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Ohio State downs Minnesota, 25-12, at the UNI-Dome Sunday

COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 6-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (8-1; 0-0 Big Ten) wrestled back to a fifth-place finish Sunday at the 2009 National Duals, defeating No. 11 Minnesota, 25-12, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

After falling to No. 3 in Cornell in the quarterfinals Saturday, the Buckeyes recorded victories against No. 5 Missouri, No. 16 Boise State and Minnesota to earn fifth-place.

Wrestling at 174 pounds, junior Dave Rella scored Ohio State’s biggest win with a 13-3 major decision over Golden Gopher Kaleb Young. In three periods of work, Rella, a Youngstown, Ohio, native recorded five takedowns.

The Scarlet and Gray also received wins from No.  8-ranked Reece Humphrey, No. 14 J Jaggers, No. 4 Lance Palmer, No. 4 Colt Sponseller and No. 2 Mike Pucillo.

At 133, Humphrey earned a close 5-4 decision to upset Minnesota’s fourth-ranked Jayson Ness to put Ohio State on the board after sophomore Nikko Triggas dropped an 8-3 decision to No. 8 Zach Sanders at 125.

Jaggers followed with a 7-2 decision at 141 pounds. To secure the win, the senior tallied one take down, two escapes and a three-point nearfall in the upset over the Gopher’s No. 8-ranked Mike Thorn. The winning continued for the Buckeyes with Palmer pinned Minnesota’s Joe Grygelko in 2:35.

The Gophers earned a win of their own when Tyler Safratowich decided Buckeye Jason Johnstone in a close 6-4 match. Sophomore Sponseller would put Ohio State right back in the meet defeating 18th-ranked Scott Glasser in a 4-0 decision. Pucillo earned the final points for the Scarlet and Gray, pinning Brent Eidenschink in 4:33. 

Fifth Place
Ohio State (OSU) 25 vs. Minnesota (MN) 12

125 Zach Sanders (MN) WBD Nikko Triggas (OSU) D 8-3
133 Reece Humphrey (OSU) WBD Jayson Ness (MN) D 5-4
141 J Jaggers (OSU) WBD Mike Thorn (MN) D 7-2
149 Lance Palmer (OSU) WBF Joe Grygelko (MN) F 2:35
157 Tyler Safratowich (MN) WBD Jason Johnstone (OSU) D 6-4
165 Colt Sponseller (OSU) WBD Scott Glasser (MN) D 4-0
174 Dave Rella (OSU) WBD Kaleb Young (MN) M 13-3
184 Mike Pucillo (OSU) WBF Brent Eidenschink (MN) F 4:33
197 Gordon Bierschenk (MN) WBD Cody Gardner (OSU) D 4-3
285 Joe Nord (MN) WBD Corey Morrison (OSU) D 4-3