March 16, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo.– Three Buckeyes in Logan Stieber (133 pounds), Hunter Stieber (141 pounds) and Nick Heflin (174 pounds) advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Thursday evening at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The trio will return to action at 11 a.m. ET Friday on ESPNU/ESPN3.
Ohio State concluded the first day of the championships in eighth place with 19 points in the team race. Penn State (38.5) has the early lead over conference rival Minnesota by 5.5 points, while Oklahoma State is in third place with 28.5 points. Session two kicked off with a quick pin of Army’s Jordan Thome by L. Stieber. The No. 2 seed in the 133-pound division, L. Stieber recorded his second fall of the day in 1:19. The redshirt freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, will seek his third win of the championships when he squares off against No. 10 seed Chris Dardanes of Minnesota Friday morning. L. Stieber dropped a 5-3 decision to Dardanes earlier this season at Minnesota, which served as one of his two losses on the year.
The No. 5 seed, H. Stieber wrestled to a 7-4 win minutes later over Kent State’s Tyler Small. The match was tied late in the second period until H. Stieber scored a takedown with 10 seconds left. The Buckeye true freshman then rode out Small and gained a riding time advantage of 1:48 in the third, subsequently ending the match. H. Stieber will face No. 4 seed Michael Mangrum of Oregon State next.
Redshirt sophomore and No. 9 seed Heflin continued the Buckeye momentum, defeating No. 8 Leroy Munster of Northwestern, 3-2, in extra time. Both wrestlers garnered an escape in regulation and added one more respectively in the first tiebreaker. The second sudden victory period remained scoreless, but Heflin took a 3-2 lead in the next tiebreaker by escaping his turn on bottom. The Buckeye from Massillon, Ohio, then held on for 30 seconds to seal the victory. Moving on to the quarterfinals, Heflin will match up against No. 1 Ed Ruth from Penn State.
In the heavyweight division, Peter Capone dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 5 Bobby Telford of Iowa. Telford took control of the match in the second period when he gained a reversal that put him ahead 2-0.
In the wrestlebacks, 125-pounder and Aurora, Ohio, native Johnni Dijulius dropped a 10-4 decision to Erik Spjut of Virginia Tech and was eliminated from competition. Freshman and No. 10 seed Cam Tessari (149 pounds) returned the Scarlet and Gray back to the win column with a 6-1 victory over Lehigh’s Shane Welsh. Tessari, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, dominated the match with three takedowns and only allowed one escape. He will face Kevin Tao from American in the next session.
Wrestling in his third match of the day, Josh Demas defeated Donnie Corby of Central Michigan by a score of 4-1 in overtime at 157 pounds. Demas scored his escape after holding Corby for 30 seconds in the first tiebreaker. The Columbus native out of Westerville North High School then earned a takedown as time expired. Demas moves on to face Roger Pena of Oregon State Thursday morning.
The final consolation bout for the Buckeyes of the evening was Andrew Campolattano vs. Max Huntley of Michigan. The Buckeye, who hails from Bound Brook, N.J., knocked off Huntley, 3-1. The 197-pounder earned a takedown with :38 seconds left in regulation to win the match. Campolattano will face Morgan McIntosh of Penn State next.
Ohio State at 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship
Thursday, March 15-Saturday, March 17
Day One Results
St. Louis, Mo.
Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Penn State 38.5
2. Minnesota 33.0
3. Oklahoma St. 28.5
4. Cornell 27.
5 4. Iowa 26.0
6. Illinois 23.0
7. Oklahoma 19.5
8. Ohio State 19.0
9. Lehigh 18.0
9. Nebraska 18.0
9. Northwestern 18.0
Tom Ryan, head coach
On Logan Stieber’s performance in his first NCAA championships
“Logan likes to score points. He is ready when the match starts. He is great in all positions and it shows. He has a couple moves that are hard to stop. I’m sure glad he is a Buckeye.”
On his expectations for Logan tomorrow
“Winning. He has three more matches. He is here to win it. He is not a guy who is here to try hard and make it to nationals, he wants to win it.”
On Hunter Stieber’s close matches
“He stays where he is good. I don’t think he has given up a takedown yet. He has great position on his feet. He has a big one tomorrow morning.”
On Nick Heflin’s performance today
“It was outstanding. It was what we didn’t see at Big Ten’s. That is how you go into nationals; he made up his mind before this weekend he was going to keep winning. At the Big Ten championships we didn’t see that. He has a big one tomorrow vs. Ed Ruth and Penn State.”