Jaggers to miss NCAA Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State wrestler J Jaggers will miss the 2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships March 16-18 in Oklahoma City, Russ Hellickson, head coach, announced Wednesday. Jaggers, who qualified for the national championships at 149 pounds after a sixth-place showing at the Big Ten championships, sustained a knee injury at the conference meet March 4-5.

"This is a devastating loss for J and our team," Hellickson said. "J is a proven leader and when he sets goals, he gets the job done."

Jaggers (r-Fr., Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) finished the regular season a team-best 25-6, and then went 1-1 at the Big Ten championships before he was forced to medical forfeit his remaining two bouts. Throughout much of the dual season, Jaggers outperformed his opponents in several statistical categories, including falls (4-0), match points (257-177), takedowns (38-26) and back points (16-3).

Teammates Blake Maurer (r-Fr., Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei) and Kirk Nail (So., Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) will compete at the national championships at 174 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. Maurer placed seventh at the league championships and Nail was sixth. Reece Humphrey (Fr., Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North), who was named a second alternate by the coaches after the conference meet, will join the NCAA championships field after injuries to two other Big Ten wrestlers.


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