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Feb. 13, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sixth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team downed Boise State, 26-9, in the first round of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Sunday at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. The Buckeyes, the third seed, will now face No. 2 seed Nebraska at 4 p.m. ET in the second round of Mat Mayhem.

A major decision by freshman and No. 16 Johnni Dijulius helped the Buckeyes jump out to a 4-0 lead after he posted a 13-4 win over Landon Hartley in the 125-pound bout. Dijulius, a native of Aurora, Ohio, quickly took a 7-0 advantage in the first period on a takedown and a pair of back points. Choosing bottom, Dijulius then scored an escape to open the second period before scoring another takedown. Entering the third period with more than three minutes of riding time, Dijulius scored one final takedown despite a pair of escapes and a takedown in the period by Hartley.

At 133 pounds, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber beat Brian Owen, 4-0. After a scoreless first period, Stieber, who hails from Monroeville, Ohio, escaped Owen for a 1-0 lead in the second. With no additional scoring in the period, Stieber, ranked No. 3 in the nation, scored three more points in the final period for the decision.

A takedown and back points lifted freshman and fifth-ranked Hunter Stieber to an early 5-0 lead at the end of the first period at 141 pounds. An escape and takedown by the Buckeye from Monroeville, Ohio, propelled him to an 8-0 advantage heading into the third. Two more takedowns and a riding time point gave Stieber the final 13-4 win.

Fellow Monroeville native and freshman Cam Tessari was up next at 149 pounds and he defeated Josh Strait, 10-5. Tessari, No. 15 in the country, owned a 7-3 lead to start the third period on a trio of takedowns and an escape. The Buckeye added to his point total in the third period after scoring another takedown and compiling riding time.

Ohio State had a 14-3 lead at the halfway point in the dual. Boise State got on the board when No. 14 George Ivanov downed No. 20 Josh Demas, 5-3 at 157 pounds.

An injury by the Broncos’ Michael Cuthbertson in the 165-pound match vs. freshman Derek Garcia gave the Buckeyes six points and they increased their team lead to 20-3.

A 3-2 win by No. 7 and redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin over Scott Bacon at 174 pounds lifted Ohio State to a 23-3 lead. Heflin, who hails from Massillon, Ohio, scored a takedown and escape in the low scoring affair.

Up next at 184 pounds, redshirt junior C.J. Magrum won by a 3-2 score over Jake Swartz. An escape in the third period broke the 2-all tie to give the Buckeye from Oak Harbor, Ohio, the victory.

Boise State’s Brent Chriswell decisioned No. 20 Andrew Campolattano, 7-3, at 197 pounds to earn its sixth team point of the day before Buckeye freshman Kosta Karageorge dropped a 4-2 decision to JT Felix at heavyweight for the 26-9 final.

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

No. 6 Ohio State, 26 vs. Boise State, 9
125 – No. 16 Johnni Dijulius MAJ DEC Landon Hartley (Boise State), 13-4
133 – No. 3 Logan Stieber DEC Brian Owen, 4-0
141 – No. 5 Hunter Stieber MAJ DEC Shawn Jones, 13-4
149 – No. 15 Cam Tessari DEC Josh Strait, 10-5
157 – No. 14 George Ivanov DEC No. 20 Josh Demas, 5-3
165 – Derek Garcia wins on injury default Michael Cuthbertson
174 – No. 7 Nick Heflin DEC Scott Bacon, 3-2
184 – No. 11 C.J. Magrum DEC No. 10 Jake Swartz, 3-2
197 – Brent Chriswell DEC No. 20 Andrew Campolattano, 7-3
HWT – JT Felix DEC Kosta Karageorge, 4-2