No. 5 Ohio State Falls to No. 6 Missouri at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals
Feb. 22, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The fifth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team dropped a 28-6 decision to No. 6 Missouri in the opening round of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Friday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Logan Stieber and Hunter Stieber earned wins for the Buckeyes at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.
Ohio State will prepare for the 2013 Big Ten Championships which will take place March 9-10 in Champaign, Ill. Hosted by the University of Illinois, the 2013 edition of the championships will take place in Assembly Hall.
For the first time this season, L. Stieber did not record a bonus-point victory, but the Buckeye redshirt sophomore from Monroeville, Ohio, did earn an 8-2 win over the fourth-ranked Nathan McCormick to remain perfect on the season (19-0). Owning a slim 2-0 advantage after the first period, L. Stieber added to his lead in the second period when he scored an escape and takedown. In the third period, a final takedown, plus riding time helped the Buckeyes earn their first points of the match.
H. Stieber earned his 27th win of the season after beating Nicholas Hucke, 8-4. Up by three (4-1) at the end of the first period, the younger brother of L. Stieber extended his lead to 7-1 on an escape and takedown after the second. Following a second stalling call on Hucke, H. Stieber was granted an additional point to secure the victory.
The Buckeyes were quickly down, 6-0, after senior Nikko Triggas was pinned in 3:52 at 125 pounds, but back-to-back wins by the Stieber brothers tied the score at 6-all. However, Missouri would go on to win the remaining seven matches and advance to the semifinals where it will face No. 1 Oklahoma State. Despite the lopsided team score, many of the bouts were close affairs, including a 4-2 sudden victory loss by redshirt sophomore Josh Demas at 157 pounds. Trailing No. 19 Kyle Bradley, 1-0, Demas scored a reversal with 27 seconds left to take a 2-1 lead. Bradley answered with an escape to force overtime as the seconds ticked off the clock. It was in sudden victory Bradley managed to notch an escape for the 4-2 win.
Prior to Demas’ heartbreaker, sophomore 149-pounder Cam Tessari dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 14 Drake Houdashelt. Trailing, 3-1, to start the final period, Tessari could not overcome Houdashelt’s riding time advantage with his lone escape.
With Ohio State down 12-6, Mark Martin was up next for the Scarlet and Gray at 165 pounds and only one point was scored, an escape by No. 20 Zach Toal in the third period. Redshirt junior Nick Heflin found himself in another highly contested match, this time vs. No. 13 Todd Porter at 174 pounds. Up 3-1 heading into the third period, Heflin relinquished an escape and takedown in the loss.
Back-to-back 5-0 losses at 184 and 197 pounds by C.J. Magrum (184 pounds) to No. 13 Mike Larson and Andrew Campolattano (197 pounds) to No. 17 Brent Haynes, respectively, left the Buckeyes trailing 24-6. The evening concluded with a 12-4 loss by Buckeye Kosta Karageorge to No. 1 Dom Bradley.
No. 6 Missouri 28, No. 5 Ohio State 6
125 – No. 4 Alan Waters pins No. 12 Nikko Triggas, 3:52