Nov. 23, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – 10th-ranked Virginia Tech got a 6-4 decision at 285 pounds and earned a tiebreaker point on the third criteria to upset fourth-ranked Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum. With the loss, the Buckeyes are now 3-1 on the season while Virginia Tech improves to 4-0.

The match started at 125 pounds where fifth-ranked Joey Dance of Virginia Tech edged redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello, 7-6. Tomasello led 5-2 entering the third period but Dance came back thanks to an escape, takedown and two-point near fall.

In the next match, Johnni DiJulius edged 19th-ranked Kevin Norstrem, 2-1, with a third-period escape and a bonus point on riding time. At 141 pounds, three-time national champion Logan Stieber picked up his second pin on the year with a fall over Gerald Ronnau in 3:37. The victory gave Ohio State a 9-3 lead in the match.

Devin Carter, who Stieber defeated in last year’s 141-pound NCAA title match, defeated Randy Languis 12-6 at 149 pounds, but Josh Demas quickly responded with a 11-6 decision at 157 pounds to give Ohio State a 12-6 advantage. In Demas’ match, he took control with two takedowns, an escape and two-point near fall in the third period.

At 165 pounds, Chris Moon topped Justin Kresevic, 6-1, and the Hokies picked up six critical points at 174 pounds when sixth-ranked Zach Epperly pinned Mark Martin in the second TB (10:50). The fall gave Virginia Tech a 15-12 lead in the match.

Back to back decision for Ohio State at 184 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively, gave the Buckeyes a 18-15 lead headed into the 285 pound title. Kenny Courts defeated Austin Gabel, 9-5, at 184 pounds while true freshman Kyle Snyder moved to 7-0 on the year with an 8-5 decision over Jared Haught. At 285 pounds, Nick Tavanello led 3-2 in the third period until he was called for his second stall warning, knotting the match at 3-3. In TB-1, Ty Walz had a takedown and an escape to come back for a 6-4 decision.

The Buckeyes have a short turnaround before their next match, taking on ninth-ranked Virginia tomorrow at 7 p.m. The match can be seen live on the ACC Digital Network by visiting

Ohio State Wrestling
No. 10 Virginia Tech 19, No. 4 Ohio State 18
Cassell Coliseum | Blacksburg, Va.
VT: 4-0 | OSU: 3-1

125: #5 Joey Dance (VT) dec. #10 Nathan Tomasello, 7-6
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) dec. #19 Kevin Norstrem, 2-1
141: #1 Logan Stieber (OSU) fall Jerry Ronnau, 3:37
149: #2 Devin Carter (VT) dec. Randy Languis, 12-6
157: #7 Josh Demas (OSU) dec. Sal Mastriani, 11-6
165: Chris Moon (VT) dec. Justin Kresevic, 6-1
174: #11 Zach Epperly (VT) fall #13 Mark Martin, 10:50 (TB-2)
184: #7 Kenny Courts (OSU) dec. Austin Gabel, 9-5
197: #7 Kyle Snyder (OSU) dec. Jared Haught, 8-5
285: #10 Ty Walz dec. #11 Nick Tavanello, 6-4 (TB-1) 

* – Virginia Tech wins on the third tiebreaker