No. 6 Buckeyes Conclude Big Ten Schedule with 24-13 Win at Michigan State
Feb. 5, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team downed Michigan State, 24-13, Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes improved to 11-3 overall and concluded the Big Ten schedule 5-3. Ohio State will now prepare for the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Feb. 12 in Stillwater, Okla.
Collecting 12 points in the final two matches proved to be the difference maker in an otherwise close match between the Buckeyes and Spartans. Michigan State had a 15-12 lead with two bouts remaining at 125 and 133 pounds. Ohio State was awarded six points in the 125-pound match between freshman and No. 16 Johnni Dijulius and Eric Olanowski after the Spartan was disqualified. Two points also were deducted from MSU’s team score.
As the Buckeyes suddenly jumped out to an 18-13 lead, freshman 133-pounder Logan Stieber recorded his 13th pin of the season to seal the Ohio State victory. Stieber, ranked No. 3, downed Brandon Fifield in 1:36.
The match began at 141 pounds and for the second-consecutive match freshman Jarrod Boone received the start. The Buckeye from Columbus was pinned in 2:44 to give the Spartans an early 6-0 lead.
At 149 pounds, freshman and 14th-ranked Cam Tessari defeated Dan Osterman, 4-2, in sudden victory. Tessari, who hails from Monroeville, Ohio, held a slim 1-0 lead in the second period on an escape. However, Osterman took a 2-1 lead on a reversal after choosing bottom to start the third period. In the scramble, Tessari managed to escape and tied the score, 2-2. With no additional scoring in the period, the bout went into overtime where Tessari scored the match-winning takedown.
Columbus native Josh Demas lost a close 5-4 decision to No. 12 Anthony Jones at 157 pounds. Down 3-1 at the beginning of the second period, Demas ended the period with a takedown to tie the score at 3-all. The Buckeye, who is ranked 20th in the nation, then scored an escape to start the third period for a 4-3 advantage. However, Jones ended the period with a takedown and the 5-4 victory.
With the Spartans owning a 9-3 lead, freshman Derek Garcia downed Nick Proctor, 6-3, to help Ohio State pull to within three points (9-6) in the team score. After a scoreless first period, Proctor chose bottom and escaped for a 1-0 lead. Despite Garcia answering with a takedown, Proctor recorded an escape to tie the score, 2-2. However, the Buckeye from Sedro Woolley, Wash., tallied an escape and a takedown for a 5-2 lead and coupled with riding time, added his sixth point of the match despite a late escape by Proctor.
Michigan State owned a 12-6 lead heading into intermission following a loss at 174 pounds. Sophomore Joe Grandominico received the start at 174 and lost, 6-1, to No. 16 Curran Jacobs.
A 3-1 sudden victory win by redshirt-junior C.J. Magrum at 184 pounds cut the Spartans’ lead to three again (12-9). Magrum and Ian Hinton traded escapes during regulation before heading to overtime. In the extra period, Magrum, ranked 10th in the nation, scored a takedown for the win.
Freshman Andrew Campolattano scored a huge 10-3 decision over Nick McDiarmid at 197 pounds to tie the team score at 12-all. Limiting McDiarmid to just three escapes, Campolattano, ranked No. 20 in the nation, recorded four takedowns and an escape, plus earned riding time in the victory.
However, Michigan State regained the lead, 15-12, after heavyweight and No. 18 Peter Capone dropped an 8-3 decision to Steve Andrus.
No. 6 Ohio State 24 (11-3; 5-3 Big Ten), Michigan State 13* (3-9; 1-7 Big Ten)
141 – Brian Gibbs (MSU) PINNED Jarrod Boone, 2:44