The Northfield, Ohio, native becomes fourth conference weekly honoree for the Buckeyes this season
COLUMBUS, Ohio J Jaggers, a senior on the sixth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team, earned his first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor of the 2008-09 season and the second of his career, the conference announced Tuesday. Last weekend, Jaggers went undefeated at the 2009 National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, helping the Buckeyes to a fifth-place finish.
The reigning NCAA champion at 141 pounds recorded a perfect 5-0 ledger, including two upsets over No. 8 Mike Thorn of conference rival Minnesota and No. 10 Marcus Hoehn of Missouri. Ranked 14th in the national polls, the Northfield, Ohio, native secured a 7-2 decision over Thorn, recording a take down, two escapes and a three-point nearfall. Against Hoehn, Jaggers helped the sixth-ranked Buckeyes down No. 5 Missouri, battling to an 8-6 sudden victory.
Against No. 3 Cornell, the senior’s win tied the Buckeyes and Big Red at 13-all, earning an 11-2 major decision over Corey Manson. Jaggers opened the weekend with a 4-3 decision over Trent Washington of host Northern Iowa and added a 3-1 decision over Boise State’s Cory Fish.
Jaggers, a high school graduate from St. Peter Chanel and a communication major at Ohio State, previously received the conference recognition January 2008.
This is the fourth Big Ten weekly honor for the Buckeyes this season and second consecutive for the team. Last Tuesday, junior Mike Pucillo, the 2008 NCAA Champion at 184, earned his first honor of the season while junior Reece Humphrey was named wrestler of the week Nov. 4 and senior Corey Morrison picked up his first career honor Dec. 16.