Buckeyes Advance Four to Second Round of NCAA Championships
March 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Four members of the Ohio State wrestling team advanced to the 2013 NCAA Championships round of 16 following first-round wins Thursday morning at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, Josh Demas and Nick Heflin will continue action in their respective championship brackets Thursday night.
As a team, the Buckeyes are tied for 12th place with six points. Penn State is leading the field with 14.5 points, while Oklahoma State is second (13 points) and Minnesota is third with 11 points.
L. Stieber, the No. 1 seed at 133 pounds, will face Shelton Mack of Pittsburgh next. Earlier this season in a dual match Nov. 18, Stieber pinned Mack in 4:26. Stieber earned his team-leading 13th fall of the season Thursday when he downed Duke’s Brandon Gambucci in three minutes. Mack was a 3-2 winner over Hofstra’s Jamie Franco.
The No. 1 seed at 141 pounds, H. Stieber recorded an 8-5 decision over Virginia’s Joseph Spisak and will face Steven Keith from Harvard next. In his first-round match, Keith pinned Julian Feikert of Oklahoma State in 3:39.
At 157 pounds, Demas scored a huge 7-6 win over 10th-seed Roger Pena. Demas, a Columbus, Ohio, native will face former Westerville North High School teammate and No. 7 seed Jesse Dong of Virginia Tech in the round of 16. Dong posted an 8-0 major decision against Luke Smith of Central Michigan in the first round.
The fourth and final Buckeye to remain in championship contention is eighth-seed Heflin. In his sixth overtime match of the season, Heflin edged Rutgers’ Greg Zannetti, 3-1, in sudden victory. Up next for Heflin is Hunter Gamble of Gardner-Webb. Gamble was a 5-3 victor vs. Nathaniel Brown of Lehigh in the opening round.
Five Buckeyes in Nikko Triggas, Ian Paddock, Mark Martin, C.J. Magrum and Andrew Campolattano will vie for a third-place finish after dropping to wrestlebacks. Triggas, an 11th seed, dropped a 5-2 decision to Evan Silver of Stanford and will wrestle Eric Montoya of Campbell Thursday night. Paddock, who wrestled in a pigtail against No. 3 seed Donald Vinson of Binghamton, lost 9-5. Paddock now will face David Habat of Edinboro for a spot in the wrestlebacks and a chance to finish in the Top 3. Drawing No. 1 seed Kyle Dake of Cornell in the first round, Martin wrestled Dake to a scoreless first and second period, but Dake was able to pull out the 3-0 victory. Peyton Walsh of Navy is up next for Martin. Shut out by Daniel Rinaldi of Rutgers, 6-0, Magrum will face Casey Newburg of Kent State next. Despite a 6-1 lead over No. 8 seed Micah Burak of Penn after two periods, Campolattano could not hold on to the lead and lost an 8-7 decision. Nikolas Brown of Chattanooga is Campolattano’s next opponent.
2013 Division I Wrestling NCAA Championships