January 22, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes fought valiantly but couldn’t overcome the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes tonight, falling 32-6, before 1,899 at St. John Arena.

Two Buckeyes who are having successful seasons landed victories. Matt Fratta (Sr., Willard, Ohio) defeated Iowa’s Ben Kritsonis in overtime, 6-4, for OSUs first victory on the evening. Wrestling at 125 pounds, Fratta found himself trailing, 4-3, late in the third period. But he managed to go over one minute in advantage time to pick up the point that tied the score at 4-4. The two wrestlers went into sudden death overtime, which Fratta ended when he scored two points for a takedown.

The other Buckeye who picked up a win was Peter Rogers (Jr., Sheboygan, Wis.). One of the hottest OSU wrestlers at the moment, Rogers was tied up at 2-2 late in the third period when he eclipsed the one minute mark in advantage time. He was able to hang on in the final seconds to capture a 3-2 victory.

Rogers has now won eight straight decisions and ten of his last eleven. He leads the team in dual match victories with 11.

Ohio State has no time to worry about this loss, as tomorrow they travel to No. 11 Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa., at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes return home on Friday, January 29, when they take on No. 16 Purdue at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.


184 lbs – No. 19 Paul Jenn, Iowa dec. Nick Preston, Ohio State 6-3 197 lbs – No. 2 Lee Fullhart, Iowa pinned Brad Todd, Ohio State 2:37 HWT – No. 3 Wes Hand, Iowa maj. dec. Eric Wood, Ohio State 21-8 125 lbs – Matt Fratta, Ohio State dec. Ben Kritsonis, Iowa 6-4 (ot) 133 lbs – No. 2 Eric Juergens, Iowa dec. Robert Sessley, Ohio State 11-5 141 lbs – No. 4 Doug Schwab, Iowa tech. fall Kore Sharpley, Ohio State 21-6 149 lbs – No. 1 T.J. Williams, Iowa dec. Jeff Bucher, Ohio State 10-4 157 lbs – No. 12 Jaime Heidt, Iowa maj. dec. Brian Roskovich, Ohio State 13-5 165 lbsNo. 18 Peter Rogers, Ohio State dec. Ben Uker, Iowa 3-2 174 lbs – No. 7 Gabe McMahan, Iowa maj. dec. No. 20 Bo James, Ohio State 19-7 Records – Iowa 8-1, 1-0 Big Ten; Ohio State 9-5, 0-1 Big Ten

Attendance – 1,899