Feb. 3, 2004
Columbus, Ohio – Three-time All-American HWT Tommy Rowlands (Sr., Hilliard, Ohio/ Bishop Ready) represented Ohio State at the 2004 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic at Northern Iowa University in Cedar Falls, Iowa Monday evening. Rowlands, who was selected to the event last year at the University of Delaware but was forced to withdraw because of injury, met top-ranked HWT Pat Cummins of Penn State in the final bout of the evening. Rowlands, who fell to Cummins via a 3-2 decision Jan. 25 in a dual bout between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes, avenged the earlier loss with a last-second 3-1 decision win in overtime over Cummins Monday night.
The pair wrestled through a scoreless first period with Rowlands missing on several scoring opportunities. In the second stanza, Rowlands put the first point on the board with an escape to gain a slight 1-0 edge. He once again missed on a scoring chance and carried the one-point advantage into the third period. Cummins answered with an escape of his own to knot the bout at 1-1 early in the third session and narrowly missed on a takedown attempt of his own on the brink of the circle as the match extended to overtime in a 1-1 stalemate.
In the overtime period, Rowlands fought off a Cummins scoring attempt and notched the first takedown of the match on the edge of the mat moments before the final buzzer to claim the 3-1 win.
With the win, Rowlands sent Cummins to his first defeat of the 2004 season and upped his all-time record against Cummins to 5-2.