No. 5 Ohio State Falls to No. 3 Penn State, 29-18
Feb. 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- More than 6,000 fans in St. John Arena watched the No. 5 Ohio State wrestling team give third-ranked Penn State a highly contested match on senior day, but in the end the Buckeyes fell to the Nittany Lions, 29-18, Sunday afternoon. With the loss, Ohio State drops to 11-3 overall and concludes the Big Ten regular season 5-3. Penn State improves to 11-1 overall and finishes 8-1 in the conference.
Prior to the match, five seniors – Peter Capone, C.J. Magrum, Nikko Triggas and team managers Victor Puskas and Steve Ruthen – were recognized as the Buckeyes competed for the final time in St. John Arena in 2012-13.
Up next for Ohio State is the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen “Mat Mayhem” National Duals. Earning an automatic bid to the finals, Ohio State will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the event, which will take place Feb. 22-23 in Williams Arena. Action is set to begin at 6 p.m. and the University of Minnesota will serve as hosts.
The Scarlet and Gray owned a 15-4 lead after four matches, but Penn State was able to win five of the remaining six matches, including an injury default at HWT, to clinch the victory. Despite beginning the match down, 4-0, following a 9-1 setback by Nikko Triggas at 125 pounds, a trio of wins by Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber and Cam Tessari lifted Ohio State to the lead. L. Stieber propelled the Buckeyes to a 6-4 advantage after he pinned Jordan Conaway in 2:41 in the 133-pound bout. The fall served as L. Stieber’s team-leading 10th of the season. Not to be overshadowed, younger brother H. Stieber followed with his fourth fall of the season after he downed Derek Reber in 1:20 at 141 pounds. At 149 pounds, Cam Tessari put the Buckeyes in the win column once again when he posted a 3-1 decision over No. 7 Andrew Alton.
However, starting with the 157-pound match, the Nittany Lions began their rally as 19th-ranked Josh Demas lost a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to No. 5 Dylan Alton at 157 pounds. After freshman Mark Martin was pinned by No. 2 David Taylor in 2:55 (165 pounds), Nick Heflin recorded Ohio State’s final win of the day when he once again won a tight contest, 3-2, this time vs. No. 5 Matt Brown. With both wrestlers tied up at 1-1 in the third period, Heflin scored a takedown with less than 20 seconds remaining in the match. Brown quickly answered with an escape, but that was all he could muster and Heflin was able to walk away with his 12th win of the season.
At 184 pounds, Magrum faced a tough task in No. 1 Ed Ruth and was pinned in 1:51, while in the 197-pound matchup, Kenny Courts lost to No. 3 Quentin Wright, 9-1.
No. 5 Ohio State 18, No. 3 Penn State 29