COLUMBUS, Ohio After crowning six champions just a week ago at the Buffalo Open, the No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team returned to open tournament action Saturday at the Wolfpack Open and had four Buckeyes win their respective weight classes.
It was another week of success for Reece Humphrey (133), Jason Johnstone (157), Colt Sponseller (165) and Cody Gardner (197) after the quartet also won titles six days ago in Buffalo.
In all, seven Buckeyes advanced to the finals. Not including the four champions, the Scarlet and Gray boasted six Top 3 finishes on the day.
Humphrey, who last week garnered Big Ten co-Wrestler of the Week honors, continued his winning trend by opening the day with two pins for a combined time of 6:35. The junior from Indianapolis, Ind., then recorded three-consecutive decisions en route to the title.
Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) pinned Matthew Sharp (UNC Pembroke), 1:50
Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) pinned Trevour Smith (Campbell), 4:45
Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) dec. Jason Deluca (UNC), 14-7
Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) dec. Mike Nash Jr. (UNC Pembroke), 10-5
Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) dec. Will Livingston (Hokie WC), 9-5
Johnstone cruised to the final after notching a pair of pins and a major decision. Winning the championship bout by a 9-4 margin, it was the closest any opponent came in trying to defeat the senior from Massillon, Ohio.
Jason Johnstone (Ohio State) won by forfeit Casey Clayton (N.C. State)
Jason Johnstone (Ohio State) pinned Arthur Young (Newberry College), 2:20
Jason Johnstone (Ohio State) maj. dec. Keenan Duffie (UNC), 13-1
Jason Johnstone (Ohio State) pinned Mike Williams (UNC Pembroke), 2:30
Jason Johnstone (Ohio State) dec. Andrew Saunders (UNC Greensboro), 9-4
If team scores had been kept, Sponseller certainly would have given the Buckeyes plenty of bonus points after outscoring his opponents, 78-28 in five matches. Backed by two technical falls, major decision and a pair of decisions, Sponseller, a sophomore out of Glenmont, Ohio, won his second open tournament title in as many weeks.
Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) maj. dec. Derving Rios (UNC Pembroke), 16-5
Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) tech fall Cody Nepturne (Campbell), 25-8
Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) dec. Brandon Wright (UTC), 6-2
Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) tech fall Josh Asper (Maryland), 26-10
Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) dec. Chris Bullins (UNC Greensboro), 5-3
In his young collegiate career, Gardner remains undefeated at 9-0. Two major decisions and two decisions propelled Gardner, a native of Christiansburg, Va., to another open tournament title in 2008.
Cody Gardner (Ohio State) maj. dec. Karl Reed (Newberry College), 15-6
Cody Gardner (Ohio State) dec. Jake Kahnke (Old Dominion), 8-7
Cody Gardner (Ohio State) maj. dec. Nikolas Brown (UTC), 12-4
Cody Gardner (Ohio State) dec. Daniel Llamas (UNC), 10-5
Three more Buckeyes in Lance Palmer (149), Wes Bergman (184) and Corey Morrison (285) garnered runner-up finishes. The trio of Nikko Triggas (125), Sean Nemec (157) and Jason Cook (197) took home third-place honors. Wrestling unattached, freshman Johnny Hiles was a fourth-place finisher at heavyweight.
The Wolfpack Open concludes the open tournament season for the Buckeyes. Ohio State will host the four-team Buckeye Duals Nov. 16 in St. John Arena. The Scarlet and Gray will wrestle Notre Dame College at 1 p.m. followed by Cleveland State at 3 p.m.