COLUMBUS, Ohio In its first match of the day, the sixth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (5-0) defeated No. 21 Northern Iowa (4-3), 32-12, Saturday in the 2009 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Buckeyes will take on No. 3 Cornell in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Ohio State won seven of 10 matches, including a pair of falls by Reece Humphrey and Lance Palmer. Humphrey, a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., dropped Josh Baldridge in 6:26 at 133 pounds. Two weight classes later at 149 pounds, Palmer, a junior from Columbia Station, Ohio, downed Brett Robbins in 2:46.
The Buckeyes received six points at the beginning of the match when UNI’s Caleb Flores was forced to forfeit at 125 pounds. Ohio State then proceeded to take a 28-0 lead before Northern Iowa won at 174 pounds.
Following Humphrey’s pin, senior J Jaggers, from Northfield, Ohio, beat Trent Washington, 4-3 in the 141-division. Entering the midway point, classmate and Massillon, Ohio, native Jason Johnstone maintained the Buckeye momentum as he handed Trevor Kittleson a 15-5 loss at 157 pounds.
The 165-pound match-up between sophomore Colt Sponseller and UNI’s Moza Fay was a rematch from the NWCA All-Star Classic in November. Wrestling in exhibition action in Columbus, Fay was able to garner a 13-9 win. In the matchup Saturday, Sponseller secured the victory that counted, taking the 9-6 win.
After the 165-pound division, the Scarlet and Gray dropped its next three of four bouts, with junior Mike Pucillo recording a 12-3 major decision at 184 pounds. The Strongsville, Ohio, native beat Alex Dolly.
The Buckeyes lost matches at 174 and 197 pounds and heavyweight. Junior Dave Rella dropped a 6-4 decision to Jarion Beets and freshman Cody Gardner lost to Andrew Anderson, 9-6. Junior Corey Morrison was pinned in 6:51 by Christian Brantley.
No. 6 Ohio State 32, No. 21 UNI 12
NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Preliminary Round Results
125 Nikko Triggas (OSU) WBF Caleb Flores (UNI) DEF
133 Reece Humphrey (OSU) WBF Josh Baldridge (UNI) F 6:26
141 J Jaggers (OSU) WBD Trent Washington (UNI) D 4-3
149 Lance Palmer (OSU) WBF Brett Robbins (UNI) F 2:46
157 Jason Johnstone (OSU) WBD Trevor Kittleson (UNI) M 15-5
165 Colt Sponseller (OSU) WBD Moza Fay (UNI) D 9-6
174 Jarion Beets (UNI) WBD Dave Rella (OSU) D 6-4
184 Mike Pucillo (OSU) WBD Alex Dolly (UNI) M 12-3
197 Andrew Anderson (UNI) WBD Cody Gardner (OSU) D 9-6
285 Christian Brantley (UNI) WBF Corey Morrison (OSU) F 6:51