| The fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1) edged the Hofstra Pride (7-3), currently ranked 20th, 19-13, in a classic dual meet amongst two of the top teams in the country, before 2,118 fans at the David S. Mack Sports Complex. The Buckeyes were led by two defending NCAA champions, JJaggers (13-8), who edged Hofstra's Justin Accordino (15-9), 5-3, at 141 and unbeaten Mike Pucillo (8-0), who posted a 16-4 major decision at 184 pounds. Hofstra was paced by returning All-American Alton Lucas (17-4) who scored with a slick duck under takedown to defeat Dave Rella, 6-2, at 174. Another standout for the Pride was true freshman Steve Bonanno (23-9) who used a series of bar arm tilts for an exciting come-from-behind 5-2 win at 125, which knotted the team score at 13-13. In the pivotal bout of the meet, Lou Ruggirello (19-3) was leading 3-2 midway in the third period when OSU's Reece Humphrey (19-0) countering a bear hug, threw an illegal front suplay and was penalized one point. Humphrey then scored with a snap/spin and a side cradle with 40 seconds remaining, to eke out a 7-4 victory. The Pride's Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (16-6) electrified the partisan crowd with a first period shoulder roll escape and then used an onslaught of double leg and ankle pick takedowns en route to a 15-6 major decision at 157 pounds.
OHIO STATE 19 HOFSTRA 13
125- Steve Bonanno (Hof) dec. NikkoTriggas, 5-2.
133- Reece Humphrey (OhSt) dec. Lou Ruggirello, 7-4.
141- JJaggers (OhSt) dec. Justin Accordino, 5-3.
149- Lance Palmer (OhSt) dec. PJ Gillespie, 7-0.
157- Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (Hof) major dec. Jason Johnstone, 15-6.
165- Colt Sponseller (OhSt) dec. Ryan Patrovich, 2-0.
174- Alton Lucas (Hof) dec. Dave Rella, 6-2.
184- Mike Pucillo (OhSt) major dec. Anthony Tortora, 16-4.
197- Ben Clymer (Hof) dec. Cody Gardner, 3-2.
285- Corey Morrison (OhSt) dec. Jordan Enck, 6-5.
The meet featured the return of former Hofstra coach Tom Ryan, who led the Buckeyes to a NCAA runner-up finish last season. Ryan, the ninth head wrestling coach in Hofstra history, posted a 109-83-1 in his 11 years at the helm. Ohio State now leads in the series, 3-0, the first time these two programs met was in 1980. The marquee match at 133, featured a battle of three-time state champions, Ruggirello (NY) and Humphrey (Indiana). Other activities for the day included the dedication of the Teague Ryan Wrestling Complex, in memory of Tom and Lynette Ryan's youngest son who passed away suddenly at age 5 in February 2004. The complex will include the Ray Downey Sr. Wrestling Room and the Rudy Fiorvanti Srength and Conditioning Room. Downey, Chief of Special Operations for the NYC Fire Department was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Two of Chief Downey's sons, Joe and Ray, Jr., wrestled for Hofstra in the 1980s. Fiorvanti, who passed away in April 2007, was a rare three-sport athlete at Hofstra in the early 1970s who captained Pride teams in football, wrestling and lacrosse. He was also a Tobay Beach ocean lifeguard for 37 years...
|"TEAGUE RYAN, RAY DOWNEY SR., AND RUDY FIORVANTI REMEMBERED"|
|OHIO STATE TOPS HOFSTRA 19-13|
|Hofstra freshman Steve Bonanno works to bring Ohio State's Nikko Triggas to the mat in their 125 pound bout. Bonanno came from behind to win 5-2 and tie the team score late in the meet.|
|The Fiorvanti, Downey and Ryan families were present to dedicate the new wrestling facilities.|