Logan Stieber Crowned 2012 Big Ten Champion
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
133 - Logan Stieber (Champion)
141 - Hunter Stieber (Third)
149 - Cam Tessari (Fifth)
157 - Josh Demas (Sixth)
174 - Nick Heflin (Sixth)
184 - C.J. Magrum (Eighth)
197 - Andrew Campolattano (Fourth)