No. 3 Ohio State Outlasts Cleveland State, 26-18

Nov. 24, 2015


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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Jake Ryan's technical fall at 157 pounds, the final match of the night, proved to the difference as Ohio State outlasted Cleveland State, 26-18, on Tuesday evening at Woodling Gymnasium. With the win, the third-ranked Buckeyes are now 3-0 on the season.

Ryan, who rose four spots this week in the InterMat rankings from No. 20 to No. 16, scored early and often in the first period with the dual meet result hanging in the balance. His quick takedown in the first period made it 2-0, and then a four-point near-fall and another take down gave him an 8-1 edge. He led 10-2 at the end of the opening three minutes and never looked back, racking up over a minute of riding time to gain the extra point for a tech fall. Ryan is now 9-0 on the season, with four of those wins coming via bonus points.

The match started at 165 pounds with Solon native Justin Kresevic picking up 10-3 decision over Nathan Wynkoop, thanks in large part to a four-point third period near fall. The win was Kresevic's fifth of the year. After a scoreless first period, Kresevic got a quick escape in the second and a takedown for a 3-0 lead before taking full control in the final two minutes.

Bo Jordan, ranked No. 1 at 174 pounds, showed why in the next match, as he needed just 28 seconds to pin Gabe Stark. It was Jordan's second pin in just five matches this year.

Jack Rozema continued the early-dual momentum with a 12-4 major decision over Jacob Worthington at 184 pounds. It was Rozema's first dual match win of the season and he gained it by breaking open the match in the second period thanks to a scape and two takedowns. He also racked up well over a minute of riding time to get Ohio State a bonus point for the major decision.

After Ohio State forfeited at 197 lbs., the only match of the night that featured two ranked wrestlers went to Cleveland State, as 285-pounder Riley Shaw, ranked No. 8, edged No. 18 Nick Tavanello, 6-4, on the strength of two late escapes. Tavanello had tied the match at 4-4 with a takedown towards the end of the second period, but Shaw escaped twice before the final buzzer sounded in his decision. It was Tavanello's first loss of the season (7-1).

Nathan Tomasello, wrestling near his hometown of Parma, Ohio, showed by he continues to maintain a stranglehold on the top spot at 125 pounds with a 23-7 tech fall over Evan Cheek. Cheek came strong out of the gates, getting the matches initial takedown, but from there Tomasello wore down Creek with an onslaught of offense that included 22 of the 27 points, including a four-point near-fall.

Johnni DiJulius, also from the Cleveland area (Aurora, Ohio), was tied with CSU's Alfredo Gray at 3-3 before he scored a one-point escape with 25 seconds left that proved to be the difference. DiJulius led 3-1 into the third period on a first-period takedown and second-period escape.

Cleveland State won the next two matches, at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. Mike Carlone's reversal at the end of the third period gave him a 4-3 win over Mike Hozan while Cody Burcher was pinned by Nick Montgomery 5:34 into the match.

The Buckeyes, which rose two spots in this week's USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll from No. 5 to No. 3 and also picked up a first place vote, are off until Dec. 4-5 when they travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the CKLV Invitational.

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No. 3 Ohio State 26, Cleveland State 18
Ohio State: 3-0 | Cleveland State: 4-3

165: Justin Kresevic (OSU) decision over Nathan Wynkoop (CSU) 10-3 | OSU 3, CSU 0
174: #1 Bo Jordan (OSU) won by fall over Gabe Stark (CSU) :28 | OSU 9, CSU 0
184: Jack Rozema (OSU) major decision over Jacob Worthington (CSU) 12-4 | OSU 13, CSU 0
197: Sam Wheeler (CSU) won by forfeit | OSU 13, CSU 6
285: #8 Riley Shaw (CSU) decision over #18 Nick Tavanello (OSU) 6-4 | OSU 13, CSU 9
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) tech fall over Evan Cheek (CSU) 23-7 | OSU 18, CSU 9
133: #5 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) decision over Alfredo Gray (CSU) 4-3 | OSU 21, CSU 9
141: Mike Carlone (CSU) decision over Mike Hozan (OSU) 4-3 | OSU 21, CSU 12
149: Nick Montgomery (CSU) won by fall over Cody Burcher (OSU) 5:34 | OSU 21, CSU 18
157: #16 Jake Ryan (OSU) won by tech fall over John Vaughn (CSU) 21-6 | OSU 26, CSU 18