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January 22, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes fought valiantly but couldn’t overcome the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes tonight, falling 32-6, before 1,899 at St. John Arena.

%^$Two Buckeyes who are having successful seasons landed victories. Matt Fratta (Sr., Willard, Ohio) defeated Iowa’s Ben Kritsonis in overtime, 6-4, for OSUs first victory on the evening. Wrestling at 125 pounds, Fratta found himself trailing, 4-3, late in the third period. But he managed to go over one minute in advantage time to pick up the point that tied the score at 4-4. The two wrestlers went into sudden death overtime, which Fratta ended when he scored two points for a takedown.

%^$The other Buckeye who picked up a win was Peter Rogers (Jr., Sheboygan, Wis.). One of the hottest OSU wrestlers at the moment, Rogers was tied up at 2-2 late in the third period when he eclipsed the one minute mark in advantage time. He was able to hang on in the final seconds to capture a 3-2 victory.

%^$Rogers has now won eight straight decisions and ten of his last eleven. He leads the team in dual match victories with 11.

%^$Ohio State has no time to worry about this loss, as tomorrow they travel to No. 11 Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa., at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes return home on Friday, January 29, when they take on No. 16 Purdue at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.

%^$Results%^$

%^$184 lbs – No. 19 Paul Jenn, Iowa dec. Nick Preston, Ohio State 6-3%^$197 lbs – No. 2 Lee Fullhart, Iowa pinned Brad Todd, Ohio State 2:37%^$HWT – No. 3 Wes Hand, Iowa maj. dec. Eric Wood, Ohio State 21-8%^$125 lbs – Matt Fratta, Ohio State dec. Ben Kritsonis, Iowa 6-4 (ot)%^$133 lbs – No. 2 Eric Juergens, Iowa dec. Robert Sessley, Ohio State 11-5%^$141 lbs – No. 4 Doug Schwab, Iowa tech. fall Kore Sharpley, Ohio State 21-6%^$149 lbs – No. 1 T.J. Williams, Iowa dec. Jeff Bucher, Ohio State 10-4%^$157 lbs – No. 12 Jaime Heidt, Iowa maj. dec. Brian Roskovich, Ohio State 13-5%^$165 lbsNo. 18 Peter Rogers, Ohio State dec. Ben Uker, Iowa 3-2%^$174 lbs – No. 7 Gabe McMahan, Iowa maj. dec. No. 20 Bo James, Ohio State 19-7%^$%^$Records –%^$Iowa 8-1, 1-0 Big Ten; Ohio State 9-5, 0-1 Big Ten

%^$Attendance –%^$1,899