Ohio State won five consecutive matches from 133-165 pounds en route to a 21-9 win over No. 2 Iowa Friday night.
Jan. 20, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Behind seven wins, the No. 7 Ohio State wrestling team downed No. 2 Iowa, 21-9, Friday night in front of 5,684 fans in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes (9-2; 3-2 Big Ten) handed the Hawkeyes their first conference loss of the season.
"It's great," Tom Ryan, head coach, said. "These guys put so much time into what they do. They have six o'clock mornings, they have eight hours of sleep and studying. They have so many things going on in their lives, this was great. It was about time we beat them."
The last Buckeye victory against the Hawkeyes came Feb. 12, 1966, 46 seasons ago.
"When I left my previous position, we came here for this," Ryan said. "This one is called the sleeping giant. I know the guys on the other side of the mat. Those men were teammates. I know how they react when they get punched in the nose, they do not fall down, they punch back. The nice thing is the battle is on. Ohio State is officially in a fist fight. I am very proud of this group of guys."
Down 3-0 early following the opening match at 125 pounds, the Buckeyes won five consecutive matches to take a 15-3 lead entering the 174-pound bout. Included in the string of wins was a 7-0 shutout by Buckeye redshirt freshman Logan Stieber over No. 2 Tony Ramos at 133 pounds. Stieber, ranked fourth in the nation, scored a 3-point nearfall, takedown and escape, in addition to compiling 1:57 of riding time, in his 19th victory of the season.
Freshman 141-pounder Hunter Stieber posted an impressive 4-2 decision over No. 3 Montell Marion to follow up his older brother's performance. Up 4-1 after two periods, H. Stieber, No. 7 in the country, allowed Marion, a two-time senior All-American, only two escapes for the match.
At 149 pounds, freshman and No. 16 Cam Tessari continued the winning trend when he decisioned Mike Kelly, 9-4. The score was tied, 4-4, after the second period, but after Tessari scored an escape to open the third, he went on to record a takedown and a 2-point nearfall.
A trio of takedowns and an escape helped redshirt freshman Josh Demas beat Derek St. John at 157 pounds. Demas, a Columbus, Ohio, native surrendered a takedown and escape to St. John in his 7-3 victory.
The Buckeyes entered the 15-minute intermission with the momentum and freshman Derek Garcia maintained Ohio State's edge with his dramatic 6-5 win over No. 6 Mike Evans at 165 pounds. Garcia entered the final period with a 6-4 lead and despite Evans' escape just one second into the third period, Garcia was able to hold on for the win.
With redshirt junior C.J. Magrum unable to wrestle at 184 pounds, sophomore Joe Grandominico received the start at 174 pounds, while redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin started at 184 pounds. In his first dual match of the season, Grandominico suffered a 7-1 setback, but fought hard in not giving up the major decision to No. 9 Ethen Lofthouse. After a scoreless first period, Heflin, No. 8 in the nation, and Vinnie Wagner traded scoring in the second and third periods, but the Buckeye from Massillon, Ohio, scored his final takedown with 30 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Freshman Andrew Campolattano's 8-6 win over Grant Gambrall at 197 pounds officially locked up the win for the Buckeyes. The score was tied, 5-5, in the third period, but Campolattano scored a takedown with 45 seconds remaining for a 7-5 lead. Although Gambrall scored an escape with 15 seconds left, a technical violation on the Hawkeye gave Campolattano the 8-6 final.
In the final match of the evening, redshirt sophomore and heavyweight Peter Capone lost, 6-2, to Blake Rasing, while 125-pounder Johnni Dijulius was edged by NCAA Champion and two-time All-American Matt McDonough, 5-2.
The Buckeyes are back in action Jan. 29 when they wrestle No. 3 Penn State in State College, Pa., at 2 p.m. The match will air live on BTN.com.
Notes The Buckeyes' match vs. the Hawkeyes was streamed live on BTN.com and is scheduled to air on BTN at noon Tuesday, Jan. 24. Ohio State football defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell was in attendance. Fickell was a three-time Ohio High School wrestling state champion.
No. 7 Ohio State 21 (9-2; 3-2 Big Ten) vs. No. 2 Iowa 9 (9-2; 4-1 Big Ten)
Jan. 20, 2012
St. John Arena
125 - No. 2 Matt McDonough (Iowa) DEC No. 15 Johnni Dijulius (OSU), 5-2
133 - No. 4 Logan Stieber (OSU) DEC No. 2 Tony Ramos (Iowa), 7-0
141 - No. 7 Hunter Stieber (OSU) DEC No. 3 Montell Marion (Iowa), 4-2
149 - No. 16 Cam Tessari (OSU) DEC Mike Kelly (Iowa), 9-4
157 - Josh Demas (OSU) DEC Derek St. John (Iowa), 7-3
165 - Derek Garcia (OSU) DEC No. 6 Mike Evans (Iowa), 6-5
174 - No. 9 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) DEC Joe Grandominico (OSU), 7-1
184 - No. 8 Nick Heflin (OSU) DEC Vinnie Wagner (Iowa), 7-4
197 - Andrew Campolattano (OSU) DEC Grant Gambrall (Iowa), 8-6
HWT - Blake Rasing (Iowa) DEC No. 15 Peter Capone (OSU), 6-2
Derek Garcia, freshman 165-pounder
On his match
The best feeling is beating Iowa. I guarantee everyone on this team would say the same thing. To come out here and beat Iowa in front of our home crowd, that is one of the best feelings ever.
On what he did to win his match
It was the hype. It was everyone out there getting the crowd rolling and building momentum. That is what got me that win.
On beating Iowa
That means we are no joke. We didn't wrestle our best vs. Nebraska or Minnesota, but we showed everyone tonight we are for real.
Hunter Stieber, freshman 141-pounder
On his feelings after tonight
This feels amazing and awesome. We wrestled extremely well. Backups stepped up and everyone wrestled well. Everything came together, all the work from this week, all the work from this year. This is a wonderful feeling.
On Ohio State wrestling
We had a few bad dual meets, but we are still in the hunt. We let everyone know we are here to compete and make a run for a national title as a team.
On his win
It is awesome. Winning against a past NCAA finalist and All-American, it's just great. Having coaches like Lou, J and Tom every week helps out. It is amazing to have coaches like that.
Logan Stieber, redshirt freshman 133-pounder
On his feelings after tonight
It felt good. We haven't beat Iowa in forever. This was a big win tonight for us.
On Ohio State and the Big Ten
It shows we can fight. In the beginning of the year some close matches weren't going our way, but we kept fighting. We had a lot of close matches tonight and we fought well. We got rolling and it feels good.
On his last two wins
It's good, the kids I wrestled were both tough. I am probably going to have to wrestle them again. I need to keep getting better and working hard.
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