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Feb. 15, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – In the finale against CMU, Rowlands upped his career takedown number to 363 as he began the match with two takedowns against No. 17 Bill Stouffer. After combining another takedown with a nearfall, the first period ended, 8-2. The second period saw three more takedowns added by Rowlands and a reversal , notching the score at 16-5. Rowlands was able to pull a 24-8 technical fall at 6:10, his 13th of the season, after recording three additional takedowns in the third period.

The 125-pound bout between Buckeye Jones and Chippewa Kyle Stoffer culminated in a 3-0 decision by Jones. The first period saw only one takedown by Stoffer, making the match 2-0, going into the second. After an escape in the second by Stoffer and a scoreless third period, the match ended in favor of Stoffer, 3-0, putting the Chippewas on the board and making the score 5-3.

Ohio State Senior Leng wrestled No. 11-ranked Jordan Webster at 133 through a scoreless first period until Webster scored an escape in the second. Leng tallied a point with an escape of his own in the third, tying the match at 1-1 before Webster added a takedown. Leng failed to gain the lead with a third period escape, as Webster held on for a 3-2 decision, giving Central Michigan a narrow advantage for the first time in the match, 6-5.

Fourth-ranked Jason Mester boosted the Chippewa lead to 11-5 after defeating freshman 141 Dotson via an 18-2 technical fall at 7:08 of the match.

At 149 pounds, senior Ratliff trailed Adam Cunningham 4-1 after the first period before scoring three takedowns in the second to tie the score 7-7 near the end of the second stanza. An escape by Cunningham closed the second period, 8-7. Another takedown by Ratliff and an escape by Cunningham evened the score at 9-9 with 23 seconds remaining before Ratliff added a match-winning takedown to go up 11-9 and secure the 11-10 decision. Ratliff’s decision pulled the Buckeyes to within three team points at 11-8. Freshman James King (Rockwall, Texas) and Central Michigan’s Ty Morgan wrestled through a scoreless first period at 157. King trailed 3-2 before scoring a reversal with less than a minute remaining in the third, making the final score 4-2 and tying the meet at 11-11.

At 165, Clark trailed No. 6 David Bolyard 6-2 after Bolyard scored three takedowns in the first. An escape by Bolyard upped his lead 7-2 heading into the third. The Chippewa scored three takedowns in the third to defeat Clark via major decision 13-5.

With a 15-11match lead over the Buckeyes, the 174-pound bout began with an early lead by Central Michigan’s Mitch Hancock over Buckeye Magistrelli. Hancock’s two takedowns and two escapes combined with a point for riding time to end the match with a 6-2 decision over Magistrelli and an 18-11 lead over the Buckeyes.

Kaplan wrestled Alex Lammers at 184 pounds. Kaplan grabbed a 5-2 lead in the second period with a takedown and a nearfall. After an escape by Kaplan and two stalemate calls in the third, Lammers scored a takedown, bringing him within three at 7-4 before the match ended with a decision in for Kaplan, his 31st of the season.

With a four-point deficit, the Buckeyes entered the 197-pound match between Bergman and Joe Yager. The pair wrestled through a scoreless first and second period. With the dual hanging in the balance, Yager scored a takedown in the third only to be met with an escape by Bergman to notch the final score 3-1 after the addition of riding time, which put Central Michigan at a final 21-14.

The Buckeyes next take the mat at Iowa at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in Iowa City, Iowa.

COMPLETE MATCH RESULTS – No. 15 Central Michigan 21, No. 19 OHIO STATE 14, Wgt. Winner, Team Dec. Loser, Team Result Score HWT Tommy Rowlands, OSU TF Bill Stouffer, CM 24-8 5-0 125 Kyle Stoffer, CM Dec. Jermaine Jones, OSU 4-0 5-3 133 Jordan Webster, CM Dec. Jesse Leng, OSU 3-2 6-5 141 Jason Mester, CM TF Theo Dotson, OSU 18-2 11-5 149 Jeff Ratliff, OSU Dec. Adam Cunningham, CM 11-10 11-8 157 James King, OSU Dec. Ty Morgan, CM 4-3 11-11 165 David Bolyard, CM MD John Clark, OSU 13-5 15-11 174 Mitch Hancock, CM Dec. Anthony Magistrelli, OSU 6-2 18-11 184 Blake Kaplan, OSU Dec. Alex Lammers, CM 7-4 18-14 197 Joe Yager, CM Dec. J.D. Bergman, OSU 3-1 21-14

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