COLUMBUS, Ohio ? Jumping out to a 12-0 lead via two Edinboro forfeits, the No. 22 Ohio State wrestling team recorded its first dual win of the 2010-11 season after beating the Fighting Scots, 31-14, Sunday afternoon at McComb Fieldhouse in Edinboro, Pa. *
A key major decision by senior Colt Sponseller at 157 pounds gave the Buckeyes (1-2) a little breathing room midway through the match en route to their fifth-consecutive win over Edinboro (1-4-1).
With a four-point lead (12-8) after the completion of four matches, Sponseller, ranked 14th, posted a 9-0 major decision against Johnny Greisheimer to extend the Buckeye lead to 16-8. The senior captain from Glenmont, Ohio, moves to 11-1 on the season courtesy of three takedowns, a pair of escapes and a riding time advantage.*
Ohio State proceeded to win three of the next five matches at 165, 174 and 197 pounds to secure the win. Redshirt-sophomore and 165-pounder Jared Kusar already owned a 7-2 lead in the second period vs. Ethan Saylor before pinning the Fighting Scot at the 4:52 mark. Mathematically still able to win the match, Edinboro?s chances were dashed following redshirt-freshman and No. 14 Nick Heflin?s 2:33 pin against Chris Hrunka at 174 pounds. Classmate C.J. Magrum recorded the final Buckeye win at 197 pounds, beating Shawn Fendone, 7-4. Magrum erased a 3-2 lead by Fendone in the third period by way of a takedown and three-point nearfall despite Fendone?s riding time advantage. *
Edinboro found itself digging out of an early hole when it forfeited matches at 125 and 133 pounds. Redshirt-junior Bo Touris was slated to start at 125, while sophomore and 10th-ranked Ian Paddock was rested at 133 pounds.*
The Fighting Scots earned a pair of bonus points in their first two wins of the afternoon, keeping them very much in the match. At 141 pounds, Kasey Davis handed Buckeye freshman Randy Languis a 19-7 loss, before No. 15 Torsten Gillespie shut out redshirt-junior Sean Nemec, 8-0, at 149 pounds. Nearly as quickly as Ohio State had taken a 12-0 lead, Edinboro had swiftly pulled to within four. *
At 184 pounds, redshirt-freshman Peter Capone lost a tough 4-3 decision to No. 3 Chris Honeycutt. With the scored tied at, 2-2, at the end of the second, Capone took a 3-2 lead in the third on an escape, but Honeycutt answered with a takedown for the victory.*
Heavyweight Johnny Hiles dropped a 2-0 decision to Michael Horton. A third-period escape by Horton, plus riding time was enough to give Edinboro its fourth win on the afternoon.*
The Buckeyes will open their Big Ten Conference schedule at Penn State at 2 p.m. Dec. 19. The Nittany Lions entered action Sunday second (tie) in the conference with a 5-0 record.
No. 22 Ohio State, 31 (1-2) Edinboro 14 (1-4-1)
Dec. 12, 2010
Wt.MatchTeam Score125Bo Touris (OSU) forfeit0-6 (OSU)133No. 12/No. 10 Ian Paddock (OSU) forfeit0-12 (OSU)141Kasey Davis (EU) maj. dec. *Randy Languis (OSU), 19-74-12 (OSU)149No. 15/No. 12 Torsten Gillespie (EU) maj. dec. *Sean Nemec (OSU), 8-08-12 (OSU)157No. 14/No. 9 Colt Sponseller (OSU) maj. dec. *Johnny Greisheimer (EU), 9-08-16 (OSU)165Jared Kusar (OSU) fall over Ethan Saylor (EU), 4:528-22 (OSU)174No. 14/No. 19 Nick Heflin (OSU) fall over Chris Hrunka (EU), 2:338-28 (OSU)184No. 3/No. 3 Chris Honeycutt (EU) dec. Peter Capone (OSU), 4-311-28 (OSU)197C.J. Magrum (OSU) dec. *Shawn Fendone (EU), 7-411-31 (OSU)285Michael Horton (EU) dec. Jonathan Hiles (OSU), 2-014-31 (OSU)
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