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Jan. 6, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State wrestling team swept away the competition at the Buckeye Duals Saturday, winning all four of its dual meets at St. John Arena in Columbus. The No. 15 Buckeyes entered the duals with a 0-3 record before improving to 4-3 overall and 0-0 in the Big Ten. OSU scored victories over Drexel (29-6), Eastern Michigan (35-6), Buffalo (31-6) and Cleveland State (39-3).

The Buckeyes had six of its 11 total competitors finish the day undefeated. No. 1 Tommy Rowlands (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) at 285-lbs., No. 5 Nick Preston (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/DeSales) at 197-lbs., John Clark (Fr., Canton, N.Y./Canton) at 165-lbs., No. 9 Robert Sessley (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) at 141-lbs. and Kore Sharpley (Sr., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) at 125-lbs. all recorded 4-0 records. No. 17 Keaton Anderson (So., Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) at 149-lbs. also finished the day with a perfect record of 3-0.

Rowlands, recently named the No. 1 wrestler in the heavyweight division, improved his record to 20-2 on the year following his four-win performance. Rowlands won one by forfeit, two by decision and one by fall. His win by fall came 0:48 into his match with No. 6 John Eschenfelder of Buffalo, one the marquis matches of the day.

Anderson, Preston and Ratliff joined Rowlands with wins by fall with Rowlands and Ratliff also adding technical fall victories as well. Three of the four wins by fall came in the last dual of the day against Cleveland State and both technical falls came in the meet with Eastern Michigan.

The Buckeyes will return to action Friday when they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on the No. 23 Panthers. OSU’s returns home Jan. 13 when the Northern Iowa Panthers come to St. John Arena for a 2 p.m. dual.

Buckeye Duals (Opening weight class for all matches: 165) vs. Drexel (W 29-6) 165 Clark dec. David Dietrich, 6-4 3-0 174 Hieber dec. Dan Kennett, 3-1 6-0 184 Talamantes dec. Pat Miller, 3-2 9-0 197 Preston dec. Chris Jones, 10-8, ot 12-0 285 Rowlands dec. Mike Carroll, 5-2 15-0 125 Sharpley dec. Rob Rebmann, 7-3 18-0 133 Bill Heverly WBF Ratliff, 3:22 18-6 141 Sessley MD Andy Ciasulli, 12-3 22-6 149 Anderson MD Matt Kennett, 14-3 26-6 157 Janson dec. Jason Staso, 5-2 29-6

vs. Eastern Michigan (W 35-6) 165 Clark dec. Tim Hoff, 5-3 3-0 174 Mike Feeney WBF Hieber, 7:16 3-6 184 Talamantes dec. Travis Kraft, 10-4 6-6 197 Preston dec. Dane Bonnigson, 9-7 9-6 285 Rowlands TF Derrick Parker, 23-8 14-6 125 Sharpley MD Ron Thompson, 15-6 18-6 133 Ratliff dec. Zac Pyles, 6-3 21-6 141 Sessley dec. Darnell Ruffin, 10-3 24-6 149 Anderson TF Rob Root, 20-4 29-6 157 Janson dec. Eric Fairbanks, 6-0 35-6

vs. Buffalo (W 31-6) 165 Clark dec. Dave Gaurino, 7-6 3-0 174 Hieber dec. Garrett Bontempo, 10-4 6-0 184 Josh States dec. Talalmantes, 5-2 6-3 197 Preston dec. Ben Cooper, 7-4 9-3 285 Rowlands WBF John Eschenfelder, 0:48 15-3 125 Sharpley dec. Adam Grillo, 13-6 18-3 133 Ratliff TF Ben Bialek, 18-0 23-3 141 Sessley MD Ryan Bentley, 15-5 27-3 149 Anderson MD Bill Jacoutot, 12-0 31-3 157 Labe Black dec. Janson, 10-8 31-6

vs. Cleveland State (W 39-3) 165 Clark dec. Aaron Warnock, 10-3 3-0 174 Hieber dec. Joe Phillips, 6-5 6-0 184 Talalmantes dec. Brian Hasenohrl, 10-4 9-0 197 Preston WBF Dom Abato, 1:18 15-0 285 Rowlands won by forfeit 21-0 125 Sharpley dec. Rocco Mansueto, 3-1 24-0 133 Ratliff WBF Nick Boucher, 2:22 30-0 141 Sessley dec. Ryan Guciardo, 4-1 33-0 149 Anderson WBF Anthony Coleman, 3:39 39-0 157 Jason Effner dec. Bordner, 6-4 39-3