March 16, 2012

Updated Brackets after Session IV | Team Standings | 2012 NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo. Logan Stieber, a redshirt freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, advanced to the 133-pound final of the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Friday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Stieber will wrestle for a national championship at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN.

Ohio State finished the second day of the championships in fifth place with 60 points in the team race. Penn State (124) has the lead over Big Ten rival Minnesota (101.5), while Iowa is in third place with 93 points.

The No. 2 seed, L. Stieber defeated No. 3 seed Tony Ramos of Iowa by a score of 4-2. After a scoreless first period, Stieber got on the board with an escape in the second. Down 1-0, Ramos chose to begin the third period in the neutral position and Stieber took advantage, scoring a takedown 25 seconds into the period. Ramos soon reversed Stieber and a quick Stieber escape made the score 4-2. An intense amount of grappling ended the match as Stieber held on to reach the final. The No. 1 seed Jordan Oliver waits for Stieber on the other side of the bracket. Earlier this season Stieber fell to Oliver, 7-3 in the NWCA National Duals.

Freshman Hunter Stieber, the No. 5 seed in the 141-pound weight class, lost his semifinal match to No. 1 seed Kellen Russell of Michigan by a 5-2 score. Stieber jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage with a takedown 1:12 into the match. However, Russell followed with two escapes and a takedown late in the second period for a 4-2 lead. Russell also earned a riding time point for the final tally. Stieber will now compete in the wrestlebacks and vie for a third-place finish vs. No. 6 seed Borislav Novachkov of Cal Poly at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Two more All-America honors were earned by Buckeyes Friday night as No. 10 seed Cam Tessari and No. 9 seed Nick Heflin won back-to-back matches Friday evening.

Tessari, a freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, battled to a 5-4 win over the No. 3 seeded Cole Von Ohlen of Air Force. Tessari won the match by earning riding time of 1:07, breaking the 4-4 tie. The Buckeye would maintain his momentum in his second bout of the night, beating Scott Sakaguchi from Oregon State 4-1. Tessari was able to earn a two-point near fall in the third period to propel him to victory. The freshman is guaranteed no worse than a sixth-place finish and will face Justin Accordino from Hofstra Saturday morning.

Heflin also won a close match to earn his first All-America award. The Massillon, Ohio, native defeated Curran Jacobs of Michigan State in overtime, 3-1. After both wrestlers earned their escapes in regulation, Heflin downed Jacobs 12 seconds into sudden victory. The redshirt sophomore would continue his success and defeat Ethen Lofthouse from Iowa by a 3-2 score. Heflin moves on to face No. 2 seed Chris Perry of Oklahoma State in the wrestlebacks.

Andrew Campolattano fell in overtime to No. 10 seed Sonny Yohn of Minnesota, 4-2, and consequently was eliminated from competition.

Ohio State at 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship
Thursday, March 15-Saturday, March 17
Session Four Results
Scottrade Center
St. Louis, Mo.

Team Standings (Top 10)
1.Penn State 124.0
2.Minnesota 101.5
3.Iowa 93.0
4.Cornell 86.0
5.Ohio State 60.0
6.Illinois 57.5
6.Lehigh 57.5
8.Oklahoma St. 57.0
9.Virginia Tech 35.0
10.Michigan 34.0

Individual Ohio State Results
No. 2 Logan Stieber PINNED Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 5:52
No. 2 Logan Stieber PINNED Jordan Thome (Army) 1:19
No. 2 Logan Stieber DEC Chris Dardanes (Minnesota), 7-4
No. 2 Logan Stieber DEC No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa), 4-2

No. 5 Hunter Stieber DEC Richard Durso (Franklin and Marshall College), 4-2
No. 5 Hunter Stieber DEC Tyler Small (Kent State), 7-4
No. 5 Hunter Stieber DEC Michael Mangrum (Oregon State), 6-5
No. 1 Kellen Russell (Michigan) DEC No. 5 Hunter Stieber, 5-2

Corey Jantzen (Harvard) DEC No. 10 Cam Tessari 10-8
No. 10 Cam Tessari DEC Shane Welsh (Lehigh), 6-1
No. 10 Cam Tessari PINNED Kevin Tao (American), 5:51
No. 10 Cam Tessari DEC Augustus Saka (Virginia), 3-2
No. 10 Cam Tessari DEC No. 3 Cole Von Ohlen (Air Force) 5-4
No. 10 Cam Tessari DEC Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State), 4-1

No. 9 Nick Heflin DEC Nick Purdue (Ohio), 5-2
No. 9 Nick Heflin DEC Leroy Munster (Northwestern), 3-2 2ot
No. 1 Ed Ruth (Penn State) DEC No. 9 Nick Heflin, 11-4
No. 9 Nick Heflin DEC Curran Jacobs (Michigan State), 3-1 ot
No. 9 Nick Heflin DEC Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa), 3-2

No. 11 Micah Burak (Penn) DEC Andrew Campolattano, 5-3ot
Andrew Campolattano DEC Maxwell Huntley (Michigan), 3-2
Andrew Campolattano DEC Morgan McIntosh (Penn State), 8-3
Andrew Campolattano PINNED No. 8 Matt Powless (Indiana), 4:37
Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) DEC Andrew Campolattano, 4-2 ot

Postmatch Quotes
Tom Ryan, head coach
On the team’s performance tonight
“We did really well in some critical matches. This late in the tournament the matches are high pressure. Our guys battled and they fought, you can see that in this tournament. If you are a fighter you will advance. Fighting is No. 1 and I think overall we did a good job today.”

On Logan Stieber’s performance
“Logan epitomizes discipline. He does something right all the time, you want kids like this. He was expected to be in the final, I know getting there is hard, but you are surprised if he is not in the final. He does things right and loves the sport, he is passionate.”

On facing Jordon Oliver
“We need to score. We need to finish our shots. We saw that Logan won his match tonight vs. Ramos on a late takedown. We need to finish and we need to ride hard.”

On Hunter Stieber’s match
“I am so proud of that guy (Stieber). Right out of high school, but his will is 10 times the size of his muscles. He will battle back tomorrow, I know he will.”

On Nick Heflin
“We rode Heflin after the Big Ten Championships. We were all unhappy about his performance at Big Ten’s. It looked like he wasn’t mentally prepared. The staff challenged him as a competitor and he responded as well as he could at this point. He wrestled (Ed) Ruth tough and he won a couple hard fought matches today to put himself in the Top 6.”

Cam Tessari, freshman 149-pounder
On three Monroeville High School All-Americans
“It’s great. We have been working together since we were in kindergarten. It is cool we were able to stay together during high school and through college. It is great to succeed at every level we have gone through together. It’s fun.”

On his expectations for tomorrow
“I’m going for third. As soon as I lost in the first round, that was my goal. I am looking forward to finishing up tomorrow.”

Nick Heflin, redshirt sophomore 174-pounder
On earning an All-American honor
“This was so important. My weight class was so loaded and this is a great confidence builder. Besides (Ed) Ruth, I was in every match and I trained just as hard.”

On the Buckeyes feeding off other Buckeye wins
“Absolutely, winning is contagious. You see one guy win and then you want to win. You don’t want to be the guy who loses.”

On what he has to do to earn third place
“I need to wrestle hard. I am going to give it my best. Whatever God has in store for me.”