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Jan. 29, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 5 Ohio State wrestling team dropped a 34-9 decision to No. 2 Penn State Sunday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd at Rec Hall in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes drop to 9-3 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten, while the Nittany Lions improve to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference.

Redshirt freshman Logan Stieber and younger brother, freshman Hunter Stieber, provided wins for the Scarlet and Gray at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.

Down 3-0 early, the elder Stieber, ranked third in the nation, pushed Ohio State to a slim 6-3 lead after he pinned Frank Martellotti in 1:38. Hunter, No. 6 in the country, then posted an 8-5 decision over Bryan Pearsall to propel the Buckeyes to a 9-3 lead.

However, Penn State proceeded to win seven consecutive matches between 149 pounds and heavyweight to earn the convincing win.

Redshirt freshman Alex Gordon replaced freshman Cam Tessari at 149 pounds and faced a daunting task in wrestling No. 1 and three-time All-American Frank Molinaro. Gordon dropped a 12-0 major decision and Penn State cut Ohio State’s lead to 9-7.

At 157 pounds, redshirt freshman and No. 20 Josh Demas lost, 4-0, to No. 7 Dylan Alton. Behind a takedown and escape, plus the riding time advantage, Alton propelled the Nittany Lions to a 10-9 advantage at the break.

Between 165 and 184 pounds, the Buckeyes would face either the No. 1 or No. 2 ranked wrestler in the nation. Freshman Derek Garcia met No. 1 and All-American David Taylor and suffered an 18-3 loss. Up next at 174 pounds, redshirt-sophomore Nick Heflin was pinned in 1:28 by No. 2 Ed Ruth. The match between the No. 8 Heflin and Ruth was a rematch from the 2011 Big Ten Championships final, where Ruth was victorious, 8-5.

Wrestling for redshirt junior C.J. Magrum at 184 pounds, freshman Craig Thomas fell to defending national champion and No. 2 Quentin Wright in 3:18 before freshman Andrew Campolattano dropped a close 5-4 decision to No. 12 Morgan McIntosh at 197 pounds. Ranked 20th in the nation, Campolattano trailed 4-2 after the first period, but tied the score at, 4-4, on a pair of escapes in the second period. However, McIntosh was able to break free in the third after McIntosh chose bottom and held on for the win.

Redshirt sophomore and heavyweight Peter Capone (No. 16) concluded the afternoon with a 9-0 loss to No. 6 Cameron Wade, while freshman and No. 15 Johnni Dijulius dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 8 Nico Megaludis at 125 pounds open the match.

The Buckeyes return to action at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 when they host No. 11 Michigan in St. John Arena. The match will air live on BTN. Two days later, Ohio State will travel to East Lansing, Mich., where it will wrestle Michigan State at 2 p.m. in Jenison Field House. That match will be web streamed live on BTN.com.

No. 5 Ohio State 9 (9-3; 3-3), No. 2 Penn State 34 (9-1; 5-1)
Jan. 29, 2012
Rec Hall
State College, Pa.

125 – No. 8 Nico Megaludis (PSU) DEC No. 15 Johnni Dijulius, 6-2
133 – No. 3 Logan Stieber PINNED Frank Martellotti (PSU), 1:38
141 – No.6 Hunter Stieber DEC Bryan Pearsall (PSU), 8-5
149 – No. 1 Frank Molinaro (PSU) MAJ DEC Alex Gordon, 12-0
157 – No. 7 Dylan Alton (PSU) DEC No. 20 Josh Demas, 4-0
165 – No. 1 David Taylor (PSU) TECH FALL Derek Garcia, 18-3 (6:20)
174 – No. 2 Ed Ruth (PSU) PINNED No. 8 Nick Heflin, 2:05
184 – No. 2 Quentin Wright (PSU) PINNED Craig Thomas, 3:18
197 – No. 12 Morgan McIntosh (PSU) DEC No. 20 Andrew Campolattano, 5-4
HWT – No. 6 Cameron Wade (PSU) MAJ DEC No. 16 Peter Capone, 9-0