March 16, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Logan Stieber (133 pounds) and Hunter Stieber (141 pounds), freshmen from Monroeville, Ohio, advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Friday morning at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The duo will return to action at 7 p.m. ET Friday on ESPNU/ESPN3.
Ohio State finished the third session of the championships in eighth place with 39 points in the team race. Penn State (78.5) has the lead over Cornell (61.5), while Iowa is in third place with 58.5 points.
The No. 2 seed, L. Stieber began the morning session of day two with a win over Chris Dardanes of Minnesota, 7-4, to claim All-America status. Stieber jumped out to a 6-0 lead over his fellow redshirt freshman before Dardanes earned two takedowns in the final period. Stieber moves on to face another Big Ten foe in No. 3 seed Tony Ramos from Iowa. Stieber and Ramos met two weeks ago in the 133-pound final of the Big Ten Championships and Stieber was victorious, 5-2.
H. Stieber, the No. 5 seed, also earned his first All-America laurel. In a thrilling upset of No. 4 seed Michael Mangrum of Oregon State, H. Stieber won the match, 6-5. Stieber found himself on his back, down 4-3 with 30 seconds left in the second period and was being cradled when he was able to turn Mangrum and escape. The match ended when the Monroeville High School product took down Mangrum with 17 seconds left in the match. An allowed escape would be the only point Stieber would surrender after his takedown en route to the semifinals. A familiar opponent waits in No. 1 seed Kellen Russell of Michigan. Stieber defeated Russell in December at the Las Vegas Invitational by a score of 6-5.
Nick Heflin perhaps had the toughest match of the day, battling the No. 1 seeded Ed Ruth from Penn State at 174 pounds. Heflin fell in the match, 11-4. He will continue to wrestle for a third place finish Friday night when he will go up against Big Ten opponent Curran Jacobs from Michigan State.
Wrestlebacks continued on day two and a pair of Buckeyes advanced to the quarterfinals of the third-place bracket. They will need one more win in their effort to claim All-America honors.
The first wrestleback for the Buckeyes saw No. 10 seed Cam Tessari at 149 pounds pin Kevin Tao from American in a time of 5:51. Later in the morning, Tessari defeated Augustus Saka of Virginia by a score of 3-2. The Buckeye true freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, will continue his wrestling Friday night when faces No. 3 seed Cole Von Ohlen of Air Force.
Freshman 197-pounder Andrew Campolattano also won his pair of wrestleback matches Friday morning as he defeated Morgan McIntosh of Penn State, 8-3 and pinned Indiana’s Matt Powless at the 4:37 mark. Powless was the No. 8 seed in the 197 pound division. Campolattano will wrestle for an All-America spot Friday vs. No. 10 seed Sonny Yohn of Minnesota.
Ohio State had two wrestlers eliminated from NCAA competition Friday morning. Josh Demas suffered a 11-1 defeat at the hands of Oregon State’s Roger Pena and Peter Capone was pinned at the 3:49 mark by Binghamton’s Nick Gwiazdowsk.
Ohio State at 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship
Thursday, March 15-Saturday, March 17
Session Three Results
St. Louis, Mo.
Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Penn State 78.5
2. Cornell 61.5
3. Iowa 58.5
4. Minnesota 56.0
5. Oklahoma St. 50.0
6. Illinois 41.5
7. Lehigh 40.0
8. Ohio State 39.0
9. American 31.0
10. Pittsburgh 30.5
Corey Jantzen (Harvard) DEC No. 10 Cam Tessari 10-8
No. 10 Cam Tessari DEC Shane Welsh (Lehigh), 6-1
No. 10 Cam Tessari PINNED Kevin Tao (American), 5:51
No. 10 Cam Tessari DEC Augustus Saka (Virginia), 3-2
Josh Demas DEC Mallie Schuster (Kent State), 2-1
No. 5 Ganbayar Sanjaa (American) DEC Josh Demas, 6-4ot
Josh Demas DEC Donnie Corby (Central Michigan), 4-1tb
Roger Pena (Oregon State) DEC Josh Demas, 11-1
No. 11 Micah Burak (Penn) DEC Andrew Campolattano, 5-3ot
Andrew Campolattano DEC Maxwell Huntley (Michigan), 3-2
Andrew Campolattano DEC Morgan McIntosh (Penn State), 8-3
Andrew Campolattano PINNED No. 8 Matt Powless (Indiana), 4:37
Tom Ryan, head coach
On Logan and Hunter Stieber’s performances
“They are passionate about wrestling. Their success here isn’t about a couple of months of hard work. They were raised to fight like this, in terms of competing, (Cam) Tessari as well. They are fighters, they love the sport and they are competitors. Competitors win here. I am happy for them and happy for their family and the program and we are fortunate they are Buckeyes. But, they didn’t come here to place, they both have big matches in the semifinals and they have both beaten those opponents. They can beat them again.”
On Hunter Stieber’s match
“Michael Mangrum slapped a cradle on him and that is a fifth-year senior and a powerful kid. Hunter’s a fighter, he refused to give up back points and he refused to lose the match. Before he went out there, he made up his mind he was going to win his match. He was going to do whatever he had to do to win this match.”
Hunter Stieber, freshman 141-pounder
On the feeling of being an All-American
“It is amazing, it is so incredible. You look at the beginning of the year and coach gave us posters that said freshman All-Americans. There were seven spots on it and already we have two filled.”
On envisioning this success out of high school
“No way, I didn’t think about this. When I looked at the kids at 141 last year, I thought no way.”
On who he credits with this success
“Everyone, coaches, parents, high school coaches. We had one of the best high school coaches ever. Our high school coach made sure we were in line and ready for this. Tom Ryan, Lou Rosselli, J Jaggers and my brother.”
On sharing this moment with his brother
“It is awesome. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening this soon.”