May 3, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman and 2004 All-American J.D. Bergman, who won six straight matches to claim third place at the 2004 NCAA’s, remained on a roll in postseason action at the FILA Junior National Championships this weekend in Lincoln, Neb. The Oak Harbor native claimed a sweep at the 211-pound weight class, winning the Greco-style championship Friday night and the freestyle title Saturday. Fellow Buckeye T.J. Enright, a redshirt freshman, won the 132-pound class in the freestyle division as well.
Friday, Bergman advanced through the quarterfinals and semifinals with a set of falls to set up a match with Jake Marquardt of Altoona, Iowa in the finals. In the championship bout, Bergman, who wrestled for Ohio International Wrestling, scored his third fall of the day at the 4:15 mark of the match to win the Greco gold en route to being named Outstanding Wrestler of the Greco Division. Saturday saw Bergman complete the sweep as he registered two more falls to claim a spot in the freestyle final, where he bested Phil Davis of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club by a 12-2 technical fall.
Enright, a native of Galloway, Ohio and also member of Ohio International Wrestling, completed Saturday unblemished in five matches on his way to the 132 crown. Enright advanced with a first-round decision, a second-round technical fall and another decision in the quarterfinals to stage a semifinal match with former junior national champion Mack Reiter of the Minnesota Storm. Against Reiter, Enright emerged with a tight 4-2 decision and followed with a 5-1 decision win over Tyler MacCormick of Missouri Elite in the final to win FILA gold.
The Ohio State wrestling team will celebrate its season and its third-place finish at the NCAA Championships at the annual postseason banquet Saturday, May 15 at the Blackwell Inn. Information on the banquet maybe accessed on the wrestling page at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com .