Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Rose ceremony: Cavs finalize 1-year deal with Derrick Rose Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans The lawsuit claims Green bumped into them at a night club in East Lansing last summer and that the forward bullied Edmondson, who was then a football player at Michigan State University, about how he pays for scholarships for people like him. It claims men in his entourage then physically assaulted him, pushing him against a wall and choking him. When his girlfriend tried to intervene, one of the men pushed her into a wall, the lawsuit says.The next night they ran into Green at a restaurant and when the couple approached him to make peace, he slapped Edmondson in the face, the lawsuit claims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Green did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.The couple’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said at a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday that they decided to file a lawsuit because Green has refused to accept responsibility for the July 2016 incidents. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “The filing of this lawsuit was a last resort,” Bloom said.Green, a former Michigan State Spartan, last year paid $560 for a noise violation in a deal that got rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge filed in the case.Green has been an essential member of the Warriors team that has won two championships in the past three years, and last month was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT Draymond Green sings during the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship rally Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland is celebrating its second championship in the past three years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was sued Tuesday by a couple who claim he and his entourage assaulted them last year in Michigan.Jermaine Edmondson and Bianca Williams filed the lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages in California’s Alameda County.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ View comments
Virgin has become the first Australian airline to launch a local version of America’s popular “economy comfort” class, which allows travellers to trade up to a seat with more room without the premium economy price tag.It’s part of the overhaul of Virgin Australia’s daily trans-Pacific services from Brisbane and Sydney to Los Angeles on its Boeing 777-300ERs, which was announced on Monday.The revamp also affects VA’s three weekly services from Sydney to Abu Dhabi which it runs in conjunction with its part-owner Etihad Airways.At the front of the plane, VA business class has been totally redesigned into a “reverse herringbone” 1-2-1 seating arrangement that offers greater privacy, more legroom and aisle access for every seat, replacing the old seven-abreast forward-facing business class layout.Virgin says each seat now converts into a bed 80 inches (203 centimetres) long, compared with the old flat-bed seats of 77 inches (195 cms) per seat row.And the total number of business class seats has been increased from 33 to 37.Further down the cabin, the Virgin revamp reveals major changes in consumer preferences. Premium economy changes its name to simply Premium, pitching itself as a budget business class rather than a trade-up from cattle class.That reflects the steep price premium over economy, typically $A1600 one-way from Sydney to Los Angeles compared with the best economy discount of $A600 or less. Business class is usually around $A2500 one-way.It turns out what Virgin’s economy passengers were clamouring for – like those in America – was not a business class experience, but a relatively inexpensive upgrade to a seat with a little extra legroom.So, while Premium gets an upgrade from 38 inches (96 cms) to 41 inches (104 cms) per seat row, the number of seats has been slashed from 40 to 24.The big news is that the airline has created a whole new class called Economy Space+ with a total of 67 seats – 47 of them in the one cabin, the rest further down the main cabin. The “pitch” per seat row is 34 inches (86 cms) compared with 32 inches (81 cms) in economy.Instead of paying double or triple the economy rate, the upgrade costs between $A135 and $165 per seat one-way between Australia and the USA, with perks thrown in such as check-in via a dedicated Premium check-in counter; pre-boarding; preferred overhead locker; dedicated crew members throughout the flight; guaranteed first meal choice; and Premium noise-cancelling headset. It’s similar to Virgin code-share partner Delta Airlines’ Comfort+, although Virgin insists that it developed its product independently in Australia.“We felt – and certainly the conversations we’d had with customers were indicating – this was something that people would really want and value,” Australia Chief Customer Officer Mark Hassell told AirlineRatings.com. “It’s for people who don’t want to spend the money on premium economy, but are prepared to spend a little more money on greater exclusiveness and it’s a quieter cabin of just five rows. The reaction is very, very positive.”Meanwhile, the way the airline is pitching premium economy has changed. “It’s smaller, it’s more exclusive, it’s taken seat comfort to a new level and really the positioning is around business light rather than economy plus,” Hassell said.“That’s why we’ve flicked the ‘economy’ word from it – it’s ‘Premium’.”The Virgin Australia revamp means that there’ll be fewer seats on its 777-300ERs – until now one of the industry’s densest configurations with 361 seats. The new total number of seats per flights is 339.The new Virgin Australia 777-300ER seat maps are available here.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey with the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development EconomicsThis article is composed of 4 short reflections on the 2018 U.S. midterm elections and their potential impact on U.S. farm economics and policy. Carl ZulaufA well-functioning democracy facilitates mini-revolutions via the ballot box by voters who feel overlooked or disaffected, thus minimizing the likelihood of large, pent-up revolutions. President Trump’s election in 2016 was a mini-revolution by voters, mostly in rural and industrial areas, who had experienced little economic progress or felt negatively impacted by economic, particularly trade, policy.Results of the 2018 midterm elections will unlikely reverse the 2016 mini-revolution. Democrats won control of the House of Representatives and thus can use oversight hearings and investigations to slow the mini-revolution, but Republicans increased their control of the Senate. The Senate, not the House, ratifies treaties and Presidential appointments to federal agencies and the federal judiciary. The last two institutions will oversee the most important component of President Trump’s economic agenda, the rollback of federal regulations.The upcoming lame duck Congress will likely be the opening act of the 2020 election campaign. A key decision worth monitoring closely is whether the sitting Republican Congress decides to pursue policy initiatives unlikely to pass a Democratic House, such as a second tax cut. Whether the current farm bill debate ends in a 1-year extension or what is largely a 5-year extension of current farm bill policy with some changes will be determined as part of this 2020 election calculation.Nothing in the 2018 midterm elections appear likely to alter President Trump’s use of tariffs to pursue trade policy. Impact of the tariff war on US corn and soybean exports and prices will depend critically on the 2019 crop in Argentina and Brazil. It is generally off to an excellent and early start. The October 2018 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates forecast 846 and 731 million more bushels, respectively, of 2019 Argentine-Brazilian corn and soybeans over 2018. If this forecast is realized and assuming normal weather for 2019 US crops and enrollment of farms in the Price Loss Coverage program for the 2019 crop year regardless of a 1- or 5-year farm bill extension, a massive increase in commodity program spending looms if the tariff war continues to have negative market impacts. While potential commodity program payments provide considerable risk protection to farms from a continuing tariff war, a massive increase in spending combined with a $1 trillion plus federal budget deficit implies that spending on the farm safety net could be a prominent national policy issue in coming years. Jonathan CoppessA bitterly divided Nation rendered a split decision in the mid-term elections, demonstrating in part the brutally-effective nature of some of the most grievous threads in our political fabric. Out of an increasingly diverse 320 million people with more than 200 million potential voters, 98.6 million Americans voted in the 435 House races. Democrats won nearly 4.2 million more votes than Republicans for a current net gain of 27 seats. By comparison, 79 million voted in 35 Senate races. Democrats won 12.4 million more votes but have thus far lost three seats (IN, MO and ND) and picked up one (NV). The districts of rural America remain a sea of Republican red; the new House Democratic majority built in the cities and suburbs.For the farm bill stuck in conference stalemate, the results of the election offer an opportunity for cooler heads to prevail in negotiations. The cotton south fared well in 2018; a feat it is unlikely to replicate in the next Congress. The new Congressional majority, however, may not be excited about starting over on a farm bill. A lame duck session could spark compromise and completion, providing an opportunity for those who campaigned on bipartisanship to actually demonstrate it. Success likely will require House Republicans to relent on their controversial demands for SNAP, and possibly on conservation.A farm bill in the lame duck is relatively minor, however, because bigger matters loom. Elections can provide for peaceful transfers of power with opportunities for a self-governing society to change directions, but they do not guarantee such outcomes. Given all that has transpired in recent elections, and the current state of politics, government dysfunction is unlikely to dissipate and this should be of concern. In The Federalist, James Madison warned against faction as part of the “mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished.” The Nation appears perilously close to breaking apart along its fault lines. Increasing tribalism is fueling polarized partisanship and exacerbating divisions among Americans — down this path, the most disastrous of ends. Whether this election will begin a difficult trek in a better direction is among the most profound of questions. Nick PaulsonI am far from a political analyst; rather, my views on the outcomes of the 2018 midterm election results are based largely on my observations of the policy process as an academic and the collection of political talking points I have read in the popular press in the weeks leading up to and days following the midterm elections.While there were a few surprises in individual races, the broad outcome of the midterms — the Democrats claiming a majority in the House, and the Republicans gaining a few seats in the Senate — generally followed expectations from the majority of political polling forecasts. The loss of legislative branch seats by the party holding the executive office in midterm elections is historically very common.The shift to a Democratic majority in the House creates a check on the Trump administration and the Republican’s legislative agenda, making it more difficult to pursue any changes to law or agreements, which require Congressional approval or ratification. These include many of the major midterm campaign issues including health care, immigration, trade, and tax cuts. Retaining Republican control in the Senate provides the Trump administration with firm control of appointments requiring Senate confirmation, most notably to the judiciary.In terms of the 2018 Farm Bill, the midterm outcomes could help to push it the finish line in some form to avoid forcing the new Congress to revisit it in 2019. This could result in some form of an extension of current law. Alternatively, the Conference Committee could now have the incentives needed to come to an agreement on the new Farm Bill during the lame duck session. This would most likely lead to the loss of many of the controversial changes to nutrition title programs, as well as the proposed modifications to conservation programs supported by House Republicans resulting a final Farm Bill which more closely resembles the version propose by the Senate. Gary SchnitkeyA major political event influencing agriculture is the trade dispute between China and the U.S., and the 2018 midterm election likely will not affect China – U.S. relations. The Trump administration’s trade policies appear to be part of a broader strategic struggle with China. Regardless of an individual’s view of whether this struggle is advisable, a continuation of trade disruptions with China will have adverse financial impacts on U.S. farmers.Democrats gaining control of the House could alter compromises necessary to pass a farm bill. The current House version of the farm bill contains work requirements to receive SNAP benefits. Democrats do not support these requirements. Democrats gaining control of House lowers the chance that work requirements remain in a final version of the farm bill. A possible compromise in a lame-duck session could be for House Replications to give up on work requirements while maintaining other features of the current House Bill not in the Senate version: 1) the ability to update program yields in some counties in Southern and Great Plain states, 2) improvements to Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and no changes to Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC), and 3) changes to conservation programs.At some peril to their credibility, commentators will attempt to read a great deal into these midterm election results. It appears to me that not much has changed. The nation is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, with urban areas favoring Democrat policies while rural and suburban areas favor Republican policies. While House pickups are consistent with losses typical of the party in power, House pickups this midterm election also are consistent with urban areas having a more extensive influence on House control. With each state having the same number of Senators no matter the population, Republicans have the advantage in Senate outcomes.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team forged a masterful 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 victory over host Malaysia Thursday and head coach Francis Vicente is hoping that a pretournament prediction will hold true.Word going arount at MITEC Hall 11 is that people are expecting the Philippines and world power Thailand to duke it out for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses There is a prediction that it’s going to be a Thailand versus Philippines in the finals.The first step to that direction is a win over Vietnam in the semifinals, to put the Philippines out of the Thais’ path in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Whatever happens the important thing is we avoid the No. 1 team in the other group,” said Vicente. A win over Vietnam on Friday will help in that goal.Jaja Santiago on the attack. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLThe Philippine drubbed Vietnam during the Asian Championships last week in Biñan, Laguna. PH wins bronze in women’s 50m rifle for shooting’s 1st medal SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next SEA Games: Philippines off to hot start in women’s volleyball2.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “Vietnam will put up the same team but of course we [have to be] prepared because for sure they will make adjustments,” said Vicente.Jaja Santiago towered over the opposition, banging in 13 points to lead the Philippines. Aby Marano added 11 markers while bringing in the energy for the Philippines, which started slowly before entertaining the large Filipino crowd that came to watch the game.Malaysian leaned on middle blocker Low Meng Cing who scored 15 points.Jovelyn Gonzaga scored nine points, Alyssa Valdez had eight, while Kim Fajardo and Aiza Pontillas chipped in six each for the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is set to defend his world title against reigning ONE Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen in a champion-versus-champion main event of ONE: Legends of the World on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.The 32-year-old Folayang (18-5) is embracing his latest the challenge after disposing of Ev Ting last April.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ The 28-year-old Nguyen (9-1) is currently on a five-match winning streak and the Australian is motivated to become a two-division champion in the promotion.“New Year will be coming early this year, because in this fight there will definitely be fireworks. I’m out not only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner,” he said.Other fights featuring Filipino fighters are still expected to be announced in the coming weeks.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Irving confirms he did not talk to LeBron about trade request: ‘Why would I have to?’ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “As a martial artist, I am constantly in search of the biggest challenges, the biggest tests of my skills. As champion, I welcome any and all challengers and Martin is one of the best in the world and it is an honor to share the ONE Championship cage with him,” said the Team Lakay stalwart.But what excites Folayang more for the fight is to showcase his talents in front of his countrymen anew.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis first title defense against Ting was also held at MOA Arena.“This bout is for the fans and I can’t wait to perform in front of my hometown crowd in Manila once again. I have complete respect for my opponent’s skills and together with my brothers at Team Lakay, my coach Mark Sangiao, I’m preparing to showcase the best version of Eduard Folayang on 10 November.”
Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Wilder calls out Joshua again for big heavyweight fight View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Houston came up 14 points shy of the franchise record for points in a game. The Rockets knocked down 21 of 44 3-point attempts, and Harden made all 18 of his free throws.Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer, had 33 points at halftime. Houston used a 13-1 over the final 3:08 of the first quarter to take control and was never threatened after that, leading 45-23 going into the second.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPaul, who hadn’t played since the season opener, got the start and didn’t miss a beat, scoring 11 points and handing out 10 assists in limited action.Coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game that getting the two stars, Harden and Paul, in sync will “take care of itself over the next week or so.” D’Antoni planned to play Paul for 20 minutes; Paul saw 21 minutes of action and sat out most of the fourth quarter. PHOENIX, AZ – NOVEMBER 16: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a three point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 16, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX, Arizona—James Harden had 23 of his 48 points in the second quarter while the Houston Rockets scored 90 points in the first half en route to a 142-116 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.Houston dominated with Chris Paul back in the lineup after missing 14 games with a knee injury. The Rockets made 61 percent of their first-half shots to match the second-most points in a first half in NBA history.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ryan Anderson added 24 points for the Rockets, who have won seven of eight.The Suns also shot well in the first half, getting 65 points before the break. They got the lead down to 14 with one of Troy Daniels’ six 3-pointers in the second quarter, but the Rockets repeatedly scored with ease at the other end.Daniels tied a Suns franchise record for 3s in a quarter and led Phoenix with 23 points. Devin Booker added 18 points and 10 assists.The Suns have lost seven of eight.As the first half came to a close, a fan yelled at D’Antoni from the stands. “Sit down Mike, you’re up 40!” D’Antoni, a former Suns coach, turned and deadpanned, “It’s 25. You can’t count.”Center Greg Monroe made his Suns debut, starting and playing 26 minutes. Monroe, acquired by Phoenix from Milwaukee with two draft picks for guard Eric Bledsoe on Nov. 7, was dealing with a left calf strain when he arrived.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ He finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.Monroe played amid speculation that he could be traded or have his contract bought out. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
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Wijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impactby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was full of praise when asked about Liverpool teammate Adrian.The Spanish goalkeeper enjoyed an unforgettable debut for the Reds this season, helping them win on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final over Chelsea.An injury to Alisson on opening day has seen the 30-year-old help Liverpool maintain eight straight wins, with his contribution not going unrecognised by his teammates.”Since the first day he settled quite well,” Wijnaldum told the club’s website. “He speaks with everyone and he’s a good person, everyone talks with him.”You could see that he was not shy. Normally when players come in they always look, ‘Who can I talk to?’ and everything, but he talks with everyone. Before the game, he says what he wants to say.”Basically since the day he came in he was already one of us.”He added: “He’s done a really good job. If you see the kind of saves he makes, really important saves during the games.”He also has a big influence on the results we had.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@zzLIAMzz11Update: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has more from Fisher on Golson:Jimbo Fisher: “I’m not making the decision (Golson is). (If he picks FSU) then we’ll talk & go through it”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Jimbo Fisher on Everett Golson meeting: “We never (promise) a guy he’ll be the starter”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Earlier: Earlier today, news came out that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is visiting Florida today. Yesterday, Golson was at Florida State, and Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that he has spoken to Golson and is interested in bringing him into the program.Jimbo Fisher met w/Everett Golson Monday. “We’re negotiating. He’s a great young man.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015We’re not sure what he means by “negotiating,” but Fisher has experience coaching against Golson. Last year, Golson very nearly won a dramatic last second game in Tallahassee. If he plays for the ‘Noles this season, it certainly adds a major wrinkle to the ACC in 2015.
OSU freshman Myles Martin celebrates after winning the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOver the weekend, the Ohio State wrestling team traveled north to Eastern Michigan, where several competing Buckeyes claimed spots atop the podium.Saturday’s competition marked the official start of the season for OSU’s wrestlers, and the team hit the ground running fast, with six Buckeyes placing third or above in their weight classes. At 133 lbs., freshman Luke Pletcher made the most of his collegiate debut, winning four matches on the day, with a crucial 4-1 victory over Mario Guillen of Ohio University to advance to the final match. In the title match, Pletcher faced off against Buckeye teammate freshman Brendan Fitzgerald, a match in which Fitzgerald conceded in a medical forfeit, putting Pletcher atop the podium to win first place in the weight class.Fitzgerald’s day was strong, pinning two opponents, while powering through a close match versus Giuseppe Penzone of Tiffin University, winning 6-4. Fitzgerald finished his wrestling with a fall in just a minute over Stevan Micic of Michigan.In his first tournament at 149 lbs., redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan dominated Saturday, scoring an impressive 79 points throughout four matches. Jordan’s final match of the day was more of the same, defeating Justin Oliver of Central Michigan University 15-7, becoming the second Buckeye to claim a title.Wrestling at 197 lbs., redshirt freshman Kollin Moore gave OSU its third title, where Moore scored in the double digits in all four matches. Storming to the final match to compete for the title, Moore defeated Riley Lefever of Wabash College 11-6, finding his way to the top of the podium.Two Buckeyes placed third at Eastern Michigan. Redshirt sophomore Cody Burcher, at 165 pounds, along with redshirt junior Jack Rozema, at 184 pounds, both bounced back from semifinal losses to claim third on the day in their respective weight classes.Meanwhile, at Cleveland State University, OSU sophomore Myles Martin wrestled in a feature match at the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic Saturday night. The 184 pound dual brought Martin against two-time defending national champion Gabe Dean of Cornell. Martin’s first match at 184 pounds did not go his way, as he fell to Dean 13-4. OSU’s wrestling team travels next to Troy, New York, for the ASICS/Journeymen Classic on Sunday.