COLUMBUS, Ohio - The ninth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team wrapped up the dual match portion of its schedule Monday evening with a convincing 26-13 triumph over Edinboro in the NWCA National Dual Championship Series. Now 11-3 on the year, the Buckeyes turn their attention to defending titles at the Big Ten Championships (March 5-6 in Iowa City, Iowa) and NCAA Championships (March 17-19 in New York City).
THE SHORT STORY
Ohio State won six of 10 matches - including four via bonus points - and also eked out wins at 157 and 197 pounds to secure its fifth straight season of at least 11 wins. Buckeye winners were Nathan Tomasello, Micah Jordan, Jake Ryan, Bo Jordan, Myles Martin and Mark Martin.
TOMASELLO STARTS WITH A BANG
Reigning national champion Tomasello (18-0), the owner of the longest winning streak in the national amongst 125 pounders, made short work of Sean Russell, who came into the match with 24 wins on the season. Ahead handily early on, Tomasello got Russell on his back and ended the bout with a fall just 59 seconds into the second period. It was Tomasello's 36th straight win and his 13th this year by bonus points.
JORDAN, RYAN EXTEND THE LEAD
After a 6-0 decision for Edinboro's Anthony Rivera over Mike Manuche at 133 lbs., Micah Jordan became the fourth Buckeye wrestler this year to notch his 20th win when he improved to 20-1 with a 22-9 major decision over Tyler Vath. Jordan scored on four first-period takedowns to distance himself early in the bout.
Cody Burcher was narrowly defeated by No. 18 Patricio Lugo at 149 lbs., 2-1, thanks to a takedown in the waning seconds, but Ryan responded in the next bout to get a tight decision of his own, this one a 4-3 decision that was decided on riding time. A takedown that would have won the match for Edinboro's Austin Matthews was overturned by video review, thus securing the Ryan victory.
BUCKEYES WIN AT 165, 174, 197
Any drama in the team score was erased when B. Jordan pinned Casey Fuller 3:34 into their bout at 165. Fuller took an early 5-3 lead thanks to a takedown and two-point nearfall, but B. Jordan quickly went to work, scoring two takedowns of his own before the first period was over and then ending the match early in the second period.
Next up at 174, Martin continued his impressive rookie season, improving to 24-5 with a workman-like 13-4 major decision over Patrick Jennings that was highlighted by four takedowns, a reversal and two-point near fall. He won by bonus points for the 17th time this season.
Ohio State's final win of the night came via Mark Martin at 197, as he scored the only takedown of his bout against Vince Pickett midway through the first period and hung on from there, escaping with a 2-1 decision. Martin, who returned to the lineup last weekend against Wisconsin, is 16-5 this season.
DID YOU KNOW
Now in his 10th season, Tom Ryan-coached teams have produced double digit regular season wins in eight of the last nine years. Since 2011-12, his teams are averaging 12 wins a year. His record at Ohio State now stands at 124-45 (.733).
Ohio State Wrestling
NWCA National Duals Championship Series
No. 9 Ohio State 26, Edinboro 13
St. John Arena; Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State: 11-3 | Edinboro 8-11
125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) fall over Sean Russell (EDIN) 4:00 | OSU 6, EDIN 0
133: Anthony Rivera (EDIN) decision over Mike Manuche (OSU) 6-0 | OSU 6, EDIN 3
141: Micah Jordan (OSU) major decision over Tyler Vath (EDIN) 22-9 | OSU 10, EDIN 3
149: No. 18 Patricio Lugo (EDIN) decision over Cody Burcher (OSU) 2-1 | OSU 10, EDIN 6
157: No. 10 Jake Ryan (OSU) decision over No. 16 Austin Matthews (EDIN) 4-3 | OSU 13, EDIN 6
165: No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU) fall over Casey Fuller (EDIN) 3:34 | OSU 19, EDIN 6
174: No. 14 Myles Martin (OSU) major decision over Patrick Jennings (EDIN) 13-4 | OSU 23, EDIN 6
184: No. 5 Vic Avery (EDIN) major decision over Dominic Prezzia (OSU) 19-7 | OSU 23, EDIN 10
197: Mark Martin (OSU) decision over Vince Pickett (EDIN) 2-1 | OSU 26, EDIN 10
285: Billy Miller (EDIN) decision over Nick Tavanello (OSU) 5-1 | OSU 26, EDIN 13