No. 5 Buckeyes Improve to 3-0 after 26-13 win vs. No. 18 Pittsburgh
Nov. 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- A fast start that included two pins and a pair of major decisions in the first four matches helped lift the fifth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team to a 26-13 win over No. 18 Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes improve to 3-0 on the season, while the Panthers drop to 0-2.
In all, Ohio State won six of 10 matches and had a 23-0 lead at the halfway mark. Back-to-back pins by senior Nikko Triggas and redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively, immediately gave the Buckeyes a 12-0 advantage. Facing Godwin Nyama, Triggas, scored a takedown before pinning Nyama in 2:32. Stieber followed suit, pinning No. 7 Shelton Mack in 4:26. Stieber was up 8-0 before tallying six team points for the Scarlet and Gray.
Leading, 2-1, and, 5-1, after the first and second periods, sophomore Hunter Stieber added four points to the Buckeye score on a 10-2 major decision over Travis Shaffer in the 141-pound matchup. Sophomore 149-pounder Cam Tessari rebounded from his opening dual-season loss at Virginia Tech with an 11-3 major decision victory vs. Donnie Tasser. Holding on to a 4-1 lead after the first period, Tessari quickly got to work and increased his advantage to 8-2 after the second period.
One of the more exciting matches of the afternoon, it was a last second takedown by Josh Demas in the 157-pound bout that propelled the Buckeye redshirt sophomore to a 3-1 win against Troy Reaghard. Following a scoreless tie after the first period, an escape by Reaghard was the only scoring in the second. Demas answered Reaghard's escape with one of his own and as the more than 1,000 fans in St. John Arena were about to settle in for some overtime wrestling, Demas notched the takedown en route to his eighth win of the season.
Ohio State's Nick Heflin was the remaining Buckeye to put points on the board for the Scarlet and Gray. Wrestling at 174 pounds, the Buckeye redshirt-junior's riding time of 1:07 was the difference maker in a 3-3 score at the end of regulation.
Freshman Mark Martin held his own vs. No. 16 Tyler Wilps at 165 pounds. With both wrestlers scoreless after the first period, Martin trailed Wilps 2-1 at the conclusion of the second. An escape and takedown by Wilps, however, sealed the first victory of the afternoon for Pittsburgh.
The Scarlet and Gray dropped their last three matches from 184 pounds-heavyweight. Once again, riding time was the deciding factor in the 184-pound match. Tied, 2-2, against No. 14 Max Thomusseit, redshirt freshman Kenny Courts, could not overcome Thomusseit's 1:18 of riding time. Senior C.J. Magrum dropped a 13-3 major decision to No. 2 Matthew Wilps and Peter Capone lost, 5-1, to No. 8 Zac Thomusseit.
Up next, Ohio State will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the CKLV Invitational Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The Buckeyes' next home match is at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 vs. Kent State in St. John Arena.
On Josh Demas and his win With 10 seconds left
On the heavier weights and getting them to score more
Josh Demas, redshirt sophomore 157-pounder
On his expectations
On his win with 10 seconds left
Peter Capone, redshirt junior heavyweight
On what he needs to work on in practice
On the upcoming invitational in Las Vegas
No. 5 Ohio State 26, No. 18 Pittsburgh 13