Feb. 3, 2003
Columbus, Ohio – The No. 3-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (9-4, 1-1) was represented at the 2003 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic Monday by senior 157 and No. 2-ranked Keaton Anderson and junior 165 and third-ranked John Clark. Ohio State head coach Russ Hellickson contributed as a coach at the elite competition held at the University of Delaware, home of the annual Beast of the East event.
Anderson, who defeated top-ranked and defending national champion Luke Becker of Minnesota Sunday to extend his current win streak to 14, faced Northern Illinois’ Scott Owen, ranked third in the latest national polls. Anderson and Owen grappled to a 2-2 stalemate at the end of regulation and headed to sudden victory overtime where Owen choose the down position and Anderson took advantage by locking Owen into a cradle and a three-point near-fall for the 5-2 victory and unofficially extend his win streak to 15.
Clark sought out to avenge one of his three losses in 2003 to No. 4-ranked Troy Letters of Lehigh, who bested Clark 8-3 in the third place match at the Midlands earlier this season. Clark fell short in an eventful and high-scoring 19-14 decision in favor of Letters. The bout began with Letters taking an 11-3 edge following the first period, but Clark recovered to pull within 16-10. In the third period both Clark and Letters traded takedowns, while Clark scored two escapes to Letters’ one, but ultimately fell short at 19-14.
Hellickson joined fellow head coaches Craig Turnbull of West Virginia, Ashland’s Ray Kowatch and Jeff Swenson of Augsburg as coaches for the event.
Ohio State HWT Tommy Rowlands also was selected to represent Ohio State and was slated to face No. 1 Steve Mocco of Iowa, but was forced to withdraw due to injury. Ohio State next takes action at No. 15 Penn State Thursday at 7 p.m.