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Feb. 7, 2013

No. 5 Ohio State (10-2; 4-2 B1G)
at No. 19 Michigan (8-5; 2-4 B1G)
6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
Cliff Keen Arena
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Television: BTN

vs. No. 3 Penn State (9-1; 6-1 B1G)
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
St. John Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Live Stream:

Live Stats:

Probable Lineups
Ohio State at Michigan
(Overall Record, Dual Record, B1G Record)
125 – No. 12 Nikko Triggas (17-7; 9-3; 4-2) vs. Sean Boyle (18-6; 6-2)
133 – No. 1 Logan Stieber (16-0; 7-0; 1-0) vs. Rossi Bruno (9-12; 5-8)
141 – No. 2 Hunter Stieber (24-0; 11-0; 6-0) vs. Camryn Jackson (9-4; 8-2)/Mike Hillock (0-3; 0-3)
149 – No. 19 Cam Tessari (12-6; 6-3; 5-1) vs. Eric Grajales (16-5; 11-1)
157 – No. 19 Josh Demas (15-6; 8-4; 2-4) vs. Collin Zeerip (0-4; 0-4)/Michael Carpenter (3-8; 1-4)
165 – Mark Martin (16-9; 6-5; 2-3) vs. Taylor Massa (20-5; 10-1)
174 – No. 7 Nick Heflin (10-2; 6-2; 4-2) vs. Dan Yates (16-5; 9-3)
184 – C.J. Magrum (10-3; 4-3; 2-2) vs. Chris Heald (9-13: 2-5)
197 – No. 13 Andrew Campolattano (15-7; 5-3; 3-2) vs. Max Huntley (12-9; 7-4)
HWT – No. 12 Peter Capone (17-5; 9-3; 4-2) vs. Ben Apland (14-6; 6-2)

vs. Penn State
(Overall Record, Dual Record, B1G Record)
125 – No. 2 Nico Megaludis (17-2; 9-1; 6-1)
133 – Jordan Conaway (11-5; 8-1; 6-1)
141 – Bryan Pearsall (17-7; 8-2; 6-1)
149 – No. 7 Andrew Alton (19-1; 4-1; 3-1)/James English (14-4; 3-2; 1-2)
157 – No. 5 Dylan Alton (18-3; 5-2; 3-1)/James Vollrath (23-5; 3-0; 3-0)
165 – No. 2 David Taylor (19-1; 10-0 ;7-0)
174 – No. 5 Matt Brown (18-3; 8-2; 5-2)
184 – No. 1 Ed Ruth (21-0; 10-0; 7-0)
197 – No. 3 Quentin Wright (20-0; 10-0; 7-0)
HWT – No. 17 Jon Gingrich (14-6; 4-3; 4-2)/Jimmy Lawson (17-3; 3-0; 1-0)

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The fifth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will conclude its Big Ten schedule this weekend at No. 19 Michigan and vs. No. 3 Penn State. The Buckeyes (10-2, 4-2 B1G) will wrestle the Wolverines (8-5; 2-4 B1G) live on BTN at 6 p.m. Friday in Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, before returning to Columbus where they will host the Nittany Lions (9-1; 6-1 B1G) at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.

Ohio State currently is in fourth place in the Big Ten. Michigan is in eighth place, while Penn State is tied for second in the league with Minnesota. Iowa sits atop of the standings with a 6-0 Big Ten record (16-1 overall.)

Heads Up Fans
Fans planning on attending Ohio State’s match vs. Penn State Sunday should try to arrive early to avoid increased traffic on campus. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and between 2:30-3 p.m., fans will receive a free hot dog courtesy of Sodexo.

Additionally, all fans are encouraged to use the Medical Center Drive exit from state Route 315 and to avoid the Lane Avenue exit when heading toward St. John Arena.

Play it Again
While Ohio State’s match at Michigan will air live on BTN, the Buckeyes’ match vs. Penn State will be streamed live on Fans will have an opportunity to watch a replay of Ohio State and the Nittany Lions’ matchup on BTN at noon Feb. 12.

In Honor
The match Friday vs. Michigan will be dedicated to the 20 children and six adults who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14. Jack Pinto, one of the children who died, was a six-year-old wrestler. Members of the Ohio State and Michigan wrestling programs will wear green wrist bands with “Sandy Hook” in white lettering. The teams will wear an additional black band with “JP” in white.

Thank You Seniors
Prior to the match Sunday, Ohio State will recognize its three seniors – Peter Capone, C.J. Magrum and Nikko Triggas – as well as its two senior student managers – Steven Ruthen and Victor Puskas.

Peter Capone – A two-time NCAA championships qualifier, Capone has amassed 66 victories during his career with the Buckeyes. Beginning his time at Ohio State in the 174-pound weight class, Capone moved to heavyweight this past season and has gone 17-5 overall. One of the top highlights of Capone’s season so far is defeating fourth-ranked Bobby Telford of Iowa in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 3-2tb.

C.J. Magrum – A three-time NCAA championships qualifier, Magrum also served as a two-time team captain in 2012 and 2013. Magrum has won a number of open tournaments throughout his career in addition to 30 dual matches en route to 77 career wins. Academically, Magrum has put up impressive credentials – NWCA All-Academic Team recipient (2010-12), three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Nikko Triggas –An All-American and three-time NCAA championships qualifier, Triggas currently is chasing the Ohio State all-time falls record. With his career total of 46, Triggas needs four falls to tie the all-time leader Don Moxley, who compiled 50 from 1983-85. A 2012, U.S. Olympic Trials competitor in Greco-Roman wrestling, Triggas returned to Ohio State after a two-year hiatus and has accrued 17 wins this season on his way to 89 career victories.

Steven Ruthen – Wrapping up five years as an Ohio State wrestling student manager, Ruthen is affectionally known as “the Face of Ohio State wrestling.” A finance major, Ruthen plans on becoming a financial analyst after graduation.

Victor Puskas – Serving as one of the team student managers for the Buckeye wrestling program, Puskas has been a valuable addition to the Scarlet and Gray. Majoring in biology, Puskas will graduate this spring before attending John Carroll University next year to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education. Of note, Puskas, who hopes to be a high school science teacher and wrestling coach, has a fond memory of serving as the Big Ten Network’s play-by-play announcer during Ohio State’s 21-9 victory vs. Iowa last season in St. John Arena.

Honorary Coaches
The Ohio State wrestling team and Department of Athletics would like to recognize the honorary coaches for the match Sunday vs. Penn State. Sam Covelli, Covelli Enterprises owner and CEO, and his son Albert, a 2012 Ohio State University graduate, will serve as honorary coaches. In November, Mr. Covelli committed $10 million to Ohio State to assist in funding the construction of a multi-sport arena, Covelli Arena. It served as the single largest cash gift from an individual donor to the Department of Athletics.

The third honorary coach for the match is Buckeye letterwinner (2001-04) and two-time NCAA individual champion Tommy Rowlands. A four-time All-American for Ohio State, Rowlands also was instrumental on the international and national wrestling scene as a member of the U.S. Senior World Team.

Stat Leaders
Sophomore Hunter Stieber leads the Buckeyes in wins with 24. Stieber also paces the Scarlet and Gray with nine major decisions. Logan Stieber is tied with two of his teammates in two categories – falls (9) and technical falls (4) – with Nikko Triggas and Kenny Courts, respectively.

Stieber Fever
Logan and Hunter Stieber remain undefeated on the season with 16-0 and 24-0 records, respectively. After missing five consecutive matches, Logan Stieber returned to action vs. No. 6 Illinois Feb. 1 in Oak Harbor, Ohio, and pinned No. 8 Daryl Thomas in 2:04. Ninety-four percent of Logan Stieber’s wins in 2012-13 have been bonus point victories. With a 16-0 record, nine wins have been pins, four technical falls and two major decisions. Hunter Stieber’s 24 victories lead all starters and his nine major decisions is a team best.

Big Time
Freshman Kenny Courts posted an impressive win over 197 reigning Big Ten champion and 13th-ranked Mario Gonzalez, 13-9, Feb. 1 when the Buckeyes hosted No. 6 Illinois. Courts owns an 18-7 overall record, including a 2-1 Big Ten mark.

Back in Action
After missing five consecutive matches because of a leg injury, redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber returned to action vs. No. 6 Illinois Feb. 1. Stieber improved to 16-0 on the season after pinning No. 8 Daryl Thomas in 2:04. Stieber is now in a tie for the team lead in falls with senior Nikko Triggas with nine.

On the Rise
Senior Nikko Triggas recorded his eighth and ninth falls of the season, a tie for the team best, about two weeks ago at Indiana and vs. Wisconsin. For his career, Triggas, a native of Moraga, Calif., has 46 falls, which ranks him third all-time at Ohio State. Triggas is one fall shy of a tie for second place in the Buckeye records book, while he also needs four more pins to tie Ohio State all-time leader Don Moxley. Moxley, a letterwinner from 1983-85, amassed 50 falls during his career.

Tough Schedule
The Buckeyes have faced eight Top 20 teams so far. Wrestling No. 12 Virginia Tech Nov. 16, Ohio State downed the Hokies, 23-10. Two days later, the Scarlet and Gray hosted No. 18 Pittsburgh and beat the Panthers, 26-13. No. 18 Maryland was up next, this time in New York at the inaugural Grapple at the Garden Dec. 16. The Buckeyes scored 34 points in the 34-3 win. Opening Big Ten action at No. 5 Iowa, Ohio State dropped a 22-9 decision Jan. 4, before answering with a 33-6 win at No. 15 Northwestern Jan. 6. Returning to St. John Arena in Columbus, Jan. 11 to host No. 3 Minnesota, the Scarlet and Gray suffered a 25-9 setback, but rebounded with a 29-10 victory vs. No. 19 Wisconsin Jan. 20. Ohio State scored its second consecutive victory vs. a ranked opponent Feb. 1 when it defeated No. 6 Illinois, 25-9, in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Open Tournament Success
Freshman heavyweight Nick Tavanello is having success on the open tournament circuit. The Buckeye from Wadsworth, Ohio, has claimed four titles – Michigan State Open, Harris Open, Cleveland State Open and Storm Open – while also finishing third at the UB Invitational in early November.

Randy Languis (141 pounds) and Ian Paddock (149 pounds) joined Tavanello in winning titles at the Storm Open Jan. 5. Teammate Kosta Karageorge was the runner-up in the heavyweight division, while Matthew O’Hara (174 pounds) finished fifth and Jarrod Boone (149 pounds) and Mike Manuche (133 pounds) were sixth.

Most recently, C.J. Magrum won the 184-pound title at the “Shorty” Hitchcock Memorial Tournament Jan. 20. Magrum won four matches en route to the title to improve to 10-2 overall.

Last Time Out
In front of a sold out crowd at Oak Harbor High School, the fifth-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 6 Illinois, 25-9, Feb. 1 in Oak Harbor, Ohio. The Buckeyes won seven matches, including a pin by 133-pounder Logan Stieber in his return to action since December.

Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
Michigan leads the all-time series, 62-17-3. However, the Buckeyes have won four of the last five matches, including a 24-13 decision last season in St. John Arena.

Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
Ohio State trails the all-time series vs. Penn State, 15-11. The Buckeyes have dropped back-to-back decisions to the Nittany Lions after winning four consecutive matches from 2008-2010.

Up Next
Earning an automatic bid to the finals of the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen “Mat Mayhem” National Duals, Ohio State will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the event, which will take place Feb. 22-23 in Williams Arena. Action is set to begin at 6 p.m. and the University of Minnesota will serve as hosts.