Upstart Buckeyes peaking at right time

Updated: March 20, 2009, 11:03 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Ohio State won three of four semifinal matches in the NCAA wrestling tournament Friday night, taking a big step toward its first title.

Defending champions Mike Pucillo (184 pounds) and J Jaggers (141) advanced along with Reece Humphrey (133) for the Buckeyes, peaking at the right time after finishing sixth in the Big Ten meet. Ohio State has 84.5 points and a 3.5-point lead over Iowa, which has only top seeded 149-pound Brent Metcalf in the finals.

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