Ohio State Captures Four Titles at Mercyhurst Open
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A week after second-ranked Ohio State won four titles at the season-opening Michigan State Open, the Buckeyes continued their momentum this weekend by claiming four first-place finishes at the Mercyhurst Open. Ohio State's champions were Johnni DiJulius (133 lbs.), Micah Jordan (157 lbs.), Dominic Prezzia (174 lbs.) and Kenny Courts (184 lbs.). Additionally, Matthew O'Hara finished third at 197 pounds and Justin Kresevic was the 165-pound runner up.
At 133 pounds, DiJulius made his 2014-15 debut in impressive fashion, winning his first two matches by major decision, his semifinal match by technical decision and the championship match 7-4.
Jordan, who won the 157-pound freshman/sophomore bracket at Michigan State last Sunday, moved to 10-0 on the year with five more wins at Mercyhurst. Wrestling unattached, he won his first match by decision over Kevin Wesolowski of Mercyhurst North East and then had back-to-back pins in the next two rounds to vault into the semifinals. In the semis, he defeated Joey White of Findlay, 9-2, and then capped off his run with a 17-4 major decision against Chase Delande of Edinboro in the finals.
Prezzia continued the big day for Ohio State in the 174-pound weight class. He had a technical fall in the opening round, back-to-back pins the next two matches and a tight 4-3 win over August Mizia of Mercyhurst in the semifinals. Prezzia won the championship match by medical forfeit.
Courts claimed the 184-pound weight class in dominating fashion, winning his four matches on Saturday with two pins and two major decisions. He had pins in the first and second rounds and major decisions in the semifinals and finals. Court topped Kurtis Schaefer of Ashland in the finals, 16-4.
At 165 pounds, Kresevic won four matches on his way to the finals before having to medically forfeit the championship match. He won his first round match, 5-2, over Nic Skonieczny of Findlay and then defeated DeMandre Turner of West Liberty in the second round, 4-2. In the quarterfinals, he knocked off Ehrin Lee of Mercyhurst, 12-8, and then edged Nick Vandermeer of Lake Erie in the semifinals, 3-2.
O'Hara recovered from a semifinal loss in the 197-pound class to defeat Jake Hart of Edinboro, 8-6, in the consolation round and then won the third-place match by medical forfeit. He won three matches prior to that, including a 13-0 major decision the first round and 9-0 major decision in the quarterfinals.
Ohio State returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 13 when it hosts Kent State in its dual-meet opener at St. John Arena.