COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4/3 Ohio State wrestling team lost, 32-3, to No. 1 Iowa Friday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The Buckeyes wrap up the regular season 18-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten and will now focus their attention on the Big Ten championships March 6-7 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.  

With the match starting at 133 pounds, freshman Ian Paddock experienced collegiate wrestling in Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time and nearly pulled off an upset over third-ranked Daniel Dennis. The Buckeye from Warsaw, N.Y., dropped a close 3-2 decision. After Dennis scored a takedown early in the first period, Paddock countered with an escape to make the score 2-1. However, Dennis took a 3-1 lead in the second period when he chose bottom and recorded the escape. Dennis’ escape would serve as his and the period’s only scoring. In the rally attempt, Paddock scored an escape of his own early in the final period, but that was all he could manage as he fell short in his bid in a comeback.

No. 2 Reece Humphrey re-entered the starting lineup at 141 pounds and drew the Buckeyes even at 3-3 following his 9-5 decision over No. 4 Montell Marion. Humphrey, a native from Indianapolis, Ind., took a 4-1 lead into the second period as he scored a takedown in the final seconds of the first. A senior team captain, Humphrey then increased his lead to 8-4 after the second period before the final tally.

The premier match of the evening that featured No. 1 vs. No. 2 was up next at 149 pounds. Unfortunately the outcome was not in the Buckeyes’ favor as second-ranked Lance Palmer lost, 3-1, to No. 1 Brent Metcalf. The Hawkeye struck first with a takedown and carried that slim advantage into the second period. Metcalf chose bottom in the second frame and after scoring the escape, owned a 3-0 lead. With no additional scoring in the second period, Palmer, a senior tri-captain from Columbia Station, Ohio, notched an escape to start the third and tried for the match-tying takedown, but was unsuccessful.

A 5-2 loss at 157 pounds by sophomore Sean Nemec to Aaron Janssen followed and Iowa increased its lead to 9-3.

At 165 pounds junior Colt Sponseller lost a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Ryan Morningstar, the No. 4 wrestler in the nation.  After Morningstar compiled two minutes of riding time in the second period, the Buckeye from Glenmont, Ohio, nearly pulled off the same tactic in the third period, eliminating Morningstar’s riding time advantage. However, a last second escape by the Hawkeye gave him the only point of the match.

Senior Dave Rella suffered a 9-0 setback to second-ranked Jay Borschel at 174 pounds and Iowa took a 16-3 lead in the team scoring.

No. 7 Mike Pucillo matched up against No. 11 Phil Keddy and lost a tight 3-2 match at 184 pounds. A takedown and escape was enough for Keddy as Pucillo scored a pair of escapes in just the third Big Ten loss of his career.

At 197 pounds, redshirt-freshman C.J. Magrum lost, 6-1, to Luke Lofthouse before senior Corey Morrison and 10th-ranked Dan Erekson took to the mat. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Morrison was pinned with seven seconds left in the first period.

Wrapping up the evening at 125 pounds was Nikko Triggas and No. 3 Matt McDonough. Triggas lost, 9-1.

No. 4/3 Ohio State 32, No. 1 Iowa 3
Feb. 19, 2010
Iowa City, Iowa
Carver-Hawkeye Arena

133 – No. 3 Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Ian Paddock (OSU), 3-2
141 – No. 2 Reece Humphrey (OSU) dec. No. 4 Montell Marion (I), 9-5
149 – No. 1 Brent Metcalf (I) dec. No. 2 Lance Palmer (OSU), 3-1
157 – Aaron Janssen (I) dec. Sean Nemec (OSU), 5-2
165 – No. 4 Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. No. 6 Colt Sponseller (OSU), 1-0
174 – No. 2 Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. No. 11 Dave Rella (OSU), 9-0
184 – No. 11 Phillip Keddy (I) dec. No. 7 Mike Pucillo (OSU), 3-2
197 – Luke Lofthouse (I) dec. C.J. Magrum (OSU), 6-1
285 – No. 10 Dan Erekson (I) pinned Corey Morrison (OSU), 2:53
125 – No. 3 Matt McDonough (I) vs. Nikko Triggas (OSU), 9-1