)…

End Second Period (O) 5 (I) 1

Third Period
neutral…TD-I (1:25)…escape-O (:57)…

Final (O) 6 (I) 3

First Period

End First Period (O) 0 (I) 0

Second Period
O down…escape-O (1:53)…TD-O (:40)…escape-I (:33)…

End Second Period (O) 3 (I) 1

Third Period I down…escape-I (1:52)…TD-I (:44)…escape-O (:38)…TD-I (:17)…

Final (O) 4 (I) 6

First Period
stalemate position (2:24)…TD-I (2:17)…3 pt nearfall-I (:30)…

End First Period (O) 0 (I) 5

Second Period
neutral…TD-I (:22)…

End Second Period (O) 0 (I) 7

Third Period
neutral…TD-I (1:25)…stalemate position (:46)…ride time-I

Final (O) 0 (I) 10

First Period
TD-I (1:52)…escape-O (:14)…

End First Period (O) 1 (I) 2

Second Period
O down…escape-O (1:55)…TD-I (1:38)…

End Second Period (O) 2 (I) 4

Third Period
I down…escape-I (1:55)…TD-O (1:16)…escape-I (1:10)…ride time-I

Final (O) 4 (I) 7

First Period
TD-I (2:35)…

End First Period (O) 0 (I) 2

Second Period
stalling position (1:03)…

End Second Period (O) 0 (I) 2

Third Period stalemate position (:43)…ride time-I

Final (O) 0 (I) 3

First Period
TD-I (:38)…escape-O (:31)…TD-I (:02)…

End First Period (O) 1 (I) 4

Second Period
O down…escape-O (1:56)…TD-I (1:17)…escape-O (1:12)…

End Second Period (O) 3 (I) 6

Third Period
I down…escape-I (1:58)…TD-I (:20)…escape-O (:15)…

Final (O) 4 (I) 9

First Period
TD-I (2:28)…escape-O (1:56)…TD-I (1:31)…escape-O (1:11)…TD-I (:48)…escape-O (:20)…TD-I (:10)…

End First Period (O) 3 (I) 8

Second Period
I down…escape-I (1:45)…TD-I (1:25)…escape-O (:36)…TD-I (:12)…warning stalling-O (:10)…

End Second Period (O) 4 (I) 13

Third Period
neutral…TD-I (1:50)…escape (1:16)…TD-I (1:02)…escape-O (:42)…stalling-O (:20)…TD-I (:10)…ride time

Final (O) 6 (I) 21

First Period
TD-I (2:48)…nearfall-I (2:35)…stalemate position (1:23)…escape-O (1:15)…TD-I (:25)…3 pt nearfall (:07)…

End First Period (O) 1 (I) 9

Second Period
escape-O (1:58)…TD-I (1:33)…fall-I (1:18)

Final (I) fall at 3:42

First Period
TD-O (2:15)…escape-I (2:13)…

End First Period (O) 2 (I) 1

Second Period
I down…escape-I (1:40)…TD-O (:54)…escape-I (:31)…TD-I (:04)…

End Second Period (O) 4 (I) 5

Third Period
O down…reversal-O (1:46)…3 pt nearfall-O (1:27)…stalemate position (1:12)…escape-I (:54)…ride time-O

Final (O) 10 (I) 6