No. 4 Buckeyes Come From Behind to Top No. 22 Rutgers, 23-17
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Trailing 14-5 following five matches, the fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team stormed back to win four of the final five matches, including three via tech fall, to secure a 23-17 victory over No. 22 Rutgers on Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd at the College Avenue Gym. With the triumph, the Buckeyes extend their winning streak to seven matches while improving to 11-3 overall (7-1 Big Ten). Rutgers is 11-6, 1-6.
The Buckeyes' surge was highlighted by Bo Jordan (165 pounds), Kenny Courts (184 pounds) and Kyle Snyder (197), who all earned tech falls. Nathan Tomasello also started the match at 125 pounds with a tech fall. Ohio State's other win came from Mark Martin, who defeated 19th-ranked Phil Bakuckas, 8-2, at 174 pounds.
Tomasello got the Buckeyes out to a fast start, racking up points early and often on his way to a 23-8 tech fall over Josh Patrick. Tomasello, now 21-3 overall on the season, scored three takedowns in the first period for a 7-3 lead and then three more in the second for a 13-6 advantage. He finished off the tech fall with an escape and three more takedowns.
Rutgers responded with victories in the next four matches, including Scott DelVecchio's 7-1 upset of seventh-ranked Johnni DiJulius at 133 pounds. DelVecchio had a reversal and three-point near fall in the third period to build on his 2-1 advantage. At 141 pounds, senior Logan Stieber did not wrestle due to illness, and Rutgers' Anthony Ashnault, ranked ninth nationally, earned a tech fall over Sal Marandino to give the Scarlet Knights a 8-5 lead.
The 149-pound match went to 17th-ranked Ken Theobold, 3-0, over Randy Languis. In the next bout, 157 pounds, Rutgers scored its second upset of the day when No. 17 Anthony Perrotti defeated ninth-ranked Josh Demas, 8-5. Perrotti got the win thanks a reversal and three-point near fall to close the second period.
After intermission, Jordan got Ohio State back on the scoreboard with a dominating 16-0 tech fall over Nick Visicaro. It was his second tech fall of the weekend and highlighted by eight quick points in the first period (takedown, two three-point near falls) and eight more in the second (takedown, three-point near fall).
Mark Martin gutted out an 8-2 win over No. 19 Phil Bakuckas at 174 pounds to pull Ohio State to within one, 14-13. Leading 2-1 after the first period, he chose down to start the second and quickly escaped for a 3-1 edge. He extended it to 5-1 on a takedown to end the second and then had another in the third (plus riding time) to the decision.
Courts put Ohio State ahead for good with a 16-1 tech fall over Taylor Jackson at 184 pounds. The redshirt junior quickly scored a takedown and three-point near fall for a 5-0 advantage. Another three-point near fall made it 8-0 and stalling extended it to 9-0 entering the second period. He finished the match off in the second period with three more takedowns.
Snyder clinched the team victory with a dominating 24-8 tech fall at 197 pounds over Hayden Hrymack. Snyder, who moved to 21-2 on the season, had four first-period takedowns, four in the second and a near fall in the third to highlight his afternoon.
The Buckeyes return to action on Friday, Feb. 6 when they host second-ranked Minnesota at The Schottenstein Center. The match, which will also serve as Senior Day, begins at 7:00 p.m.
Ohio State Wrestling
No. 4 Ohio State 23, No. 22 Rutgers 17
College Avenue Gym | New Brunswick, N.J.
Records: Ohio State 11-3, 7-1 | Rutgers 11-6, 1-6
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) tech. fall over Josh Patrick (RU), 23-8 | OSU 5, RU 0
133: Scott DelVecchio (RU) dec. over #7 Johnni DiJulius (OSU), 7-1 | OSU 5, RU 3
141: #9 Anthony Ashnault (RU) tech. fall over Sal Marandino (OSU), 20-4 | RU 8, OSU 5
149: #17 Ken Theobold (RU) dec. over Randy Languis (OSU), 3-0 | RU 11, OSU 5
157: #17 Anthony Perrotti (RU) dec. over #9 Josh Demas (OSU), 8-5 | RU 14, OSU 5
165: #5 Bo Jordan (OSU) tech. fall over Nick Visicaro (RU), 16-0 | RU 14, OSU 10
174: #13 Mark Martin (OSU) dec. over #19 Phil Bakuckas (RU), 8-2 | RU 14, OSU 13
184: #12 Kenny Courts (OSU) tech. fall over Taylor Jackson (RU), 16-1 | OSU 18, RU 14
197: #4 Kyle Snyder (OSU) tech. fall over Hayden Hrymack (RU), 24-8 | OSU 23, RU 14
285: #14 Billy Smith (RU) dec. over Ray Gordon (OSU), 5-2 | OSU 23, RU 17