April 30, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State wrestling team celebrated the 2013-14 season this past weekend at the Cartoon Room in the Ohio Union. The Buckeye program honored and recognized the many achievements of the campaign, as well as the countless individuals who supported the Scarlet and Gray.
As a team, Ohio State finished in the Top 10 in both the Big Ten and NCAA championships in March. The Buckeyes compiled 86.5 points en route to a fourth-place finish and collected 57 points for sixth on the national stage. Overall, the Scarlet and Gray recorded a 13-5 mark, including a 4-4 ledger in Big Ten Conference action.
Individually, several Buckeyes were honored, including three-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber. The redshirt-junior from Monroeville, Ohio, was the program’s Tommy Rowlands Outstanding Wrestler of the Year recipient. Stieber became Ohio State’s only three-time national champion after defeating Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter, 10-1, in the 141-pound championship bout. Stieber also won his third Big Ten title, joining a select group of Buckeyes in that category. Stieber concluded the season with a 30-1 record, including a 17-1 dual mark and 7-1 ledger in the conference.
Nick Tavanello was presented with Freshman of the Year honors. Just one win away from All-America laurels, Tavanello amassed a 25-19 record during his rookie season at heavyweight. A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, Tavanello was second on the team in falls with eight and his fastest fall time was 47 seconds.
A pair of Buckeyes in Johnni DiJulius and Randy Languis earned Most Improved accolades. DiJulius, a redshirt-sophomore from Aurora, Ohio, completed the 2013-14 season at 133 pounds with a 28-9 record, which included a 13-3 dual mark. During the season, DiJulius posted a 15-match win streak from Nov. 3-Jan. 24 and won the 133-pound title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Dec. 7. Because of his efforts in Las Vegas, DiJulius was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week.
Receiving the starting nod at 157 pounds, Languis, a redshirt-junior from Dublin, Ohio, went 20-20 during his second full year starting for the Buckeyes.
2014 Big Ten Champion and NCAA runner-up Nick Heflin was lauded with the Ray Mendoza Leadership Award. A three-time team captain, the senior from Massillon, Ohio, Heflin had a historic senior season for the Buckeyes. En route to winning his first conference title and wrestling for a national title, Heflin amassed a 99-28 career ledger. In 2013-14, Heflin went 28-2, including a 13-1 record in the dual action and 7-1 vs. Big Ten competition.
Joe Grandominico and Mark Martin were awarded the Most Courageous Honor. In his first full season as a starter for the Buckeyes, Grandominico earned 10 victories. The senior from Westerville, Ohio, collected his first-career dual win vs. Notre Dame College’s Anthony Burge Nov. 15 and earned his first-career Big Ten victory vs. Michigan State’s Bobby Nash Feb. 7.
Martin, a sophomore from Strongsville, Ohio, wrapped up his second season with the Buckeyes with a 28-13 overall record, which included an 11-4 dual record and 5-3 Big Ten mark.
Kosta Karageorge was the recipient of the Battling Buckeye Honor. A redshirt-junior heavyweight, Karageorge competed in several open tournaments en route to compiling a 35-8 record. In all, Karageorge posted one major decision, six technical falls and 11 falls.
2014 Ohio State Awards Banquet
Everest Award – Josh Fox
Power Club Award – Nick Tavanello
Highest GPA –Matt Davis
Battling Buckeye – Kosta Karageorge
Freshman of the Year – Nick Tavanello
Most Improved – Johnni DiJulius & Randy Languis
Most Courageous – Mark Martin & Joe Grandominico
Ray Mendoza Leadership – Nick Heflin
Tommy Rowlands Most Outstanding Wrestler – Logan Stieber
Russ Hellickson Wrestler of the Match Honors
Joe Grandominico – Notre Dame College
Mark Martin – Northwestern
Logan Stieber – Nebraska & Michigan
Nick Heflin – Michigan State
Nick Tavanello – Virginia Tech