Ohio State opens dual season with win at Davidson

11/15/2012
Ohio State University Sports Information

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Recording bonus point wins in six matches, the fifth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team downed Davidson, 40-3, in the Buckeyes' season dual opener Thursday in Davidson, N.C. Nikko Triggas, Randy Languis and C.J. Magrum provided six points each to the team score with pins. Logan Stieber added a technical fall at 133 pounds, while freshman Mark Martin and redshirt junior Peter Capone scored major decisions at 165 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.

Ohio State will continue its trip on the East Coast at 7 p.m. Friday when it faces No. 12 Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. The Buckeyes will wrestle No. 18 Pittsburgh in their 2012-13 home opener at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.

Action opened up at 125 pounds and featured Triggas, who returned to the Buckeye lineup following an Olympic Redshirt in 2011-12, and Philip Elias. Taking an early 2-0 lead on a takedown, Triggas, a senior in 2012-13, recorded the fall at the 1:56 mark.

Stieber lifted Ohio State to an 11-0 lead following his 17-1 technical fall win over Anthony Elias. The Buckeye redshirt sophomore jumped out to a 13-1 lead after the first period and behind an escape and takedown, secured five team points for the Scarlet and Gray.

A 141-pounder, Languis earned his 12th dual start of his career and made it count, pinning Sejiro Littleton in 55 seconds.

Ohio State owned a 17-0 lead entering the 149-pound bout featuring Buckeye redshirt sophomore Alex Gordon and Davidson's Kevin Birmingham. It was a close affair as Gordon trailed, 3-2, at the end of the first period. However, Gordon held a slim 5-3 advantage heading into the third and that is when Gordon scored a crucial takedown to break a 6-6 tie and hold on for the 8-7 win.

Redshirt sophomore Josh Demas' 9-3 win over Nathaniel Powers at 157 pounds maintained Ohio State's 23-0 shutout at the halfway point.

Entering the dual season with nine wins to his credit, Martin scored his third major decision of the season when he beat Christopher Cirenza, 15-4. Martin had a 6-2 lead at the end of the first period and quickly extended his advantage to 11-3 at the end of the second before the eventual final.

Davidson was able to get on the board following the 174-pound match. Redshirt sophomore Matthew O'Hara was up 2-0 after the opening period and led Ian Solcz, 3-1, in the middle period. However, Solcz scored a takedown and sealed the victory with an escape in the third.

A nine-match winner entering his bout Friday at Davidson, redshirt sophomore Kenny Courts posted an 8-4 decision over Donald Patrick at 184 pounds. Magrum's pin vs. Carson Stack in 4:37 in the 197-pound match followed to give Ohio State a 36-3 lead. Magrum put five takedowns on the board before the fall in the second period.

Capone wrapped up the evening with a major decision victory vs. Eddie Isola, 16-3. With a 9-2 lead after the first period, Capone continued to pour on the points and finished the second period with a 14-3 lead.

Post Match Notes:
• Ohio State scored 40 points for the first time since beating Findlay, 42-3, Nov. 22, 2009 in Columbus during the Buckeye Duals.
• The 2010 team leader in falls with 15, Nikko Triggas is No. 5 all-time at Ohio State in career falls with 38.
• Senior C.J. Magrum recorded his 70th career victory.
• Freshman Mark Martin and redshirt freshman Kenny Courts now lead the team with 10 wins in 2012-13.
• Martin, Courts and O'Hara competed in a collegiate dual meet for the first time in their careers.

Results:
125 Nikko Triggas (Ohio State) pins Philip Elias (Davidson) 1:56 0 6.00
133 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) tech fall Anthony Elias (Davidson) 3:34 17-1 0 5.00
141 Randy Languis (Ohio State) pins Sejiro Littleton (Davidson) 0:55 0 6.00
149 Alex Gordon (Ohio State) dec. Kevin Birmingham (Davidson) 8-7 0 3.00
157 Josh Demas (Ohio State) dec. Nathaniel Powers (Davidson) 9-3 0 3.00
165 Mark Martin (Ohio State) major dec. Christopher Cirenza (Davidson) 15-4 0 4.00
174 Ian Solcz (Davidson) dec. Matthew O'Hara (Ohio State) 4-3 3.00 0
184 Kenny Courts (Ohio State) dec. Donald Patrick (Davidson) 8-4 0 3.00
197 C.J. Magrum (Ohio State) pins Carson Stack (Davidson) 4:37 0 6.00
HWT Peter Capone (Ohio State) major dec. Eddie Isola (Davidson) 16-3 0 4.00
Total 3 40

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