Rowlands Wins Heavyweight, Buckeyes Place Third

Senior heavyweight wrestler Tommy Rowlands cemented his legacy as one of Ohio State's all-time greats this evening with a national championship, while the Buckeyes finished third as a team in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship.

Senior heavyweight Tommy Rowlands won his second national championship and the Buckeyes finished a surprising third today in the NCAA national wrestling tournament in St. Louis.

Rowlands (44-1) capped off a stellar OSU career with a one-sided 6-2 win over Pat Cummins of Penn State. Rowlands jumped out early with a takedown in the first and controlled the match from there, later adding points for a takedown in the second. Cummins dealt Rowlands his only loss this year, but he was unable to execute any offense against Rowlands this evening.

Rowlands, who came to OSU from Columbus Bishop Ready in 1999, finishes his career as Ohio State's all-time leader in wins, takedowns and team points.

The Buckeyes finished a surprising third as a team after a disappointing finish in the Big Ten meet. OSU took five wrestlers to the NCAA tournament and each one won All-American honors. J.D. Bergman took third at 197, while John Clark and Blake Kaplan finished fifth at 165 and 184 respectively. Jeff Ratliff placed eighth at 149.

Oklahoma State repeated as national champions with 123.5 points. Iowa finished second with 82.0 while Ohio State and Lehigh tied for third with 77.5 points.


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