Stieber Brothers Advance to Semifinals, Earn All-America Honors
March 16, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Logan Stieber (133 pounds) and Hunter Stieber (141 pounds), freshmen from Monroeville, Ohio, advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Friday morning at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The duo will return to action at 7 p.m. ET Friday on ESPNU/ESPN3.
Ohio State finished the third session of the championships in eighth place with 39 points in the team race. Penn State (78.5) has the lead over Cornell (61.5), while Iowa is in third place with 58.5 points.
The No. 2 seed, L. Stieber began the morning session of day two with a win over Chris Dardanes of Minnesota, 7-4, to claim All-America status. Stieber jumped out to a 6-0 lead over his fellow redshirt freshman before Dardanes earned two takedowns in the final period. Stieber moves on to face another Big Ten foe in No. 3 seed Tony Ramos from Iowa. Stieber and Ramos met two weeks ago in the 133-pound final of the Big Ten Championships and Stieber was victorious, 5-2.
H. Stieber, the No. 5 seed, also earned his first All-America laurel. In a thrilling upset of No. 4 seed Michael Mangrum of Oregon State, H. Stieber won the match, 6-5. Stieber found himself on his back, down 4-3 with 30 seconds left in the second period and was being cradled when he was able to turn Mangrum and escape. The match ended when the Monroeville High School product took down Mangrum with 17 seconds left in the match. An allowed escape would be the only point Stieber would surrender after his takedown en route to the semifinals. A familiar opponent waits in No. 1 seed Kellen Russell of Michigan. Stieber defeated Russell in December at the Las Vegas Invitational by a score of 6-5.
Nick Heflin perhaps had the toughest match of the day, battling the No. 1 seeded Ed Ruth from Penn State at 174 pounds. Heflin fell in the match, 11-4. He will continue to wrestle for a third place finish Friday night when he will go up against Big Ten opponent Curran Jacobs from Michigan State.
Wrestlebacks continued on day two and a pair of Buckeyes advanced to the quarterfinals of the third-place bracket. They will need one more win in their effort to claim All-America honors.
The first wrestleback for the Buckeyes saw No. 10 seed Cam Tessari at 149 pounds pin Kevin Tao from American in a time of 5:51. Later in the morning, Tessari defeated Augustus Saka of Virginia by a score of 3-2. The Buckeye true freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, will continue his wrestling Friday night when faces No. 3 seed Cole Von Ohlen of Air Force.
Freshman 197-pounder Andrew Campolattano also won his pair of wrestleback matches Friday morning as he defeated Morgan McIntosh of Penn State, 8-3 and pinned Indiana's Matt Powless at the 4:37 mark. Powless was the No. 8 seed in the 197 pound division. Campolattano will wrestle for an All-America spot Friday vs. No. 10 seed Sonny Yohn of Minnesota.
Ohio State had two wrestlers eliminated from NCAA competition Friday morning. Josh Demas suffered a 11-1 defeat at the hands of Oregon State's Roger Pena and Peter Capone was pinned at the 3:49 mark by Binghamton's Nick Gwiazdowsk.
Ohio State at 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship
Team Standings (Top 10)
On Hunter Stieber's match
Hunter Stieber, freshman 141-pounder
On envisioning this success out of high school
On who he credits with this success
On sharing this moment with his brother