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Penn State battles back to drop OSU wrestlers

COLUMBUS — Ohio State’s wrestling team saw an early lead squandered here Sunday as third-ranked Penn State rallied for a 29-18 victory at St. John Arena in front of 6,061 fans.


Penn State’s David Taylor, a former four-time state champion for Graham, works to score a takedown on Ohio State’s Mark Martin during their 165-pound match Sunday at St. John Arena in Columbus. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)

The fifth-ranked Buckeyes gained some early match momentum after jumping out to a 15-4 lead through four matches, but the Nittany Lions came battling back to win five of the remaining six bouts.

“We knew what we had to do and we didn’t do it,” said Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan. “We thought if we could score 19 team points we could get the win.

“We knew what we needed to have for the win. We needed wins at either 125 or 157 pounds. Those would give us big points and we didn’t get either one.”

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