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Ohio State redshirt freshman wrestler Cody “C.J.” Magrum (Oak Harbor) was seventh at 197 pounds at the Big Ten tournament, good enough to qualify him for the NCAA Wrestling Championships held March 18-20 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. Ohio State finished eighth at the NCAA with 62 points.
Magrum had five pins this season, the third most on the team.
Magrum, the No. 8 seed at the Big Ten, opened the league tournament by losing to No. 1 seed Chad Beatty (Iowa) 6-0. He then defeated Tyler Dickinson (Michigan State) 6-2, but lost to No. 4 seed Patrick Bond (Illinois) 4-0 and No. 6 seed Matt Powless (Indiana) 7-0.
Last year, Magrum did so some wrestling despite being red-shirted, finishing with a 17-6 record. He was the Harris Open (Ashland) champion at 174 pounds, notched a pair of runner-up finishes in Buffalo Open at 174 pounds and Edinboro Open at 184 pounds, finished fourth at 174 pounds in Cleveland State Open and competed in Kent State Open, plus he was named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
At Oak Harbor, Magrum was a three-time Ohio High School State champion in 2008 (189 pounds), 2007 (171 pounds) and 2006 (171 pounds). He had 157 wins (17 losses) and 96 falls and was instrumental in guiding Rockets to back-to-back Sandusky Bay Conference titles in 2007 and 2008.
Magrum won fourth-consecutive SBC League championship in 2008, was winner of 2008 Oak Harbor Tournament and Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, and a four-time Academic All-Ohio recipient and Oak Harbor Scholar-Athlete.
Oak Harbor was 2007 and 2008 runner-up and third-place finishers in Division II state championships and Magrum was granted 2007-08 team captaincy,
Magrum says he would like to become a teacher and wrestling coach following undergraduate studies, and on the OSU athletic website he lists his greatest sports thrill as winning third state title after his two best friends won state titles.
At the Mid-American Conference tournament, Kent State wrestler Keith Witt (Oak Harbor) also earned an automatic bid at 174 pounds to the NCAA Championships.
With five sophomores and four freshmen in the lineup, the Golden Flashes finished in second place with 73 points, claiming one of the top two spots at the Mid-American Conference Championships for the 34th time in school history.
Witt fell to Central Michigan's Ben Bennett 15-0 in the 174-pound MAC final. However, Witt's semi-final victory over Ohio's Jacob Ison clinched a spot at the NCAAs. Ison won his third place match, securing Witt's second place.
During the MAC tourney, Witt pinned NCAA qualifier Jacob Ison (Ohio). After a 7-5 start to his season Witt won 16 of 23 matches with his only losses coming to NCAA qualifiers during that span. Witt was second among KSU starters with 10 pins, including two in the opening minute of a match.
Witt earned his way into the semifinals at both the Oklahoma Gold and the Hokie Open, where he won his first four matches and upset top-seeded and 12th-ranked Bagna Tovuujav of George Mason. He was ranked No. 32 by NCAA coaches and his RPI rating is 33. Witt had two pins at the Wendy's Duals (Jan. 17) where his only setback came against No. 5 Luke Manuel of Purdue. Witt went 4-1 at the Virginia Duals with his only loss being a 2-1 decision to No. 18 Justin Zeerip of Michigan. Witt did not compete at the Southern Scuffle due to injury. He went 4-1 at the Body Bar with three first period pins. Witt's two most recent losses have to Central Michigan's Ben Bennett, who was seeded No. 7 at the NCAA Championships. All but one of Witt's losses were against NCAA qualifiers.
In the NCAA tourney, Witt (23-12) got tested early, battling No. 6 seed Mike Benefiel (31-4) of Oklahoma State in his opening bout. Neither Witt nor Magrum placed at the NCAA tourney.
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