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Magrum finishes career at Ohio State

Despite being ousted in the NCAA Division I national championships Friday, Cody Magrum had quite a career for the Buckeyes.
Mark Hazelwood
Mar 23, 2013

The wrestling career for Ohio State's Cody Magrum has come to a close.

The 2008 Oak Harbor graduate fell in the second round of the consolations at Friday's NCAA championships at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, falling 6-1 to Navy's Mason Bailey at 184 pounds.

Magrum trailed 2-0 at the end of the first period, and 3-0 at the end of the second period before gaining a little momentum late in the third and final period.

He earned an escape point with 50 seconds left in the match to make it 3-1.

Magrum and his Buckeye coaches were pleading for a two-point takedown, but the official said the two wrestlers were out of bounds.

Magrum and Bailey then reset to neutral two different times in the final 20 seconds, but with under five seconds left, Magrum shot in too high.

He was reversed as time expired, giving Bailey three points for the 6-1 win.

Magrum finishes his four years at Ohio State with a career record of 84-48.

He reached three NCAA championship tournaments and was a four-time Ohio StateĀ  Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

At Oak Harbor, Magrum was a three-time state champion for the Rockets at 171 (twice) and 189. He finished 157-17 in his career at Oak Harbor.

Match made in heaven
Much of the talk entering the NCAA championships this week was the change of the match order for Saturday night's championships.

But after the first two days of competition, it's hard to argue with the NCAA and ESPN's decision to make sure the 165-pound weight class goes last.

Typically, all matches take place in order of weight, starting at 125 and finishing at 285.

But with the anticipation for the 165-pound championship match, which was all but a given to be Cornell's Kyle Dake vs. Penn State's David Taylor, the switch was made to add more drama, hype, and of course television ratings.

Dake is looking to become the third four-time NCAA champion in the 83-history of the event, but the first to do it at four different weight classes. His challenger, Taylor, is the defending champion in the 165-pound class.

The two wrestlers did little to hurt the buildup to the match through four bouts.

Dake wasn't scored upon in his four wins, outscoring opponents 27-0.

Taylor, meanwhile, never saw the second period in any of his four matches, winning them all by pinfall.

Taylor is an Ohio product, hailing from powerhouse St. Paris Graham.

He is one of 23 four-time state champions in Ohio history along with area wrestlers Jared Opfer (SMCC) and Monroeville's Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari and Chris Phillips.

Saturday night's championship order will begin with 174, and work it's way in order until it ends with 165.



Cody Magrum is a great kid from a great family. He will accomplish a tremendous amount in life thanks to his experiences in wrestling.