Ohio State wrestling handles Virginia 346 in home opener

Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello sizes up his opponent during a meet against Virginia on Nov. 13 at St. John Arena. OSU won 34-6.Credit: Alycea Smith | Lantern reporterIn front of a roaring crowd at St. John Arena, the Ohio State wrestling team dominated the Virginia Cavaliers in its home opener Friday night.The Buckeyes — fired up as four new banners commemorating their 2014-15 national championship were unveiled — overpowered the Cavaliers 34-6.Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello, who was featured in one of the newly unraveled banners, set the tone early with a 14-6 major decision over Nick Herrmann.Victorious in the first five matches and leading 20-0, OSU’s youth shined.Contributing six points, redshirt freshman Cody Burcher — who is making the most of his time in the lineup filling in for the injured Hunter Stieber — pinned redshirt sophomore TJ Miller in four minutes and six seconds.“I was super nervous walking out on the mat (for) the first time,” Burcher said. “I was just trying to get my cradle the whole time, but (Miller) was getting out. But whenever I got that crossface, I felt his back bend and felt it was over.”Redshirt freshmen Micah Jordan and Jake Ryan impressed, as well.Jordan dominated the opposition in a 14-5 major decision, and Ryan unseated No. 19 Andrew Atkinson with a buzzer-beating takedown.“In the third period, I went down and, (Atkinson), maybe had 50 seconds of riding time,” Ryan said. “I heard the crowd going nuts, so I hit a switch and finally got out, and it turned out well.”The crowd was electric, and the Scarlet and Gray continued to feed off them.“We like it raucous,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said. “People need to know that this is a very challenging, physical sport and it helps when you scream and yell. There’s no question it has an impact on the athlete.”In the most invigorating match of the night, redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius — ranked No. 5 at 133 pounds — edged No. 10 George DiCamillo, 8-7, for his third victory over DiCamillo in the past year. Trailing most of the match, DiJulius answered late in the third period with six consecutive points and enjoyed his fifth win of the year.The night was filled with thrilling victories and, consequently, Bo Jordan’s outing against Fox Baldwin nearly went unnoticed.The top-ranked 174-pound redshirt sophomore defeated the extraordinary freshman handedly, 17-2, in a tech fall.Like Jordan, OSU has remained in championship form early on in the season.“It was just great to get back on the mat,” Tom Ryan said. “The preseason was long and grueling. It’s just nice to get back into the competition and learn about our guys and how they compete.”In front of a crowd of more than 2,000, his team put forth a strong showing.The Buckeyes are next set to head to East Lansing, Michigan for the Michigan State Open on Sunday, where 31 teams, including eight from the Big Ten, are scheduled to be in attendance. read more

Funding for family counselling set to be cut claims Iain Duncan Smith

first_img Mr Duncan-Smith cited research showing that divorce and family breakdown is linked to poorer health, mental illness and lower educational outcomes. “The Government’s own evaluation shows that every £1 spent on relationship support saves the state over £11, not to mention the improvement in life chances for those involved,” he said. Chris Sherwood, CEO of Relate, one of the charities which receives funding to provide both free and subsidised sessions, said: ““It’s all too easy to overlook the value of relationships to individuals and society, but they play a critical role in our health and wellbeing and in ensuring that children get a good start in life. “Research from Relate found that 18 per cent of UK adults are in distressed relationships, meaning 1.4 million families are at breaking point. “This would be the first time in over 70 years that the Government has turned away from providing support from marriage and relationships before they break down altogether.”We don’t know where this has come from but the Secretary of State should urgently intervene.”The UK has one of the highest levels of family breakdown anywhere in the world, it doesn’t make sense to simply wait until divorce or separation before providing any sort of support, especially when we know how important stronger families are for children.” “We know that relationship breakdown can lead to loneliness, depression, homelessness, debt and many other life shattering events which have a huge cost to society and place pressure on public services.”In response to Mr Duncan Smith’s comments, a Government spokesman said: “Mounting evidence shows the damaging effect parental conflict has on children, which is why we remain committed to supporting parents, whether separated or not, to work together.” The Government is planning to remove funding for relationship counselling, a former Cabinet minister has claimed, a step which he said could lead to more broken families. Iain Duncan Smith, the former Work and Pensions secretary, said that the Government was in the process of reviewing policy announced in 2016, which allows for £70m to be spent on counselling over five years.In a blog post for Conservative Home, he said: “Without this funding, innumerable families and couples will no longer be able to access marriage and relationship support, particularly those on low incomes and vulnerable groups who often need it the most.”In 2015, I was enormously pleased when we increased the spending on such counselling but always hoped that, given the evidence of its effectiveness, more money would be found in due course. I am therefore worried that we may be about to head in the wrong direction.”He said the plans were due to be part of the upcoming Budget, which is due to be announced this autumn. The MP for Chingford and Woodford Green is also the founder of think-tank the Centre for Social Justice. Frank Young, of its family policy unit, said: ““The rumours that the Government might cut relationship support funding altogether are alarming and need to be re-considered. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more