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Bucks pull trigger on pair of Big Ten wins

The No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team added two wins in Big Ten action after defeating both Michigan and Northwestern this weekend.

The Buckeyes fell to Michigan in 14 consecutive matches from 1994-2007.
However, the Buckeyes have turned the tables on the Wolverines, taking the past three matches.

Friday night, the Buckeyes took a major decision over the Wolverines 29-9.
Junior Nikko Triggas put the Buckeyes on the board early with a pin.

Triggas is ranked No. 20 at 125 pounds.

A California High School State Champion and three time state qualifier out of Moraga, Calif., Triggas had his support system in the crowd over the weekend.

“I’ve got six family members here; they come out here twice a year to my matches,” Triggas said.

They picked a great weekend to come out.

In just under 3:00, Triggas had his second pin of the weekend on Sunday against Northwestern.

“A pin against Michigan is always huge and to get a second one in the same weekend is great,” Triggas said.

With 141 pins, he holds the record at Campolindo High School for most career pins.
He’s working toward another school record with 12 pins on the season.

“I’m climbing up the leaderboard for all-time in Ohio State. I have to get a few more to top the season off,” Triggas said.

Coach Tom Ryan would like to see Triggas’ stamina improve during this training phase.
“He’s really good on top and when you’re tired you’re not as good on top and on your feet, so there’s a lot of room for improvement,” Ryan said.

Triggas likes the camaraderie and team aspect at the collegiate level, but admits he’s probably better at the Greco-Roman and freestyle.

In 2008, he took two gold medals at the Pan American Championships in Junior Greco-Roman and freestyle events. He is just one of two wrestlers to win both events.

As a Buckeye he is a two-time NCAA championship qualifier and led the team last season in falls and near falls.

Ryan and Triggas have the same mentality: They all plan on going to the championships.

After a 37-6 win over Northwestern, the Buckeyes are 16-1 overall and 5-0 in Big Ten conference action.

The team heads to Illinois for another conference match on Friday at 8 p.m.
 

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