Feb. 11, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State wrestling team lost, 21-15, to No. 23 Michigan Sunday at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes (8-5; 4-2 Big Ten) won five matches, including Lance Palmer, who defeated No. 2 Josh Churella, 6-4, in the second tiebreaker at 149 pounds.

The Scarlet and Gray will conclude regular-season action Feb. 16 and Feb. 18 when it faces Iowa and Illinois, respectively. Ohio State will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, for a 7 p.m. match-up before heading to Champaign, Ill., for a 1 p.m. start time.

No. 17 Palmer (Fr., Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) gave the Buckeyes an early 3-0 lead after handing the second-ranked Churella just his third loss of the season. Earlier in the year, Palmer dropped a 3-0 decision to Churella in the semifinals of the Eastern Michigan Open. Palmer finished the tournament in third place. After no scoring in the first period, Palmer soon trailed Churella, 2-0, after the Wolverine scored a reversal 26 seconds into the second stanza. Palmer cut the deficit to half at 2-1 when he recorded an escape at the 1:34 mark. Choosing the down position at the beginning of the third session, Palmer was able to notch another escape six seconds into the period to even the score at 2-all, forcing the match into sudden victory overtime. Palmer and Churella remained scoreless in overtime and action continued into the first tiebreaker. Churella took a 4-2 advantage 13 seconds into the 30 second period on a reversal, but Palmer countered with a reversal of his own nine seconds later (:22) to pull even. It was with two seconds remaining in the second tiebreaker (:28) that Palmer scored a reversal for the upset.

The Buckeyes dropped decisions at 157 and 174 pounds. No. 14 Chris Vondruska (Sr., Lakewood, Ohio/Hofstra), who was competing up a weight class at 174 pounds, lost a close 2-1 match against Jordan Sherrod. After no scoring in the first period, Vondruska found himself down 2-0 after he was called for his second warning of the match and Sherrod scored an escape. Heading into the third period, Vondruska took the down position and escaped nine seconds into the stanza, but was unable to put any additional points on the board. Ohio State forfeited the 165-pound weight class.

Third-ranked Mike Pucillo (Fr., Cuyahoga, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) won his second bout of the year against No. 4 Tyrel Todd, 5-3, to cut the Wolverine lead to 12-6. Then-No. 8 Pucillo beat then-No. 3 Todd, 12-6, in the championship match of the 25th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in December. In round two, back-to-back escapes by Pucillo at the end of the second session and the beginning of the third period broke the 3-all tie to give him his 17th win of the season. Todd held an early 1-0 lead six seconds in the second period after both wrestlers were scoreless in the first period. However, Pucillo was awarded a point at the :39 second mark after Todd was called for his second warning of the match. Even at 1-1, Pucillo scored a takedown at 1:02 to go up 3-1. A reversal by Todd tied the score at 3-all (1:25), but Pucillo’s first of two escapes was tallied at the 1:52 mark. Choosing the down position in the third period, Pucillo scored an escape 17 seconds in to secure the 5-3 win.

Sixth-ranked J.D. Bergman (Jr., Oak Harbor, Ohio/Oak Harbor) was the third Buckeye to earn a win against a ranked Wolverine on the day with his 2-0 win over No. 19 Nick Roy. Bergman defeated Roy, 5-2, earlier in the season in the championship match of the Michigan State Open. In the rematch, two warnings on Roy and an escape by Bergman nine seconds into the third period was enough for him to earn the win and pull the Buckeyes within three (12-9).

At 285 pounds Corey Morrison (So., Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) had a slim 4-3 lead going into the third period, but a 3-point nearfall by Casey White and eventually the fall at 6:43 gave the Wolverines an additional six points. At 125 pounds, Will Livingston (Fr., Stillwater, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) lost, 8-5, to Michael Watts.

Ohio State finished the day with two wins at 133 and 141 pounds. No. 18 T.J. Enright (Jr., Galloway, Ohio/Westland) decisioned Chris Diehl, 5-2, and J Jaggers (So., Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) defeated Justin Chrzanowski, 8-3. Enright never trailed, scoring a takedown at the 2:33 mark in the first period compared to Diehl’s escape (2:39). Up 2-1 heading into the second session, Enright scored the lone point of the period on an escape 12 seconds into the stanza. In the third period, Enright added a final takedown at the one minute mark after Diehl tallied his last point of the match five seconds into the session on an escape.

Like Enright, Jaggers never trailed, owning a 4-1 lead after the first period on two takedowns, while limiting Chrzanowski to an escape. Jaggers continued to tack on the points in the second session, adding a takedown and escape compared to Chrzanowski’s escape to go up 7-2. Chrzanowski added another escape for his third point, while Jaggers compiled a 1:04 riding time for the extra point.

No. 17 Ohio State 15, No. 23 Michigan 21 OSU UM 149 – Lance Palmer (OSU) dec. No. 2 Josh Churella (UM), 6-4 ot 3 0 157 – Rob Sulaver (UM) dec. Jason Johnstone (OSU), 7-2 3 3 165 – No. 2 Eric Tannenbaum (UM) wins by forfeit 3 9 174 – Jordan Sherrod (UM) dec. No. 14 Chris Vondruska (OSU), 2-1 3 12 184 – No. 3 Mike Pucillo (OSU) dec. No. 4 Tyrel Todd (UM), 5-3 6 12 197 – J.D. Bergman (OSU) dec. No. 19 Nick Roy (UM), 2-0 9 12 285 – Casey White (UM) pinned Corey Morrison (OSU), 6:43 9 18 125 – Michael Watts (UM) dec. Will Livingston (OSU), 8-5 9 21 133 – T.J. Enright (OSU) dec. Chris Diehl (UM), 5-2 12 21 141 – J Jaggers (OSU) dec. Justin Chrzanowski (UM), 8-3 15 21