Redshirt freshman Logan Stieber wins the 2012 Big Ten Championship at 133 pounds and becomes Ohio State's first conference champion since 2010 when Lance Palmer won the 149-pound title.
March 4, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Logan Stieber, a redshirt freshman on the No. 7 Ohio State wrestling team, was crowned the 2012 Big Ten Champion at 133 pounds Sunday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The No. 1 seed, Stieber's team-leading 28th win on the season was a 5-2 decision over No. 2 seed Tony Ramos of Iowa.
"I just relaxed out there," Stieber, the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, said. "He took me down early, but I stayed in my offense. It was a tough match, but it was fun."
Despite giving up the early takedown, Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, recorded four unanswered points via a pair of escapes and a takedown in the victory. Stieber also compiled a riding time advantage of 1:30. Stieber becomes Ohio State's 35th Big Ten champion and first since 2010 when Lance Palmer won the 149-pound title.
As a team, the Buckeyes finished fifth with 91 points. Penn State won the team title after amassing 149 points, while Minnesota finished second (134). Iowa (126) rounded out the Top 3.
Hunter Stieber, the younger brother of Logan by 18 months, finished third as the No. 2 seed in the 141 pound bracket. H. Stieber had to win back-to-back matches Sunday en route to his Top 3 placing. The Buckeye freshman opened the third session with a 7-4 victory over Nebraska's and fifth-seed Jake Sueflohn. H. Stieber then held on for the 7-6 victory vs. No. 4 seed Nick Dardanes of Minnesota in the third-place match. Trailing Dardanes 5-3 early in the second period, H. Stieber answered with an escape and takedown for a 6-5 advantage. However, Dardanes scored an escape towards the end of the period to tie the score 6-6. A final escape by H. Stieber to begin the third was enough for the Buckeye win.
True freshman Andrew Campolattano finished fourth at 197 pounds after posting a 1-1 record on the day. The Buckeye from Bound Brook, N.J, opened the day with a 2-1 win vs. No. 8 A.J. Kissel of Purdue as the sixth seed. Campolattano then lost a 4-0 decision to No. 1 Sonny Yohn of Minnesota in the third-place bout.
No. 5 Cam Tessari (149 pounds) finished fifth. In a marathon match vs. No. 2 seed Eric Grajales of Michigan, Tessari dropped a 3-2 decision that went into the fourth tiebreaker. Despite the setback, Tessari, also a Buckeye freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, rebounded with an 8-6 win against No. 4 Ivan Lopouchanski of Purdue.
Although redshirt freshman Josh Demas dropped consecutive matches Sunday at 157 pounds, the Columbus, Ohio, native and fifth seed still qualified for the NCAA championships with his sixth-place finish. Demas lost a close 3-2 decision to Penn State's and No. 2 Dylan Alton to open the day before losing 8-3 to No. 3 James Green (Nebraska) in the fifth-place matchup.
Redshirt sophomore and fifth seed Nick Heflin (174 pounds) also finished sixth following an 8-7 loss to No. 8 Jordan Blanton of Illinois. Earlier in the day, the Buckeye from Massillon, Ohio, lost a heartbreaking 4-2 sudden victory match to No. 9 Lee Munster of Northwestern.
Johnni Dijulius, a freshman from Aurora, Ohio, and the sixth seed finished seventh thanks to his 17-5 major decision triumph over Austin Hieptas of Wisconsin.
At 184 pounds, redshirt junior and fifth-seed C.J. Magrum was forced to default his seventh-place matchup to No. 6 Braden Atwood (Purdue) after defaulting his previous match Saturday.
In addition to vying for conference titles, each team was looking to send as many individuals as possible to the 2012 NCAA Championships March 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo. Following the Big Ten championships, seven Buckeyes automatically qualified for the national tournament based on the Big Ten qualifier allocations. In addition to Demas, L. Stieber, H. Stieber, Tessari, Heflin, Campolattano and Capone will continue wrestling this season. The NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining at-large qualifiers, which will be announced March. 7.
2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships
Sessions III and IV
West Lafayette, Ind.
Pl. School Points
1. Penn State 149.0
2. Minnesota 134.0
3. Iowa 126.0
4. Illinois 105.5
5. Ohio State 91.0
6. Northwestern 75.0
7. Michigan 66.0
8. Nebraska 65.0
9. Purdue 51.5
10. Indiana 41.0
Michigan State 41.0
12. Wisconsin 9.0
125 - Johnni Dijulius (Seventh)
No. 6 Johnni Dijulius BYE
No. 3 Nico Megaludis (Penn State) DEC No. 6 Johnni Dijulius, 6-2
No. 6 Johnni Dijulius DEC Zach Zimmer (Indiana), 9-4
No. 7 Camden Eppert (Purdue) DEC No. 6 Johnni Dijulius, 8-3
No. 6 Johnni Dijulius MAJ DEC Austin Hieptas (Wisconsin), 17-5
133 - Logan Stieber (Champion)
No. 1 Logan Stieber PIN Shane McQuade (Wisconsin), 2:43
No. 1 Logan Stieber MAJ DEC No. 8 Frank Martellotti (Penn State), 13-2
No. 1 Logan Stieber DEC No. 5 Cashé Quiroga (Purdue), 9-6
No. 1 Logan Stieber DEC No. 2 Tony Ramos (Iowa), 5-2
141 - Hunter Stieber (Third)
No.2 Hunter Stieber BYE
No. 2 Hunter Stieber DEC Brandon Nelsen (Purdue), 6-3
No. 3 Montell Marion (Iowa) DEC No. 2 Hunter Stieber, 3-1sv
No. 2 Hunter Stieber DEC No. 5 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska), 7-4
No. 2 Hunter Stieber DEC No. 4 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota), 7-6
149 - Cam Tessari (Fifth)
No. 5 Cam Tessari PIN No. 12 Frank Baer (Wisconsin), 3:19
No. 4 Ivan Lopouchanski (Purdue) DEC No. 5 Cam Tessari, 6-5
No. 5 Cam Tessari DEC No. 11 Skylar Galloway (Nebraska), 5-2
No. 5 Cam Tessari MAJ DEC No. 8 Kaleb Friedley (Northwestern) 15-1
No. 2 Eric Grajales (Michigan) DEC No. 5 Cam Tessari, 3-2tb4
No. 5 Cam Tessari DEC No. 4 Ivan Lopouchanski (Purdue), 8-6
157 - Josh Demas (Sixth)
No. 5 Josh Demas BYE
No. 4 Anthony Jones (Michigan State) DEC No. 5 Josh Demas, 7-2
No. 5 Josh Demas MAJ DEC Shawn Perry (Wisconsin), 12-4
No. 5 Josh Demas PIN No. 8 Jackson Morse (Illinois), 6:04
No. 2 Dylan Alton (Penn State) DEC No. 5 Josh Demas, 3-2
No. 3 James Green (Nebraska) DEC No. 5 Josh Demas, 8-3
174 - Nick Heflin (Sixth)
No. 5 Nick Heflin MAJ DEC No. 12 Frank Cousins (Wisconsin), 14-3
No. 5 Nick Heflin DEC No. 4 Justin Zeerip (Michigan), 3-1
No. 1 Ed Ruth (Penn State) MAJ DEC No. 5 Nick Heflin, 15-7
No. 9 Lee Munster (Northwestern) DEC No. 5 Nick Heflin, 4-2sv
No. 8 Jordan Blanton (Illinois) DEC No. 5 Nick Heflin, 8-7
184 - C.J. Magrum (Eighth)
No.5 C.J. Magrum DEC David Johnson (Michigan), 6-4
No. 4 Grant Gambrall (Iowa) DEC No. 5 C.J. Magrum, 8-1
No. 5 C.J. Magrum DEC Robert Kellogg (Northwestern), 5-2
No. 8 Ian Hinton (Michigan State) Default No. 5 C.J. Magrum
No. 6 Braden Atwood (Purdue) Default No. 5 C.J. Magrum
197 - Andrew Campolattano (Fourth)
No. 6 Andrew Campolattano DEC Nick McDiarmid (Michigan State), 4-0
No. 3 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) DEC No. 6 Andrew Campolattano, 3-1sv
No. 6 Andrew Campolattano DEC John Schoen (Northwestern), 4-3
No. 6 Andrew Campolattano MAJ DEC No. 7 James Nakashima (Nebraska), 10-2
No. 6 Andrew Campolattano DEC No.8 A.J. Kissel (Purdue), 2-1
No. 1 Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) DEC No. 6 Andrew Campolattano, 4-0
No. 9 Peter Capone Default No. 8 Roger Vukobratovich (Purdue)
No. 1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) PIN No. 9 Peter Capone, 2:46
No. 7 Adam Chalfant (Indiana) MAJ DEC No. 9 Peter Capone, 10-2
*No. 9 Peter Capone TECH FALL No. 8 No. 8 Roger Vukobratovich (Purdue), 16-0
*No. 3 Ben Apland (Michigan) Default No. 9 Peter Capone
*Extra qualifying match
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