Recap by Curt Heinrichs
The Buckeyes kicked off their trip to Tobacco Road with a convincing 25-10 over the host Duke Blue Devils on Saturday evening. The Bucks bookended the day with tech falls from Stieber and DiJulius, matching Duke’s team score in just 2 matches.
Defending champ Logan Stieber wasted no time in racking up some points with a 17-1 tech fall of Xaviel Ramos. While tech falls are not exactly out of the ordinary for the dominant junior, the thing that made this one noteworthy is that Stieber racked up 17 points in the 3 minute 1st period.
With 5 points already on the board, Ian Paddock took on Connor Bass, who brought all that Paddock could handle through the 7 minutes of regulation. With the score tied at 4 and Paddock seeming to falter at the end of regulation, the match was up for grabs going into the sudden death overtime period. Paddock rallied and scored a takedown to earn the 6-4 victory and push the team score to 8-0 for the Buckeyes.
Duke was able to avoid being blown out of the gym early when Immanuel Kerr-Brown knocked off Randall Languis 7-6 at 157 lbs. Not to be outdone, Marcus Cain of Duke bumped off Joe Grandominico by the score of 5-2, closing the gap in the team score to 10-6 Buckeyes. 10-6 was as close as the score would get as Mark Martin and Kenny Courts followed up with a pair of decision victories to move the team score to 14-6.
Filling in for a banged-up Nick Heflin, Josh Fox was unable to get any kind of offense going as he fell to Conner Hartmann by major decision 9-1. Nick Tavanello was able to get on a roll, scoring 7 points in his win over Brian Self of Duke.
Nick Roberts edged Evan Botwin by a score of 8-6 before Johnni DiJulius took it to Alex Elsea. DiJulius kept Elsea off of the scoreboard on his way to a 15-0 score to close out the match.
On Sunday the Buckeyes took part in the Davidson Duals, facing off against the Davidson Wildcats and the George Mason Patriots.
The host Davidson Wildcats were up first, and the Buckeyes wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard. Redshirt freshman Nick Roberts notched 3 takedowns on his way to a 13-5 major decision over Phillip Elias at 125 lbs.
The major decision helped Roberts improve to 14-2 on the season and gave the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead.
Johnni DiJulius took out fellow NCAA qualifier Anthony Elias, largely on the heels of a high-scoring 1st period. DiJulius improved to 8-1 on the year with a 12-2 major decision, pushing the team score to 8-0 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray.
Defending NCAA champ Logan Stieber added another pin to his season tally with a 1st period fall against Alexander Palinski. With the 1:20 fall, Stieber made the team score 14-0 for the Buckeyes.
Ian Paddock kept the winning streak rolling with a 20-6 win over a game Kevin Birmingham. With 14 combined points in the first 3 minutes, Paddock was able to put the brakes on Birmingham and take control of the match with a pair of near-falls. The major decision made the team score 18-0 for the Buckeyes.
At 157 lbs, Randy Languis defeated Nick Pappayliou 10-1 and kept the trend of major decisions rolling.
Not to be left out, Joe Grandominico had a major decision victory of his own, defeating Patrick Devlin by a score of 16-4.
Mark Martin earned his 2nd victory of the weekend with a 17-8 win over Nathaniel Powers. Martin improved to 12-4 with the win.
After being shutout for 7 weight classes, the Wildcats were able to get on the scoreboard when Donald Patrick was able to lock up a cradle and pin Matthew O’Hara in the 2nd period. The Patrick pin was the lone victory for Davidson.
Josh Fox earned his first career varsity win in a Buckeye singlet, shutting out Michael Moore 9-0. Fox wrestled in relief of Nick Heflin, who is on the mend from a minor injury.
At heavyweight, Nick Tavanello put a stamp on the match with a 2nd period fall over Eddie Isola. The 6 point fall made the final score 40-6 for the Buckeyes.
After a short intermission, the Buckeyes took on George Mason in what would become another romp in favor of the Scarlet and Gray.
Leading off the bout, Josh Whitt scored his first ever varsity win for the Buckeyes with an 8-2 decision over Bryce Gentry.
Johnni DiJulius continued his winning ways with a 5-2 victory over a very tough Vince Rodriguez.
Logan Stieber stayed hot with a quick pin over Sahid Kargbo early in the 2nd period with his patented (not really patented, but you get the idea) armbar/half.
Ian Paddock added to the Buckeye lead with a 12-3 major decision to make the team score 16-0 for the Buckeyes.
Randy Languis was unable to continue his momentum from earlier in the afternoon and dropped a 2-1 decision to Greg Flournoy.
Joe Grandominico tacked on his 2nd major decision of the day, defeating Ryan Forrest by a score of 14-6.
Mark Martin picked up his 13th win of the campaign with 13-7 decision over Zachary Martinez. The win drove the team score to 23-3.
Matthew O’Hara once again fell, this time by a score of 10-3 to Ryan Hembury.
Wrestling up a weight from his usual 184, Kenny Courts took out tough Ohio native Matt Meadows by the score of 8-2. Meadows is a graduate of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and was a high school teammate of Buckeye Nathan Tomasello, who is redshirting this season.
To close out the day, Nick Tavanello knocked off GMU heavyweight Jacob Kettler by the score of 8-2. With the decision victory, Tavanello gave the Buckeyes a victory by the final score of 29-6 in what was head coach Tom Ryan’s 200th career dual meet victory.
The Buckeyes will next take the mat on December 6th and 7th at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational, a tournament that has treated the Buckeyes kindly in the past.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check back on the Buckeye wrestling team throughout the season.