Jordan, Snyder Lead No. 4 Buckeyes to Sixth Straight Win
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A technical fall at 165 pounds by Bo Jordan and a major decision at 197 pounds from Kyle Snyder allowed fourth-ranked Ohio State to pull away for a 24-9 victory over No. 21 Purdue on Friday night in wrestling action at St. John Arena. Ohio State, winners of six straight, is now 10-3 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten while Purdue falls to 8-6, 1-4.
In addition to Jordan and Snyder’s wins, Ohio State also received a key 6-0 decision from 13th-ranked Mark Martin at 174 pounds and an 8-3 decision from No. 12 Kenny Courts at 184 pounds. In all, Ohio State won seven of 10 matches.
The contest started at 125 pounds as Nathan Tomasello earned an 11-5 decision of Aaron Assad to register his 20th victory of the season. Tomasello scored three first-period takedowns to jump out to a 6-3 lead and then took a 7-3 lead into the third period. He also racked up over a minute of riding time to earn the bonus point at the end of the third period.
Johnni DiJulius made the score 6-0 thanks to his 4-0 victory over 14th-ranked and reigning Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Danny Sabatello at 133 pounds. DiJulius, who moved to 21-2 on the year, scored his points on a takedown in the first period (2:15) and third period (0:47).
Three-time national champion Logan Stieber kept his perfect 2014-15 record intact with a hard-fought 4-0 decision over Nick Lawrence at 141 pounds. Stieber scored points on a takedown in the second period, escape in the third and riding time.
After Purdue won by decision at both 149 pounds and 157 pounds, Jordan earned a key momentum-swinging technical fall at 165 pounds to give the Buckeyes a 14-6 lead. He jumped out over Pat Robinson early, taking a 7-0 lead after the first period and then finishing him off with an impressive second period that saw six takedowns. Jordan, ranked fifth nationally, is 12-0 on the season and 35-0 in his career.
Martin’s win at 174 pounds came thanks to a five-point third period and bonus point for riding time. Knotted a 0-0 headed to the third, Martin got a two-point near-fall (1:43) and three-point near-fall (0:30) while also racking up over two minutes of riding time.
Courts continued the Buckeye winning streak with an 8-3 decision over Patrick Kissel at 184 pounds. Courts notched two first-period takedowns, a reversal in the third and another takedown just before time expired to earn his 17th win of the year.
Snyder, a true freshman from Woodbine, Md., notched his 20th win of the year with a dominating 18-7 major decision over Tanner Lynde at 197 pounds. He jumped out to a 6-2 first-period lead and then quickly extended it with an escape and takedown early in the second period. Snyder added two takedowns in the period and two more in the third while also getting the riding time bonus point.
The Buckeyes are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 1 when they travel to New Brunswick, N.J. for a noon tilt with No. 22 Rutgers at the sold-out College Avenue Gymnasium.
Ohio State Wrestling
No. 4 Ohio State 24, No. 21 Purdue 9
St. John Arena | Columbus, Ohio
Records: Ohio State 10-3, 6-1 | Purdue 8-6, 1-4
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) dec. Aaron Assad (Purdue), 11-5 | OSU 3, Purdue 0
133: # 7 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) dec. No. 14 Danny Sabatello (Purdue), 4-0 | OSU 6, Purdue 0
141: #1 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) dec. Nick Lawrence (Purdue), 4-0 | OSU 9, Purdue 0
149: Brandon Nelsen (Purdue) dec. Randy Languis (Ohio State), 8-2 | OSU 9, Purdue 3
157: # 12 Doug Welch (Purdue) dec. Kyle Visconti (Ohio State), 6-1 | OSU 9, Purdue 6
165: # 5 Bo Jordon (Ohio State) tech. fall Pat Robinson (Purdue), 20-5 (4:08) | OSU 14, Purdue 6
174: #13 Mark Martin (Ohio State) dec. Chad Welch (Purdue), 6-0 | OSU 17, Purdue 6
184: #12 Kenny Courts (Ohio State) dec. Patrick Kissel (Purdue), 8-3 | OSU 20 | Purdue 6
197: #4 Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) maj. dec. Tanner Lynde (Purdue), 18-7 | OSU 24, Purdue 6
285: Gelen Robinson (Purdue) dec. Ray Gordon (Ohio State), 5-3 | OSU 24, Purdue 9
Tom Ryan, head coach
“Our energy was better towards the second half of the match. We were more aggressive. Purdue, with their new coaching staff, prides themselves on being a team in top condition and with a lot of fight. Our guys that were aggressive and attacking were fun to watch.”
Logan Stieber’s match
“Credit for the kid. Logan has to find a way to break through that. He’s not feeling well but we needed him to compete so we wrestled him.”
Preview of Rutgers and thoughts on Minnesota vs. Penn State
“I was focusing on this. 13,000 people showed up and that is a beautiful thing for the sport of wrestling. I think we will have that many people at Buckeye matches sometime soon. Rutgers is similar to Purdue. They’re ranked and there are some weight classes that we are definitely going to face some challenges.”
Redshirt freshman Bo Jordan
On his match
“After I got the second takedown in the second period, I felt his intensity go down. At the point I smelled blood in the water and kicked it up a notch.”
On competing in the Schott
“It’s going to be awesome. First time we wrestled here was Iowa and we got a ton of people here. I can’t imagine being in the Schott, I feel like we will get more of an awesome atmosphere. It will be Logan’s dual meet and Josh’s and Ray’s. Hopefully we will tear it up on Minnesota.”