COLUMBUS, Ohio– Despite splitting wins with No. 14 Nebraska, the sixth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team was edged by the Huskers (10-0; 1-0 Big Ten), 18-16, Friday night at NU Coliseum in Lincoln. The Buckeyes (7-1; 1-1 Big Ten) will look to answer their first loss of the season with a win at No. 3 Minnesota at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis (Click HERE for Gopher All Access to view the match).
Johnni Dijulius, Logan Stieber, Cam Tessari, Nick Heflin and Andrew Campolattano earned wins for the Scarlet and Gray, but bonus points scored by Nebraska proved to be the difference maker. Of the five wins by the Huskers, three were major decisions, while the Buckeyes posted four decisions and one major decision.
Ohio State trailed early in the match, 3-0, after No. 17 and redshirt sophomore Peter Capone (Johnson City. N.Y./11-6; 1-1 Big Ten) suffered a 4-1 setback to ninth-ranked Tucker Lane at heavyweight. However, Dijulius, ranked 15th in the nation at 125 pounds, pushed the Buckeyes into the lead when he recorded an 11-3 major decision over Shawn Nagel. With the win, the Aurora, Ohio, native improves to 13-7 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
Redshirt freshman Stieber, who moved up in the individual InterMat rankings to No. 2 at 133 pounds this week, remained perfect on the season at 17-0. The Monroeville, Ohio, native, downed No. 19 Ridge Kiley, 8-2, to improve his dual record and Big Ten marks to 8-0 and 2-0, respectively.
With the Buckeyes owning a slim 7-3 advantage, No. 6 Hunter Stieber and Nebraska’s No. 7 Jake Sueflohn were up next at 141 pounds. In just his third loss of the season (15-3 overall; 1-1 Big Ten), the Buckeye freshman from Monroeville, lost, 10-2, and the Huskers and Buckeyes were tied, 7-7.
A takedown in overtime by the freshman Tessari helped propel Ohio State back into the lead (10-7) following the 149-pound match. Tessari, ranked 16th and also a native of Monroeville, and Brandon Wilbourn scored an escape each during regulation before the dramatic finish by the Buckeye. Tessari improves to 13-5 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Nebraska would go on to win three of the next four matches, including two by major decisions that lifted them to a 18-13 lead. In the quartet of bouts, redshirt sophomore and the fifth-ranked Heflin handed Tyler Koehn a 6-2 loss at 174 pounds. Two matches later, Campolattano, a freshman from Bound Brook, N.J., beat James Nakashima, 5-3, at 197 pounds in the final bout of the evening. Heflin, a Massillon, Ohio, native, who has amassed 17 wins so far in 2011-12 vs. one loss, is 2-0 in the league, while Caampolattano is 11-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.
A trio of freshmen in Josh Demas, Derek Garcia and Craig Thomas faced tough competition in Lincoln. Demas faced 10th-ranked James Green at 157 pounds and lost a close 7-4 decision. Up next at 165 pounds, Garcia wrestled No. 3 Robert Kokesh and suffered a 9-1 setback. Thomas, who received the starting nod at 184 pounds, had his hands full vs. No. 7 Josh Ihnen and dropped a 12-0 major decision.
No. 6 Ohio State (7-1; 1-1 Big Ten) 16 at No. 14 Nebraska (10-0; 1-0 Big Ten) 18
8 p.m. ET
Friday Jan. 6, 2012
HWT – No. 9 Tucker Lane DEC No. 17 Peter Capone, 4-1
125 – No. 15 Johnni Dijulius MAJ DEC Shawn Nagel, 11-3
133 – No. 2 Logan Stieber DEC No. 19 Ridge Kiley, 8-2
141 – No. 7 Jake Sueflohn MAJ DEC No. 6 Hunter Stieber, 10-2
149 – No. 16 Cam Tessari DEC Brandon Wilbourn, 3-1ot
157 – No. 10 James Green DEC Josh Demas, 7-4
165 – No. 3 Robert Kokesh MAJ DEC Derek Garcia, 9-1
174 – No. 5 Nick Heflin DEC Tyler Koehn, 6-2
184 – No. 7 Josh Ihnen MAJ DEC Craig Thomas, 12-0
197 – Andrew Campolattano DEC James Nakashima, 5-3