No. 4 Ohio State Rolls To Fifth Straight Win
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Pins by Logan Stieber and Bo Jordan, a technical fall by Nathan Tomasello and major decisions from Kyle Snyder and Johnni DiJulius led the fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (9-3, 5-1 Big Ten) to a convincing 31-9 victory over Maryland (5-11, 0-5) on Sunday at the XFINITY Center in College Park. The Buckeyes have now won five straight matches, their longest winning streak of the year.
The match started at 125 pounds and Nathan Tomasello got Ohio State out to an early lead with a takedown and three-point near in first in the first period. In the second, Tomasello continued to rack up points with an escape, takedown and three-point nearfall. The match ended in the third with a three-point near fall and riding time.
At 133 pounds, Johnni DiJulius led 4-2 after two period but pulled away in the third for a 10-2 major decision. He put up his third-period points with a takedown, three-point near fall and riding time. DiJulius in the first Buckeye to reach the 20-win mark this year.
Senior Logan Stieber (17-0) made short work of Shyheim Brown at 141 pounds, picking up a fall in 2:54. For Stieber, it was his fifth pin in the last 14 days. He currently leads the team with nine falls on the year.
In the next match at 157 pounds, Randy Languis began the third period trailing 1-0 but got an escape and a takedown for a 3-1 come-from-behind victory. The win gave Ohio State a 18-0 lead in the match.
After Maryland got on the scoreboard with a 5-1 decision at 157 pounds, Bo Jordan moved to 11-0 on the season with a pin over Tyler Manion is just 1:00, his fastest fall of the season. Jordan moved to 11-0 overall and 34-0 in his Ohio State career.
Twelfth-ranked Kenny Courts jumped out to 5-0 lead after the first period at 184 pounds on a takedown and three-point near fall and then went on to win his match, 7-1. For Courts, it was his 70th career win.
True freshman Kyle Snyder, wrestling less than an hour from his hometown of Woodbine, Md., took a 4-1 first period lead on two takedowns. He added two more takedowns in second period for a 9-2 lead and cruised to a 17-9 major decision. Snyder, ranked fifth nationally, is now 19-2 on the season with a team-high 11 major decisions.
Ohio State returns to action on Friday, Jan. 30 when it continues Big Ten competition by hosting No. 22 Purdue at 7 p.m. inside St. John Arena.
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No. 4 Ohio State 31, Maryland 9 | College Park, Md.
Records: Ohio State 9-3, 5-1 | Maryland 5-11, 0-5
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) technical fall over Josh Polacek (UMD) 15-0 | OSU 5, UMD 0
133: #7 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) major decision over Geoffrey Alexander (UMD) 10-2 | OSU 9, UMD 0
141: #1 Logan Stieber (OSU) won by fall over Shyheim Brown (UMD) 2:54 | OSU 15, UMD 0
149: Randy Languis (OSU) decision over Ben Dorsay (UMD) 3-1 | OSU 18, UMD 0
157: Lou Mascola (UMD) decision over Kyle Visconti (OSU) 5-1 | OSU 18, UMD 3
165: #5 Bo Jordan (OSU) won by fall over Tyler Manion (UMD) 1:00 | OSU 24, UMD 3
174: Josh Snook (UMD) decision over Dominic Prezzia (OSU) 6-0 | OSU 24, UMD 6
184: #12 Kenny Courts (OSU) decision over Tony Gardner (UMD) 7-0 | OSU 27, UMD 6
197: #5 Kyle Snyder (OSU) major decision over Rob Fitzgerald (UMD) 17-9 | OSU 31, UMD 6
285: Spencer Myers (UMD) decision over Ray Gordon (OSU) 1-0 | OSU 31, UMD 9