March 7, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The 11th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will travel to Madison, Wis., for the 100th edition of the Big Ten Championships Saturday and Sunday at the Kohl Center. The Buckeyes, who won six of their last seven matches to conclude the regular season, finished the regular-season campaign with a 13-5 overall record and 4-4 mark in the conference.
For more information regarding the 2014 Big Ten Championships, including ticket information, click on the Tournament Central page.
2014 Big Ten Championships Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 8
Session 1: 11 a.m. ET
Session 2: 6 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 9
Session 3: Noon ET
Session 4: 2 p.m. ET
Live Streaming ($)
Fans can log on to their Buckeye Vision account to watch live streaming of wrestling action beginning at 11 a.m. ET Saturday. The first day of action will feature four mats. Sunday, there will be three mats showcasing Big Ten wrestling starting at noon ET live on Buckeye Vision. BTN will take over live coverage beginning at 2:12 p.m. as it will feature the championship bouts. BTN.com will stream coverage of the third-place matchups and Buckeye Vision will highlight the fifth-place matchups. *Please note, fans’ Buckeye Vision subscription also applies towards the BTN.com subscription. If fans are unable to log on to their Buckeye Vision account, they should try to log on to InsideBadgerSports.com.
The 2014 Big Ten Championships Pre-Seeds were released Monday and a pair of Buckeyes in Logan Stieber and Nick Heflin earned the No. 2 seeds at 141 and 197 pounds, respectively. Stieber, a junior from Monroeville, Ohio, currently boasts a 22-1 overall record and finished the Big Ten season with a 7-1 mark. Heflin, a senior from Massillon, Ohio, 21-1 overall and concluded the league schedule with a 7-1 record.
Ohio State Pre-Seeds
125 – No. 8 Nick Roberts
133 – No. 6 Johnni DiJulius
141 – No. 2 Logan Stieber
149 – No. 6 Ian Paddock
157 – No. 11 Randy Languis
165 – No. 10 Joe Grandominico
174 – No. 6 Mark Martin
184 – No. 6 Kenny Courts
197 – No. 2 Nick Heflin
HWT – No. 10 Nick Tavanello
On a Winning Note
Ohio State concluded the regular season winning six of its last seven matches, including recording a 3-1 record for a third-place finish at the NWCA National Duals in Columbus Feb. 16-17. During this span, the Buckeyes outscored their opponents, 172-92, and scored 17 bonus point wins (four major decisions, six technical falls and seven falls) compared to their opponents 4 major decisions, two technical falls and one fall.
NCAA Division I Coaches Panel Rankings
In the final edition of the Division I Coaches Panel Rankings released Feb. 25, seven Buckeyes are slated to advance to the NCAA Championships March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. Wrestlers are judged in each weight class by winning percentage, RPI and coaches rankings. So far, Nick Roberts (125 pounds), Johnni DiJulius (133 pounds), Logan Stieber (141 pounds), Ian Paddock (149 pounds), Mark Martin (174 pounds), Kenny Courts (184 pounds), Nick Heflin (197 pounds) and Nick Tavanello (HWT) are on the list.
Most Dominant Standings
Redshirt-junior Logan Stieber is the third-most dominant wrestler in NCAA Division I, the NCAA announced last week. Stieber, who averages 4.6667 points, trails leader David Taylor of Penn State (5.12) by .4533 points and fellow Nittany Lion Ed Ruth (4.7083) by .0416 points. The Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated by adding the total number of points awarded through match results and dividing that number by the total number of matches wrestled. Points awarded per match are as follows: *Fall, forfeit, injury default or DQ = 6 points (-6 points for a loss) *Tech falls = 5 points (-5 points for a loss) * Major decision = 4 points (-4 points for a loss) *Decision = 3 points (-3 points for a loss)
Stieber leads Division I wrestling in technical falls with nine. The Monroeville, Ohio, native has totaled 46:30 minutes of technical fall time.
Climbing the Record Books
Logan Stieber, a redshirt junior from Monroeville, Ohio, currently is third place on Ohio State’s career winning percentage list (minimum 40 matches). Stieber’s .935 winning percentage (87-6) trails No.1 Mark Coleman (50-2; .962 in 1988) and No. 2 Rex Holman (69-3; .958 from 1992-93). Stieber passed Kevin Randleman (108-7-3; .928 from 1991-93).
Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championships
Ohio State has captured the Big Ten title twice – 1923 and 1951. In all, 26 Buckeyes have won 37 Big Ten individual titles with redshirt junior Logan Stieber the most recent two-time champion at 133 pounds. A season ago, Stieber was joined by his brother Hunter Stieber (141 pounds) as a conference champion. In 2012, Logan Stieber became the third Buckeye to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as Jim Johnson was honored in 1995 and Tommy Rowlands in 2001.
Last Time Out
Trailing No. 16 Virginia Tech, 16-14, with two matches remaining, the 11th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team received a momentum-changing win from senior 197-pounder Nick Heflin Feb. 23 in St. John Arena. Heflin, a native of Massillon, Ohio, pinned the Hokies’ Brooks Morrison in 1:17 to lift the Buckeyes to a 20-16 lead. The Scarlet and Gray eventually won the match, 23-16, after redshirt-sophomore Nick Tavanello downed Ty Walz, 5-3, in the heavyweight bout.
In addition to the wins by the fourth-ranked Heflin and Tavanello, Ohio State received victories from redshirt-freshman and No. 8 Johnni DiJulius (125 pounds), redshirt-junior and No. 3 Logan Stieber (141 pounds) and sophomore and No. 13 Mark Martin (174 pounds) in the final regular-season match of the 2013-14 campaign.
Ohio State will compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.