No. 13 Ohio State Wins Big vs. Michigan State
Returning to his alma mater, Massillon Perry High School, senior Nick Heflin recorded a major decision vs. Michigan State Friday night.
Feb. 7, 2014
MASSILLON, Ohio- Behind a pair of falls and a technical fall by 125-pounder Nick Roberts, 133-pounder Johnni DiJulius and 141-pounder Logan Stieber, the 13th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team jumped out to a 17-0 lead and eventually cruised to a 39-6 win over Michigan State Friday night. In front of 2,250 fans at Massillon Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio, the Buckeyes improved to 9-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten Conference.
Up next, Ohio State will host the 2014 EAS Sports Nutrition/NWCA National Duals at St. John Arena Feb. 16-17.
In addition to Roberts, DiJulius and Stieber scoring bonus points for the Buckeyes, No. 11 Kenny Courts (174 pounds) and Massillon, Ohio, native Nick Heflin (197 pounds) also recorded extra points for the Buckeyes in the victory. Courts notched Ohio State's third fall of the evening with his 3:09 pin of John Rizqallah. In the following match, No. 8 Heflin recorded a 10-2 major decision against Nick McDiarmid. After a scoreless first period, Heflin chose bottom and scored a reversal followed by a 3-point nearfall in front of the home crowd to take a 5-0 lead. Heflin soon extended his advantage in the third period with two more takedowns and a riding time of 2:41.
Roberts and No. 9 DiJulius helped Ohio State get off to a fast start with back-to-back falls. Roberts pinned Brenan Lyon in 1:54, while DiJulius dropped Garth Yenter in 2:53. No. 3 Stieber then amassed 20 points in his 20-3 technical fall over Brian Gibbs.
Up 3-0 entering the third period, 149-pounder and No. 20 Ian Paddock collected a takedown, back points and a riding time of 2:08 in his 8-4 victory over Nicholas Trimble. Between 157-174 pounds, each Buckeye - Randy Languis, Joe Grandominico and No. 14 Mark Martin - won by a 5-2 score. Languis used a pair of takedowns and a riding time of 1:26 to secure victory over Roger Wildmo, while Grandominico recorded two takedowns and an escape in his win vs. Bobby Nash. Martin also scored a pair of takedowns and collected his fifth point of the match on consecutive stalling calls against Spartan Nick Kaczanowski.
The lone loss for the Buckeyes came in the heavyweight match up. Nick Tavanello was pinned by No. 7 Mike McClure in 2:50.
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