BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Wins by seven Buckeyes – including three via bonus points – propelled No. 9 Ohio State to a 27-9 victory over No. 22 Indiana on Friday evening at University Gymnasium in Bloomington, Ind. Ohio State has now won three straight duals and improves to 8-2 (5-1 Big Ten) overall while Indiana falls to 6-3.
THE SHORT STORY
Nathan Tomasello’s major decision at 125 pounds set the tone for the night as the Buckeyes raced out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back. Bo Jordan also stayed unbeaten this year, improving to 11-0 with his eighth bonus point victory of the season. In the only two bouts that featured two ranked wrestlers, Myles Martin took down No. 8 Nate Jackson late in the third period to secure a 6-5 victory.
TOMASELLO EXTENDS HIS STREAK
The winner of 31 straight matches entering Friday, Tomasello (14-0) wasted little timing jumping out ahead of No. 19 Elijah Oliver in the first match of the night, taking a 6-3 first period lead and cruising from there. In all, he racked up six takedowns and a four-point near fall in the 17-5 major decision (his seventh of the year).
DIJULIUS, JORDAN MAKE IT 13-0
Riding the momentum of Tomasello’s early win, Johnni DiJulius (13-3) extended the Ohio State lead to 7-0 when he shutout Alonzo Shepherd, 7-0. DiJulius’ four-point near fall in the first period gave him a quick lead and then a reversal to start the second made it 6-0. At 141 pounds, Micah Jordan was leading Cole Weaver 7-3 midway through the second period when Weaver fell hard to the mat and injury defaulted, making the score 13-0.
IU WINS AT 149, 157
The Hoosiers got the scoreboard with wins at 149 pounds (Luke Blanton over Hunter Stieber, 6-2) and 157 pounds (Jake Danishek over Justin Kresevic, 8-7). Kresevic lead 6-2 in the match before Danishek came storming back and held a 7-6 lead as time was running down. With 30 seconds left, Danishek took down Kresevic to secure the come-from-behind victory.
MARTIN EDGES JACKSON
Myles Martin (22-3) picked up one of the more impressive wins of his young career, edging eighth-ranked Nate Jackson at 174 lbs., 6-5. It was Martin’s second victory this season over Jackson, with the first coming in the finals of the Eastern Michigan Open. With the score tied at 4-4 late in the third, Martin was able to get the winning takedown and then fend off Jackson for the remaining 40 seconds of regulation.
COURTS, JORDAN WIN MAJORS
Bo Jordan’s 14-5 major decision gave Ohio State a 17-6 lead in the team score and was highlighted by five takedowns, three coming in the first period. Courts (13-6) raced out to a big lead in the first period behind two takedowns and a four-point near fall.
TAVANELLO CLOSES THINGS OUT
Nick Tavanello’s 8-2 major decision over Garret Goldman gave Ohio State its final 27-9 margin of victory. A redshirt junior, Tavanello improved to 15-3 this year and got things rolling in the second and third periods with consistent offensive pressure.
DID YOU KNOW
Ohio State has now won 10 of its last 12 duals away from St. John Arena and is 23-9 over the past five seasons in true road matches.
The Buckeyes continue their journey through the Hoosier State with a dual against No. 24 Purdue (7-4, 2-3) on Sunday inside Holloway Gymnasium. The match can be seen live on BTN Plus.
Ohio State Wrestling
No. 9 Ohio State 27, No. 22 Indiana 9
University Gymnasium; Bloomington, Ind.
Records – OSU: 8-2, 5-1 | IU: 6-3, 3-3
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over #19 Elijah Oliver (IU) 17-5 | OSU 4, IND 0
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) decision over Alonzo Shepherd (IU) 7-0 | OSU 7, IU 0
141: #4 Micah Jordan (OSU) won by injury default 4:20 | OSU 13, IU 0
149: Luke Blanton (IU) decision over #11 Hunter Stieber (OSU) 6-2 | OSU 13, IU 3
157: Jake Danishek (IU) decision over Justin Kresevic (OSU) 8-7 | OSU 13, IU 6
165: #2 Bo Jordan (OSU) major decision over Bryce Martin (IU) 14-5 | OSU 17, IU 6
174: #15 Myles Martin (OSU) decision over #8 Nate Jackson 6-5 | OSU 20, IU 6
184: #13 Kenny Courts (OSU) major decision over Wyatt Wilson (IU) 19-6 | OSU 24, IU 6
197: Jake Masengale (IU) decision over Josh Fox (OSU) 3-2 | OSU 24, IU 9
285: Nick Tavanello (OSU) decision over Garret Goldman 8-2 | OSU 27, IU 9