Dec. 1, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Behind a pair of championship performances by Logan and Hunter Stieber, the No. 5 Ohio State wrestling team won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second consecutive year. The Buckeyes collected 124.5 points and boasted six Top 4 finishes.
At the event’s conclusion, Logan Stieber was named the CKLV Invitational’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. Missouri, who remained on Ohio State’s heels throughout the competition, finished one point behind the Buckeyes with 123.5 points, while Cornell rounded out the Top 3 with 104.5 points.
Stieber, a 133-pounder, had one of the more impressive performances of the tournament as he posted four pins en route to the final. In those four previous wins, Stieber, a redshirt sophomore, was on the mat for a total of 6:34, while his final match went the full seven minutes. In the final, Stieber recorded a 12-1 major decision over No. 2 Nathan McCormick.
Sophomore Hunter Stieber’s run to the 141-pound title came on a five-match effort that included a fall and major decision in the preliminary rounds. In the championship bout, Stieber, the No. 1 seed downed No. 2 Michael Mangrum of Oregon State, 9-6.
A trio of Buckeyes in 125-pounder Nikko Triggas, 149-pounder Cam Tessari and heavyweight Peter Capone finished fourth in their respective weight classes. After four consecutive wins, Triggas, a senior, dropped a close 4-3 decision to No. 1 Allan Waters of Missouri. Triggas rebounded with an 18-10 major decision vs. Wyoming’s Tyler Cox in wrestlebacks to attempt to finish third, but lost to No. 6 Josh Martinez, 4-3, in his final match.
Tessari was a winner of three consecutive matches before suffering a 6-4 setback to No. 2 Jason Chamberlain of Boise State in the championship bracket. In wrestlebacks, Tessari blanked Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State, 5-0, for an opportunity to finish third. However, Tessari, a sophomore, fell, 7-5, to Nebraska’s and No. 8 Jake Sueflohn.
Capone, a redshirt junior, lost, 6-4, in the third-place matchup to J.T. Felix of Boise State. A winner of three consecutive matches to open the event, Capone dropped a 7-4 decision to Oregon State’s and No. 2 Chad Hanke before rebounding with an 8-0 shutout over Stryker Lane of Cornell in wrestlebacks.
In his first start of the season, Andrew Campolattano was a fifth-place finisher at 197 pounds. Following back-to-back losses, including a close 6-4 setback to No. 1 Dustin Kilgore of Kent State in the semifinals, Campolattano answered with a 13-1 major decision win over No. 3 Brent Haynes of Missouri in the fifth-place bout.
Ohio State returns to action when it hosts No. 23 Kent State at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. the Golden Flashes, 12-6, including a 22-15 win in Kent, Ohio, last season.
Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Las Vegas Convention Center
Team Scores (Top 10)
125 – Nikko Triggas (4th)
No. 4 Nikko Triggas pins Hunter Wood (Army), 3:30
No. 4 Nikko Triggas pins Dalton Miller (Arizona State), 4:52
No. 4 Nikko Triggas major decision Jeffrey Ott (Harvard), 15-5
No. 1 Allan Waters (Missouri) decision No. 4 Nikko Triggas, 4-3
No. 4 Nikko Triggas major decision Tyler Cox (Wyoming), 18-10
No. 6 Josh Martinez (Air Force) decision No. 4 Nikko Triggas, 4-3
133 – Logan Stieber (Champion)
No. 1 Logan Stieber pins Rosario Bruno (Michigan), 3:00
No. 1 Logan Stieber pins Dylan Hyder (Air Force), 1:57
No. 1 Logan Stieber pins No. 8 Levi Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa), :58
No. 1 Logan Stieber pins Devin Lotito (Cal Poly), :39
No. 1 Logan Stieber major decision No. 2 Nathan McCormick, 12-1
141 – Hunter Stieber (Champion)
No. 1 Hunter Stieber pins Andy Candiello (Kent State), 1:51
No. 1 Hunter Stieber major decision Travis Himmelman, 10-2
No. 1 Hunter Stieber decision No. 8 Nathan Pennesi, 10-4
No. 1 Hunter Stieber decision No. 4 Michael Nevinger (Cornell), 6-4
No. 1 Hunter Stieber decision No. 2 Michael Mangrum (Oregon State), 9-6
149 Cam Tessari (4th)
No. 6 Cam Tessari pins Nathan Hoffer (Arizona State), 1:44
No. 6 Cam Tessari decision Josh Wilson (Utah Valley), 4-2
No. 6 Cam Tessari pins Tanner Hiatt (Northern Iowa), 1:24
No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) decision No. 6 Cam Tessari, 6-4
No. 6 Cam Tessari decision Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State), 5-0
No. 8 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) decision No. 6 Cam Tessari, 7-5
157 – Josh Demas (DNP)
No. 2 Josh Demas pins Nick Alspaugh (Northern Colorado), 1:48
No. Josh Demas decision Napoleon Aniciete (Utah Valley), 3-1sv
No. 7 Andy McCulley (Wyoming) decision No. 2 Josh Demas, 3-2
No. 4 Bobby Barnhisel (Navy) technical fall No. 2 Josh Demas, 15-0
165 – Mark Martin (DNP)
Jesse Stafford (Air Force) decision Mark Martin, 5-3
Mark Martin decision Austin Rugraff (Brown), 8-3
Paul Hancock (Army) decision Mark Martin, 6-0
184 – Kenny Courts (DNP)
No. 8 Kevin Radford (Arizona State) decision Kenny Courts, 6-4
Kenny Courts decision Shane Woods (Wyoming), 9-6
Kenny Courts decision Devin Hightower (Air Force), 8-7
Kenny Courts pins Calvin Nicholls (San Francisco State), 2:03
No. 5 Casey Newburg (Kent State) decision Kenny Courts, 6-5
197 – Andrew Campolattano (5th)
No. 5 Andrew Campolattano pins Joseph Goodwin (Cal Poly), :15
No. 5 Andrew Campolattano major decision Caleb Kolb (Nebraska), 12-4
No. 5 Andrew Campolattano decision No. 4 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State), 12-6
No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) decision No. 5 Andrew Campolattano, 6-4
No. 7 Jake Meredith (Arizona State) decision No. 5 Andrew Campolattano, 8-2 No.
5 Andrew Campolattano major decision No. 3 Brent Haynes (Missouri), 13-1
HWT – Peter Capone (4th)
No. 6 Peter Capone major decision Niko Bogojevic (Colorado State), 8-0
No. 6 Peter Capone major decision Henry Chirino (Northern Colorado), 13-3
No. 6 Peter Capone decision No. 3 Levi Cooper (Arizona State), 4-3tb
No. 2 Chad Hanke (Oregon State) decision No. 6 Peter Capone, 7-4
No. 6 Peter Capone major decision Stryker Lane (Cornell), 8-0
J.T. Felix (Boise State) decision No. 6 Peter Capone, 6-4