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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%^$Arena for a 2 p.m. dual.%^$

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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