No. 9 Ohio State Downs Duke, 25-10
Nov. 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– In the first of three matches on the weekend for the ninth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (2-0), the Buckeyes began on a strong note, defeating Duke, 25-10, Saturday night at Card Gym in Durham, N.C. Ohio State won seven of 10 matches, including a pair of technical falls by Johnni DiJulius and Logan Stieber at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.
The Buckeyes return to action in a doubleheader Sunday in Davidson, N.C., wrestling Davidson at 1 p.m. and George Mason at 3 p.m. at Belk Arena in the Davidson Duals. Both matches will be streamed live via the Davidson All-Access streaming platform. Please note, there is a fee for streaming.
Saturday night, the Scarlet and Gray jumped out to an 8-0 lead following the 141 and 149-pound matches. Stieber, a redshirt junior from Monroeville, Ohio, earned his second win of the season on a 17-1 technical fall at the three-minute mark vs. Xaviel Ramos. Senior Ian Paddock’s 6-4 win proved a little more dramatic as he won his ninth match of the season in sudden victory against Connor Bass. The Buckeye from Warsaw, N.Y., owned a 3-2 lead and riding time in the final moments of the match, but a takedown by Bass as time ticked off the clocked forced the bout into overtime. Within seconds of the extra session, Paddock scored a takedown for the victory.
Despite setbacks in the next two matches at 157 and 165 pounds, Ohio State still held an 8-6 advantage over the Blue Devils and soon increased their advantage with wins in five of the next six matches. Mark Martin, a sophomore from Strongsville, Ohio, edged Trey Adamson, 10-9, in the 174-pound match up to improve to 11-4 overall. Up next at 184 pounds, redshirt sophomore and Harrisburg, Pa., native Kenny Courts held off Jacob Kasper, 11-5 and moved his record to 10-1. With those wins, the Scarlet and Gray were up, 14-6, with four matches remaining.
A 9-1 loss at 197 pounds did not derail the Buckeyes as Nick Tavanello (HWT), Nick Roberts (125 pounds) and DiJulius secured wins. Tavanello, redshirt freshman from Wadsworth, Ohio, was up 5-1 at the end of the first vs. Brian Self before scoring a final escape and compiling riding time for a 7-2 victory. Tavanello now owns a 10-4 mark in 2013-14. A final takedown in the second period by Roberts, a redshirt freshman from Hooversville, Pa., proved to be the difference maker in his 8-6 win over Evan Botwin. Up 7-3 at the start of the third period, Roberts relinquished an escape and takedown, but held on for the victory and 13-2 on the year.
In the final match of the evening, DiJulius tacked on bonus points for the Buckeyes when he posted a 15-0 technical fall against Alex Elsea. After scoring a pair of 3-point nearfalls, a 2-point nearfall and takedown in the first period, the redshirt sophomore from Aurora, Ohio, scored two more takedowns and an escape before the match was called. DiJulius improves to 7-1 overall.
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