Nov. 24, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fourth-ranked Ohio State won eight of 10 matches, highlighted by a pin from redshirt senior Logan Stieber and a major decision by true freshman Kyle Snyder, to defeat No. 9 Virginia, 30-7, on Monday evening at  John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. The win snapped Virginia’s 23-match win streak at JPJ Arena and improved the Buckeyes record to 4-1.

Tenth-ranked Nathan Tomasello got the evening started on the right foot for Ohio State, earning a 18-8 major decision over Will Mason to give the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead. Tomasello scored points early and often in the match, jumping out to a 6-2 lead after the first period. He then scored on an escape and three takedowns for a 13-5 lead at the end of the second period. With the win, Tomasello improved to 8-1 on the season.

In the next match at 133, eighth-ranked Johnni DiJulius topped 10th-ranked George DiCamillo 6-2, giving Ohio State a 7-0 edge in the match. DiJulius, who is now 9-0 on the season, scored a takedown in the first period, had a second-period escape and then was awarded a point for a DiCamillo penalty early in the third period. He held on thanks to a late escape in the third period.

At 141 pounds, Logan Stieber recorded his second fall in as many matches, pinning 12th-ranked Joe Spisak at 1:46 of the first period. The three-time NCAA champion is now 5-0 on the season and 95-3 in his career. All five of his wins this year have been by bonus points (three falls, two tech falls).

Randy Languis then put Ohio State ahead 16-0 with a 12-5 decision over Chris Yankowich. Languis led 3-1 at the end of the second period and then surged ahead in the third, scoring on four takedowns and three escapes.

Josh Demas remained unbeaten on the year (8-0) with an 8-3 decision over Andrew Atkinson at 157 pounds. The redshirt senior from Westerville, Ohio, had a takedown in the first period and an escape-takedown in the second period to take a 5-1 lead entering the third. From there, he scored three third-period points to distance himself for the victory.

Virginia got on the scoreboard for the first time thanks to a 23-8 major decision victory by Nick Sulzer at 165 pounds over Justin Kresevic. Sulzer, ranked second nationally, placed fourth at the NCAA Championships last year.

In another matchup of top-15 ranked wrestlers at 174 pounds, 11th-ranked Blaise Butler second two points in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and edged 13th-ranked Mark Martin, 4-2. 

Kenny Courts made sure Virginia’s momentum was short-lived, securing a 7-4 decision over Billy Coggins at 184 pounds. Courts, now 9-0 on the season, took a 2-1 lead into the third period but was able to get two takedowns and an escape in the third to distance himself for the victory.

Kyle Snyder continued his impressive freshman campaign at 197 pounds, jumping out to a 9-2 lead at the end of the first period and never looking back in a 20-6 major decision over Chance McClure. Snyder (8-0), ranked seventh nationally, now has three major decisions to his credit this season.

The match was rounded out at 285 pounds by Nick Tavanello’s convincing 13-4 major decision over Collin Campbell at 285 pounds. In all, Ohio State earned bonus points with three major decisions and a pin.

The Buckeyes return to action Dec. 5-6 at the CKLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ohio State Wrestling
No. 4 Ohio State 30, No. 9 Virginia 7
Charlottesville, Va.
Ohio State: 4-1 | Virginia: 5-1

125: Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over Will Mason (UVA) 18-8; OSU 4, UVA 0
133: Johnni DiJulius (OSU) decision over George DiCamillo (UVA ) 6-2; OSU 7, UVA 0
141: Logan Stieber (OSU) fall over Joe Spisak (UVA) 1:46; OSU 13, UVA 0
149: Randy Languis (OSU) decision over Chris Yankowich (UVA) 12-5; OSU 16, UVA 0
157: Josh Demas (OSU) decision over Andrew Atkinson (UVA ) 8-3; OSU 19, UVA 0
165: Nick Sulzer (UVA) major decision over Justin Kresevic (OSU) 23-8; OSU 19, UVA 4
174: Blaise Butler (UVA) decision over Mark Martin (OSU) 4-2; OSU 19, UVA 7
184: Kenny Courts (OSU) decision over Billy Coggins (UVA) 7-4; OSU 22, UVA 7
197: Kyle Snyder (OSU) major decision over Chance McClure (UVA) 20-6; OSU 26, UVA 7
285: Nick Tavanello (OSU) major decision over Collin Campbell (UVA) 13-4; OSU 30, UVA 7