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
7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 12, 2012
St. John Arena
Match started at: 125
125 Bo Touris MAJ DEC Luke Schroeder 15-6
133 No. 4 Logan Stieber PINNED No. 8 Cashé Quiroga
141 No. 7 Hunter Stieber DEC Nick Lawrence 4-2
149 No. 13 Ivan Lopouchanski DEC Alex Gordon 7-2
157 No. 20 Tommy Churchard DEC TJ Rigel 9-6
165 Derek Garcia DEC. Kyle Mosier 8-4
174 No. 8 Nick Heflin MAJ DEC Drake Stein 15-6
184 No. 19 Braden Atwood MAJ DEC Craig Thomas 9-1
197 Andrew Campolattano MAJ DEC Justin Dinius 18-6
HWT No. 17 Peter Capone DEC Roger Vukobratovich 4-2
Logan Stieber, redshirt freshman 133-pounderOn his pin
"I am good at that arm bar move and I took my time in getting it. Once I got it locked up, it was just a matter of time until I got him to turn over."
On the team tonight
"We wrestled well, we wrestled hard and we wrestled tough. We still have a lot to work on. It was good to come back after last week and get a big win tonight.
On preparing for Iowa next week
"It helps to get this win. We have another hard week of practice and Iowa is going to be really tough. Hopefully we can keep rolling."
Weekly Update with Tom Ryan