Kenny Courts Wins 184-pound Title at MSU Open
Nov. 9, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Members of the 10th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team had successful outings at the Michigan State Open Saturday in East Lansing. In Jenison Field House, redshirt sophomore Kenny Courts won the 184-pound title and senior Ian Paddock (149 pounds) and redshirt freshman Nick Roberts (125 pounds) finished in the Top 5 with third and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
The MSU Open served as the final tune up for a few Buckeyes before the team opens their home and dual schedule vs. Notre Dame College at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in St. John Arena. Ohio State is 60-32-1 all-time in season openers and 50-36-1 in home openers. Under the direction of head coach Tom Ryan, the Buckeyes have won five of their last six season and home openers.
After winning five consecutive matches Saturday, Courts jumped to 8-1 on the season. Behind two major decisions and three decisions, Courts won his first tournament of the season after placing second at the Clarion Open a week ago. In the final, the Buckeye from Harrisburg, Pa., defeated Lucas Sheridan of Indiana, 6-4.
Paddock, a native of Warsaw, N.Y., improved to 7-3 on the season after posting a 4-1 mark Saturday. En route to his 8-3 win over Alex Griffin of Purdue in the third-place match up, Paddock scored a fall in his opening match vs. Tom McVicker of Lake Erie College (2:05), as well as a major decision in the quarterfinals against Christian Pagdilao of Michigan.
Now 11-2 on the season following his 5-1 outing in East Lansing, Roberts recorded a pair of major decisions and a fall in his Top 5 finish. Roberts opened the day with a 1:11 fall vs. Kristopher McKinley of Indiana Tech. He followed up his opening performance with a 10-0 shutout against Purdue’s Luke Schroeder. In his fifth-place bout, the native of Hooversville, Pa., scored his second major decision, a 9-0 win vs. Nick Harrison of Northern Illinois.
Strongsville, Ohio, native Mark Martin was sixth in the 174-pound competition. Martin, a sophomore, went 4-2 at the MSU Open to lift his season record to 10-3. After dropping his quarterfinal match to Taylor Massa of Michigan, 6-2, Martin won back-to-back matches in wrestlebacks to advance to the fifth-place bout. In his final match up, Martin lost, 5-2, to Adam Walters of Findlay.