Feb. 16, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State wrestling team lost to No. 10 Iowa, 25-12, Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Buckeyes Lance Palmer, Mike Pucillo and J.D. Bergman garnered wins for OSU. The Scarlet and Gray (8-6; 4-3 Big Ten) will conclude the regular season when it travels to Champaign, Ill., to face No. 7 Illinois at 2 p.m. ET Sunday in Huff Hall.

A winner of five-consecutive duals, No. 17 Palmer (Fr., Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) got the Buckeyes on the board at 149 pounds with an 8-5 decision over Alex Grunder. Palmer held a 4-1 lead at the end of the first period on a pair of takedowns compared to Grunder’s escape. Palmer scored a takedown at the 2:35 mark before Grunder answered with an escape with 1:30 left. With one second remaining, Palmer recorded his second takedown. Two warnings called on Palmer in the second period gave Grunder a point, cutting the Buckeye’s lead to two (4-2). However, in the third stanza, Palmer notched back-to-back 2-point nearfalls at the 1:35 and :41 marks, respectively, giving him a 8-2 lead. A reversal by Grunder (:35) and a third warning on Palmer (:10) concluded the match.

Third-ranked Pucillo (Fr., Cuyahoga, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) downed Phillip Keddy, 9-4, at 184 pounds. Pucillo trailed Keddy after the first and second periods, but rallied with an escape and takedown in the third session for the victory. At the 2:15 mark in the first period, Keddy scored a takedown, but Pucillo answered with an escape seven seconds later (2:08). Keddy then increased his lead to 3-1 in the second stanza after recording an escape four seconds into the period. With 58 seconds left on the clock, Pucillo recorded a takedown to tie the score, but Keddy countered with an escape with 44 seconds left for the 4-3 lead. In the third period, Pucillo chose the down position and escaped as four seconds expired from the clock (1:56) and 10 seconds later (1:46) scored a takedown to take his first lead of the match at 6-4. A second and third warning called on Keddy gave Pucillo his seventh and eighth point of the bout. With a riding time advantage of 1:52, Pucillo garnered his 18th win of the season.

At 197 pounds, Bergman (Jr., Oak Harbor, Ohio/Oak Harbor) pinned Jordan McLaughlin in 1:15 to give the Scarlet and Gray its 12th point of the dual.

No. 18 T.J. Enright (Jr., Galloway, Ohio/Westland), who had won his last three dual matches, lost a 2-1 decision to Lucas Magnani at 133 pounds. Following a scoreless first period, Enright took a 1-0 advantage 1:34 into the second period on an escape. However, with 25 seconds remaining on the clock, Enright was called for his second warning of the match and Magnani was awarded a point, tying the score. Magnani opted for the down position to start the third stanza and five seconds into the session, he scored an escape for the 2-1 lead and eventual final tally.

At 141 pounds, J Jaggers (So., Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) held fourth-ranked Alex Tsirtsis scoreless in the first period, but it was in the second stanza Tsirtsis scored the first two of his five points on a reversal at the 1:33 mark. Up 2-0 heading into the third period, Tsirtsis increased his lead to 4-0 on a takedown with 25 seconds left and after earning a 1:30 of riding time, won 5-0.

No. 21 Ohio State 12, No. 10 Iowa 25 OSU Iowa 125 – No. 5 Charlie Falck dec. Will Livingston, 15-9 0 3 133 – Lucas Magnani dec. No. 18 T.J. Enright, 2-1 0 6 141 – No. 6 Alex Tsirtsis dec. J Jaggers, 5-0 0 9 149 – No. 17 Lance Palmer dec. Alex Grunder, 8-5 3 9 157 – No. 16 Ryan Morningstar dec. Jason Johnstone, 6-1 3 12 165 – No. 4 Mark Perry mdec. No. 14 Chris Vondruska, 11-2 3 16 174 – No. 3 Eric Luedke tech. fall Tommy Priestley, 20-2 (6:21) 3 21 184 – No. 3 Mike Pucillo dec. Phillip Keddy, 9-4 6 21 197 – No. 6 J.D. Bergman pinned Jordan McLaughlin, 1:15 12 21 285 – No. 5 Matt Fields mdec. Corey Morrison, 20-7 12 25