No. 22 Buckeyes Begin Big Ten Schedule at No. 5 Penn State
No. 22 Ohio State (1-2) at No. 5 Penn State (6-0)
Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010
University Park, Pa.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 22 Ohio State wrestling team will conclude the 2010 portion of its season with a road trip to University Park, Pa., where it will face No. 5 Penn State in both teams' first Big Ten Conference match of the season.
Last weekend, the Buckeyes (1-2) recorded its first dual win of the season, downing Edinboro, 31-14, on the road. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions' (6-0) most recent win was a 48-0 shutout vs. Lock Haven Dec. 19.**
Last Time Out - Buckeyes Down Edinboro
Jumping out to a 12-0 lead via two Edinboro forfeits, the Buckeyes recorded their first dual win of the 2010-11 season after beating the Fighting Scots, 31-14, last Sunday 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, moved 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.
Cleveland State Open
Redshirt-sophomore Dominic Jontony finished fourth at the Cleveland State Open Dec. 11. The Strongsville, Ohio, native moved to 6-6 on the season after posting four wins, including back-to-back pins over Nick Anthony (Cleveland State) and Ed Hupp (ND). Overall, Jontony recorded a 4-2 record in Cleveland.
Joining Jontony in the CSU Open were freshmen Mike Ackerman, Joe Bruewer, Ray Gordon, Joe Grandominico, Josh Whitt and sophomore Jacob Vaughan.**
Pacing the Buckeyes
With 13 wins so far, redshirt-freshman Nick Heflin (174) leads the Buckeyes in wins. Heflin also is second on the team in winning percentage at .867 (13-2). Senior Colt Sponseller boasts the squad's top winning percentage with a .917 total (11-1). Redshirt-freshman Peter Capone by far has been the busiest Buckeye in competition, wrestling a total of 21 times so far this season.*
Breaking the Ice
A trio of Buckeyes in Jared Kusar (165), Nick Heflin (174) and C.J. Magrum (197) earned their first dual wins of the season at Edinboro Dec. 12. Kusar pinned Ethan Saylor in 4:52. Heflin also pinned his opponent, downing Chris Hrunka in 2:33, while Magrum decisioned Shawn Fendone, 7-4.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
Although Penn State owns a 13-11 advantage in the all-time series, Ohio State has won the last four meetings, including a matchup at the 2008 National Duals. Each Buckeye win has been a hard-fought affair, including a 21-14 victory last season in St. John Arena on the Big Ten Network.
The Buckeyes will resume action in the new year at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Wrestling Duals Jan. 8-9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.*
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