Kent State falls to Ohio State in wrestling dual


Kent State’s Tyler Small wrestles against Lavion Mayes from the University of Missouri at the MAC Championship meet hosted by Kent State on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Small lost 4-2 in overtime.

Ray Strickland

The Flashes could not outwrestle a talented Ohio State Buckeyes team Thursday night at St. John Arena.

Kent State fell to the Buckeyes, 38-3, with junior 149-pounder Mike DePalma being the only Kent State wrestler to register a victory in his matchup against Blake Riley-Hawkins. DePalma earned a 12-0 major decision. 

The Buckeyes won nine matches overall in the first dual meet of the season for both teams.

Fast Facts

Ohio State’s 125-pounder Nathan Tomasello defeated junior Del Vinas by a technical fall, 20-5.

Kent State’s Mack McGuire suffered defeat at the hands of Johnni Dijulius in a 2-1 decision at 125 pounds.

Junior 141-pounder Kyle Bauer fell to Ohio State’s Logan Stieber in a technical fall 15-0.

Justin Kresevic defeated Kent State’s 157-pounder, junior Tyler Buckwalter, via pinfall at 6:44.

Ohio State’s 184-pound Kenny Courts earned a win against junior Cory Campbell in a 17-5 major decision.

After a strong outing in the Brookport/Oklahoma Invitational last week — a tournament where the Flashes had 11 wrestlers win individual titles — the team couldn’t carry that momentum into the matchup against the Buckeyes.

Kent State coach Jim Andrassy said he did not put the Flashes’ schedule together and does not focus on how many wins and losses they will have. He said the schedule gives them an opportunity to get better and make it to the national tournament.

“We’ve seen the best kids in the country,” Andrassy said.  “We have the ability to know what it means to be successful.”

One of the leaders of the Kent State team, junior 157-pounder Ian Miller, lost his match against Josh Demas due to a medical default. Miller picked up his opponent and inadvertently slammed his own head into the mat. He will be out this weekend, but hopefully back soon, said Aaron Chimenti, assistant director of Kent State Athletic Communications.

Ohio State heavyweight Nick Tavanello barely escaped defeat against Kent State sophomore Mimmo Lytle. It took Tavanello five seconds of riding time advantage in the match against Lytle for him to gain an extra point and win by a score of 4-3.

The Flashes will have to shake this loss off quickly and prepare for their matchup against Michigan State, Lock Haven and Chattanooga at the Eastern Michigan Duals this Saturday in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

The Eastern Michigan Open is set to begin at 10 a.m. Kent State will take on Eastern Michigan at 10 a.m., Lock Haven at 1 p.m. and Chattanooga at 2:30 p.m.

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125 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) over Del Vinas (KSU) TF 20-5 3:00

133 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) over Mackenzie McGuire (KSU) Dec 2-1

141 Logan Stieber (OSU) over Kyle Bauer (KSU) TF 15-0 3:00

149 Michael Depalma (KSU) over Blake Riley-Hawkins (OSU) MD 12-0

157 Josh Demas (OSU) over Ian Miller (KSU) Inj. Def.

165 Justin Kresevic (OSU) over Tyler Buckwalter (KSU) Fall 6:44

174 Mark Martin (OSU) over Caleb Marsh (KSU) Dec 3-1

184 Kenny Courts (OSU) over Cory Campbell (KSU) MD 17-5

197 Kyle Snyder (OSU) over Cole Baxter (KSU) Dec 11-6

285 Nick Tavanello (OSU) over Mimmo Lytle (KSU) TB-1 3-3