Stieber's Title Propels Buckeyes to Second Place Showing at Cliff Keen Invitational

Dec. 6, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Logan Stieber won the 141-pound title, picking up his 100th career victory in the championship match, to highlight Ohio State’s efforts on the final day of the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. Stieber capped off a 5-0 weekend with two major decisions, running his season record to 10-0 and career mark to 100-3. The Cliff Kean title was the fourth of his career, making him just the second wrestler to ever win the event four times (Stephen Abas of Fresno State is the other).

In the team standings, Ohio State finished second overall in a field that featured 11 ranked teams. The Buckeyes compiled 120 points, behind only top-ranked Minnesota. Virginia Tech was third with 110 points.

Stieber scored early and often in the semifinal round and rolled to a 9-1 major decision over Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers. Stieber then took down second-seeded and third-ranked Devin Carter of Virginia Tech in the finals, 12-3. The showdown was a rematch of last year’s NCAA finals. He has now won all 10 of his matches by either major decision, technical fall or fall this season. He was also selected as the Most Valuable Wrestler.

Other individual standouts for the Buckeyes on Saturday included third-place showings from Nathan Tomasello, Johnni DiJulius and Kyle Snyder

Seeded sixth at 125 pounds, Tomasello started his day with a 8-3 decision over Conor Youtsey of Michigan and then edged Ronnie Bresser in the next consolation round, 4-3. He moved into the third place match by upsetting fourth-seeded and seventh-ranked Josh Martinez of Air Force, 6-2 and then rounded out the day with a 11-4 decision over Trey Andrew in the third place match. He is now 14-2 on the year.

DiJulius, the defending champion at 133 pounds, had little trouble through his first two consolation matches on Saturday, easily disposing of Jade Rauser of Utah Valley, 19-3, and then taking out 12th-seeded Ian Nickel of Cal State Bakersfield, 5-2. In the third consolation match of the day, he edged fourth-seeded and 10th-ranked George DiCamillo of Virginia, his second win over DiCamillo in the last two weeks. He finished off his 5-0 day with a 9-0 major decision over fifth-seeded and 13th-ranked Earl Hall of Iowa State.

Snyder dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to second-seeded and third-ranked Kyven Gadson of Iowa State in the semifinals, but bounced right back to defeat Trent Noon by major decision and advance to the third place match. In the match, he pulled away in the third period for a 14-5 major decision over fifth-seeded and 18th-ranked Jace Bennett of Cornell. The true freshman is now 13-1 on the season.

At 174 pounds, Mark Martin went 2-1 on the day and pinned Peter Renda of North Carolina State in the seventh place match.

Nick Tavanello won three matches on the day, including a pin over fifth-seeded Joe Stolfi of Bucknell, and finished in fifth place at 285 pounds. He had lost to Stolfi, 3-1, yesterday in the quarterfinals and is now 13-4 on the season.

The Buckeyes return to action next Sunday, Dec. 14, when they host fifth-ranked Missouri at St. John Arena. For ticket information, click here.

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December 6, 2014

Team Standings: Ohio State finishes second in field of 39 teams with 120 points

125 lbs.
No. 6 Nathan Tomasello decision over Conor Youtsey (Michigan) 8-3
Tomasello decision over Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) 4-3
Tomasello decision over No. 4 Josh Martinez (Air Force) 6-2
Tomasello decision over Trey Andrews (N. Colorado) 11-4
Tomasello finishes in third place

133 lbs.
No. 2 Johnni DiJulius tech fall over Jade Rauser (Utah Valley) 19-3
DiJulius decision over No. 12 Ian Nickel (CSUB) 5-2
DiJulius decision over No. 4 George DiCamillo (Virginia) 3-2 (OT)
Dijulius major decision over No. 5 Earl Hall (Iowa State) 9-0
DiJulius finishes in third place

141 lbs.
No. 1 Logan Stieber major decision over No. 5 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) 9-1
Stieber major decision over No. 2 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech) 12-3
Stieber finishes in first place

174 lbs.
No. 7 Mark Martin decision over Phillip Bakuckas (Rutgers) 6-5
No. 6 Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech) decision over Martin 4-2
Martin fall over Pete Renda (NC State) 6:40
Martin finishes in seventh place

184 lbs.
No. 8 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) decision over No. 2 Kenny Courts 7-2

197 lbs.
No. 2 Kyven Gadson (Iowa State) decision over No. 3 Kyle Snyder 3-2
Snyder major decision over Trent Noon (N. Colorado) 15-6
Snyder major decision over No. 5 Jace Bennett (Cornell) 14-5
Snyder finishes in third place

285 lbs.
No. 4 Nick Tavanello (OSU) major decision over David Nig (Harvard) 11-2
Tavanello decision over Blaize Cabell 3-2
No. 2 Adam Coon (Michigan) decision over Tavanello 10-3
Tavanello fall over No. 5 Joe Stolfi (Bucknell) :43
Tavanello finishes in fifth place