Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team took to the mat for the first time in the 2014-2015 season, holding its annual Wrestle Offs on Thursday evening before a large crowd at French Field House. Head coach Tom Ryan and his staff will watch their preseason consensus top-five program battle it out prior to the season-opening Michigan State Open on November 2 in East Lansing, Mich.
Redshirt freshman Nathan Tomassello opened the event by defeating Mike Manuche in a 20-4 tech fall win the 125-pound class. Stieber needed less than two minutes to get the win in the 141-pound class against Sal Marandino on a pin. Randy Languis edged Micah Jordan in a tight 3-2 match to take the 157-pound class. Next, Micah’s brother, Bo, needed only 1:46 to pin Justin Kresevic in the 165-pound match. Next, the higher weight classes then took the mat, as Kenny Courts took down Josh Fox in full time 11-3 in the 184-pound match.
Freshman Kyle Snyder showed off his talent in his first appearance as a Buckeye, defeating Matthew O’Hara by tech fall 19-5 in the 197-pound bout. The heavyweights then took the mat in the 285-pound class, as Nick Tavanello defeated Ray Gordon 5-2. Next, the 149-pound match was won by Jake Ryan, as he defeated Cody Burcher 11-4. The 174-pound class rounded out the night, as Mark Martin defeated Dominic Prezzia 12-4.
The Buckeyes will return to action in Columbus to take on Kent State on November 13 at St. John Arena.
Ohio State Wrestle Offs
French Field House
Oct. 16, 2014
125: Tomassello won by tech fall over Manuche 20-4
141: Stieber pinned Marandino 1:58
157: Languis won by decision over M. Jordan 3-2
165: B. Jordan pinned Kresevic 1:46
184: Courts won by major decision over Fox 11-3
197: Snyder won by major decision over O’Hara 19-5
285: Tavanello won by decision over Gordon 5-2
149: Ryan won by decision over Burcher 11-4
174: Martin won by major decision over Prezzia 12-4