COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State wrestling team began its preparation for the NWCA National Duals next weekend by wrestling three times Sunday and its groundwork had positive results. The Buckeyes (8-0) posted a 3-0 record on the day, first beating Hofstra, 32-6, in Hempstead, N.Y., before shutting out George Mason, 46-0, and Columbia, 37-0, in New York, N.Y. 

In all, Ohio State recorded six major decisions, four technical falls and three pins to earn 23 bonus points. So far this season, the Buckeyes have amassed 82 bonus points in dual action. Additionally, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 301-39.

Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer, a Columbia Station, Ohio, native had an exceptional afternoon, recording a pair of major decisions and a fall at 149 pounds. Fellow team captain and No. 1-ranked Reece Humphrey (Indianapolis, Ind.) stayed perfect on the season as he collected wins No. 16, 17 and 18. 

No. 3 Ohio State 32, Hofstra 6
Jan. 3, 2010
Mack Sports Complex
Hempstead, N.Y.

125 – Nikko Triggas win by forfeit
133 – Ian Paddock win by medical forfeit over Jamie Franco (Hofstra) at 5:40
141 – No. 1 Reece Humphrey mdec. Luke Vaith (Hofstra), 18-7
149 – No. 4 Lance Palmer mdec. Tyler Banks (Hofstra), 12-4
157 – No. 19 Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (Hofstra) dec. Sean Nemec, 18-11
165 – No. 7 Colt Sponseller dec. No. 16 P.J. Gillespie (Hofstra), 4-0
174 – Dave Rella dec. No. 10 Ryan Patrovich (Hofstra), 3-2
184 – No. 20 Ben Clymer (Hofstra) dec. T.C. Pendleton, 4-3
197 – Cody Magrum dec. Anthony Tortora (Hofstra), 6-1
285 – Corey Morrison dec. Paul Snyder (Hofstra), 10-3

Major decisions, coupled with two Hofstra forfeits, helped Ohio State jump out to a 20-0 lead after the first four matches. Following a Pride forfeit at 125 pounds, freshman Ian Paddock was afforded the win at 133 pounds when Hofstra’s Jamie Franco was forced to medical forfeit at the 5:40 mark.

With Ohio State up 12-0, Humphrey downed Luke Vaith, 18-7. Palmer followed his teammate’s performance with a major decision of his own, beating Tyler Banks, 12-4.

Hofstra avoided the shutout as No. 19 Jonny Bonilla-Bowman handed sophomore Sean Nemec an 18-11 loss at 157 pounds.  However, the Buckeyes would score back-to-back decisions at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. No. 7 Colt Sponseller shut out No. 16 P.J. Gillespie, 4-0, before senior Dave Rella recorded the upset of the match and possibly the day against 10th-ranked Ryan Patrovich. With both wrestlers knotted up at 2-all entering the third period, Rella recorded an escape in the final frame and held on for the 3-2 victory.

Wrestling at 184 pounds in place of No. 9 Mike Pucillo, sophomore T.C. Pendleton nearly upset No. 20 Ben Clymer, but a late escape in the third period by Clymer pushed him to the 4-3 win.

Consecutive decisions by sophomore Cody Magrum (197) and senior Corey Morrison (285) wrapped up an impressive outing for Ohio State as both Buckeye wrestlers scored decisions. Magrum downed Anthony Tortora, 6-1, before Morrison defeated Paul Snyder, 10-3.

No. 3 Ohio State 46, George Mason  0
Jan. 3, 2010
University Gymnasium
New York, N.Y.

125 – Nikko Triggas tech. fall Brian Wright (George Mason), 16-0 (3:00)
133 – Ian Paddock tech. fall Zachory Huxford (George Mason), 16-1
141 – No. 1 Reece Humphrey wins by forfeit Shohei Takagi (George Mason)
149 – No. 4 Lance Palmer pinned Brandon Bucher (George Mason), 1:59
157 – Sean Nemec dec. Ty Knapp (George Mason), 12-6
165 – No. 7 Colt Sponseller mdec. Frankie McLaughlin (George Mason), 12-3
174 – Dave Rella dec. Mendbagana Tovuujav (George Mason), 3-1 (SV)
184 – T.C. Pendleton mdec. Jimmy Webb (George Mason), 12-4
197 – Cody Magrum mdec. Bill Widener (George Mason), 11-2
285 – Corey Morrison pinned Dave Speaker (George Mason), 1:07

Seven of the 10 Buckeye wins against George Mason were backed by either major decisions, technical falls or pins. After not having to wrestle against Hofstra, 125-pounder Nikko Triggas started his day with a 16-0 technical fall over Brian Wright at the 3-minute mark. Paddock had little trouble with Zachory Huxford at 133 pounds as the Buckeye, who has a 13-4 season ledger, secured a 16-2 victory.

Humphrey was given a breather in the second of three Ohio State duals Sunday afternoon since the Patriots Shohei Takagi forfeited the 141-pound match. Up next at 149 pounds, Palmer pinned Brandon Bucher in 1:59. At 157 pounds, Nemec rebounded nicely from his early setback and downed Ty Knapp, 12-6.

Sponseller earned his 13th victory of the season (he now is 14-2 overall) at 165 pounds courtesy of a 12-3 major decision over Frankie McLaughlin. Following his impressive upset against No. 10 Ryan Patrovich in Hempstead, Rella still had momentum on his side, as he escaped with a 3-1 sudden victory decision vs. Mendbagana Tovuujav.

Two major decisions by Pendleton and Magrum at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively, gave Ohio State a 40-0 lead. Pendleton major decisioned Jimmy Webb, 12-4, and Magrum scored an 11-2 win over Bill Widener.  Morrison concluded the dual in resounding fashion, pinning Dave Speaker in 1:07.

Columbia 0, No. 3 Ohio State 37
Jan. 3, 2010
University Gymnasium
New York, N.Y.

125 – Nikko Triggas tech. fall Kyle Gilchrist (Columbia), 17-0 (4:23)
133 – Ian Paddock pinned Robert Dyar (Columbia), 1:11
141 – No. 1 Reece Humphrey tech. fall Jake O’Hara (Columbia), 25-10 (6:45)
149 – No. 4 Lance Palmer mdec. Steve Santos (Columbia), 20-6
157 – Sean Nemec dec. Matt Dunn (Columbia), 4-2
165 – No. 7 Colt Sponseller dec. Eren Civan (Columbia), 5-2
174 – Dave Rella dec. Stephen West (Columbia), 9-3
184 – T.C. Pendleton dec. Cary Aldrich (Columbia), 5-2
197 – Cody Magrum dec. Lou Miller (Columbia), 3-1
285 – Corey Morrison dec. Kevin Lester (Columbia), 10-4

It was another shutout for the Buckeyes, this time against host Columbia. Although, Ohio State did not amass nearly as many bonus points against the Lions, the Scarlet and Gray still managed to earn a pair of technical falls, a major decision and a fall in the victory.

All four bonus point wins were recorded during the first four bouts of the match, beginning with Triggas’ (18-9) 17-0 technical fall in 4:23 over Kyle Gilchrist. Paddock put six points on the board following his 1:11 pin of Robert Dyar.

Humphrey, who began the day leading the team with two technical falls, earned his third of the season when he beat Jake O’Hara, 25-10, in 6:45. Palmer moved to 13-1 on the season after finishing the day with a 20-6 major decision over Steve Santos.

The Buckeyes scored decisions in the remaining six bouts beginning with Nemec’s 4-2 decision over Matt Dunn. Nemec improves to 12-4 on the season.

A 5-2 finish by Sponseller vs. Eren Civan followed at 165 pounds, as did a 9-3 decision by Rella against Stephen West.  Rella is now 13-4 this season.

Pendleton also registered a 5-2 win over the Lions’ Cary Aldrich. Magrum escaped with a 3-1 victory at 197 pounds to move to 11-5 overall, before Morrison finished the busy Buckeye day with a 10-4 win over Kevin Lester to improve to 11-6 in 2009-10. 

Up next, Ohio State will compete in the annual NWCA National Duals Jan. 9-10 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.