No. 6 Ohio State Downs No. 12 Michigan, 24-13
Feb. 3, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Six wins, including a pair of falls, by the No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team lifted the squad to a 24-13 victory over No. 12 Michigan Friday night in St. John Arena. A crowd of 5,012 watched the Buckeyes improve to 10-3 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines dropped to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
With the Scarlet and Gray up 18-10, 197-pounder and No. 20 Andrew Campolattano pinned Chris Heald in 18 seconds to propel Ohio State to a 24-10 lead and the team win. It was the second pin of the evening for the Buckeyes as No. 3 Logan Stieber pinned No. 16 Zac Stevens in 4:14 at 133 pounds.
The match began at 125 pounds where freshman and No. 16 Johnni Dijulius secured a 9-5 win to lift the Buckeyes to an early 3-0 lead. Dijulius owned a 4-0 advantage at the end of the first period, but his lead was cut to one by the third (6-5). However, a reversal by Dijulius with 36 seconds remaining, plus a riding time of 1:43 gave him the victory.
Stieber’s pin at 133 pounds quickly put the Buckeyes up, 9-0, but Michigan was able to get on the board at 141 pounds after freshman Jarrod Boone dropped an 11-2 major decision to No. 1 and defending national champion Kellen Russell.
Ohio State dropped its second-consecutive match of the evening when No. 14 Cam Tessari suffered a 7-0 decision to No. 7 Eric Grajales at 149 pounds.
However, 157-pounder and No. 20 Josh Demas ended the first half of the evening with a 3-1 overtime win vs. Brandon Zeerip and the Buckeyes owned a 12-7 lead at the half. Demas, a redshirt-freshman, and Zeerip could only score escapes during regulation, but the Buckeye from Columbus scored a takedown with 25 seconds left in sudden victory.
For the second time during the night, a bout went into overtime when freshman Derek Garcia and No. 14 Dan Yates ended regulation tied at 5-5. With 43 seconds remaining in overtime, Yates scored a takedown for the 7-5 win and Michigan cut Ohio State’s lead to two (12-10).
Redshirt-sophomore Nick Heflin and No. 8 Justin Zeerip wrestled to two overtimes, with No. 7 Heflin prevailing on riding time. Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie and both wrestlers traded escapes during the extra periods. However, Heflin’s 22 seconds of riding time was enough for the win.
Redshirt-junior and No. 10 C.J. Magrum returned to the lineup at 184 pounds and was victorious, 8-3. A trio of takedowns, an escape and riding time of 1:31 helped the Buckeyes take an 18-10 lead with two matches left.
Up next, Campolattano sealed the Ohio State win before redshirt sophomore and No. 18 and heavyweight Peter Capone took to the mat. Capone dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 10 Ben Apland for the final 24-13 team score.
Up next, Ohio State will travel to East Lansing, Mich., where it will face Michigan State at 2 p.m. Sunday in Jenison Field House.
Postmatch Quotes Tom Ryan, Ohio State wrestling head coach
On the match
On Logan Stieber
Luke Fickell, Ohio State football defensive coordinator and linebackers coach
On Logan Stieber and Andrew Campolattano’s pins
On the Ohio State – Michigan rivalry“
Logan Stieber, redshirt freshman 133-pounder
On the passion tonight“It is always nice wrestling at home. There were a couple matches that were close we could have won, but I think we wrestled better.”
Andrew Campolattano, freshman 197-pounder On the win today
On beating Michigan“It feels good; it always feels good to beat Michigan, no matter what sport it is. As long as we beat Michigan it was a good day.”
Nick Heflin, redshirt-sophomore 174-pounder
On the momentum from this match
No. 6 Ohio State (10-3; 4-3 Big Ten) 24 vs. No. 12 Michigan (6-4; 4-3 Big Ten) 13
125 - No. 16 Johnni Dijulius DEC Grant Pizzo (UM), 9-5