No. 6 Buckeyes Fall to No. 1 Oklahoma State
Feb. 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team lost a 25-6 decision to top-ranked Oklahoma State Sunday in the Stillwater Regional final at the 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Oklahoma State was one of four regional hosts.
The Buckeyes opened “Mat Mayhem” with back-to-back wins vs. Boise State (26-9) and Nebraska (21-18) earlier in the day. Against the Cowboys, the Scarlet and Gray received wins from a pair of freshmen in No. 5 Hunter Stieber and No. 20 Josh Demas. Stieber downed Josh Kindig 7-6 at 133 pounds, while Demas upset No. 11 Albert White 3-2 at 157 pounds.
Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, owned a 5-4 lead heading to the third period, but his lead would not last long as Kindig chose bottom and quickly scored the escape. However, Stieber answered with a takedown and despite an escape by Kindig, held on for the victory.
A takedown and escape by Demas, a Columbus, Ohio, native, was enough to seal his win over White. Although White scored a quick escape in the third period to pull within one (3-2), Demas prevented any additional scoring by the Cowboy. At this point, the Buckeyes trailed Oklahoma State by only three points (9-6).
The losses suffered by Ohio State were close affairs, including a pair of one-point setbacks. At 149 pounds, freshman Cam Tessari had a slim 1-0 advantage going into the third period. However, the Buckeye’s opponent, No. 2 Jamal Parks, scored an escape and takedown in succession for a 3-1 lead and held on for the win despite Tessari’s late-second escape.
Redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin started at 184 pounds and faced Chris McNeil. Heflin and McNeil were knotted up at 2-2 in the third period when McNeil’s escape at the 1:54 mark proved to be the match winner.
Up next, Ohio State will prep for the 2012 Big Ten Championships March 3-4 in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University will serve as hosts.
2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals
No. 6 Ohio State 6, No. 1 Oklahoma State 25