Nov. 16, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In its home opener Thursday night in St. John Arena, the No. 15 Ohio State wrestling team dropped a 29-9 decision to No. 3 Missouri. A crowd of 2,354 was on hand for the Buckeyes’ 2006 Scarlet and Gray Match and the debut of Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan. The Buckeyes, which got three individual wins, including two from freshmen, fall to 0-1 in dual action, while Missouri starts its season 1-0.

Ohio State’s three wins came from J Jaggers (So., Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) at 141, Lance Palmer (Fr., Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edwards) at 149 and Mike Pucillo (Fr., Cuyahoga, Ohio/Hofstra) at 184.

In the night’s opening match at 174, Missouri’s Ben Askren, ranked No. 1 in the nation, extended his winning streak to 45 matches with a 23-8 win over Ohio State’s 12th-ranked Blake Maurer (So., Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei).

Ohio State got its first win in the next bout at 184 when Pucillo notched a 3-2 win over Raymond Jordan, who entered the bout ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation. Pucillo, who is No. 13 in the nation, led 1-0 after two periods and broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with a 2-point take down.

Missouri built its lead to 7-3 after the third match (197) when Max Askren beat J.D. Bergman (Jr., Oak Harbor, Ohio/Oak Harbor), 8-5. Bergman, ranked as high as No. 2 in the country, outscored Askren 4-2 in the second period, but Askren, ranked as high as No. 9, held on for the win.

Missouri heavyweight Mark Ellis then pinned OSU’s Corey Morrison (So., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) to push the Tigers’ lead to 14-3.

At 125, Buckeye Will Livingston (Stillwater, N.J./Kittattinny Regional) notched a 2-point takedown in the second period, but Missouri’s John Olanowski earned a 5-2 win as the Tigers upped their lead to 16-3. After Ohio State defaulted at 133, Missouri increased its lead to 23-3.

Sixth-ranked J Jaggers (So., Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) got Ohio State back into the win column with his 12-7 win at 141 over Amond Prater. Jaggers scored the final nine points of the first period to lead 9-3 and went on to lead 10-3 going into the third period. With his win, the Buckeyes brought the score to 23-6 in favor of Missouri.

Ohio State made it two wins in a row when Lance Palmer (Fr., Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edwards) wrestled to a 1-0 win over Missouri’s Top 20-ranked Josh Wagner in the 149-pound weight class. The bout’s only point came with 41 seconds left in the match when Palmer collected a 1-point escape and moved the overall score to 23-9 in favor of Missouri.

Missouri got back into the win column at 157 when Top 15-ranked Michael Chandler took a 4-1 win over Ohio State’s Jason Johnstone (So., Massillon, Ohio/Perry), whose one point came in the first period.

The night concluded with the 165-pound bout between Ohio State’s Chris Vondruska (Gr., Lakewood, Ohio/Hofstra) and Missouri’s Top 8-ranked Matt Pell, who came away with a 15-5 win.

The Buckeyes return to action next Sunday when they travel to Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., at 2 p.m.

Complete Results OSU MIZZOU
174 – No. 1 No. 4 Ben Askren (UM) tfall No. 12 Blake Maurer, 23-8 0 4
184 – No. 13 Mike Pucillo (OSU) dec. Raymond Jordan (UM), 3-2 3 5
197 – No. 12 Max Askren (UM) dec. No. 5 J.D. Bergman (OSU), 8-5 3 8
285 – Mark Ellis (UM) fall Corey Morrison (OSU), 3:22 3 14
125 – John Olanowski (UM) dec. Will Livingston (OSU), 5-2 3 17
133 – Default 3 23
141 – No. 6 J Jaggers (OSU) dec. Amond Prater (UM), 12-7 6 23
149 – Lance Palmer (OSU) dec. Josh Wagner (UM), 1-0 9 23
157 – No. 10 Michael Chandler (UM) dec. No. 19 Jason Johnstone (OSU), 4-1 9 26
165 – No. 8 Matt Pell (UM) mdec. No. 14 Chris Vondruska (OSU), 15-5 9 29