COLUMBUS, Ohio - Behind wins from a quartet of Buckeyes in Bo Touris, Colt Sponseller, Nick Heflin, and C.J. Magrum, the Ohio State wrestling team scored 12 points, but dropped a 21-12 decision at No. 19 Illinois Friday night in Huff Hall.

The Buckeyes (2-8; 1-4 Big Ten) will now promptly prepare for a home dual vs. No. 4 Minnesota at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena in Columbus. The match will air live on the Big Ten Network.**

The bout began at 174 pounds where Heflin helped the Scarlet and Gray jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Thanks to a third-period escape, Heflin earned his 17th win of the season, this time over Dan Stelter.

Magrum recorded a 3-1 win at 184 pounds over Tony Dallago. Following a scoreless first period, Magrum took a 1-0 lead on an escape in the second stanza. Dallago answered with an escape of his own in the third, but Magrum countered with a takedown at the 1:30 mark to earn the win.

After consecutive losses at 197 pounds and heavyweight, Touris earned an 11-6 win at 125 pounds vs. Logan Arlis. Touris owned 6-4 and 8-6 leads at the conclusion of the first and second periods and secured his first Big Ten win of the season in the third thanks to a takedown and a riding time of 2:19.****

Finally, Sponseller wrapped up the evening with a 3-2 victory over Conrad Polz at 165 pounds. Riding time of 1:31 proved to be the difference maker for Sponseller as both wrestlers were tied at 2-all throughout most of the third period. Polz scored an early takedown in the first period, but escapes by Sponseller in the first and third periods helped him towards victory.*

Ohio State 12, No. 19 Illinois 21
Feb. 4, 2011
Huff Hall
Champaign, Ill.

Individual Matches
125*Bo Touris (Ohio State)**DEC*Logan Arlis (Illinois),*11 - 6
133*Bernard Futrell (Illinois)**MD*Ian Paddock (Ohio State), 16 - 6
141*James Kennedy (Illinois)**MD*Randy Languis (Ohio State),*13 - 4
149*Eric Terrazas (Illinois)**DEC*Mike Fee (Ohio State), 8 - 2
157*Jackson Morse (Illinois)**MD*Kusar, Jared (Ohio State), 16 - 5
165*Colt Sponseller (Ohio State)*DEC*Conrad Polz (Illinois), 3 - 2
174*Nick Heflin (Ohio State)**DEC*Dan Stelter (Illinois), 1 - 0
184*C.J. Magrum (Ohio State)*DEC*Tony Dallago (Illinois), 3 - 1
197*Joseph Barczak (Illinois)**DEC*Peter Capone (Ohio State), 9 - 3
285*Patrick Walker (Illinois)**DEC*Zach Stolarsky (Ohio State),*8 - 4

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