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Feb. 13, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio– A 4-3 win by freshman Andrew Campolattano at 197 pounds helped the No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team hold on for the 21-18 win over No. 8 Nebraska Sunday in the Stillwater Regional semifinal round of the 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. The regional, hosted by Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena, is part of the NWCA’s “Mat Mayhem.”

The Huskers nearly rallied from an 18-point deficit, winning four consecutive matches from 157-184 pounds to pull within six points (18-12) with two bouts remaining. However, Campolattano, a Bound Brook, N.J., native handed Spencer Johnson a 4-3 loss to lock up the Buckeye win. Campolattano ended a 2-2 deadlock in the third period when he scored a reversal with 1:28 remaining. Johnson answered with an escape with just 58 seconds left in the match, but Campolattano was able to hold on for the win.

Ohio State jumped out to an 18-0 lead when three of its four opening matches were bonus point wins. Freshman and 16th-ranked Johnni Dijulius scored a 20-5 technical fall over Shawn Nagel. With the score tied 2-2 at the end of the first period, Dijulius tallied nine additional points on a pair of 3-point nearfalls, a takedown and escape, while also shutting out Nagel in the second period. In the final period, Dijulius, who hails from Aurora, Ohio, sealed the win courtesy of more back points, two takedowns, an escape and riding time, while Nagel scored an escape and takedown.

Redshirt freshman Logan Stieber, ranked third in the nation, posted a 16-3 major decision win over No. 18 Ridge Kiley at 133 pounds. Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, held a 9-1 lead at the end of the first period thanks to a pair of takedowns and back points. Scoring by Stieber slowed down in the second period when he compiled three points on a takedown and escape, while limiting Kiley to just one takedown and two escapes for the match. In the third period, Stieber scored three more points (takedown and escape) for the final.

L. Stieber’s younger brother, Hunter Stieber beat No. 9 Jake Sueflohn 8-7 at 141 pounds in the next match. Up 6-5 in the third period, H. Stieber scored a crucial takedown with 23 seconds remaining to take an 8-5 lead. However, Sueflohn rebounded with an escape to cut the Buckeye’s lead to two (8-6) and not longer after, H. Stieber was called for his second stalling to give Sueflohn a point. However, H. Stieber prevented any additional scoring by Sueflohn and held on for the victory.

No. 15 Cam Tessari added to Ohio State’s lead when he pinned Brandon Wilbourn in 4:33. The Buckeye freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, owned a 6-2 lead before the pin.

The Huskers would go on to win five of the next six matches. At 157 pounds, No. 20 and redshirt freshman Josh Demas dropped a close 5-3 decision to No. 7 James Green, while freshman Derek Garcia fell 7-2 to No. 6 Robert Kokesh at 165 pounds. A takedown with 22 seconds left by No. 20 Tyler Koehn was enough to hand No. 7 and redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin a 3-1 loss in the 174-pound bout. No. 11 and redshirt junior C.J. Magrum suffered a 5-0 loss to No. 8 Josh Ihnen at 184 pounds. Finally, at heavyweight, redshirt sophomore Peter Capone was pinned in 2:02 by No. 9 Tucker Lane.

2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals
Feb. 12, 2012
Stillwater Region
Host: Oklahoma State
Gallagher-Iba Arena

No. 6 Ohio State 21, No. 8 Nebraska 18
125 – No. 16 Johnni Dijulius (Ohio State) TECH FALL Shawn Nagel (Nebraska), 20-5
133 – No. 3 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) MAJ DEC No. 18 Ridge Kiley (Nebraska), 16-3
141 – No. 5 Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) DEC No. 9 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska), 8-7
149 – No. 15 Cam Tessari (Ohio State) PINNED Brandon Wilbourn (Nebraska), 4:33
157 – No. 7 James Green (Nebraska) DEC No. 20 Josh Demas (Ohio State), 5-3
165 – No. 6 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) DEC Derek Garcia (Ohio State), 7-2
174 – No. 20 Tyler Koehn (Nebraska) DEC No. 7 Nick Heflin (Ohio State), 3-1
184 – No. 8 Josh Ihnen (Nebraska) DEC No. 11 C.J. Magrum (Ohio State), 5-0
197 – No. 20 Andrew Campolattano (Ohio State) DEC Spencer Johnson (Nebraska), 4-3
HWT – No. 9 Tucker Lane (Nebraska) PINNED Peter Capone (Ohio State), 2:02