COLUMBUS, Ohio Competing against some of the top collegiate wrestlers in the nation, J Jaggers, Reece Humphrey and Colt Sponseller made their debut in one of the National Wrestling Coaches Association more prestigious events in the 43rd Annual NWCA All-Star Classic Presented by the United States Marine Corps Monday. The event, hosted by Ohio State, was held in St. John Arena.
Jaggers was featured in the main event at 141 pounds, while Humphrey and Sponseller wrestled in exhibition bouts at 133 and 165 pounds, respectively.
The 2008 defending national champion at 141 pounds and ranked No. 1 in the nation, Jaggers dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 2 Nick Gallick of Iowa State. The match ended in a scoreless tie after the first period. Early in the second stanza at the 1:47 mark, Gallick was able to get the reversal for two points and then about 36 seconds later recorded a three-point nearfall for a 5-0 lead. With 51 seconds left, Jaggers, a senior from Northfield, Ohio, scored an escape to get on the board. Taking the down position in the third period, Jaggers scored another escape to cut Gallick’s lead to three and although Gallick did not score the rest of the period, he earned one more point based on a 2:10 riding time.
Similar to the start of the Jaggers and Gallick match, No. 8 Humphrey and Navy’s Joe Baker concluded the first period in a 0-0 tie. However, Baker, who is ranked No. 6, ended the scoreless drought after he notched an escape after taking the down position in the second stanza in the period’s only scoring. Baker was able to increase his advantage to four points when he secured a three-point nearfall in the third. Humphrey, a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., avoided the shut out courtesy of an escape in the final period. Baker would go on to amass a riding time of 1:47 for the additional point and 5-1 win.
Sponseller nearly rallied from a 9-3 deficit after the second period against second-ranked Moza Fay of Northern Iowa, but came up short, losing 13-9. A native of Glenmont, Ohio, No. 16 Sponseller scored three takedowns in the final period, but Fay was able to counter with a trio of escapes, plus a riding time of 2:22 for the victory.
After almost two weeks off from competition, the No. 3 Buckeyes are back in action at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Dec. 5-6.
All-Star Classic Results
St. John Arena
125 No. 3 Charlie Falck (Iowa) dec. No. 5 James Nicholson (Old Dominion) 6-2
133 No. 4 Jimmy Kennedy (Illinois) dec. No. 2 Jayson Ness (Minnesota) 7-5
141 No. 2 Nick Gallick (Iowa State) dec. No. 1 J Jaggers (Ohio State) 6-2
149 No. 1 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) tech fall No. 4 Darrion Caldwell (NC State) 19-3
157 No. 5 Jordan Leen (Cornell) wbf No. 7 No. 7 Cyler Sanderson (Iowa State) 5:59
165 No. 1 Nick Marable (Missouri) dec. No. 2 Mack Lewnes (Cornell) 3-2
174 No. 1 Steve Luke (Michigan) dec. No. 2 Jay Borschel (Iowa) 3-2
184 No. 3 Phil Keddy (Iowa) dec. No. 4 Louis Caputo (Harvard) 3-2
197 No. 1 Jake Varner (Iowa State) maj. dec. No. 2 Hudson Taylor (Maryland) 13-1
285 No. 1 Jared Rosholt (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 3 Kyle Massey (Wisconsin) 8-4
133 No. 6 Joe Baker (Navy) dec. No. 8 Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) 5-1
165 No. 2 Moza Fay (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 16 Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) 13-9