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 Notes • Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell of the Buckeye football team served as honorary coach. • Andrew Campolattano’s 18-second pin is the fourth-fastest time in Ohio State history.
Postmatch QuotesTom Ryan, Ohio State wrestling head coach On being passionate vs. Michigan “When you put that many people in St. John Arena, I don’t know how you can’t be passionate. They make a difference and that is obvious. What we saw this week was far beyond what we saw last week.”
On the match “Up and down the lineup I think we fought well tonight."
On Logan Stieber “Logan knows what he is doing. People can see now when he gets that bar arm, his intensity is always high, but it goes through the roof when he has that bar arm. He is getting it and there is nothing you can do about it.”
Luke Fickell, Ohio State football defensive coordinator and linebackers coach On Ohio State wrestling “I think from top to bottom they are very good, there are no gaps in the lineup. When you see seven freshmen out there, that is amazing.”
On Logan Stieber and Andrew Campolattano’s pins "That was the difference in the match. Not just the momentum but the extra six points, you can’t make that up in the match.”
On the Ohio State – Michigan rivalry“ "Coach (Tom) Ryan has done an unbelievable job making sure everyone understands what the rivalry is all about. It shows on the mat.”
Logan Stieber, redshirt freshman 133-pounder On the match tonight“I work a lot with my coaches on that bar arm. I knew this match we needed bonus points. I have wrestled that kid before and I knew he was real tough. Once I get that move, I can get a win.”
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-pounderOn the win today “It was more than about me winning tonight. This was a big win for our school, we represent Buckeye Nation. This was for everyone that represents that Block O.”
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 wrestling two overtimes “Honestly I was tired but I am in really good shape. After a few losses, the coaches have been working us really hard. I was prepared for it.”
On the momentum from this match “I think we stepped up a little bit, but there is another level that we can get to.”
No. 6 Ohio State (10-3; 4-3 Big Ten) 24 vs. No. 12 Michigan (6-4; 4-3 Big Ten) 13 Feb. 3, 2012 St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio Attendance: 5,012