Ohio State Starts Strong at Buffalo Open
Buckeyes win six titles and place thirteen
By Kevin Schlosser
(Buffalo, NY) The Ohio State wrestling team opened the regular season with a strong performance at the 2008 Buffalo Open. The team had thirteen place winners, eight finalists, and six individual champions despite holding out three All-American starters.
“I think it we had a great start to the season. Overall we did what we should have done,” stated OSU Head Coach Tom Ryan.
“It is hard to argue against six champs and eight in the finals when you are sitting out two defending national champions and a two-time All-American. There are some guys that could have done better but we had a lot guys that did a very good job.”
Ohio State wrestlers with individual titles included Reece Humphrey (133), Jason Johnstone (157), Colt Sponseller (165), Dave Rella (174), Cody Gardner (197), and heavyweight Corey Morrison. Rella defeated teammate CJ Magrum 4-1 in the finals. Other place winners for OSU included Nikko Triggas (second; 125), Garrett Henry (fourth; 133), Sean Nemec (third; 157), Jason Cook (fifth; 197), and John Hiles (sixth; 285).
Overall the team sent thirty Buckeyes to the tournament and 29 of the came home with at least one win. Wrestlers with multiple victories that did not place include Owen Schaefer (133), Dan Foley (157), Ross Ambrose (165), Robel Campbell (165), AJ Agazarm (165), TC Pendleton (174), Jeremy Sanders (174), Patrick Walsh (285), and Dalton Britt (285)
“It was a team effort from a standout point of view. We are really proud of the way the Buckeyes competed. They came here and put the tactics to use that we are working on the room,” offered assistant coach Joe Heskett.
“After six weeks of practice this was a tournament, it is a competition, and these guys put it on the line and we had eight in the finals. All together we were very pleased with the effort they put forth and their performance.”
With their first competition out of the way the coaches are ready to get back to work.
“I think there are plenty of positions that we need to work on,” said Ryan.
“We still need to work on our intensity; there were certainly no teams here like Iowa or Oklahoma State. We have to be ready for people to chase us around and this weekend it was about us dictating the pace.”
Ohio State did have one surprise before the tournament started. OSU verbal commitment Ian Paddock entered the tournament as a high school senior. Wrestling at 133 pounds he won a 5-4 decision over Garrett Henry to place third. A four-time New York state placer and three-time state champ, Paddock stated he will sign his National Letter of Intent with the Buckeyes on November 11.
OSU will return to competition next Sunday at the North Carolina State Open. The team begins their regular season home schedule with the Buckeye Duals on November 16.
Ohio State Records at the Buffalo Open:
125 Nikko Triggas (4-1) Second
125 Bo Touris (1-0)
125 Pat Harrington (1-2)
125 Pat Zamaria (1-2)
133 Reece Humphrey (4-0) First
133 Garrett Henry* (4-2) Fourth
133 Owen Schaefer (2-2)
149 Jared Kusar* (5-1) Third
157 Jason Johnstone (5-0) First
157 Sean Nemec (5-1) Third
157 Dan Foley* (3-2)
165 Colt Sponseller (4-0) First
165 Ross Ambrose (3-2)
165 Robel Campbell* (3-2)
165 AJ Agazarm (2-2)
165 Max Sal* (1-0)
174 Dave Rella (5-0) First
174 Cody Magrum* (4-1) Second
174 TC Pendleton (3-2)
174 Jeremy Sanders (3-2)
184 David Crowley (1-2)
197 Cody Gardner (5-0) First
197 Jason Cook (5-2) Fifth
197 Dominic Jontony* (0-2)
285 Corey Morrison (5-0) First
285 John Hiles* (5-3) Sixth
285 Pat Walsh* (3-2)
285 Dalton Britt* (2-2)
285 Zach Stolarsky (1-2)
285 John Weakley* (1-0)
* Competed Unattached