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Dec. 18, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team (1-3, 0-0 Big Ten) opened its home schedule Saturday at St. John Arena with a pair of dual matches against Virginia Tech and No. 13 Missouri. The Buckeyes were defeated in each bout via a 29-12 score against Virginia Tech and a 33-6 count vs. Missouri. The Tigers and Hokies met in the middle match of the day with Missouri landing another win at 33-6.

In the opener vs. Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes found themselves in a 15-0 deficit after the first three matches. The Hokies combined falls at 125 and 133 and a decision at 141 to jump out to the early advantage. In the 133 bout, Ohio State’s T.J. Enright, No. 11 in the nation, suffered just his third loss of the season after being pinned by 14th-ranked David Hoffman of Virginia Tech. Buckeye freshman Jason Johnstone wrestled a hard-fought match at 141, but failed to score a late takedown and eventually fell to Hokie Donny Ooton, 6-4.

After a decision win by OSU junior Steve Wolery at 149, Virginia Tech scored a major decision at 157 and a decision at 165 to take a 22-3 lead. At 174, Nathaniel Augustson scored a decision for the Buckeyes to cut the VT lead to 22-6. Augustson trailed, 3-2, through two periods in his bout with VT’s Shaun Guttridge, but he extended the match into overtime with a third-period escape. In the extra session, Augustson landed a takedown at the 0:35 mark for his seventh victory of the season.

After a major decision at 184, Sophomore J.D. Bergman, ranked fourth in the nation, scored six team points with his first fall of the 2005 season on Hokie Tomas Oville at the 1:55 mark. At HWT, Virginia Tech’s Mike Faust, ranked No. 9, was pushed by OSU freshman Kirk Nail before closing the dual with a 5-3 decision. With the match tied at 2-2 in the third, Faust scored a takedown and an escape to seal the win and the 29-12 victory for Virginia Tech.

Match 1: Virginia Tech 29, Ohio State 12 VT OSU 125 – Justin Staylor (VT) fall Nathan Costello (O), 0:54 6 0 133 – David Hoffman (VT) fall TJ Enright (O), 6:10 12 0 141 – Donny Ooton (VT) dec Jason Johnstone (O), 6-4 15 0 149 – Steve Wolery (O) dec Tyde Prater (O), 9-6 15 3 157 – Reed Carpenter (VT) mdec Keegan Mueeler (O), 13-2 19 3 165 – Chris Stith (VT) dec Zach Craiglow (O), 9-4 22 3 174 – Nathaniel Auguston (0) dec Shaun Guttridge (VT), 5-3(OT) 22 6 184 – Steve Borja (VT) mdec Alex Picazo (O), 15-5 26 6 197 – JD Bergman (O) fall Tomas Ovalle (VT), 1:55 26 12 HWT – Mike Faust (VT) dec Kirk Nail (O), 5-3 29 12

In the finale against Missouri, the Buckeyes and Tigers wrestled to a 3-3 tie after the first two bouts with freshman Eric Wanner making his home debut for the Buckeyes with a 3-0 loss to Tiger Tim Kephart. At 133, Enright regrouped to win his 16th match of the season. After a scoreless first period, Enright relinquished an escape to Ty McComack of Missouri before scoring a set of takedowns to carry a 4-2 edge heading into the final period. Enright held on for a 4-3 decision, his second this season over T. McCormack. The pair met in the Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month with Enright claiming a 3-2 win.

Missouri grabbed a 13-3 lead after scoring a major decision at 141 and a fall at 149. At 157, Ohio State’s Keegan Mueller faced Brad Cielenski, whom he beat earlier this month at the Las Vegas Invite. This time, Cielenski, ranked as high as No. 15 in the country, avenged the previous loss with a 9-4 decision for a 16-3 Tiger lead.

In the second half of the dual, Missouri posted a pair of major decisions by No. 9 Tyron Woodley and No. 1 Ben Askren at 165 and 174 and a fall by No. 10 Matt Pell at 184 to move ahead 30-3. At 174, Augustson held Askren to a slight 6-3 lead through the first period, but the Tiger pulled away in periods two and three for the eventual 17-4 win.

Bergman scored win No. 2 of the day at 197 via a 3-1 decision over No. 14 Jeff Foust. The pair wrestled to a 1-1 draw late in the match before Bergman scored the deciding takedown with just 15 seconds remaining to win his 16th match of the year.

Missouri closed the scoring with a 4-3 decision at HWT. Nail wrestled Chase Wetenkamp to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, but a 1:00 riding time advantage gave the Tigers the three team points and the 33-6 win.

Match 3: No. 13 Missouri 33, Ohio State 6 UM OSU 125 – Tim Kephart(M) dec Eric Wanner (O), 5-2 3 0 133 – TJ Enright (O) dec Ty McCormick (M), 4-3 3 3 141 – Chris McCormick (M) mdec Jason Johnstone (O),12-3 7 3 149 – Josh Wagner (M) fall Ryan Needle (O), 1:46 13 3 157 – Brad Cieleski (M) dec Keegan Mueeler (O), 9-4 16 3 165 – Tyron Woodley (M) mdec Zach Craiglow (O), 13-2 20 3 174 – Ben Askren (M) mdec Nathaniel Auguston (0),17-4 24 3 184 – Matt Pell (M) fall Alex Picazo (O), 2:45 30 3 197 – JD Bergman (O) dec Jeff Foust (M), 3-1 30 6 HWT – Chase Wetenkamp (M) dec Kirk Nail (O), 4-3 33 6

Match 2: No. 13 Missouri 33, Virginia Tech 6 UM VT 125 – Austin DeVoe (M) dec Justin Staylor(VT), 7-2 3 0 133 – David Hoffman (VT) dec Ty McCormick (M), 5-2 3 3 141 – Chris McCormick (M) dec Donny Ooton (VT), 9-2 6 3 149 – Cody Greene (M) Mdec Tyde Prater (VT), 10-0 10 3 157 – Brad Cieleski (M) dec Reed Carpenter (VT), 3-1 SV 13 3 165 – Tyron Woodley (M) dec Chris Stith (VT), 2-1 16 3 174 – Ben Askren (M) Med. Forfeit 22 3 184 – Matt Pell (M) tech. fall Steve Borja (VT), 19-2/ 2:45 27 3 197 – Jeff Foust (M) fall Tomas Oville, 4:19 33 3 HWT – Mike Faust (VT) dec Chase Wetenkamp (M), 7-6 33 6