After losing his first-round match, senior Nikko Triggas rebounded with a 10-0 win vs. Eric Montoya of Campbell in wrestlebacks.
March 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Logan Stieber (133 pounds), Hunter Stieber (141 pounds), Josh Demas (157 pounds) and Nick Heflin (174 pounds), members of the Ohio State wrestling team, advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective weight classes at the 2013 NCAA Championships Thursday night. The quartet of Buckeyes will resume action Friday morning at 11 a.m. ET at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
As a team, Ohio State is in a tie for sixth place with 14.5 points. Penn State continues to lead the field with 32.5 points. Oklahoma State is second with 29 points and Minnesota is third (24 points).
The No. 1 seed, L. Stieber recorded his second fall of the championships and 14th of the season when he pinned Shelton Mack of Pittsburgh for the second time this season in 2:40. Up next for Stieber is eighth-seed Cody Brewer of Oklahoma. Brewer advanced to the quarterfinals via an 11-2 major decision over No. 9 seed Levi Wolfensperger of Northern Iowa.
Also a No. 1 seed, H. Stieber posted a 7-3 decision over Steven Keith of Harvard and will face No. 9 seed Richard Durso of Franklin & Marshall. Durso battled Minnesota’s and eighth-seed Nick Dardanes to a 5-4 tiebreaker win in the round of 16.
In a match-up of former high school teammates, Buckeye redshirt sophomore and Westerville North High School attendee Demas faced seventh-seed Jesse Dong of Virginia Tech. Demas was able to break a 2-2 tie at the end of the second period and win 4-3. Up next for Demas is No. 2 Derek St. John of Iowa. St. John handed Joshua Kreimier of Air Force a 5-4 setback.
The eighth seed at 174 pounds, Heflin advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Gardner-Webb’s Hunter Gamble, 8-2. Heflin will face No. 1 seed Chris Perry of Oklahoma State next. Perry was a 4-0 winner vs. Jonathan Fausey of Virginia.
Nikko Triggas (125 pounds), Mark Martin (165 pounds) and C.J. Magrum (184 pounds) remain in contention in wrestlebacks. After a 5-2 loss to open the championships, Triggas, the 11th seed, rebounded nicely with a 10-0 shutout vs. Eric Montoya of Campbell. Triggas will wrestle No. 12 Tyler Cox Friday morning. Cox dropped a 5-4 decision to Dominic Parisi off Appalachian State in the round of 16 to fall to wrestlebacks.
After taking No. 1 seed Kyle Dake of Cornell to a pair of scoreless periods before losing, 3-0, Martin posted a 6-1 win over Peyton Walsh of Navy in his first wrestleback match of the championships. Martin now will face Appalachian State’s Zach Strickland, who was pinned by No. 2 David Taylor of Penn State in 2:42.
Magrum answered his first-round loss with a 3-1 win vs. Kent State’s Casey Newburg. Up next for Magrum is Mason Bailey of Navy, who suffered a 2-0 loss to No. 4 Steve Bosak of Cornell in the round of 16.
Redshirt junior Ian Paddock (149 pounds) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano were eliminated from competition after losing their wrestleback matches Thursday evening. Paddock dropped a 13-6 decision to David Habat of Edinboro, while Campolattano was pinned by Cornell’s Jace Bennett in 4:48.
2013 Division I Wrestling NCAA Championships
March 21, 2013
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, Iowa
Pl. Team Points
1. Penn State 32.5
2. Oklahoma State 29.0
3. Minnesota 24.0
4. Iowa 22.0
5. Oregon State 16.0
6. Missouri 14.5
6. Ohio State 14.5
8. Nebraska 13.5
9. Oklahoma 13.0
10. Boise State 12.0
10. Cornell 12.0
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