Recap by Curt Heinrichs
Coming off of the heels of a disappointing performance against the #2 (now ranked #1 in the Intermat pollof which I am fond) team in the country, the wrestling Buckeyes found a degree of redemption as they closed out team competition for 2013 against in-state rival Kent State. The Buckeyes stormed out to an early lead, winning 4 of the first 5 matches in the dual, and mirrored that success in the final 5 matches.
Leading off the dual for the Buckeyes was 125 lber Nick Roberts, who managed to keep Kent State’s Del Vinas off of the scoreboard en route to a 16-0 tech fall victory. Since Roberts’ domination included back points, the tech fall was worth 5 team points for the Buckeyes (a tech fall victory without nearfall points nets a team 4 team points instead of 5). Roberts previously defeated Vinas 6-5 early in the season, but was able to score early and often to post the tech fall, which was Roberts’ first in the starting lineup for the Buckeyes.
Johnni DiJulius added another victory to his season total with a 3-1 victory over Mackenzie McGuire in tie breaker 1 (1 minute period following regulation where wrestlers start in the neutral position). DiJulius improved to 16-1 on the season and pushed the Buckeyes to an 8-0 lead in the match.
Looking to bounce back from his 1st loss in over a year, Logan Stieber took out his aggression on Tyler Small. Stieber defeated the #18 ranked small by the score of 10-0, giving Stieber his 10th victory by bonus points (out of 10 total victories) on the season.
Ian Paddock gave the Buckeyes their 4th straight win in the match and pushed his season record to 17-6 with an 11-6 victory over Michael DePalma. Paddock surrendered 3 takedowns in the 2nd period to give DePalma a shot at the upset, but Paddock was able to tack on a takedown in the final frame to earn the win.
Randy Languis was defeated by a tough Ian Miller (an Ohioan that I’d noted was one of the bright spots on the Golden Flash roster) by the score of 11-4. Languis was able to minimize the damage, only falling by 7 points and keeping the decision to a minor decision instead of a major decision. At the midway point, the Buckeyes lead 15-3.
Tyler Buckwalter of Kent State was able to defeat Joe Grandominico of the Buckeyes by the score of 9-5, giving Kent State their 2nd and final win of the day.
Mark Martin was able to end his personal losing streak after dropping 2 straight matches when he beat #20 ranked Caleb Marsh by the score of 4-2. Martin earned a takedown at the end of regulation to prevent overtime and give the Buckeyes an 18-6 edge.
Kenny Courts knocked off Ohio native Sam Wheeler by the score of 11-10 (I said it could be a shootout, didn’t I?) in a match that featured a great deal of scoring in the 3rd period.
Nick Heflin kept his record unblemished with a slim 3-2 victory over Cole Baxter of Kent State. Heflin managed a takedown in the 3rd period off of a shot, which is something fans that’ve seen Heflin wrestle are not accustomed to seeing.
Heavyweight Nick Tavanello capped off the match with a 3-1 win over fellow Ohioan Mimmo Lytle and sealed the deal for the Buckeyes to earn the 27-6 victory. The Buckeyes are now 5-1 in dual meets on the season.
The team competes at Wisconsin on January 10th to continue the Big Ten season.
Thanks as always for reading. Go Bucks.