Jan. 29, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Tommy Rowlands (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready), the No. 1 ranked heavyweight in the nation, won his 15th-consecutive match when he scored a 5-3 decision over Edinboro’s Josh Pearce Monday. Pearce, the No. 11 wrestler in the nation, and Rowlands met in the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic held on the campus of Franklin and Marshall University in Lancaster, Pa. The NWCA classic brings together the best, and highest-ranked, wrestlers in the nation annually.

Rowlands started the match with two takedowns and finished the first period with a 4-2 lead. The only scoring in the second was a Rowlands escape to begin the period. Pearce followed suit with an escape to begin the third period to cap the scoring for a 5-3 Rowlands victory.

Rowlands’ win was his 30th on the year and increased his overall record to 30-2 with a 3-0 mark in the Big Ten.

Rowlands and the Buckeyes will return to action for their final home duals of the year as they play host to No. 8 Michigan State at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Northwestern at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both duals will take place at St. John Arena.

NWCA All-Star Classic Jan. 29, 2001

#1 Tommy Rowlands –5
#11 Josh Pearce– 3

Period #1-
Rowlands 2 point takedown (2-0)
Pearce 1 point escape (2-1)
Rowlands 2 point takedown (4-1)
Pearce 1 point escape (4-2)
Period #2-
Rowlands chooses down position
Rowlands 1 point escape (5-2)
Period #3-
Pearce chooses down position
Pearce 1 point escape (5-3)