CLEVELAND, Ohio - A trio of local products - Nathan Tomasello, Johnni DiJulius and Nick Tavanello - notched victories for Ohio State as the ninth-ranked Buckeyes rolled to a 33-9 victory over Michigan State on Sunday in front of a standing-room only crowd at Walsh Jesuit High School.
THE SHORT STORY
Ohio State (7-2, 4-1) won eight of 10 matches, including five via bonus points. Tomasello and DiJulius, both Cleveland natives, started things out with back-to-back wins and then Hunter Stieber, Jake Ryan and Bo Jordan all joined the winners circle to give the Buckeyes a commanding 21-6 edge. Myles Martin, Kenny Courts and Tavanello rounded things out with a technical fall, decision and major decision, respectively.
A HOMECOMING AT 125 AND 133
Tomasello (13-0) extended his winning streak to 31 straight matches with a 21-6 technical fall at 125 pounds to start off the afternoon. Wrestling less than a mile from his high school alma mater - Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy - Tomasello was never seriously threatened, getting three takedowns in the first period, two in the second (along with a pair of two-point near falls) and three more in the third period. It was his 20th win via bonus points over the last 31 matches.
Returning to the same gymnasium where we etched his name in the Walsh Jesuit history books, DiJulius gutted out a hard-fought 5-2 decision over Garth Yenter at 133 lbs. DiJulius (12-3) made one takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second period while along racking up over a minute of riding time. The win gave Ohio State an early 8-0 lead.
While wrestling for the Warriors, DiJulius was a four-time state finalist and three-time champion.
STIEBER PICKS UP FIRST WIN
Hunter Stieber, who made his return to the starting lineup two weeks ago vs. Michigan and missed last week's dual vs. Nebraska, was victorious at 149 pounds with a 14-5 major decision. He was on the offensive early and often, getting three first period takedowns for a 6-2 lead, and then extended that into the second period and led 11-3 entering the final 2:00. It was Stieber's 86th career victory and first since last year's Big Ten Championships.
BUCKEYES WIN THE NEXT FOUR
Ohio State went four-for-four at 157, 165, 174 and 184 pounds, highlighted by a pin from Bo Jordan in 5:58 that gave the Buckeyes a 29-6 advantage. Jake Ryan moved to 13-1 on the season with a 10-6 decision over Mark Bozzo that was essentially locked up when Ryan got three first period takedowns and a reversal to start the second.
Jordan's pin was his fourth of the year and came with 1:02 remaining the third period. He remained unbeaten (10-0) and has won seven of his 10 matches this year via bonus points. Not to be outdone, Myles Martin followed at 174 with a 19-4 technical that was clinched late in the third period on a two-point near fall. Along the way, Martin racked up six takedowns and two two-point near falls. He is 21-3 this year (3-1 in duals) with eight technical falls (second most on the team).
Kenny Courts' 10-3 decision at 184 improved gave him a 12-6 record on the year and was highlighted by a six-point first period - one takedown and a four-point near fall. The 2015 All-American also had two escapes and a third-period takedown.
TAVANELLO CLOSES THINGS OUT
Nick Tavanello, a graduate of nearby Wadsworth High School, opened up a close match at 285 against Dimitrius Renfroe with eight third period points on two takedowns and a four-point near fall to get the fifth bonus point win of the afternoon, 13-1. Tavanello improved his 2015-16 record to 14-3 overall (5-2 duals, 2-1 Big Ten).
Winners of two in a row, Ohio State hits the road next weekend for duals at No. 21 Indiana (Friday, 7 p.m.) and No. 20 Purdue (Sunday, 1 p.m.)
Ohio State Wrestling
No. 9 Ohio State 33, Michigan State 9
Walsh Jesuit High School; Cleveland, Ohio
Records: OSU 7-2, 4-1 | MSU: 0-12, 0-7
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) technical fall over Mitch Rogaliner (MSU) 21-6 | OSU 5, MSU 0
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) decision over Garth Yenter (MSU) 5-2 | OSU 8, MSU 0
141: Javier Gasca (MSU) won by fall over Stanley Hendricks (OSU) :20 | OSU 8, MSU 6
149: #12 Hunter Stieber (OSU) major decision over Kaelan Richards (MSU) 14-5 | OSU 12, MSU 6
157: #13 Jake Ryan (OSU) decision over Mark Bozzo (MSU) 10-6 | OSU 15, MSU 6
165: #2 Bo Jordan (OSU) won by fall over Dean Vettese (MSU) 5:58 | OSU 21, MSU 6
174: #15 Myles Martin (OSU) technical fall over Shane Shadaia (MSU) 19-4 | OSU 26, MSU 6
184: #13 Kenny Courts (OSU) decision over Shwan Shadaia 10-3 | OSU 29, MSU 6
197: Jacob Cooper (MSU) decision over Josh Fox (OSU) SV-1 2-0 | OSU 29, MSU 9
285: Nick Tavanello (OSU) major decision over Dimitrus Renfroe (MSU) 13-1 | OSU 33, MSU 9