December 18, 2016

No. 4 Buckeyes Roll Past Northwestern in B1G Opener


Dec. 18, 2016

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WADSWORTH, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team felt right at home at Wadsworth High School on Sunday, winning eight of the nine contested matches against Northwestern on its way to a 43-3 victory over the Wildcats in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Bonus point victories by Jose Rodriguez, Nathan Tomasello and Luke Pletcher after three bouts gave Ohio State a quick 14-0 lead and after a forfeit by NU at 149 lbs., the Buckeyes followed that up with five more victories – two by pin – for their final point total.

Rodriguez, a redshirt freshman who is 5-0 thus far in duals and 11-2 overall, scored 14 first-period points on a takedown and three four-point near falls and then escaped the start the second period that finished off his 15-0 technical fall over the reigning Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, Anthony Rubinetti.

Ranked third nationally, Tomasello racked up five first period takedowns and two four-point near falls to jump ahead of Jason Ipsarides at 133 lbs., 18-4. His takedown early in the second period gave him the 20-4 technical fall. Tomasello, who wrestled in high school at nearby Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, improved to 7-0 on the year.

After winning four matches yesterday at the Cleveland State Open, Pletcher, a true freshman, improved to 14-0 on the year by dispatching Alec McKenna at 141 lbs., 18-6. Pletcher led just 2-0 after the first period but turned up the heat in the second, taking McKenna down four times to build an 11-3 lead.

Northwestern forfeited at 149 lbs., setting the state for the first of two falls on the afternoon. Redshirt sophomore Jake Ryan needed just 1:12 to finish off Ben Sullivan. Ryan led 4-1 at the time of the pin and improved to 9-6 on the year.

In one of the most entertaining matches of the afternoon, Cody Burcher scored the decisive point in his 7-6 decision against Johnny Sebastian on an escape the start the third period. He led 5-2 early in the second period following a four-point nearfall gave up a reversal and takedown before the 2:00 were out. His win gave the Buckeyes a 29-0 lead in the dual.

No. 1-ranked Bo Jordan’s pin of Braxton Cody at 174 lbs. took just 1:04 and before that was highlighted by four quick takedowns. At 184 lbs., Myles Martin won his 13th match of the year with a workman-like 14-5 major decision over 16th-ranked Mitch Sliga. Martin took Sliga down six times and added a bonus point for riding time. Kollin Moore also scored often in his bout at 197 vs. Jacob Berkowitz, getting four third-period takedowns to break open a close match and winning 19-9.

In the final bout of the afternoon, Northwestern closed out the dual with a 5-0 victory by Conan Jennings over Josh Fox at heavyweight.

Wadsworth High School in the alma mater of senior Nick Tavanello, who won three state titles for the Grizzlies and led the team to the 2010 Division I team championship. Tavnaello was recoginized pre-match. He is suffered a season-ending injury this past October.

The Buckeyes’ win concludes the 2016 portion of this year’s schedule. They return to action on Friday, Jan. 6, with a dual at No. 17 Wisconsin.

No. 4 Ohio State 43, Northwestern 3 | Wadsworth High School | Wadsworth, Ohio
Records: Ohio State 5-0, 1-0; Northwestern 5-2, 0-1

125: #10 Jose Rodriguez (OSU) tech fall over Anthony Rubinetti (NU) 15-0 | OSU 5, NU 0
133: #3 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) tech fall over Jason Ipsarides (NU) 20-4 | OSU 10, NU 0
141: Luke Pletcher (OSU) major decision over Alexander McKenna (NU) 18-6 | OSU 14, NU 0
149: #5 Micah Jordan (OSU) won by forfeit | OSU 20, NU 0
157: Jake Ryan (OSU) fall over Ben Sullivan (NU) 1:12 | OSU 26, NU 0
165: Cody Burcher (OSU) decision over Johnny Sebastian (NU) 7-6 | OSU 29, NU 0
174: #1 Bo Jordan (OSU) fall over Braxton Cody (NU) 1:04 | OSU 35, NU 0
184: #5 Myles Martin (OSU) major decision over #16 Mitch Sliga (NU) 14-5 | OSU 39, NU 0
197: #6 Kollin Moore (OSU) major decision over Jacob Berkowitz (NU) 19-9 | OSU 43, NU 0
285: Conan Jennings (NU) decision over Josh Fox (OSU) 5-0 | OSU 43, NU 3