Feb. 16, 2003

Columbus, Ohio – The No. 5-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (10-7, 2-4) dropped another heartbreaker in Big Ten dual competition this time at the hands of the No. 9-ranked Michigan Wolverines Sunday afternoon in UM’s Cliff Keen Arena.

The Wolverines shot to an early 11-0 advantage, after posting a 5-point technical fall at 125 and a fall in the 133-pound class before 14th-ranked Jeff Ratliff (Jr., Marion, Ohio) recorded a 7-2 decision over Clark Forward. With two first-period takedowns and an escape early in the second, Ratliff held a four-point advantage heading into the final frame. With Forward as the aggressor in the third period, Ratliff was able to counter a shot to add another takedown midway through the frame.

At 149 pounds, redshirt freshman Ryan Churella, ranked 15th, added another six points to Michigan’s lead after earning a win by injury default over 17th-ranked Josh Daugherty (Sr., Huber Heights, Ohio). Daugherty held the edge after a first-period takedown, but Churella jumped into the lead early in the second with a four-point near fall after Daugherty was injured while the Wolverine had him in a pinning situation. Wrestling continued after Daugherty’s injury time expired, the Buckeye fell victim to injury just moments later as the match was terminated at the 3:58 mark.

Ohio State closed the gap with a win at 157 pounds, where top-ranked Keaton Anderson (Sr., Pickerington, Ohio) earned a 7-3 decision over Ryan Bertin. Anderson struck early with a takedown in the first period and added another takedown and a reversal in the second while holding Bertin to just three escapes and closing the Buckeyes to within 17-6. The win marks Anderson’s 18th-consecutive victory as he improves to an unblemished 12-0 in dual matches and 30-1 on the season. His 30 wins is a new career high for the senior from Pickerington High School. Michigan extended its lead again after scoring a pin in the 165-pound bout as Pat Owen tallied the 6-point decision with a fall over fourth-ranked John Clark (Jr., Canton, Ohio).

The Buckeyes cut the Michigan lead again with back-to-back wins at 174 and 184 pounds. Sixth-ranked Blake Kaplan (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) earned a narrow 10-9 decision over R.J. Boudro in the 174-pound bout. Kaplan took the early lead in the bout, earning two first-period takedowns and adding a two-point near fall, Boudro surged in the final frame, tying the score with two takedowns. Kaplan was able to escape late in the period to take the one-point victory.

At 184 pounds, Casey Kapustka (Sr., Centerville, Ohio) outwrestled Willie Breyer, scoring five takedowns en route to an 11-7 decision victory.

Kyle Smith, of Michigan, sealed the Wolverine dual victory with an 11-6 decision over eighth-ranked Anton Talamantes (Sr., Ft. Wayne, Ind.) at 197 pounds. Starting strong with two first-period takedowns, Smith surged in the final frame, scoring takedowns to earn the victory.

Ohio State added another win at heavyweight where second-ranked Tommy Rowlands (Jr., Hilliard, Ohio) dominated redshirt freshman Tony Grygorzyk, scoring nine takedowns and collecting five near fall points to earn a 23-8 technical fall, ending the bout at 4:52.

The Buckeyes continue their road swing with a weekend trip to Northwestern Friday and Wisconsin Sunday to conclude the regular season. Friday’s bout at Evanston, Ill. is set to commence at 8 p.m. (EST).

#5 Ohio State 17 #9 Michigan 26

125 – #4 A.J. Grant (U-M) tech. fall Nathan Costello, 26-11 (6:23) UM, 5-0 133 – #7 Foley Dowd (U-M) pinned Rob Rosenfeld, 2:31 UM, 11-0 141 – #14 Jeff Ratliff (OSU) dec. Clark Forward, 7-2 UM, 11-3 149 – #15 Ryan Churella (U-M) injury def. over #16 Josh Daugherty, 3:55 UM, 17-3 157 – #1 Keaton Anderson (OSU) dec. #8 Ryan Bertin, 7-3 UM, 17-6 165 – Pat Owen (U-M) pinned #4 John Clark, 3:58 UM, 23-6 174 – #6 Blake Kaplan (OSU) dec. R.J. Boudro, 10-9 UM, 23-9 184 – Casey Kapusta (OSU) dec. Willie Breyer, 11-7 UM, 23-12 197 – #17 Kyle Smith (U-M) dec. #8 Anton Talamantes, 11-6 UM, 26-12 Hwt – #2 Tommy Rowlands tech. fall Tony Grygorzyk UM, 26-17