No. 6 Ohio State
(12-2; 3-1 Big Ten)
No. 17 Michigan (BTN – 10:30 p.m.)
(8-6-1, 3-0-1 Big Ten)
at 7 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wgt. No. 17 Michigan vs. No. 6 Ohio State
125 No. 17 Michael Watts (12-7) vs. Nikko Triggas (17-12)
133 Zac Stevens (13-14) vs. No. 2 Reece Humphrey (20-1)
141 No. 5 Kellen Russell (18-2) vs. No. 14 J Jaggers (16-7)
149 Mark Beaudry (2-6) vs. No. 4 Lance Palmer (20-2)
157 Aaron Hynes (14-10) vs. No. 17 Jason Johnstone (19-8)
165 Justin Zeerip (6-12) vs. No. 2 Colt Sponseller (25-3)
174 No. 1 Steve Luke (20-0) vs. Dave Rella (14-10)
184 No. 13 Anthony Biondo (14-8) vs. No. 2 Mike Pucillo (12-0)
197 No. 6 Tyrel Todd (14-1) vs. Cody Gardner (14-11)
285 Eddie Phillips (11-11) vs. Corey Morrison (17-10)
No. 8 Illinois
(10-1, 3-1 Big Ten)
at 2 p.m. in St. John Arena
Wgt. No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 6 Ohio State
125 B.J. Futrell (21-7) vs. Nikko Triggas
133 No. 3 Jimmy Kennedy (21-2) vs. No. 2 Reece Humphrey
141 Ryan Prater (9-10) vs. No. 14 J Jaggers
149 Eric Terrazas (12-13) vs. No. 4 Lance Palmer
157 No. 2 Mike Poeta (6-0) vs. No. 17 Jason Johnstone
165 No. 15 Roger Smith-Bergsrud (15-5) vs. No. 2 Colt Sponseller
174 John Dergo (10-4) vs. Dave Rella
184 No. 12 Jordan Blanton (22-6) vs. No. 2 Mike Pucillo
197 Patrick Bond (10-11) vs. Cody Gardner
285 No. 9 John Wise (13-6) vs. Corey Morrison
COLUMBUS, Ohio With only two weeks remaining in the 2008-09 regular season, the sixth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team takes its 3-1 Big Ten dual record on the road to face No. 17 Michigan Friday. The meet will be televised by the Big Ten Network on same-day delay at 10:30 p.m.
The Buckeyes then return to Columbus to close out its home season against No. 8 Illinois at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena. The squad will honor its four seniors prior to the match as part of Senior Day.
Ohio State will celebrate the careers of its four seniors Sunday. The Scarlet and Gray will recognize J Jaggers, 2008 NCAA champion at 141 pounds, Jason Johnstone, NCAA qualifier, Wes Bergman, two-year letterwinner, and Owen Schaefer, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, before the start of its final home dual.
LIVE ON THE WEB
Watch all Ohio State wrestling action on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Every home dual will be streamed live over the web site with former Buckeye J.D. Bergman on the call. Subscriptions for Buckeye Vision can be made on a month or year basis.
Live updates also can be accessed on the Ohio State wrestling homepage on OhioStateBuckeyes.com or live stats can be accessed at www.intermatwrestle.com.
BUCKEYES VS. WOLVERINES
Last year, Ohio State earned a tight 16-15 dual victory over Michigan in St. John Arena to end the Wolverines’ 14-consecutive dual win streak against the Buckeyes.
All-time, the Scarlet and Gray trail the Maize and Blue, 14-61-3.
NO. 17 MICHIGAN
The Wolverines moved to 3-0-1 in the Big Ten last weekend, upsetting then-No. 8 Minnesota, 17-16, in Minneapolis Friday and handling Michigan State, 28-7, in East Lansing, Mich., Sunday.
Michigan opened league action at home with a 17-all tie to Northwestern Jan. 31 and escaped with a 20-18 victory vs. Indiana Feb. 1.
The Wolverines are led by sophomore and fifth-rated Kellen Russell (141) and fifth-year seniors No. 1 Steve Luke (174) and No. 6 Tyrel Todd (197). All three grapplers remain perfect in the Big Ten with 4-0 records. Russell is on a 14-match winning streak while Luke has yet to drop a match this season, owning a 20-0 record.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE ILLINI
Illinois holds the advantage in the all-time series, 32-28, including 10-consecutive wins. The Buckeyes and Illini have only met once since Tom Ryan took the reigns at Ohio State. The last meeting, a 19-18 Illinois home victory, came Feb. 2007 as the teams did not meet for a regular-season dual last year.
NO. 8 ILLINOIS
The Fighting Illini posted two conference wins last weekend, including a come from behind 22-13 victory over Northwestern at home last Friday before winning, 24-16, on the road vs. Wisconsin Sunday. The win against the Badgers marked Illinois head coach Mark Johnson’s 200th victory in 17 years of work with the program.
The squad is led by a trio of wrestlers ranking in the nation’s Top 10 in Jamie Kennedy, ranked No. 3 at 133, Mike Poeta, No. 2 at 157, and heavyweight John Wise, who moved to No. 9 in the standings this week.
MAKING AN IMPRESSION
After going 1-1 in Big Ten action its opening weekend, Ohio State rebounded nicely by winning eight of 10 matches, including three by pin, en route to its 33-7 win over Penn State last Friday in State College, Pa.
Against the Nittany Lions, No. 14 J Jaggers (141) pinned Frank Molinaro in 3:38, Lance Palmer (149), ranked No. 4, pinned Colby Pisani, in 2:56 and No. 2 Mike Pucillo needed just 1:35 to pin Matt Dodds at 184 pounds.
The Buckeyes kept their momentum going, delivering a 28-10 loss to Purdue last Sunday in St. John Arena. Against the Boilermakers, Ohio State won seven bouts, including a pin, forfeit and major decision, to improve to 3-1 in the Big Ten and 12-2 overall.
Senior Jason Johnstone posted a 14-3 major decision at 157, 184-pounder Mike Pucillo scored six points in a forfeit and lightweight Nikko Triggas pinned Boilermaker Akin Eren in 2:01 to help the Buckeyes secure their second league win of the weekend.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
With a 3-1 league record, Ohio State currently is tied for fourth with Illinois in the Big Ten standings. Iowa is first in the league, posting a perfect 4-0 dual record. Michigan, 3-0-1 in the Big Ten, is second, while Minnesota holds third at 4-1.
Northwestern falls to sixth with a 2-2-1 ledger and is followed by Indiana (1-2-1) in seventh. Michigan State and Wisconsin are tied for eighth with 1-4 league records. Rounding out the conference are Penn State (0-4-2) and Purdue (0-3-1) at 10th and 11th, respectively.
Ohio State is 12-2 in its 2008-09 dual campaign. The Buckeyes hosted the Buckeye Duals Nov. 16 in St. John Arena and defeated Notre Dame College, 34-6, and Cleveland State, 35-13.
Before taking a three-week break, sixth-ranked Ohio State took a trip to Edinboro where it downed the 17th-ranked Fighting Scots, 19-12. The Scarlet and Gray moved to 4-0 Jan. 4 as they defeated instate rival Kent State, 20-15, in St. John Arena.
The Buckeyes then earned fifth at the 2009 National Duals with a 4-1 record at the meet. Ohio State posted a 32-12 victory over No. 21 Northern Iowa before dropping a close 16-17 loss to No. 3 Cornell Jan. 10. The Scarlet and Gray posted a 23-19 upset over No. 5 Missouri and followed with a 21-12 decision vs. No. 16 Boise State to advance to the fifth-place final Jan. 11.
Ohio State concluded the National Duals with a 25-12 win over conference rival Minnesota to secure its fifth-place finish.
After a week off, the Buckeyes hit the mats again, downing No. 20 Hofstra, 19-13, last Sunday in Hempstead, N.Y.
Reece Humphrey earned a key victory for Ohio State against the Pride’s Lou Ruggirello at 133 pounds. Heading into the match tied at 13-all, the junior Buckeye battled hard against Ruggirello for two periods before coming back in the third period to post a 7-4 decision. With the win, Humphrey put Ohio State up, 16-13, with only one weight division remaining en route to the Buckeyes’ eventual 19-13 win.
Ohio State remained hot in January, opening league action with an 18-16 victory over Indiana Jan. 30 in St. John Arena. The conference foes battled through nine weight classes before Colt Sponseller scored an 8-3 decision for Ohio State, securing a Buckeye win in the final bout.
In its second dual of the weekend, the squad built a 16-6 lead after six matches but dropped the final four bouts in an 18-16 loss to Minnesota Feb. 1 in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, who had snapped a 13-dual losing streak to the Golden Gophers with a 25-12 victory at the 2009 National Duals in January, could not take another from their conference rival.
BEST OF THE BEST
J Jaggers, the reigning NCAA champion at 141 pounds, was named Collegiate Athlete of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Athletic Sports Commission Jan. 21 in Cleveland.
“To even be nominated for such an award, especially in such a talent-rich area like Cleveland, was an honor and I’m very grateful to have been selected as the top college athlete,” Jaggers, a native of Northfield, Ohio, said. “It was an amazing event and a very special night for everyone involved.”
In his junior campaign, Jaggers went 5-0 at the 2008 NCAA Championships, upsetting the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds as the sixth-seed to claim his first national title and earn his second All-America nod March 20-22 in St. Louis.
J Jaggers earned his first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor of the 2008-09 season and the second-consecutive for a Buckeye Jan. 13 after he 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. Then-ranked 14th in the national polls, the Northfield, Ohio, native secured a 7-2 decision over Thorn, recording a takedown, 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, after 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.
12 AND COUNTING
Mike Pucillo remains undefeated on the season after recording a pin and a forfeit last weekend at Penn State Friday and vs. Purdue Sunday, respectively.
The second-ranked junior needed just 1:35 to pin Matt Dodds of Penn State at 184 pounds and earned another six points Sunday as Purdue forfeited the weight class.
A native of Strongsville, Ohio, he opened Big Ten action by pinning Hoosier Eric Cameron in 2:41 to give the Buckeyes a 9-0 lead after two weight classes Jan. 31. He nearly recorded his second fall of the weekend against Minnesota’s Sonny Yohn Feb. 1 but settled for a 21-4 technical fall to earn his 10th win of the season.
Pucillo made his season debut at 185 pounds with a win over 10th-ranked Chris Honeycutt of Edinboro Dec. 14. The junior then recorded his second victory against a ranked opponent in as many tries by holding off Kent State’s sixth-ranked Dustin Kilgore with a 6-1 result Jan. 4 in St. John Arena.
In addition, Pucillo added a bulk on victories, going 5-0 at the 2009 National Duals Jan. 10-11 to propel the Buckeyes to a fifth-place finish.
ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END
Reece Humphrey’s win streak came to a halt, as he fell to No. 5 Jayson Ness (25-4) of Minnesota Feb. 1. After compiling a perfect 19-0 overall ledger and 10-0 dual record, his first blemish came from a 5-0 decision in Ness’ favor. He is now 20-1 overall and 11-1 in dual action.
The junior from Indianapolis started the 2008-09 season winning titles at the Buffalo and Wolfpack Opens before going 2-0 at the Buckeye Duals.
On the season, Humphrey has tallied 59 takedowns, the third most for a Buckeye in the 2008-09 season, and has recorded seven pins.
After turning in a key decision in Ohio State’s 19-13 win over Hofstra vs. then-ninth-ranked Lou Ruggirello, Humphrey moved up to the top seat in the 133-pound USA Today/InterMat/NWCA standings for the week of Jan. 27 before falling to Ness Sunday.
Note Results from the 43rd Annual NWCA All-Star Classic Nov. 24 do not count toward records.
PUCILLO STARTING STRONG
Junior Mike Pucillo was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced Jan. 6. It was the Strongsville, Ohio, native’s first weekly award of the season and the second of his career. Pucillo recorded his second win against a ranked opponent to propel Ohio State over Kent State, 20-15, Jan. 4 to earn the honor.
Pucillo held off No. 6 Dustin Kilgore with two takedowns and an escape in the 6-1 victory at 184 pounds to extend the Buckeye lead to 10-0 early in the dual match. This marked the second win over a ranked opponent for Pucillo, who made his 2008-09 season debut with a win over 10th-ranked Chris Honeycutt of Edinboro on Dec. 14.
Pucillo is on a 37-match win streak after ending the 2007-08 season with 26-consecutive victories.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
The Buckeyes ended January with a 10-1 dual record. In the 88-year history of the program, Ohio State has amassed a 294-161-7 (.640) record in the month of January. In 2001 (13-0) and 1981 (6-0), the Buckeyes compiled perfect records during the first 31 days of the year.
JOHNSTONE PROPELS BUCKEYES TO 20-15 VICTORY OVER KENT STATE
Ohio State opened the New Year with a 20-15 win over Kent State Jan. 4 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes came back from a 13-15 score going into the final two matches to hold off the Golden Flashes.
The Buckeyes began their rally at 149 when fourth-ranked Lance Palmer defeated Clint Sponseller, Ohio State’s Colt Sponseller’s brother, in a 9-0 major decision and gave the Buckeyes a 17-15 lead going into the final match.
In the final match, Ohio State’s No. 15 Jason Johnstone and Ross Tice battled at 157 for the outright team victory. Tice opened the match with a takedown, but Johnstone took the lead after an escape and a takedown to give him a 2-1 lead to end the first period. The second period ended with a 6-2 score in Johnstone’s favor. The match ended with a total of three takedowns for Johnstone in a 9-3 victory and sealed the win for the Buckeyes.
In the first two matches, two members of the Buckeye squad won in major decisions and gave Ohio State an early lead. In 165, Colt Sponseller defeated Obie Simpson and posted five takedowns to finish with a final 12-4 score. At 184, top-ranked Mike Pucillo held off No. 6 Dustin Kilgore with a 6-1 win to extend Ohio State’s lead to 10-0. Pucillo recorded two takedowns and an escape.
AND THE WINNER IS
Heavyweight Corey Morrison was the recipient of the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor Dec. 16. Morrison earned the award after decisioning No. 8 Joey Fendone, 5-3, of 17th-ranked Edinboro in the match-deciding bout. The Buckeyes won, 19-12, to move to 3-0 on the season. Morrison also handed Fendone his first loss of the season.
Reece Humphrey was the Buckeyes’ first weekly award honoree for 2008-09. Humphrey won the conference laurel Nov. 4 after winning four matches to claim the Buffalo Open title at 133-pounds.
HONORED BY THEMAT.COM
Colt Sponseller was TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week following his match-changing performance against Edinboro’s third-ranked Jarrod King at 165 pounds. With Ohio State trailing the Fighting Scots, 9-7, Sponseller’s 4-1 victory over King led the way toward the Buckeye win. Like Fendone, King was undefeated before his encounter with Sponseller.
Sophomore Colt Sponseller leads the Buckeyes with 118 takedowns. Jason Johnstone is second on the team with 62, while Reece Humphrey rounds out the Top 3 with 59.
Sean Nemec, who saw his first action in dual competition at Edinboro, is first on the team in major decisions with six, while Johnstone and Dave Rella are tied for second on the team with five. Sponseller also paces the squad with five technical falls and Nikko Triggas is the team leader in falls with 10.
A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Sophomore Colt Sponseller already surpassed his win total from a season ago. Forced to sit out the beginning of the 2007-08 season because of injury, Sponseller would end that campaign with a 16-4 record. In 2008-09, Sponseller already has totaled 25 wins, with just three losses.
The Glenmont, Ohio, native leads Ohio State with 118 takedowns while also recording five technical falls, four pins and three major decisions.
LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
Lance Palmer and Colt Sponseller had successful runs at the 27th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Dec. 5-6, finishing second at 149 and 165 pounds, respectively.
Palmer encountered a tough draw in the final in No. 3 and 2008 NWCA All-Star Darrion Cald well from NC State. Palmer was pinned in 1:05.
Looking to run the table at the invite, Sponseller suffered his first loss of the season (15-1) when he lost in the final to Cornell’s No. 1-ranked Mack Lewnes, a 2008 NWCA All-Star.
As a team, the Buckeyes finished 11th (tied) with 67.5 points.
DOWN YOU GO
Of Nikko Triggas’ 10 pins, five have been under two minutes, including a 40-second pin vs. Pete Cole of Alfred State in the Buffalo Open. Triggas owns a team-best 10 pins on the season.
Nikko Triggas Pins (under two minutes)
:40 vs. Pete Cole (Alfred State)
1:17 vs. PJ Morales (Edinboro)
1:51 vs. Lou Ruland (Maryland)
1:09 vs. Michael Moreno (NC State)
1:43 vs. Brad Steele (Dickinson State)
With his 21-second pin of RPI’s Dwight Manganaro in the Buffalo Open, freshman Dalton Britt owns the fastest fall time on the team. In second place is sophomore Nikko Triggas with a 40-second pin of Pete Cole of Alfred State, also recorded at the Buffalo Open.
Both of Lance Palmer’s losses this season have come at the hands of NC State’s Darrion Caldwell. Palmer, who owns a 20-2 record, faced Caldwell in the final of the NC State Open and dropped a tight 2-1 decision. Palmer then encountered Caldwell again in the final of the Las Vegas Invitational and was pinned in 1:05.
In his junior campaign, the Columbia Station, Ohio, native has racked up 29 takedowns, seven pins and two major decisions, owning a perfect 12-0 dual record.
Sophomore Colt Sponseller has recorded a team-best 12 takedowns in three separate matches this season. He did it in back-to-back contests in the Buffalo Open vs. Matt Coleman of Edinboro (W, 25-10) and Cory Lempka of Buffalo (W, 25-10). The following week in the Wolfpack Open, Sponseller recorded 12 takedowns against Maryland’s Josh Asper (W, 26-10).
Senior Jason Johnstone accumulated 10 takedowns in a 26-10 technical fall win over Corey Carlo of Cleveland State in the Buckeye Duals.
UPDATE ON THE STANDINGS
In the latest USA Today/InterMat/NWCA rankings (Feb. 10), Ohio State remains at No. 6 in the country.
Six Buckeyes are ranked in the Top 20 of the individual standings.
Weight Wrestler W.I.N. InterMat
133 Reece Humphrey 5th 2nd
141 J Jaggers 10th 14th
149 Lance Palmer 4th 4th
157 Jason Johnstone 19th 17th
165 Colt Sponseller 2nd 2nd
184 Mike Pucillo 2nd 2nd
BIG TEN NETWORK COVERAGE
Two of the Buckeyes’ matches will air on the Big Ten Network. Ohio State’s match at Michigan Friday will broadcast the same day on a tape delay basis at 10:30 p.m. The match’s start time is 7 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena.
The Ohio State vs. Wisconsin dual will air live at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in Madison, Wis., in the Wisconsin Field House.
REECE HUMPHREY NAMED CONFERENCE WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Reece Humphrey, a 133-pound junior from Indianapolis, Ind., was named the Big Ten Conference co-Wrestler of the Week Nov. 4 following his championship performance at the Buffalo Open Nov. 2.
Humphrey won four matches at the event as the No. 1 seed by pinning two of his opponents and winning by a technical fall and decision. He began the day with a pin of Kevin Green of Niagara in 5:50 and then followed that performance with a 25-10 technical fall over Michael Baxter of Mercyhurst College. Humphrey then faced teammate and fifth-seed Garrett Henry in the semifinals and made quick work of the rookie from Solon, Ohio, pinning Henry in 3:28 en route to the final. In the championship bout, Humphrey decisioned Kevin Smith of host Buffalo, 9-5, for the title.
It is the first-career weekly laurel for the product of Lawrence North High School and the first for the Buckeyes since J Jaggers earned the honor Jan. 30, 2008.
NICE START TO THE YEAR
Ohio State began its season at two open tournaments. The Buckeyes made the trip to Buffalo, N.Y., for the Buffalo Open Nov. 2 and had a phenomenal meet, crowning six champions. A week later, Ohio State made its way south for the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh, N.C., Nov. 8 and completed the tournament with four title winners.
Junior Reece Humphrey (133), senior Jason Johnstone (157), sophomore Colt Sponseller (165) and freshman Cody Gardner (197) were double winners as they won their respective weight classes at both opens. In Buffalo, Dave Rella (174) and Corey Morrison (HWT) also won titles of their own.
The Buckeyes return three All-Americans from last season. J Jaggers (141) and Mike Pucillo (184), 2008 NCAA Champions, and Lance Palmer (149) are back for another season in 2008-09.
Overall, Ohio State boasts six NCAA qualifiers from a season ago. In addition to Jaggers, Pucillo and Palmer, Nikko Triggas is back at 125 pounds, as is 133-pounder Reece Humphrey and Jason Johnstone (157).
NEW TO THE STAFF
Former Buckeyes J.D. Bergman and Alex Picazo joined the wrestling support staff this past summer. Bergman (2004-08) is the team’s assistant marketing director and Picazo (2004-08) is the director of operations and strength and conditioning coach.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
Ten of the Buckeyes’ opponents, not counting ranked challengers in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in January, are ranked in the latest edition of the USA Today/NWCA/InterMat Top 25 poll.
All eight of the Buckeyes’ league opponents are ranked in the Top 25. Ohio State defeated No. 20 Indiana, 18-16, Jan. 30 before falling, 18-16, vs. No. 11 Minnesota Feb. 1. Last weekend, the Scarlet and Gray downed No. 24 Penn State, 33-7, Friday on the road and defeated No. 25 Purdue, 28-10, Sunday at home. The Buckeyes welcome No. 8 Illinois to Columbus Sunday after meeting No. 17 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ohio State will travel to No. 16 Northwestern (Feb. 20) and No. 18 Wisconsin (Feb. 22) to finish the season.
Although dual action was off for the Buckeyes, Ohio State wrestlers remained on the go, participating at the Kent State Open Jan. 18.
Freshman Sean Nemec and junior AJ Agazarm collected a pair of titles at the individual tournament, winning the 157 and 165 weight classes in Kent, Ohio. Six other Buckeyes earned Top 6 finishes at the tournament.
Wrestling at 157 pounds, Nemec recorded a perfect 5-0 ledger on the day. En route to the bout for first place, the rookie defeated AJ Johnson of Virginia Tech (2-0), scored a major decision against Clarion’s Justin McCrillis (17-2), posted a 4-2 win over Brantley Hooks of Bucknell and advanced to the 157 final after downing Penn State’s Tim Darling, 9-3. Nemec won the title match by a score of 8-1 over Eastern Michigan’s Aaron Sulzer. Nemec now owns an 18-2 record.
Teammate Jared Kusar also wrestled at 157 pounds and finished fourth.
Agazarm was victorious at 165 pounds, winning the title without allowing his opponents any. After a bye in the first round, the junior won a 2-0 match against Kent State’s Sli Bostelman and advanced to the championship round on a 5-0 victory over Clarion’s Steven Cressley. Agazarm tallied his first pin (2:06) of the season, making quick work of Indiana’s Cooper Samuels in the final bout of the day, improving his 2008-09 record to 6-4. Buckeye Ross Ambrose added a third-place finish at 165.
The Scarlet and Gray finished 2-3 in the 125 weight division at the open. Ohio State’s Bo Touris improved to 5-2 on the season after winning four-consecutive matches to reach the 125 championship match. The freshman downed Bloomsburg’s Matt Snyder, 12-8, Penn State’s Eric Caschera, 10-5, and Kent State’s Troy Opfer, 9-7, before falling, 16-6, to Edinboro’s Eric Morrill to place second.
Buckeye Pat Harrington claimed third at 125 pounds, with a 4-1 record.
After dropping his second match, Ohio State’s Garrett Henry battled back to a third-place finish at 133 pounds. For the day, Henry was 5-1, improving to 8-5 on the season.
At 184, Buckeye Jeremy Sanders earned a fourth-place finish with a 2-2 record while two Ohio State student-athletes earned Top 6 placing in the heavyweight division. Freshman Johnny Hiles finished fourth while classmate Pat Walsh was sixth.
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
The Buckeyes take part in various community service initiatives throughout the season. Once a month, Ohio State visits patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The team also participates in the 2nd & 7 Foundation reading program that strives to “Tackle Illiteracy” in Central Ohio.
Ohio State ends the regular season on the road at Northwestern at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 and at Wisconsin at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 (BTN) before heading to Penn State for the 2009 Big Ten Championships slated for 7 p.m. March 7.