No. 5 Ohio State Overwhelms Arizona State, 28-9


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A string of three straight bonus point wins was more than enough for the fifth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team on Friday night, as it rolled to a 28-9 victory over Arizona State at St. John Arena. The wins were highlighted by major decisions from top-ranked Nathan Tomasello (125) and 19th-ranked Micah Jordan (141) as well as a dominating 16-0 tech fall by fifth-ranked Johnni DiJulius (133).

Micah’s brother, Bo, the top ranked wrestler at 174 pounds, needed just 1:54 to pin ASU’s Zachary Smith in the second match of the evening to give Ohio State a 6-3 lead in the team score, an advantage they never relinquished.

Redshirt freshman Jake Ryan, who won a close match last week against Virginia’s Andrew Atkinson, again showed his knack for dramatic victories when he closed out the night by getting a escape in overtime and holding on for a 2-1 win against Oliver Pierce in the final match of the night. Ryan is now 8-0 on the season and ranked 20th nationally.

Nick Tavanello also won a nailbitter at 285 pounds, scoring a tiebreaking takedown in the final 10 seconds and then preventing his opponent, Tanner Hall, from escaping as the third period buzzer sounded. Tavanello also stayed undefeated on the year, moving to 7-0.

The dual started at 165 pounds as Arizona State’s Jacen Peterson scored four points in the first period and eventually outlasted Justin Kresevic for a 10-4 decision. The next match, however, saw B. Jordan show why he is ranked No. 1 at 174 pounds, as he scored a takedown, four-point nearfall and then pinned Smith all before the first period was over.

The Sun Devils got three more points at 184 as third-ranked Blake Stauffer, an All-American last year, defeated Jack Rozema by decision, 7-4. Rozema fought back in the third period after trailing 5-1, getting an escape and takedown to cut the deficit to 5-4 before a Stauffer escape and bonus point for riding time.

After intermission, Ohio State ran off three straight dominating victories, keyed by DiJulius’ 16-0 tech fall over Cord Coronado. The redshirt senior, now with 103 career wins, scored 12 points in the first period on two takedowns and two four-point near-falls. Tomasello and M. Jordan were equally as impressive, defeating their opponents by a combined score of 33-12. Tomasello scored six takedowns in his match while M. Jordan had eight in his. The trio of Tomasello-DiJulius-M. Jordan is now a perfect 16-0 this season.

Senior Mark Martin made his dual meet debut and scored four first-period points and then held on for a 8-5 decision against Josh DaSilveira. Martin, who scored a bonus point with well over two minutes of riding time, is 11-1 on the season.

Ohio State returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 24 when it makes the trip up I-71 to take on Cleveland State beginning at 7 p.m. at Woodling Gym on the campus of CSU.

Ohio State Wrestling
No. 5 Ohio State 28, Arizona State 9
Attendance: 3,034 | Records – OSU 2-0; ASU 4-3

165: Jacen Peterson (ASU) decision over Justin Kresevic (OSU) 10-4 | ASU 3, OSU 0
174: #1 Bo Jordan (OSU) fall over Zachary Smith (ASU) 1:54 | OSU 6, ASU 3
184: #3 Blake Stauffer (ASU) decision over Jack Rozema (OSU) 7-4 | OSU 6, ASU 6
197: #17 Mark Martin (OSU) decision over Joshua DaSilveira (ASU) 8-5 | OSU 9, ASU 6
285: #18 Nick Tavanello (OSU) decision over Tanner Hall 3-2 | OSU 12, ASU 6
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over Ares Carpio (ASU) 16-6 | OSU 16, ASU 6
133: #5 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) tech fall over Cord Coronado (ASU) 16-0 | OSU 21, ASU 6
141: #19 Micah Jordan (OSU) major decision over Robert Mathers (ASU) 18-6 | OSU 25, ASU 6
149: #17 Matt Kraus (ASU) decision over Cody Burcher (OSU) 4-2 | OSU 25, ASU 9
157: #20 Jake Ryan (OSU) decision over Oliver Pierce (ASU) TB-1 2-1 | OSU 28, ASU 9

Head coach Tom Ryan
On the match
“I think pursuing your opponent is the best way to win wrestling matches, and our guys who did that tonight were successful. We need to continue to develop that instinct to attack, be aggressive and score as many points as possible. Overall it was a good win for us.”

On the mentality of close matches
“As you watch you see how hard the sport is. You look for and create situations in practice where you’re competing. I just think it’s a relentless and unwillingness to lose with our crowd pushing them along.”

Nathan Tomasello, redshirt sophomore
On his match
“I just let it fly and went after it. I think I wrestled a lot better than I did last week. The effort level was a lot better. I’m still working on improving on different things but I put a lot of points on the board and it was overall a good match.”

On watching his teammates close matches
“It starts in the practice room. If you push real hard in the practice room it simulates what you are going to feel when you go out there. We have been going through a lot of hard, live practices. I just know when I’m watching I’m excited because I was in the shoes of those younger guys last year.”

Bo Jordan, redshirt sophomore
On aggressive approach
“I want to focus on the things I can control, which is my effort level and mental approach. I go into every match expecting it to be tough and worry less about the score and more about what I have to do to be successful. ”

On assessing his season performance thus far
“I asses how I’m doing with my effort level. It’s hard to assess where you are at with wins and losses and how many points you’ve scored. I really just try to assess my whole effort throughout the match. If I have a lot of effort, that’s great.”