By Danielle Warner
Ohio State Sports Information
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Backed by seven wins, the ninth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team defeated Notre Dame College, 29-11, Friday night in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won six consecutive matches from 125-165 pounds before losing three of the next four bouts.
“It was a great start for us to get the first match done, which is always a challenge for us,” Tom Ryan, head coach, said. “The energy was good, but we lost a couple critical individual matches. We had a great team win, but we need to work on individual battles.
“We will go home and watch some of the film. After we are able to see the mistakes we made, we will be in better shape for our next match.”
Redshirt freshman Nick Roberts’s 10-2 major decision over Brian Hauser gave the Buckeyes an early 4-0 advantage following the 125-pound match. Roberts, a native of Hooversville, Pa., had a 5-0 lead at the end of the first period and added to his advantage on a pair of escapes and a takedown in the second and third periods. Adding in his 2:38 of riding time, Roberts won 10-2 and improved his overall record to 12-2.
Up next at 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Johnni DiJulius used a first-period takedown and 3-point nearfall to jump out to a 5-0 lead over Marty Carlson after the first period and eventually earn a 16-0 technical fall. The 15th-ranked Buckeye from Aurora, Ohio, dominated the final two periods, recording a pair of takedowns and two 3-point nearfalls, as well as an escape en route to his sixth win of the season.
In his first official match of the 2013-14 season, redshirt junior and No. 1 ranked Logan Stieber made quick work of Maurice Carlson in the 141-pound matchup pinning him in 2:10. Prior to the fall, Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, owned a 6-4 lead.
With the Buckeyes up 15-0, senior Ian Paddock added to the Scarlet and Gray victories as he improved to 8-3 on the season following his 5-3 win over Abel Avila. Up 5-2 at the end of the second period, Avila sored an escape to cut Paddock’s lead to two, but that was the only point he could muster as the Buckeye from Warsaw, N.Y., held on for the win.
After scoreless first and second periods, redshirt junior Randy Languis’s escape in the third period and two minutes of riding time proved to be the difference maker in his 2-0 win against Jonatan Rivera at 157 pounds.
Joe Grandominico, a junior from Westerville, Ohio, had an impressive outing Friday night at 165 pounds and subsequently was named the Russ Hellickson Most Outstanding Wrestler of the match. Up 6-0 at the end of the second period vs. Anthony Burge, Grandominico scored a reversal and 2-point nearfall and racked up 2:49 seconds of riding time en route to his 12-2 victory. Grandominico was awarded one point on a pair of stalling calls by Burge.
The Buckeyes’ final win of the evening was at 184 pounds on redshirt sophomore and ninth-ranked Kenny Courts’s 14-1 victory over Charles Mason. The Buckeye from Harrisburg, Pa., totaled two 3-point nearfalls, a trio of takedowns, one escape and a riding time of 4:42 in his ninth win of the season.
Ohio State’s Mark Martin (174 pounds), Ray Gordon (197 pounds) and Nick Tavanello (HWT) suffered defeats.
Up next for the Buckeyes is a 7 p.m. match at Duke in Durham, N.C. Live streaming/television broadcast (if available) will be announced at a later date.