No. 8 Ohio State defeats Purdue, 27-10
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8 Ohio State wrestling team defeated the Purdue Boilermakers, 27-10, to improve to 2-2 in the Big Ten Thursday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes moved to 8-2 overall as Purdue fell to 6-6 (1-2 Big Ten).
The night began with the 125-pound bout as Bo Touris, a redshirt senior from West Chester, Ohio, defeated Luke Schroeder, 15-6, in his first match of the year. This grabbed the Buckeyes a 4-0 early lead. About a minute later the score would be 10-0 as No. 4 Logan Stieber (17-1 overall, 8-1 dual) pinned No. 8 Cashe Quiroga. Stieber's 10th pin of the year improved his record to 22-4 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.
Adding to the lead was Logan's brother, Hunter Stieber as he earned a decision, 4-2, over the Boilermaker's Nick Lawrence. The No. 7 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds earned the win with a late takedown in the second period to push the score to 4-1. The freshman improved to 3-1 in the Big Ten on the season.
Consecutive decisions for Purdue would trim the Buckeye lead to 13-6. Redshirt freshman Alex Gordon (149 pounds) suffered a 7-2 defeat at the hands of No. 13 Ivan Lopouchanski and redshirt sophomore TJ Rigel (157 pounds) lost a 9-6 bout to No. 20 Tommy Churchard in the final minute.
Freshman Derek Garcia (165 pounds) brought the Buckeyes back to the win column, beating Kyle Mosier 8-4, and giving the Scarlet and Gray a 16-6 lead. Garcia earned three points in the third period to give him a commanding lead.
A major decision, 15-6, by No. 8 Nick Heflin over Drake Stein put the Buckeyes up 20-6 and sealed the Boilermakers fate. Heflin earned two takedowns in the last four seconds of the second period to push a commanding lead. Heflin moved to 9-1 in dual matches this season.
Purdue would earn four points in the 184 pound match as No. 19 Braden Atwood defeated Ohio State's Craig Thomas 9-1.
Andrew Campolattano would rebound the Buckeyes in a big way, earning a major decision, 18-6, over Purdue's Justin Dinius. This was Campolattano's sixth dual win on the year and he improved to 2-2 in the Big Ten.
The last match of the evening saw No. 17 Pete Capone defeat Purdue's Roger Vukobratovich in overtime by a score of 4-2. Capone moved to 2-2 in the Big Ten this season.
The Buckeyes pick up some much needed momentum heading into their Jan. 20th showdown with No. 2 Iowa. The match vs. Iowa will be held at St. John Arena at 7 p.m. and will air live on BTN.com.
No. 8 Ohio State 27 vs. Purdue 10
125 Bo Touris MAJ DEC Luke Schroeder 15-6
On the team tonight
On preparing for Iowa next week