MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (January 9, 2003) - Ohio State's Josh Daugherty's upset victory over sixth-ranked Billy Smith in the last match of the night lifted the seventh-ranked Buckeyes (4-1) to a thrilling 21-14 win over the sixth-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers (1-1) Thursday night at the Coliseum.

Senior Shane Cunanan (141), ranked 12th in the nation scored a stirring 3-1 overtime win over No.13 Jeff Ratliff to cut the OSU lead to 15-14 and seemingly give WVU momentum heading into the final match. However, Daugherty took Smith down and got him to his back and pinned him within the first minute of the match to secure the victory for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes raced out to an early 6-0 lead in the dual after No.2 Keaton Anderson's (157) 6-1 win over Matt Lebe and No.5 John Clark's (165) 11-7 win over No.9 Tom McMath. McMath pushed Clark around early in the match and scored the first offensive points before surrendering a late takedown in the third that gave Clark the victory. WVU jumped back into it on a dominating 19-7 win by No.1 Greg Jones (174). In the match, Jones took Anthony Magistrelli down seven times, scored two back points and was awarded a penalty point for stalling. The Mountaineers took their only lead of the match at 7-6 when No.15 Ryan Wilman (184) escaped with just under :10 remaining in the tiebreaker.

Adrian Thompson (197) got deep on a few offensive shots on OSU's No.6 Anton Talamantes but could not finish on any takedowns and lost 3-1. Heavyweight Brent Miller slowed defending NCAA champion and second-ranked Tommy Rowlands down but only managed an escape in his 3-1 loss which gave Ohio State a 12-7 lead.

Things looked worse for the Mountaineers as redshirt freshman No.20 Seth Lisa (125) was taken down early and to his back by Nathan Costello, but Lisa regained composure and control of the match as he recorded four takedowns and three near fall points in the final period to cruise to a 23-10 win.

The Buckeyes got a little breathing room when Jesse Leng upset No.11 Brandon Lauer 9-4 in overtime at 133. Lauer had some offensive opportunities late in the third period and in the overtime but could not convert before Leng took him down and scored near fall points for the sudden victory.

"It's a hard way to lose it, especially on a such a hard-fought match," Turnbull said. "I said going into this match that we were going to take a lot out of it no matter the outcome, and that's still the approach. It's just obviously more fun when you win." West Virginia returns to action on Saturday, January 11, in the EWL opener on the road at Bloomsburg before heading to the NWCA National Duals the following weekend.

No.7 Ohio State 21, No.6 West Virginia 14
157 - #2 Keaton Anderson (OS) dec. #20 Matt Lebe (WV), 6-1 3-0
165 -#5 John Clark (OS) dec. #9 Tom McMath (WV), 11-7 6-0
174 - #1 Greg Jones (WV) maj. dec. Anthony Magistrelli (OS), 19-7 6-4
184 - #15 Ryan Wilman (WV) dec. Casey Kaputska (OS), 2-1 (tb) 6-7
197 - #6 Anton Talamantes (OS) dec. Adrian Thompson (WV), 3-1 9-7
HWT - #2 Tommy Rowlands (OS) dec. #11 Brent Miller (WV), 3-1 12-7
125 - #20 Seth Lisa (WV) maj. dec. Nathan Costello (OS), 23-10 12-11
133 - Jesse Leng (OS) dec. #11 Brandon Lauer (WV), 9-4 (sv) 15-11
141 - #12 Shane Cunanan (WV) dec. #13 Jeff Ratliff (OS), 3-1 (sv) 15-14
149 - Josh Daugherty (OS) pinned #6 Billy Smith (WV), :53 21-14

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