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Jan. 17, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State wrestling team ran its consecutive wins total to nine over the weekend with a perfect 5-0 performance. The Buckeyes are currently 9-3 overall and have equaled their win total of a year ago.

By The Numbers

During their perfect 5-0 weekend, the Buckeyes compiled a 45-5 mark in their individual matches, including a 29-1 record at the Wendy’s Classic at Ashland Sunday.

Weekend Warriors

OSU’s three days with five duals was the last time the Buckeye team will have more than two duals in one weekend. OSU has nine duals remaining before heading to the Big Ten Championships and then on to the NCAA National Championships.

Quick On The Draw

OSU’s Nick Preston (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/DeSales) scored a win by fall in the 197 match against Binghamton on Sunday at Ashland, Ohio, in the Wendy’s Classic. Preston pinned his opponent, Steve Lane, at 0:16 into the match. The time of the pin is one of the fastest wins in OSU history, second only former-Buckeye Kevin Randleman. Randleman scored a fall at 0:08 in a match during his 177 pound campaign during the 1991-92 season.

Buckeyes Streaking

Since the Buckeye Duals on Jan. 6 and concluding with the results of the Wendy’s Classic, three Buckeyes have put together a personal win streak of their own. Both Preston and No. 1 Tommy Rowlands (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) have won nine straight matches. Robert Sessley (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) has one all eight of his dual matches during the current OSU nine-consecutive win streak.

Buckeye Revenge

The Buckeyes’ wins over Northern Iowa (30-3) and Ashland (45-0) over the weekend, OSU exacted a small measure of revenge following losses to the same two teams a year ago.

Northern Iowa defeated OSU, 25-16, Dec. 12, 1999 and the Buckeyes fell to Ashland, 19-16, Jan. 16, 2000. The win by Ashland was the first-ever over an OSU team and snapped OSU’s 17-consecutive wins over the Eagles.

Double-dip Sundae

OSU’s Sunday schedule consists of a noon dual with Big Ten foe Purdue and a 1:45 tangle with the No. 23 North Carolina.

Big Ten Championships

Hey fans, the 2001 Big Ten Championships will be held at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the Campus of Northwestern at Evanston, Ill., March 3-4. Ticket order forms are available at the ticket office in St. John Arena. For more information on the tournament, visit the Northwestern University web site, nusports.com.

Scouting Purdue

The Boilermakers are guided by ninth-year head coach Jesse Reyes. PU is currently 6-1 overall with its lone loss coming at Northern Iowa, 23-13, Jan. 3.

The Boilermakers are led on the mat by Evan Robinson in the 133 pound division. Robinson is currently 14-3 with 2 wins by fall and is ranked No. 10 in the nation.

Robinson is not the only ranked Boilermaker. Jason Silverstein stands 13-3 with the No. 13 ranking at 125 and No. 18 Jon Bush is 13-2 at 197.

The other two PU wrestlers in the national rankings are Ryan Lange, 19-5 at 174, and Jake Vercelli, 12-5 with a team-high five wins by fall, are both No. 19 in their respective divisions.

Boilermakers vs. Buckeyes

OSU and PU have met on the mats 79 times starting back in the 1920-21 season. The Buckeyes hold a 41-22-6 all-time advantage over the Boilermakers.

OSU won the two team’s last meeting which was contested Feb. 4, 2000 at West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes pulled out a slim 20-19 victory over PU.

Scouting North Carolina

The Tarheels travel to Columbus from Chapel Hill, N.C. under the direction of 27 year head coach Bill Lam. UNC enters the dual with a 2-2 overall record after defeating North Carolina State, 16-14, in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener, Jan. 16.

No. 8 JohnMark Bentley leads the Tarheels with a 17-1 record at 149. He will battle OSU’s No. 16 Keaton Anderson (So., Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington), also a 17-1 record holder.

Bentley is joined in the individual national rankings by No. 14 Corey Bell (174) and No. 15 Nick Richmond (184) .

Tarheels vs. Buckeyes

The Buckeyes and Tarheels have met eight times in their collective histories with UNC holding the 3-5 advantage. The two teams last met in 1998 when the Tarheels scored a 24-11 victory.

Noting the Starters

Kore Sharpley (Sr., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights): Sharpley compiled a 4-1 weekend with two wins by major decision during the Wendy’s Classic Sunday.

Jeff Ratliff (Fr., Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding): Ratliff 3-2 with one major decision in Ashland.

Robert Sessley: Compiled a 4-0 record with one win by fall and another by major decision.

Keaton Anderson: Anderson scored a major decision win in the Pittsburgh dual and finished the weekend at 2-0.

Josh Janson (Jr., Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Moeller): Won two matches by fall and another by major decision during the Wendy’s Classic and ran his record to 14-10 on the strength of a 5-0 weekend.

John Clark (Fr., Canton, N.Y./Canton): Went 4-0 on the weekend with one win by fall and one by major decision.

Ryan Hieber (Fr., Galion, Ohio/Galion): Stands 17-10 overall after a 3-0 weekend.

Anton Talamantes: Finished the weekend 3-1 and recorded a fall in the dual with Binghamton.

Nick Preston: Finished 5-0 overall and recorded two falls.

Tommy Rowlands: Scored a technical fall and two major decisions in his 5-0 weekend. Rowlands leads the team with a 25-2 record.

Next Time Out

The Buckeyes return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, when they travel to State College, Pa. to tangle with the Nittany Lions of Penn State.