COLUMBUS, Ohio – Backed by six wins, the No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team defeated No. 14 Indiana, 22-13, Sunday afternoon at University Gym in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes remain perfect in the Big Ten at 3-0 (14-1 overall) and the Hoosiers fall to 13-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
The Scarlet and Gray will return to action at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 vs. Michigan in St. John Arena. The match will be broadcasted on same-day tape delay by the Big Ten Network at 11 p.m. ET.
Trailing 4-0 entering the 133-pound match, freshman Ian Paddock scored the Buckeyes’ first points of the afternoon thanks to a 6-5 decision over Matt Ortega. The Buckeye from Warsaw, N.Y., held 4-1 and 6-3 leads, respectively, after the first and second periods. However, Ortega would attempt to rally on a takedown with 38 seconds left in the match to cut Paddock’s lead to one, but Paddock would hold on for his 18th win of the season.
Up next at 141 pounds, No. 2 Reece Humphrey downed Nick Viterisi, 17-6. With an 8-2 lead heading into the final frame, Humphrey, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., began his domination in the third period en route to the 17-6 final. The senior tri-captain is now 23-2 on the year.
No. 3 Lance Palmer hit the 20-win mark against Matt Coughlin with his 11-0 major decision. A 3-point nearfall as time expired in the second period gave Palmer, a senior tri-captain from Columbia Station, Ohio, an 8-0 advantage. A takedown, coupled with riding time, not only gave Palmer the win, but the Buckeyes an 11-4 team lead.
Sean Nemec returned to the lineup at 157 pounds for the Scarlet and Gray and faced tough competition in No. 6 Kurt Kinser. Hailing from Garfield Heights, Ohio, Nemec, at one point, had a 4-1 lead in the first period and 5-2 advantage in the second, but Kinser recorded a takedown en route to rallying for the 8-5 win.
With Ohio State up by just three (11-7), No. 7 Colt Sponseller’s 5-1 decision over No. 13 Paul Young proved pivotal. Sponseller, a native of Glenmont, Ohio, collected a pair of takedowns, including a takedown with 10 seconds left in the match, and an escape in his 20th win of the year.
At 174 pounds, No. 12 Dave Rella defeated Trevor Perry, 8-3. The Buckeye from Akron, Ohio, owned a 3-0 lead after two periods and then scored two takedowns and compiled enough riding time in the final period to secure the victory.
Mike Pucillo, a senior tri-captain who is ranked No. 9 in the nation, scored a 17-2 technical fall over Eric Cameron to put the Buckeyes ahead, 22-7. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, already had a 12-1 lead entering the second period. He then tried to record his eighth pin of the season, but had to settle for five team points.
Pucillo would be the last Buckeye to score points as C.J. Magrum (197) and Corey Morrison (285) dropped 4-0, and 2-0 decisions, respectively. Nikko Triggas also lost a 15-5 major decision at 125 pounds to open the match.
No. 4 Ohio State 22, No. 14 Indiana 13
Jan. 31, 2010
125 No. 1 Angel Escobedo (IU) mdec. No. 18 Nikko Triggas, 15-5; 0-4
133 Ian Paddock dec. Matt Ortega (IU), 6-5; 3-4
141 No. 2 Reece Humphrey mdec. Nick Viterisi (IU), 17-6; 7-4
149 No. 3 Lance Palmer mdec. Matt Coughlin (IU), 11-0; 11-4
157 No. 6 Kurt Kinser (IU) dec. Sean Nemec, 8-5; 11-7
165 No.7 Colt Sponseller dec. No. 13 Paul Young (IU), 5-1; 14-7
174 No. 12 Dave Rella dec. Trevor Perry (IU), 8-3; 17-7
184 No. 9 Mike Pucillo tfall Eric Cameron (IU), 17-2; 22-7
197 Matt Powless (IU) dec. C.J. Magrum, 4-0; 22-10
285 No. 2 Nate Everhart (IU) dec. Corey Morrison, 2-0; 22-13