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January 16, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 25 Pittsburgh Panthers grabbed the early momentum and rode it all the way to victory in defeating Ohio State, 22-9, this afternoon in St. John Arena.%^$

After the Buckeyes took the early lead behind Matt Fratta’s (Sr., Willard, Ohio) overtime tiebreak victory, the Panthers beat up Ohio State where OSU is at its strongest – the lighter weight classes. Pittsburgh’s Shawn Amistade started the run when he defeated Robert Sessley (So., Columbus, Ohio), 6-2. After wins at 141, 149 and 157, Pittsburgh’s lead was 13-3.%^$ %^$The Buckeyes cause was made more difficult because of a knee injury Keaton Anderson (Fr., Pickerington, Ohio) suffered this week in practice. Anderson was held out of the lineup and is hopeful of returning next week against No. 3 Iowa.%^$

Bright spots for Ohio State included Bo James (So., Akron, Ohio) and Peter Rogers (Jr., Sheboygan, Wis.). James appears to have regained his form after suffering a wrist injury in early December. He defeated Pittsburgh’s Kevin Johnson, 8-2. Rogers, currently ranked No. 17, hung on to defeat Brian Pardini, 2-1. The win was Rogers sixth in his last seven matches.%^$

Ohio State next travels to Ashland, Ohio, to compete in the Wendy’s Classic tomorrow. They return home Friday, January 22, to take on the four-time defending national champion Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team, ranked No. 3 in the nation.%^$

%^$Final Score%^$No. 25 Pittsburgh Panthers 22%^$Ohio State Buckeyes 9%^$

Match Results%^$125 lbs – No. 16 Matt Fratta, Ohio State dec. James Thornton, Pittsburgh 5-5 (tb)%^$133 lbs – Shawn Amistade, Pittsburgh dec. No. 17 Robert Sessley, Ohio State 6-2%^$141 lbs – Chris DiGuiseppe, Pittsburgh dec. Tariq Seiffullah, Ohio State 5-3%^$149 lbs – Chad Jesko, Pittsburgh maj. dec. Jeff Bucher, Ohio State 10-0%^$157 lbs – Mike Ziska, Pittsburgh dec. Brian Roskovich, Ohio State 4-2%^$165 lbs – No. 17 Peter Rogers, Ohio State dec. Brian Pardini, Pittsburgh 2-1%^$174 lbs – Bo James, Ohio State dec. Kevin Johnson, Pittsburgh 8-2%^$184 lbs – No. 5 Nick Mengerink dec. Nick Preston, Ohio State 3-1%^$197 lbs – Dan Stine, Pittsburgh dec. Brad Todd, Ohio State 8-3%^$HWT – Matt Mueller, Pittsburgh dec. Eric Wood, Ohio State 8-1%^$%^$Attendance: 534