No. 3 Ohio State Drops 26-17 Decision to No. 8 Missouri
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Momentum-shifting bonus point victories for No. 8 Missouri at 174, 184 and 197 pounds lifted the Tigers to a 26-17 victory over No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday evening at the Hernes Center in Columbia, Mo.
THE SHORT STORY
Training 17-13 entering the final three matches of the dual, Missouri scored two major decisions and a tech fall to earn its 31st consecutive dual match victory. Ninth-ranked Blaise Butler started it off with a 13-3 major decision over Dominic Prezzia, sixth-ranked Willie Miklus followed that up with a 15-0 tech fall over No. 11 Kenny Courts and reigning All-American J’Den Cox finished it off with a 11-2 major decision over Mark Martin.
STARS OF THE NIGHT
Ohio State won four matches on the night, highlighted by Nick Tavanello’s pin of James Romero at 285 pounds to start off the match. Tavanello quickly fell behind in the first period 7-2 on a four-point near fall, but battled back with a takedown and two-point near fall just before the first period buzzer sounded to tie the score at 7-7.
In the second period, Tavanello went ahead 9-8 and then finished off the match by getting Romero on his back and picking up his fifth fall of the year. The redshirt junior from Wadsworth, Ohio is now 12-2 on the year, just one win shy of his victory total from all of last year.
In the next match of the night, reigning national champion Nathan Tomasello ran his winning streak to 28 with a 10-1 major decision in which took control in the second period and never looked back. Leading 7-1 late in the third, he scored a takedown and tacked on a riding time point for the key bonus points.
After Missouri won the next three matches – including a third period fall at 133 pounds and a takedown by No. 13 Matt Manley with seven seconds left at 141 pounds that handed Micah Jordan his first loss of the year – Jake Ryan gave Ohio State the lead back with a dominating 10-2 major decision over Luke Fortuna. In the match, Ryan racked up over three minutes of riding time while also taking down Fortuna four times.
Bo Jordan extended the Buckeye lead to 17-13 by picking up three points via a 6-4 decision over ninth-ranked Daniel Lewis. Two first-period takedowns gave Jordan a 4-1 lead and he held on from there, scoring another takedown early in the third period.
- Three members of the Buckeyes’ lineup remain unbeaten this year – Tomasello (10-0), Ryan (10-0) and B. Jordan (6-0).
- Tavanello and true freshman Myles Martin are tied for the team lead with five falls thus far in 2015-16.
- Seven of Tomasello’s 10 wins this year have come by either major decision, tech fall or fall.
- Five of the 10 matches on Saturday night featured ranked in the Top 15 of their respective weight classes.
- Saturday’s dual vs. Missouri was one of seven this year against teams that are currently ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Top 25 poll. The Buckeyes’ next ranked foe will be No. 12 Illinois on Jan. 3 in Champaign, Ill.
The Big Ten portion of the schedules commences this coming Friday when Ohio State travels to Evanston, Ill. to tangle with Northwestern. The dual can be seen live on BTN Plus.
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No. 8 Missouri 26, No. 3 Ohio State 17 | Columbia, Missouri
Records: Ohio State 3-1 | Missouri 3-0
285: #18 Nick Tavanello (OSU) won by fall over James Romero (MU) 4:40 | OSU 6, Missouri 0
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over #8 Barlow McGhee (MU) 10-1 | OSU 10, Missouri 0
133: #14 Zach Synon (MU) won by fall over #5 Johnni DiJulius 5:59 | OSU 10, Missouri 6
141: #13 Matt Manley (MU) decision over #8 Micah Jordan 4-3 | OSU 10, Missouri 9
149: #5 Lavion Mayes (MU) major decision over Cody Burcher (OSU) 12-3 | Missouri 13, OSU 10
157: #14 Jake Ryan (OSU) major decision over Luke Fortuna (MU) 10-2 | OSU 14, Missouri 13
165: #2 Bo Jordan (OSU) decision over #9 Daniel Lewis (MU) 6-4 | OSU 17, Missouri 13
174: #9 Blaise Butler (MU) major decision over Dominic Prezzia (OSU) 13-3 | OSU 17, Missouri 17
184: #6 Willie Miklus (MU) tech fall over #11 Kenny Courts 15-0 | Missouri 22, OSU 17
197: #2 J’Den Cox (MU) major decision over Mark Martin (OSU) 11-2 | Missouri 26, OSU 17