Ohio State (1-5; 0-1 Big Ten) vs. Michigan State (7-1; 0-1 Big Ten)
Jan. 16, 2011
Millersburg, Ohio
West Holmes High School
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team will return to the Buckeye state for the first time since Nov. 21 when it hosts Michigan State at 2 p.m. Sunday in a Big Ten Conference matchup. The Buckeyes (1-5, 0-1 Big Ten) will host the Spartans (7-1; 0-1 Big Ten) at West Holmes High School in Millersburg, Ohio.   *Note-tickets to the match are sold out. 
A Return to his Roots Senior Colt Sponseller is a 2007 graduate of West Holmes High School where he was a three-time Ohio High School Division II state champion as a four-time qualifier. Furthermore, Sponseller, who is a native of Glenmont, Ohio, concluded his senior season with a 46-0 record en route to a career mark of 154-13. Because of his efforts during his senior campaign, Sponseller was a finalist for Wrestling International Newsmagazine’s (WIN) Junior Dan Hodge Trophy, which is awarded to the top high school wrestler in the nation.  Winning the 160-pound weight class in the NHSCA National High School Senior Wrestling Championships in April 2007, Sponseller was named NHSCA High School Wrestler of the Year and Region 4 Wrestler of the Year. 
Last Time Out Ranked 24th in the nation, the Buckeyes traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where they competed in the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals at the UNI Dome Jan. 8-9. Ohio State opened the tournament vs. No. 1 Cornell and suffered a 27-6 loss. Sophomore Ian Paddock (133) and redshirt-freshman Peter Capone (197) scored victories for the Scarlet and Gray. Paddock decisioned Joseph Stanzione, 9-7, while Capone beat Maciej Jochym, 7-0. After their first-round loss, the Buckeyes wrestled host Northern Iowa and lost a close and heartbreaking 20-19 decision. In a match that featured four lead changes and three ties, Ohio State led the Panthers, 19-16, heading into the final match at heavyweight. However, UNI’s Christian Brantley was able to record a 12-3 major decision over redshirt-sophomore Dominic Jontony to give Northern Iowa the one-point win. Paddock secured his second win of the duals vs. Northern Iowa, an 8-5 decision over Ryan Jaunch. Freshman Randy Languis recorded his first collegiate dual-win of the season when he shut out Alec Hoffman, 12-0, at 141 pounds. Senior Colt Sponseller, who returned to wrestling at 165 pounds, downed Nick Pickerell, 4-0, while redshirt-freshman Nick Heflin held on for the 3-2 victory vs. Brice Wolf at 174 pounds. Like Paddock, Capone also recorded a 2-0 record at the National Duals following his pin over Joe Johnson in 2:57. 
Appreciating the Military The match Sunday vs. Michigan State is Military Appreciation Day. Ohio State will don special camouflage singlets and following the match, one of the special-edition singlets will be raffled to one lucky fan. Year-long wrestling promotions include the chance to win a 2010-11 Ohio State wrestling team autographed singlet. Fans can register to win at every home match (at St. John Arena only) and the winner will be drawn Feb. 19 at the home match vs. Northwestern (Winner must be present at the time of the drawing). Additionally, at home matches (at St. John Arena only), fans can register to win a gift card from the Official Team Shop. Two names will be picked at every home match. 
2-0 Sophomore Ian Paddock and redshirt-freshman Peter Capone each recorded a 2-0 mark at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Wrestling Duals Jan. 8 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Paddock opened the day with a 9-7 decision over Joseph Stanzione of Cornell, before downing Northern Iowa’s Ryan Jaunch, 8-5.  Capone began the national duals shutting out the Big Red’s Maciej Jochym, 7-0, and concluded the afternoon with a 2:57 pin over Joe Johnson of UNI.
Getting it Done Freshman Randy Languis was placed in the Buckeye starting lineup at 141 pounds beginning with the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational in December. In all, Languis, a Dublin, Ohio, native has a 9-9 record and three major decisions. He earned his first collegiate dual win Jan. 8 at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, when he posted a 12-0 major decision over Alec Hoffman of Northern Iowa.  Buckeyes in the Rankings Ohio State boasts three wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 of both the Amateur Wrestling News and Intermat rankings. Sophomore Ian Paddock (133) holds down the Nos. 14 and 16 spots, respectively, while senior Colt Sponseller, who moved up a weight class last week to 165 is Nos. 11 and 9. Finally redshirt-freshman Nick Heflin is ranked Nos. 13 and 14 at 174 pounds.  
Pacing the Buckeyes Sophomore Ian Paddock (133) and redshirt-freshmen Nick Heflin (174) and Peter Capone (197) are tied for the team lead in wins with 14 each. So far, Paddock has compiled a 14-4 record, while Heflin is 14-3 and Capone is 14-10. Heflin is first on the team in win percentage (.824), while senior Colt Sponseller (165) is second with a .800 win percentage. 
A Look at Michigan State Michigan State began the week with a 7-1 record and will wrestle West Virginia Friday night before traveling to Millersburg, Ohio. The Spartans’ lone loss of the season was to three-time defending national champion and sixth-ranked Iowa. MSU dropped a 29-10 decision with Dan Osterman, Curran Jacobs and Mike McClure picking up wins. Osterman posted a 12-2 major decision over Jeret Chiri at 149 pounds, while Jacobs (174) decisioned No. 20 Ethen Lofthouse, 6-5. Finally, McClure handed No. 15 Blake Rasing a 4-2 loss.  Michigan State has three Top 20 wrestlers in the Intermat polls. David Cheza is 17th at 157 pounds. Weighing in at 197 pounds, Tyler Dickenson is ranked 19th and heavyweight Mike McClure is 16th.              Buckeyes vs. Spartans Ohio State trails Michigan State, 40-23-1, in the all-time series. However, the Buckeyes have won three-consecutive matches, including a 30-7 triumph on Valentine’s Day 2010.  Unfortunately, the Scarlet and Gray has had to play catch up in the wins category with the Spartans. *Ohio State is 9-18 (.333) all-time at home vs. Michigan State. In East Lansing, the Buckeyes have a slightly better record as they are 10-19-1 (.350). Ohio State is 2-0 vs. Michigan State in neutral locations. 
*incomplete records to determine if matches were home, away or neutral in 1926, 1928, 1943 and two matches in 1945.
Last 5 Meetings 2-14-10 – W, 30-7 2-8-09 – W, 23-15 2-2-07 – W, 19-14 1-23-05 – L, 16-27 2-15-04 – W, 30-8
Ohio State vs. Michigan State – 2010 Following its 30-7 win over Michigan State Feb. 14, 2010 in St. John Arena, the No. 4/3 Ohio State wrestling team (18-1; 7-0 Big Ten) won its seventh-consecutive Big Ten match of the season and 13th overall dating back to the 2008-09 season. Wrestling for the last time in front of family and friends in St. John Arena, seniors Corey Morrison, Lance Palmer, Mike Pucillo and Dave Rella all won their final matches in the historic venue. Reece Humphrey did not wrestle because of injury. The afternoon began at 125 pounds and just like the previous three matches, junior Nikko Triggas pinned his opponent; this time Brenan Lyon was down in 2:25. The Buckeye from Moraga, Calif., compiled his 12th fall of the season and 34th for his career, which placed him fifth in the program’s all-time record book. After dropping matches at 133 and 141 pounds, the Scarlet and Gray faced a slim 7-6 deficit, but would win the remaining seven matches. At 149 pounds, Palmer, a senior captain from Columbia Station, Ohio, helped Ohio State regain the lead (12-7) when he pinned No. 12 David Cheza in 4:51.  Sean Nemec scored his second-consecutive Big Ten win when he beat Anthony Jones at 157 pounds. Nemec, a sophomore from Garfield Heights, Ohio, continuously increased his advantage, taking a 2-0 lead after the first and building it to 3-0 following the second. Another takedown in the final two minutes, coupled with a 1:08 riding time gave him his second straight win and 13th overall this season. Junior Colt Sponseller only gave up an escape in his 7-1 decision over Kyle Bounds at 165 pounds. Sponseller, a native of Glenmont, Ohio, used two takedowns, an escape and riding time to secure the victory. (Sponseller was awarded a point on a second called MSU warning). For the second-straight dual match and third this season, Rella wrestled into extra time before winning. Up against Ian Hinton, the two grapplers traded escapes throughout regulation. It was in the one-minute sudden victory, Rella, an Akron, Ohio, native recorded the takedown for the 3-1 win.  Pucillo rebounded from a previous loss and beat Curran Jacobs, 12-6, at 184 pounds.  A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Pucillo built a 9-2 lead after the second period and finished the match with a final takedown and riding time of 3:30 for his 17th victory of the season. C.J. Magrum held on for a 3-1 win over Tyler Dickenson at 197 pounds to give the Buckeyes a 27-7 advantage. Despite an escape by Dickenson in the third period to cut Magrum’s lead to two points, the Buckeye from Oak Harbor, Ohio, halted any rally attempt from the Spartan. Morrison wrapped up the afternoon and his collegiate career in Columbus with an 11-4 decision over Alan O’Donnell at heavyweight. A fifth-year graduate student, Morrison jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first period. However, O’Donnell scored a reversal in the next period to cut Morrison’s lead to 4-3. The Buckeye from Shaker Heights, Ohio, countered with an escape and takedown to go up 7-3. Choosing bottom in the final period, Morrison recorded another escape. He then scored a crucial takedown in an attempt at bonus points (Morrison also owned riding time), but O’Donnell managed an escape as time ticked off the clock.
Up Next For the second-straight season, Ohio State will travel to Iowa City, where it will face the three-time defending champion Iowa Hawkeyes at 4 p.m. ET Jan. 22 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The match also will air live on the Big Ten Network.