Ohio State slips past Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Nick Tavanello's 3-1 decision in the 10th and final dual of the afternoon gave No. 9 Ohio State a 20-17 victory at No. 24 Purdue on Sunday. The Buckeyes extended their season-high winning streak to four matches while also improving to 6-1 in the Big Ten.

Tied at 17-all, Tavanello put Ohio State is the win column by getting a takedown late in the second period of his match against Tyler Kral and then escaping to start the third. Other Buckeye winners were Nathan Tomasello (125), Micah Jordan (141), Bo Jordan (165) and Kenny Courts (184). Three of Ohio State's five wins were via bonus points, including a Tomasello pin and B. Jordan's major decision against seventh-ranked Chad Welch.

For the third time this season, Ohio State's fate in the dual came down to the final bout. And for the third time, the Buckeyes came through. This time it was Tavanello, who broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with a takedown at the 35 second mark. His escape to start the third made the score 3-1, which was also the final score. A redshirt junior, Tavanello is now 17-3 on the year.

The dual started at 125 pounds and Nathan Tomasello (15-0) did what he always does - got the Buckeyes off to a fast start. Tomasello controlled the action early and often against Luke Schroeder, taking a 4-1 lead after the first period and then scored two takedowns and two two-point near falls in the second for a 13-3 advantage. Early in the final period, he finished the match off with a pin (5:25), giving Ohio State a 6-0 lead. It was Tomasello's 33rd straight win and 22nd via bonus points.

Johnni DiJulius (13-4) lost a hard-fought 3-1 decision to Luke Welch in which a scramble at the end of the second period appeared the result in DiJulius scoring a go-ahead reversal. Instead, after reviewing the reversal and initial takedown by Welch, DiJulius' points were taken away while the takedown stood.

Micah Jordan (17-1) got the momentum back in Ohio State's favor with a dominating 14-3 major decision at 141, scoring three takedowns and a two-point near fall in the first period. A redshirt freshman, Jordan is 7-1 in duals, 5-0 in Big Ten action and has 10 bonus point wins.

After a technical fall for Purdue at 149, Doug Welch defeated Justin Kresevic (7-9) at 157 lbs., 6-1, thanks to a takedown and four-point near fall in the final minute of regulation. Prior to that, Kresevic racked up 2:00 of riding time. The win gave the Boilermakers an 11-10 lead at intermission.

In the only match of the afternoon that featured two ranked wresters, No. 2 Bo Jordan (12-0) easily dispatched seventh-ranked Chad Welsh, 13-0, behind a flurry of scoring in the first period. Jordan took Welch down immediately and then added a four-point near fall to lead 6-0 after the first three minutes. He also racked up 2:42 worth of riding time. In the third period, Jordan put the exclamation point on his major decision by scoring a reversal and two-point near fall.

An 11-8 upset by Purdue's Jacob Morrissey at 174 tied the dual at 14-14. The momentum of the match swung on a reversal and four-point near fall towards the end of the second period that gave Morrissey an 8-4 lead. At 184 pounds, Kenny Courts picked up a critical come-from-behind victory to make the score 17-14 by getting two late takedowns, including the winning one with 43 seconds left, for a 9-8 decision. Courts trailed 6-4 entering the third period and was behind on riding time, but escaped and then scored the decisive points. In the process, he also negated Morrissey's riding time.

Purdue tied the dual at 17-17 with Drake Stein's 8-4 decision over Jack Rozema at 197 lbs., setting up Tavanello's clincher at 285.

The Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa. for a showdown against No. 1 Penn State on Friday at 6 p.m. inside the Bryce Jordan Center. The dual can also be seen live on BTN.

125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) won by fall over Luke Schroeder (PU) 5:25 | OSU 6, PU 0
133: Luke Welch (PU) decision over #8 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) 3-1 | OSU 6, PU 3
141: #4 Micah Jordan (OSU) major decision over Danny Sabatello (PU) 14-3 | OSU 10, PU 3
149: Alex Griffin (PU) technical fall over Mike Hozan (OSU) 18-2; 6:22 | OSU 10, PU 8
157: Doug Welch (PU) decision over Justin Kresevic (OSU) 6-1 | PU 11, OSU 10
165: #2 Bo Jordan (OSU) major decision over #7 Chad Welch 13-0 | OSU 14, PU 11
174: Jacob Morrissey (PU) decision over #15 Myles Martin (OSU) 11-8 | OSU 14, PU 14
184: #13 Kenny Courts (OSU) decision over Tanner Lynde (PU) 9-8 | OSU 17, PU 14
197: Drake Stein (PU) decision over Jack Rozema (OSU) 8-4 | OSU 17, PU 17
285: Nick Tavanello (OSU) decision over Tyler Kral (PU) 6-1 | OSU 20, PU 17


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