Nov. 30, 2006

Complete Release in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader

No. 13 Ohio State
(1-1-0; 0-0-0 Big Ten)
At Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
All Day
Friday, Dec. 1, 2006
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006
Star of the Desert Arena
Primm, Nev.

Probable Lineup 2006-07 Dual Record
125 Will Livingston 0-2
133 Owen Schaefer 0-0
141 J Jaggers 2-0
149 Lance Palmer 1-1
157 Jason Johnstone 1-1
165 Chris Vondruska 0-2
174 No Entry
184 Mike Pucillo 2-0
197 No Entry
285 Corey Morrison 1-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will compete at the 25th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Friday and Saturday in the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev.

The Buckeyes break from dual action after going 1-1 in their first two dual meets of the season.

Nearly 50 Division I, II, NAIA and junior colleges and universities will participate in the 25th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The event is not an open tournament with each institution limited to one eligible wrestler per weight class.

For complete results, visit

Friday, Dec. 1
9 a.m. Pigtail Round
10 a.m. Round 1, Round 2 and Consolation Pigtails
7 p.m. Quarterfinals and Consolation Rounds 1 and 2

Saturday, Dec. 2
9 a.m. Consolation Round 3
10 a.m. Semifinals and Consolation Round 4
11:30 a.m. Consolation semifinals
12:30 p.m. Consolation finals for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th places
5 p.m. Championship finals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places

An all-session pass to the Las Vegas Invitational for adults is $35, while an all-session pass for students with a valid student ID is $25. Individual tickets are as follows: adults – $12 for preliminary rounds and $14 for championship finals, students – $8 for preliminary rounds and $10 for championship finals. There is no presale for tickets.

After spending the preseason ranked 15th, Ohio State moved up to 13th in the Nov. 28 edition of the USA Today/InterMat/NWCA poll. The Buckeyes upset then-No. 9 Cornell, 18-17, Nov. 26 to move to 1-1-0 overall.

Five Buckeyes are ranked in the Top 20 in their respective weight classes in the Nov. 28 edition of the USA Today/InterMat/NWCA standings.

At 133 pounds, T. J. Enright moved up to 15th from 18th after winning his first dual against Cornell to go 1-0 on the season. J Jaggers, undefeated in dual action with a 2-0 record at 149 pounds, is 10th. Blake Maurer is 18th at 174 pounds and redshirt freshman Mike Pucillo (2-0) is eighth after starting the preseason 13th at 184 pounds. J.D. Bergman is seventh at 197 pounds.

OSU head coach Tom Ryan earned his 110th career victory with the Buckeyes’ 18-17 win over Cornell. Ryan gathered his first win as the head coach of the Scarlet and Gray, while his other 109 wins came at Hofstra, where he was the head coach for 11 seasons. Ryan’s career record is 110-84-1 (.567).

Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan compiled his first win as the OSU head coach against then-No. 9 Cornell Nov. 26.

With the 18-17 win over then-No. 9 Cornell Nov. 26, Ohio State defeated a Top 25 team for the first time since the 2004-05 season when it beat then-No. 13 Penn State, 21-17, in University Park, Pa. The last time the Buckeyes defeated a team ranked in the Top 10 was in 2002-03 when the Scarlet and Gray upended then-No. 6 West Virginia, 21-14, in Morgantown, W. Va.

For the second time in his OSU career, T. J. Enright produced the winning points for Ohio State in the final bout. With the Buckeyes down, 17-15, going into the concluding match at 133 pounds, Enright tallied a 5-3 decision over Nick Bridge to give Ohio State the 18-17 victory. It was nearly the same scenario for Enright and the Buckeyes during the 2004-05 season. Enright recorded a 7-2 win over Bloomsburg’s Joe Hassenman to lift the Scarlet and Gray over the Huskies by the same 18-17 margin at the Buckeye Duals in St. John Arena.

With the win over Cornell, Ohio State improved its record to 40-28-0 (.588) in road dual openers.

Ohio State has competed or will compete against some of the toughest teams in the nation in 2006-07. Nine of the Buckeyes’ opponents are ranked in the Top 25 of the USA Today/InterMat/NWCA poll. Five opponents – Missouri (2), Iowa (6), Penn State (7), Michigan (8) and Northwestern (10) are in the Top 10.

Ohio State improved its record to 1-1-0 overall when it upset then-No. 9 Cornell, 18-17, Nov. 26 at Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y.

No. 18th-ranked T.J. Enright lifted the Buckeyes over the Big Red when he wrestled Cornell’s Nick Bridge to a 5-3 decision in the final and match-deciding bout at 133 pounds. With the Scarlet and Gray down, 17-15, heading into the concluding showdown, Enright scored a pair of takedowns and an escape for the five points needed to overcome Bridge’s three escapes.

Another key turning point in the meet came when sophomore heavyweight Corey Morrison pinned Zach Hammond in 3:57 with two matches remaining to give Ohio State a 15-13 lead after trailing Cornell 13-9.

Sixth-ranked J Jaggers earned his second dual victory of the season with a 4-3 decision over Corey Manson in the opening match at 141 pounds. Jason Johnstone, ranked 19th in the nation, secured his first win of the season after defeating Drake Hovis, 8-2, at 149 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Pucillo garnered dual win No. 2 of the season against Luke Hogle, 11-4, at 184 pounds.

Now 2-0 on the season, sophomore J Jaggers has won 12 of his last 14 dual match-ups dating back to Jan. 14, 2006 when he downed Matt Dragon of Penn in 4:06 at the Virginia Duals.

CLASS OF 2007-08
Ohio State wrestling head coach Tom Ryan announced the signing of five student-athletes to the Buckeye squad for the 2007-08 season. Sean Nemec, Colton Sponseller, Bo Touris, Nikko Triggas and John Weakley will join the team next season.

“As a staff, we are honored each of these young men have chosen to pursue their academic and athletic goals at Ohio State University,” Ryan said. “Each of these young men have won at the highest level with class and hard work. Our staff is looking forward to helping them build upon their successes in every aspect of their lives.”

Nemec, who hails from Lakewood, Ohio, and attends St. Edwards High School, is considered by many the top wrestling recruit in Ohio. Entering his senior year at St. Edwards, Nemec is ranked as high as first in the nation at 152 pounds in the wrestling publication Amateur Wrestling News and second by Wrestling International Newsmagazine. Nemec is a two-time high school state champion, three-time finalist and the 2004 Cadet freestyle national champion. Nemec also is a two-time junior national freestyle All-American, finishing third at 152 pounds in 2006 and sixth at 145 pounds in 2005.

Sponseller, a student at West Holmes High School in Millersburg, Ohio, is a two-time high school state champion. Wrestling at 160 pounds, Sponseller also is the 2006 NHSCA Junior National Champion. Ranked as high as fourth in W.I.N. Magazine’s preseason rankings, Sponseller was a seventh-place finisher in the 2005 freestyle competition.

Touris is a native of West Chester, Ohio, and attends Lakota West High School. Wrestling at 112 pounds in 2005, Touris was an Ohio high school state division I district qualifier and finished the season with a 36-6 record. In 2006, Touris returned to 103 pounds after wrestling at that weight his freshman year and finished third in the Ohio high school state championships, capping a 46-1 season. Touris also was the Ohio Cadet Greco Roman and Freestyle state champion in 2005. Touris, a Fargo Nationals Cadet Greco Roman National champion, also finished second at the FILA nationals in Cadet Greco Roman competition. Touris was ranked as high as fifth at 103 pounds in W.I.N Magazine and ninth at 112 pounds in that same publication.

Triggas hails from Moraga, Calif., where he attends Campolindo High School and wrestles at 119 pounds. Triggas was the North Coast section champion his freshman, sophomore and junior years. He is the third freshman at any weight in the history of Campolindo to become state champion and is on track to become the second wrestler at Campolindo to win four sectional championships. A three-time state qualifier, Triggas finished third his sophomore year with a 51-3 record and was state champion his junior year, compiling 51-2 mark. Triggas also was the 2005 and 2006 Cadet Greco Roman Champion and finished third in freestyle competition in 2005 with a 19-1 record.

Weakley is from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and preps at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, where he wrestles at 189 pounds. Weakley is a three-time All-American, three-time conference champion, two-time district champion and two-time sectional champion. Weakley has been ranked No. 1 in all divisions and is the No. 2-ranked senior in Ohio according to after winning PAC-7 Wrestler of the Year last season. Weakley’s freestyle and Greco Roman credentials include becoming a three-time All-American, three-time freestyle state champion, three-time Greco Roman state champion and the Greco Roman Junior National runner-up in 2006.

Tom Ryan has begun his inaugural season as head coach of the Ohio State wrestling team in 2006-07. Ryan, who joins OSU following 11 seasons at Hofstra, is the Buckeyes’ ninth head coach in the program’s 86-year history.

At Hofstra, Ryan led the Pride to six consecutive conference titles, which included the Colonial Athletic Association crown in 2006. Hofstra won the Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association championship in 2001 before winning five consecutive CAA titles. During his tenure with the Pride, which began in 1995, Ryan was named conference coach of the year seven times. He also was a two-time New York State Coach of the Year.

Highlights of Ryan’s coaching career at Hofstra included recording a 47-match (46-0-1) conference unbeaten streak in dual action dating back to 1999. The mark stands as the nation’s longest conference unbeaten streak. Overall, Ryan compiled a 109-83-1 record in his first head coaching stint.

Ryan has guided 65 wrestlers to NCAA championship appearances, including eight in 2006. Eleven of his wrestlers earned All-America honors, while 10 were named Academic All-Americans. He also coached his wrestlers to 45 individual conference titles.

Prior to his head coaching role at Hofstra, Ryan was an assistant coach at Indiana from 1992-1994. Ryan was responsible for the daily training for middleweight wrestlers, weight training and recruiting.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Ryan began operating Elite Wrestling Inc., in Hempstead, N.Y., in 1995. Ryan produced a wrestling school that enrolled more than 400 members and 500 summer campers. Elite Wrestling also is the title of Ryan’s recently completed second book.

A crowd of 2,354 was in attendance for the Buckeyes’ 2006-07 season opener and head coach Tom Ryan’s debut in St. John Arena. The crowd surpassed the second-best attendance from last season, which was 1,445. The record attendance from last year was 3,022 vs. Minnesota Jan. 27, 2006.

Live web streaming of Ohio State’s match ups against Indiana (Jan. 28) and Michigan State (Feb. 2) are available on

The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena to host Tennessee-Chattanooga at 2 p.m. Dec. 17. It will be the fifth meeting between the two programs.