No. 3 Ohio State Falls to No. 11 Lehigh, 21-18
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The third-ranked Ohio State wrestling team saw its nine-match winning streak come to an end on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the 2015 NWCA National Duals. The Buckeyes fell 21-18 to No. 11 Lehigh, as the match came down the final bout at heavyweight between Lehigh's Douglas Vollaro and Ohio State's Nick Tavanello. Vollaro scored a 4-2 sudden victory decision, giving the Mountain Hawks the three points they needed to advance to the semifinal round.
The match started at 125 pounds where Nathan Tomasello won his 24th match of the year, a 10-3 decision over Scott Parker. Tomasello scored two first-period takedowns and never looked back. The win gave Ohio State a 3-0 lead in the match.
Johnni DiJulius lost a hard-fought 1-0 decision at 133 pounds were the only point was scored via the riding time bonus. At 141 pounds, Logan Stieber improved to 21-0 on the year with a fall in 4:52 over Randy Cruz. For Stieber it was his 10th fall of the year.
Lehigh won the next two matches - 149 and 157 pounds - to take a 9-6 lead. At 149, Randy Languis lost 2-1 to Drew Longo on an escape in the 30-second ride outs. Josh Demas was beaten at 157 pounds by Mitchell Minotti, 3-1, on a takedown late in the third period. The takedown call was reviewed and eventually upheld.
Bo Jordan was able to temporarily sway the momentum back in the favor of Ohio State with a 22-6 technical fall at 165 pounds. The win improved Jordan's 2014-15 record to 16-0 and was his third technical fall in the last four matches.
Lehigh was able to score two more big wins at 174 and 184 pounds, as both Mark Martin and Kenny Courts were defeated. Courts lost by fall at 184, giving Lehigh a 18-14 lead in the match. The next match featured a pair of ranked wrestlers - No. 3 Kyle Snyder and No. 10 Elliott Riddick. Snyder picked up four key points for the Buckeyes to tie the match at 18-18 with a 9-1 major decision.
In the deciding heavyweight match, Tavanello returned to the lineup after a nearly two-month absence and fell 4-2 in sudden victory when he was taken down in the second round of sudden victory.
The Buckeyes return to action March 7-8 when they host the 101st Big Ten Wrestling Championships at St. John Arena.
Ohio State Wrestling
#11 Lehigh 21, #3 Ohio State 18
2015 NWCA National Duals | Iowa City, Iowa
Records: Ohio State 13-4 | Lehigh 12-3
125 - Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) over Scott Parker (Lehigh) Dec 10-3 | OSU 3, Lehigh 0
133 - Mason Beckman (Lehigh) over Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) Dec 1-0 | OSU 3, Lehigh 3
141 - Logan Stieber (Ohio State) over Randy Cruz (Lehigh) Fall 4:52 | OSU 9, Lehigh 3
149 - Drew Longo (Lehigh) over Randall Languis (Ohio State) TB-1 2-1 | OSU 9, Lehigh 6
157 - Mitchell Minotti (Lehigh) over Josh Demas (Ohio State) Dec 3-1 | OSU 9, Lehigh 9
165 - Bo Jordan (Ohio State) over Marshall Peppelman (Lehigh) TF 22-6 | OSU 14, Lehigh 9
174 - Santiago Martinez (Lehigh) over Mark Martin (Ohio State) Dec 4-2 | OSU 14, Lehigh 12
184 - Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) over Kenny Courts (Ohio State) Fall 3:30 | Lehigh 18, OSU 14
197 - Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) over Elliot Riddick (Lehigh) Maj 9-1 | OSU 18, Lehigh 18
285 - Douglas Vollaro (Lehigh) over Nick Tavanello (Ohio State) SV-2 4-2 | Lehigh 21, OSU 18