By Ohio State Sports Information
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The ninth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (4-0) posted back-to-back wins Sunday at the Davidson Duals in Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. After leading the Scarlet and Gray to wins over Duke (25-10) Saturday night and Davidson (40-6) and George Mason (29-6) Sunday afternoon, Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan recorded his 200th career victory (200-117-1). Ryan is in his eighth season at Ohio State and as a Buckeye he is 91-34-0.
“Every win at Ohio State is a blessing,” Ryan said. “This is a special place and I am fortunate to work for Buckeye Nation. Like most, we remember the people way more than the stats.
“This team is learning about the high level of focus and desire required to be the best. I’m very proud of Josh Fox and Josh Whitt. Each of them earned their first varsity wins as a part of the program.”
The Buckeyes will return to action Dec. 6-7 at the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational as the two-time defending champions.
No. 9 Ohio State 40, Davidson 6
The Scarlet and Gray began the day vs. host Davidson and quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a Nick Roberts major decision vs. Philip Elias at 125 pounds. The Buckeye redshirt freshman from Hooversville, Pa., improved upon a 2-1 lead after the first period by taking an 8-3 advantage on a pair of takedowns and a 2-point nearfall. After scoring a 3-point nearfall and escaping an Elias reversal, Roberts owned a 12-5 lead and with the riding time advantage, won 13-5.
In the 133-pound bout, redshirt sophomore Johnni DiJulius scored more bonus points for the Buckeyes following his 12-2 win vs. Anthony Elias. Up 7-2 at the end of the first period, the Buckeye from Aurora, Ohio, maintained his momentum in the second, scoring a reversal and accruing riding time. Recording another takedown in the third, DiJulius was a 12-2 victor.
Up next at 141 pounds, redshirt junior Logan Stieber , a native of Monroeville, Ohio, lifted the Scarlet and Gray to a 14-0 lead after pinning Alexander Palinski in 1:20.
In a high-scoring affair between senior Ian Paddock and Kevin Birmingham, the 149-pound match already was 9-5 in the Buckeye’s favor after the first period. Paddock, who hails from Warsaw, N.Y., added a pair of takedowns, a 3-point nearfall, two-point nearfall, escape and riding time in his 20-6 win.
With Ohio State up 18-0, three more Buckeyes added major decision wins between 157 and 174 pounds. Redshirt junior Randy Languis was a 10-1 winner vs. Nick Pappayliou in the 157-pound bout. Following the first period, Languis owned a 7-0 lead and after choosing bottom in the second period, scored a reversal before giving up an escape for a 9-1 advantage. Languis, a Dublin, Ohio, native compiled the riding time to secure his major decision.
At 165 pounds, junior Joe Grandominico scored 16 points in his 16-4 win vs. Patrick Devlin. Owning a 10-1 lead after the second period, the Buckeye from Westerville, Ohio, scored another pair of takedowns, an escape and compiled riding time in his win.
Sophomore Mark Martin increased the Buckeyes’ lead to 30-0 in a 17-8 win against Nathaniel Powers. After the first period, Martin, who hails from Strongsville, Ohio, had a 9-5 advantage. After choosing bottom in the second period and escaping, Martin tacked on three more takedowns and riding time in the win.
Despite a setback in the 184-pound match by Buckeye Matthew O’Hara, Ohio State’s Josh Fox and Nick Tavanello answered with more bonus point victories. Fox, a redshirt sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., shut out Michael Moore, 9-0 in the 197 bout. Fox had a 4-0 lead after the second period. Awarded two points on stalling calls, Fox scored a final takedown to end the match. Tavanello ended Ohio State’s first match of the day with a 4:57 fall against Eddie Isola in the heavyweight match up.
No. 9 Ohio State 29, George Mason 6
Racking up 29 points vs. the Patriots, the Buckeyes got off to a strong start at 125 pounds on an 8-2 win by junior Josh Whitt over Bryce Gentry. Heading into the second period with a 6-1 lead, Whitt a native of Toledo, Ohio, added a final takedown in his win.
Back at it at 133 pounds, DiJulius was a 5-2 winner vs. Vince Rodriguez to earn his ninth win of the season, while Stieber made quick work of Sahid Kargbo, pinning him in 3:32 in the 141-pound match to move to 3-0.
With a 5-0 lead entering the second period, Paddock added to his advantage in the second vs. James Hunsberger at 149 pounds with another takedown. In the final period, Paddock compiled two escapes, a takedown and riding time in the 12-3 victory. On the season, Paddock is 11-3.
In the 157-pound match up, Languis dropped a close 2-1 decision in a tiebreaker to Greg Flournoy. However, the Buckeyes rebounded with wins in three of the next four matches.
Grandominico held on for a 6-2 lead at the end of the first period vs. Ryan Forrest in the 165-pound bout. Choosing bottom in the second, Grandominico scored an escape for a 7-2 lead. Up 9-3 in the third period, Grandominico recorded a pair of takedowns and added riding time in his 14-6 victory and improves to 6-5 overall.
Up next at 174 pounds, Martin posted a 13-7 win over Zachary Martinez before a Buckeye loss at 184 pounds. Martin is 13-4 on the year. Courts secured his 12th win of the season on an 8-2 win vs. Matt Meadows at 197 pounds. With his 8-2 victory vs. Jacob Kettler, Tavanello posted his 12th win of the season.