Letterwinners J.D. Bergman, Reece Humphrey win titles
The men's swimming and diving team led the way with 28 honorees
Ohio State in seventh place after three sessions
Ohio State sits in 12th place with six points
Stieber brothers, Demas, Heflin advance to quarterfinals
Ohio State Career- All-American ... three-time NCAA championships qualifier in 2008, 2009, 2010 ... finished career-best 5th at 2010 Big Ten Championships ... in 2009-10, led the team in falls with 15; moved into a tie for fifth place in the program record books in single-season pins; fifth all-time at Ohio State with a career 37 pins ... Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (Feb. 17, 2009) ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete ... 72-54 overall; 37-31 in duals; 11-13 in Big Ten.
International Career- Greco-Roman specialist ... competed at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials (55kg/121 pounds) ... finished fifth at 2011 U.S. Open ... competed at 2011 World Team Trials in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... won five Gold Medals combined at University and Junior Team Trials (2010), University National Championships (2009) and Pan American Championships (2007 and 2008) ... earned Bronze Medal in freestyle competition at 2007 Pan American Championships, while claiming Gold in freestyle at 2008 edition of Pan Am games.
2009-10 (Junior Season)- All-American with eighth-place finish at NCAA championships (March 18-20) ... fifth at Big Ten championships (March 6-7) ... 31-20 on the season; 11-8 in duals; 4-4 in Big Ten ... 15 pins led team, which placed him in a tie for fifth place in the program's single-season records book for most falls; recorded four consecutive falls heading into match vs. Iowa (Feb. 19) - Sean Boyle of Michigan, Levi Mele of Northwestern, John Deneen of Illinois and Brenan Lyon of Michigan State - after amassing five straight pins between Nov. 20, 2009-Dec. 4, 2009 (John McDonald of Lehigh, Tyler Savage of Notre Dame College, Zach Zupancic of Cleveland State, Mike Acosta of Cal Davis and Anthony Curcio of West Virginia); has 37 career falls which is good for sole possession of fifth place in the program's records book; also had 2 technical falls ... first three wins of the season were on pins ... finished fifth at Oklahoma Gold Classic (Nov. 14, 2009) ... eighth at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational; recorded 3 pins at CKLV invite (Dec. 5, 2009).
2008-09 (Sophomore Season)- Made second-consecutive appearance in NCAA championships (March 19-21) after receiving an at-large bid under new selection criteria ... finished season with 22-17 overall record, including 9-9 dual mark and 4-4 ledger in the Big Ten ... No. 12 in InterMat/NWCA/NWMA Division I Individual Preseason Rankings; reached as high as 11th in the poll (Nov. 26) ... led team with 14 falls, including five under the two-minute mark and 22 nearfalls ... recorded back-to-back pins against No. 17 Michael Watts of Michigan (2:02) (Feb. 13) and B.J. Futrell of Illinois (3:36) (Feb. 15) to lift Buckeyes to a 2-0 weekend ... earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors for his efforts ... wrapped up regular season with his 13th pin by downing Wisconsin's Drew Hammen in 2:22 ... began the season with a runner-up finish at Buffalo Open (Nov. 2) ... again was a Top 3 placer at the Wolfpack Open (Nov. 9) when he finished third ... went 2-0 at Buckeye Duals (Nov. 16), posting a pair of decisions over in-state opponents from Notre Dame College and Cleveland State ... recorded 3-2 record at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, (Jan. 10-11), which included a 6-0 decision over No. 18 Brian Owen of Boise State; Buckeyes finished fifth as a team in Cedar Falls ... beginning with match vs. Owen, faced five-consecutive Top 20 opponents - No. 8 Zach Sanders (Minnesota), No. 17 Steve Bonanno (Hofstra), No. 6 Angel Escobedo (Indiana), No. 5 Zach Sanders (Minnesota) and No. 13 Brad Pataky (Penn State) ... following Buckeye campaign, captured the Greco-Roman title at 60kg/132 pounds in University National Championships in Akron, Ohio.
Summer 2008- Won gold medals at Pan American championships, sweeping Junior Greco-Roman and freestyle events (55kg/121) in Cuenca, Ecuador ... U.S. won team titles in the Greco-Roman and freestyle competitions, led by Triggas' double gold medals ... later was named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for the week of June 23 following impressive performances ... one of just two wrestlers to sweep both events.
2007-08 (Freshman Season)- Qualified for NCAA championships (March 20-22) in his rookie campaign at 125 pounds ... earned bid to nationals after finishing sixth in Big Ten championships (March 8-9) ... went 2-3 at league championships with wins over Akif Eren of Purdue and No. 6-seed Mark McKnight of Penn State ... completed first year of collegiate action with a 19-17 record and 74 team points ... in Las Vegas Invitational (Nov. 30-Dec. 1), posted a 4-2 ledger; included in four wins was an 8-3 upset of fourth-seed Collin Cudd of Wisconsin ... notched a 16-0 technical fall over Drew Hammen of Wisconsin in first-career Big Ten Conference matchup in St. John Arena (Dec. 10) ... following impressive league victory, went 3-0 at Ohio Duals (Dec. 16), posting a pair of falls and a decision to help Scarlet and Gray outscore its opponents, 131-9 ... recorded significant win against seventh-ranked McKnight of then-No. 1 Penn State in fifth-place matchup of the 2008 NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals (Jan. 12-13); victory helped push Buckeyes to a 12-0 lead over the Nittany Lions and eventual 24-11 win ... in Big Ten dual action, faced notable competition in No. 3 Charlie Falck of Iowa (Jan. 18), No. 10 McKnight, No. 2 Angel Escobedo of Indiana (Feb. 1) and No. 1 Jayson Ness of Minnesota (Feb. 24) ... suffered losses to more experienced conference rivals, but garnered wins against Eren of Purdue (pin; 3:54 - Feb. 3), Joel Trombly of Michigan State (major decision; 11-2 - Feb, 3) and Edinboro's Eric Morrill (pin; 1:04 - Feb. 14) ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State- California High School State Champion junior year ... finished in the Top 3 at state tournament sophomore (third) and senior years (second) ... during summer of 2007, captured gold and bronze medals in Greco-Roman and freestyle events, respectively, at the Junior Pan American championships ... won 2007 Asics/Vaughn Junior National Championship, as well as 2005 and 2006 Cadet Greco-Roman titles ... finished second at the NHSCA tournament in 2007 ... earned wrestler of the year and regional wrestler of the year honors twice during high school career ... 11-time All-American also was a four-time North Coast sectional champion ... ended career at Campolindo with the all-time record for pins (141), while also compiling 207 wins and just 14 losses ... four-year starter, was a two-time team captain and four-time team MVP ... played junior varsity water polo his freshman year.
Personal - Son of Gus and Lisa ... has two siblings, John and Steph ... favorite hobbies include wakeboarding, waterskiing and snow skiing ... lists his greatest sports thrill as winning his first national title in the Greco-Roman event in 2005 and hopes to win an Olympic Gold Medal ... following graduation from Ohio State, would like to own his own business.
Nikko Triggas Career Statistics
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