B1G Champions! Buckeyes End 64-Year Conference Title Drought

March 8, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - After 64 years, the wait is over. Ohio State is the 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Co-Champion, the Buckeyes' first conference title since 1951. And it came with some help from Northwestern's Mike McMullan in the championships' final match.

McMullan, going against Iowa's Bobby Telford in the 285-pound final, overcame a 3-0 deficit to claim a 4-3 decision, ensuring a tie for the conference title for the first since 1932. It is the sixth time in Big Ten history that co-champions have been crowned. Both Ohio State and Iowa finished with 120 points while Minnesota was third with 108 points.

The Buckeyes, who had four finalists, got the finals session started in a big way as redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello avenged an earlier loss to Iowa's Thomas Gilman with a 3-2 decision in the 125 pound final. Tomasello, 31-4 on the year, led 3-0 after two period and held off a rally from Gilman late in the third, sending the crowd of over 9,000 at St. John Arena into a frenzy.

Two matches, Logan Stieber took his place in Ohio State and Big Ten history, defeating Iowa's Josh Dziewa by technical fall, 16-1, in the 141 pound final. Stieber is Ohio State's first four-time Big Ten champion and the 14th in conference history. He was named the Big Ten's Most Outstanding Wrestler and the Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships. Stieber dominated early and often against Dziewa, taking a 14-1 first period lead and then quickly getting a second-period takedown for the final margin. He's the first Buckeye in school history to be named the conference's Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Another key win for Ohio State came at 174 pounds, where Mark Martin worked his way through the wrestlebacks and earned a fifth-place showing, and scored an overtime takedown to defeat Illinois' Zach Brunson. Also in the consolation round, redshirt junior Johnni DiJulius started off the day with a 7-3 decision over Jimmy Guilbon of Penn State before falling to Cory Clark of Iowa in the third place match, 2-1.

In the 165 pound final, redshirt freshman Bo Jordan suffered his first loss of the 2014-15 campaign, dropping a 3-2 decision to his cousin, Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin. The final point was awarded in Isaac favor thanks to over a minute of riding time. Ohio State's other finalist on Sunday, true freshman Kyle Snyder at 197 pounds, lost to Morgan McIntosh of Penn State 4-1.

Overall on Sunday, both Ohio State and Iowa had two finalists and the Buckeyes went 2-2 while the Hawkeyes were 0-4. Additionally, it is the first time since 1994 that the host school won the conference title. The Buckeyes' Tom Ryan was also named the Big Ten's Coach of the Year.

Ohio State will now send nine wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, which take place March 19-21 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ohio State Wrestling
2015 Big Ten Championships
Final Results | St. John Arena | March 7-8

Final Team Scores
1. Ohio State - 120.0
1. Iowa - 120.0
3. Minnesota - 108.0
4. Michigan - 102.5
5. Penn State - 96.5
6. Illinois - 96.0
7. Nebraska - 85.5
8. Wisconsin - 73.0
9. Northwestern - 72.0
10. Purdue - 37.5
11. Rutgers - 20.5
12. Indiana - 16.0
13. Michigan State - 12.5
14. Maryland - 10.5

125 - Nathan Tomasello (28-4) placed 1st
Champ. Round 1 - Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) 28-4 won by decision over John Jimenez (Wisconsin) 5-9 (Dec 7-2)
Quarterfinal - Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) 28-4 won by decision over Conor Youtsey (Michigan) 22-12 (Dec 5-2)
Semifinal - Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) 28-4 won by decision over Jesse Delgado (Illinois) 9-3 (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match - Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) 28-4 won by decision over Thomas Gilman (Iowa) 27-4 (Dec 3-2)

133 - Johnni DiJulius (28-6) placed 4th
Champ. Round 1 - Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) 28-6 won by fall over Garth Yenter (Michigan State) 8-13 (Fall 1:25)
Quarterfinal - Cory Clark (Iowa) 26-5 won by decision over Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) 28-6 (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) 28-6 won by major decision over Dom Malone (Northwestern) 20-16 (MD 8-0)
Cons. Round 3 - Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) 28-6 won by decision over Rossi Bruno (Michigan) 19-8 (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Semi - Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) 28-6 won by decision over Jimmy Gulibon (Penn State) 22-7 (Dec 7-3)
3rd Place Match - Cory Clark (Iowa) 26-5 won by decision over Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) 28-6 (Dec 2-1)

141 - Logan Stieber (24-0) placed 1st
Champ. Round 1 - Logan Stieber (Ohio State) 24-0 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal - Logan Stieber (Ohio State) 24-0 won by major decision over Nick Lawrence (Purdue) 22-16 (MD 9-0)
Semifinal - Logan Stieber (Ohio State) 24-0 won by decision over Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) 26-6 (Dec 5-1)
1st Place Match - Logan Stieber (Ohio State) 24-0 won by tech fall over Josh Dziewa (Iowa) 27-7 (TF-1.5 3:07 (16-1))

149 - Hunter Stieber (3-5) placed 6th
Champ. Round 1 - Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) 3-5 won by decision over Brandon Nelsen (Purdue) 22-12 (Dec 10-7)
Quarterfinal - Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) 3-5 won by decision over Zack Beitz (Penn State) 18-9 (Dec 5-4)
Semifinal - Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern) 33-1 won by injury default over Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) 3-5 (Inj. 0:00)
Cons. Semi - Kyle Langenderfer (Illinois) 21-13 won by fall over Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) 3-5 (Fall 4:11)
5th Place Match - Zack Beitz (Penn State) 18-9 won by medical forfeit over Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) 3-5 (M. For.)

157 - Josh Demas (16-7) placed 4th
Champ. Round 1 - Josh Demas (Ohio State) 16-7 won by decision over Luke Blanton (Indiana) 16-16 (Dec 9-3)
Quarterfinal - James Green (Nebraska) 30-4 won by decision over Josh Demas (Ohio State) 16-7 (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Josh Demas (Ohio State) 16-7 won by decision over TJ Ruschell (Wisconsin) 15-9 (Dec 11-7)
Cons. Round 3 - Josh Demas (Ohio State) 16-7 won in tie breaker - 1 over Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers) 20-8 (TB-1 2-1)
Cons. Semi - Josh Demas (Ohio State) 16-7 won by decision over Doug Welch (Purdue) 27-11 (Dec 5-2)
3rd Place Match - James Green (Nebraska) 30-4 won by decision over Josh Demas (Ohio State) 16-7 (Dec 8-2)

165 - Bo Jordan (17-1) placed 2nd
Champ. Round 1 - Bo Jordan (Ohio State) 17-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal - Bo Jordan (Ohio State) 17-1 won by decision over Austin Wilson (Nebraska) 16-14 (Dec 4-1)
Semifinal - Bo Jordan (Ohio State) 17-1 won by decision over Pierce Harger (Northwestern) 28-6 (Dec 8-1)
1st Place Match - Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) 22-2 won by decision over Bo Jordan (Ohio State) 17-1 (Dec 3-2)

174 - Mark Martin (18-10) placed 5th
Champ. Round 1 - Mark Martin (Ohio State) 18-10 won by decision over Phil Bakuckas (Rutgers) 19-13 (Dec 6-2)
Quarterfinal - Mike Evans (Iowa) 27-2 won by decision over Mark Martin (Ohio State) 18-10 (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Mark Martin (Ohio State) 18-10 won by major decision over Josh Snook (Maryland) 13-14 (MD 13-1)
Cons. Round 3 - Mark Martin (Ohio State) 18-10 won by decision over Frank Cousins (Wisconsin) 19-14 (Dec 3-0)
Cons. Semi - Logan Storley (Minnesota) 26-6 won by decision over Mark Martin (Ohio State) 18-10 (Dec 4-1)
5th Place Match - Mark Martin (Ohio State) 18-10 won in sudden victory - 1 over Zach Brunson (Illinois) 26-8 (SV-1 3-1)

184 - Kenny Courts (22-9) placed 8th
Champ. Round 1 - Kenny Courts (Ohio State) 22-9 won by major decision over Mitch Sliga (Northwestern) 12-18 (MD 11-2)
Quarterfinal - Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) 22-10 won by decision over Kenny Courts (Ohio State) 22-9 (Dec 7-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Kenny Courts (Ohio State) 22-9 won by decision over Anthony Pafumi (Rutgers) 17-15 (Dec 8-3)
Cons. Round 3 - Sam Brooks (Iowa) 27-5 won by decision over Kenny Courts (Ohio State) 22-9 (Dec 4-1)
7th Place Match - Nikko Reyes (Illinois) 24-10 won by decision over Kenny Courts (Ohio State) 22-9 (Dec 7-3)

197 - Kyle Snyder (26-3) placed 2nd
Champ. Round 1 - Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) 26-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal - Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) 26-3 won by decision over Timmy McCall (Wisconsin) 21-10 (Dec 6-2)
Semifinal - Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) 26-3 won by decision over Nathan Burak (Iowa) 20-5 (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match - Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) 26-2 won by decision over Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) 26-3 (Dec 4-1)

285 - Nick Tavanello (13-10)
Champ. Round 1 - Billy Smith (Rutgers) 16-8 won by decision over Nick Tavanello (Ohio State) 13-10 (Dec 8-1)
Cons. Round 1 - Nick Tavanello (Ohio State) 13-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Brooks Black (Illinois) 17-14 won by decision over Nick Tavanello (Ohio State) 13-10 (Dec 5-4)

Freshman of the Year: Isaiah Martinez, Illinois
Coach of the Year: Tom Ryan, Ohio State
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Logan Stieber, Ohio State
Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships: Logan Stieber, Ohio State

2015 Big Ten All Conference Team
125: Nathan Tomasello, Ohio State
133: Chris Dardanes, Minnesota
141: Logan Stieber, Ohio State
149: Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern
157: Isaiah Martinez, Illinois
165: Isaac Jordan, Wisconsin
174: Robert Kokesh, Nebraska
184: Dominic Abounader, Michigan
197: Morgan McIntosh, Penn State\
285: Mike McMullan, Northwestern