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Jan. 21, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State wrestling Buckeyes continued their winning ways and ran their consecutive-wins streak to 11 with victories against Big Ten foe Purdue (19-12) and No. 20 North Carolina (35-4). With the two wins, OSU’s record improved to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers fell to 6-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten while UNC saw its record drop to 2-4 overall with a 1-0 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In their dual with the Boilermakers, the Buckeyes dropped the opening match when No. 10 Evan Robinson scored a 12-7 decision over No. 19 Jeff Ratliff (Fr., Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding). The next six matches saw the score jump back and forth in favor of both teams until No. 16 Anton Talamantes (So., Ft. Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger), No. 4 Nick Preston (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/DeSales) and No. 1 Tommy Rowlands (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) scored two decisions and a major decision, respectively, to put the dual out of reach. OSU also saw three of its wrestlers, Rowlands, Talamantes and John Clark (Fr., Canton, N.Y./Canton), score a win in their first conference action.

OSU lost one match in the UNC dual, a 10-2 major decision for No. 8 JohnMark Bentley over Richie Bordner (Jr., Jefferson City, Mo./Jefferson City). The Buckeyes started the dual on the right foot quickly when Ratliff pinned Brad Byers at 4:22 to give OSU a 6-0 lead. Clark, Preston and Kore Sharpley (Sr., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) all scored victories by major decision against the Tar Heels while Rowlands stayed perfect in duals (14-0) with an 18-3 technical fall at 6:28. The Buckeyes consecutive-wins streak will be tested on the road Friday when OSU travels to Penn State for a 7 p.m. dual with the Nittany Lions. OSU will then return home Sunday for a 2 p.m. dual with No. 22 Indiana at St. John Arena.

(Opening weight class was 133)
No. 10 Ohio State 19
Purdue 12

133 No. 10 Evan Robinson (P) dec. No. 19 Jeff Ratliff, 12-7 (0-3)
141 No. 6 Robert Sessley (O) dec. Paul Sacquitne, 8-4 (3-3)
149 Brad Harper (P) dec. Richie Bordner, 7-3 (3-6)
157 Josh Janson (O) dec. Oscar Santiago, 3-2 (6-6)
165 John Clark (O) dec. Kirk Moore, 5-4 (9-6)
174 No. 19 Ryan Lange (P) dec. Ryan Hieber, 5-3 (9-9)
184 No. 16 Anton Talamantes (O) dec. Jared Williams, 8-7 (12-9)
197 No. 4 Nick Preston (O) dec. No. 18 Jon Bush, 6-3 (15-9)
285 No. 1 Tommy Rowlands (O) MD Israel Blevins, 23-9 (19-9)
125 No. 13 Jason Silverstein (P) dec. Kore Sharpley, 1-0 (19-12)

No. 10 Ohio State 35
No. 20 N. Carolina 4

133 No. 19 Jeff Ratliff (O) WBF Brad Byers, 4:22 (6-0)
141 No. 6 Robert Sessley (O) dec. Mike Booth, 2-1 2OT (9-0)
149 No. 8 JohnMark Bentley (N) MD Richie Bordner, 10-2 (9-4)
157 Josh Janson (O) dec. Chris DiGuiseppe, 12-7 (12-4)
165 John Clark (O) MD Jason Wilson, 12-4 (16-4)
174 Ryan Hieber (O) dec. No. 18 Corey Bell, 6-4 (19-4)
184 No. 16 Anton Talamantes dec. No. 15 Nick Richmond, 11-8 (22-4)
197 No. 4 Nick Preston (O) MD Clint Osborn, 14-6 (26-4)
285 No. 1 Tommy Rowlands (O) TF Ryan Adams, 6:28 (18-3) (31-4)
125 Kore Sharpley (O) MD Chris Collins, 13-5 (35-4)

Attendance: 769