Jan. 17, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- No. 14 Northwestern won three straight matches at 149, 157 and 165 pounds against No. 12 Ohio State Friday, but it was not enough to get past the Buckeyes, who won a 21-12 outcome over NU (6-3, 1-3) at Moeller High School in Cincinnati.
The Buckeyes (7-2, 2-2) won the first three matches over the 'Cats, as all three of their wrestlers at weights 125, 133 and 141 lbs. were ranked in the Intermat Top 20 at their respective weight classes.
No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis (17-3) got the 'Cats on the board and rebounded from his loss last week against Minnesota with a 6-4 decision over No. 18 Ian Paddock, setting the dual score at 11-3.
At 157, Ben Sullivan
defeated Randall Languis 6-2 and No. 9 Pierce Harger
, wrestling at his high school alma mater, closed the gap to 11-9 with a 10-3 decision over Joe Grandominico.
However, OSU swept NU at 174, 184 and 197 lbs. to put away the dual win with a 21-9 advantage.
No. 4 Mike McMullan (5-1) ended the dual with a 6-2 decision over Nick Tavanello.
The 'Cats remain on the road and face No. 1 Penn State, the three-time defending NCAA championships Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. The match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access.
No. 12 Ohio State 21 (7-2, 2-2), No. 14 Northwestern 12 (6-3, 1-3)
125: No. 18 Nick Roberts (OSU) won by decision over Garrison White (NU) 13-9. (OSU 3, NU 0)
133: No. 5 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) won by decision over Dominick Malone (NU) 7-3. (OSU 6, NU 0)
141: No. 3 Logan Stieber (OSU) won by tech fall over Pat Greco (NU) 0:00 15-0. (OSU 11, NU 0)
149: No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis (NU) won by decision over No. 18 Ian Paddock (OSU) 6-4. (OSU 11, NU
157: Ben Sullivan (NU) won by decision over Randall Languis (OSU) 6-2. (OSU 11, NU 6)
165: No. 9 Pierce Harger (NU) won by decision over Joe Grandominico (OSU) 10-3. (OSU 11, NU 9)
174: Mark Martin (OSU) won by decision over No. 9 Lee Munster (NU) 4-3. (OSU 14, NU 9)
184: No. 8 Kenny Courts (OSU) won by major decision over Jacob Berkowitz (NU) 18-4 (OSU 18,
197: No. 8 Nick Heflin (OSU) won by decision over No. 17 Alex Polizzi (NU) 13-6. (OSU 21, NU 9)
285: No. 4 Mike McMullan (NU) won by decision over Nick Tavanello (OSU) 6-2. (OSU 21, NU 12)
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