No. 9 Buckeyes Fall to No. 23 Wisconsin, 22-15, in Big Ten Action
Jan. 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Down 16-4 after five matches to No. 23 Wisconsin, the ninth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team’s rally fell short after cutting the Badgers’ lead to four (16-12) and the Buckeyes eventually lost , 22-15, Friday night at UW Fieldhouse in Madison, Wis. Ohio State falls to 5-2 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten, while Wisconsin improves to 9-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
Redshirt-junior Logan Stieber, ranked third in the nation, began the Buckeye rally at 141 pounds, picking up five team points following his 18-1 technical fall over Jesse Thielke. All 11 of Stieber’s wins have been bonus point victories so far this season. On the year, the Monroeville, Ohio, native has collected two major decisions, three technical falls and six falls.
Senior Ian Paddock won Ohio State’s consecutive bout of the match (149 pounds) with his 3-2 victory vs. Rylan Lubeck. With both wrestlers tied, 1-1, in the third period, No. 16 Paddock scored a takedown to take a 3-1 lead. Despite a final escape by Lubeck, Paddock held on for his 18th win of the season.
Down 16-12 with three matches remaining, Ohio State lost close back-to-back matches at 157 and 165 pounds. Trailing No. 11 Isaac Jordan, 3-2, in the second period, Randy Languis was unable to score additional points the rest of the way and dropped a 5-2 decision in the 157-pound bout. An escape by Badger Frank Cousins in the third period proved to be the difference in the Joe Grandominico’s 3-2 loss at 165 pounds.
No. 17 and 174-pounder Mark Martin provided the Buckeyes with their final win of the evening, a 4-3 victory over No. 20 Scott Liegel. Down 3-2 to Liegel in the third period, Martin scored a takedown for a 4-3 lead and rode Liegel out for his 18th win of the season.
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead on a 12-4 major decision by No. 7 Kenny Courts over Dylan Iczkowski in the 184-pound match-up, the Buckeyes dropped four consecutive matches from 197-133 pounds, including a 3-1 sudden victory loss by No. 4 Nick Heflin to Timmy McCall at 197 pounds.
Courts earned his 19th win of the season and fourth major decision of the year thanks to 2:43 of riding time. Up, 6-2, at the end of the second period, Courts was called for his third caution at the start of the period and effectively relinquished two points when Iczkowski escaped. Owning a slim 6-4 advantage, Courts answered with a takedown, followed by a 3-point nearfall for a 7-point lead (11-4). Accruing more than a minute of riding time, Courts secured the major decision.
Heflin lost his first match of the season after being taken down in sudden victory by McCall. From heavyweight through the 133-pound match-up, Buckeyes’ Nick Tavanello lost, 8-2, to No. 10 Connor Medbery, No. 10 Nick Roberts fell in 2:40 to No. 19 Bradley Taylor at 125 pounds and Kyle Visconti, receiving the starting nod at 133 pounds, lost, 26-11, to No. 7 Tyler Graff.
Ohio State returns to action at 2 p.m. Sunday at No. 11 Illinois.