No. 6 Buckeyes Down Indiana, 31-9, in Big Ten Opener
Dec. 18, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Behind seven wins and an Indiana forfeit, the No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team defeated the Hoosiers, 31-9, in both teams' Big Ten Conference opener Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes remain undefeated with a 7-0 record and are now 1-0 in the league, while Indiana falls to 6-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Bonus points scored by redshirt freshman Logan Stieber (133 pounds) and freshman Derek Garcia (165 pounds) helped the Scarlet and Gray end the 2011 portion of their schedule on a high note. Ohio State will not compete again until after the New Year when it travels to Nebraska for an 8 p.m. ET matchup Jan. 6 in Lincoln. The match will air on BTN.com.
The afternoon began with the 133-pound bout and for the second consecutive match, L. Stieber pinned his opponent, this time downing Joe Duca in 1:26. Last Sunday at Kent State, L. Stieber pinned Troy Opfer in 2:17. L. Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, remains undefeated on the season with a 16-0 overall record, including a 7-0 mark in dual competition.
With the Buckeyes up 6-0 early, freshman Hunter Stieber (141 pounds) earned his 15th win (15-2 overall; 6-1 dual) of the season when he beat Matt Ortega, 6-1. H. Stieber gave up the lone escape to Ortega in the first period after scoring a takedown in the opening 35 seconds. H. Stieber tacked on another takedown and escape for the win.
Receiving the start at 149 pounds, redshirt freshman Alex Gordon (4-6 overall; 0-1 dual) was pinned by Taylor Walsh and the Hoosier win helped them cut the Buckeye lead to just three. However, the Scarlet and Gray jumped back into the win column after four consecutive victories, including a forfeit at 174 pounds.
Redshirt freshman Josh Demas scored a 6-3 win at 157 pounds over Ryan Konz. A Columbus, Ohio, native who attended Westerville North High School, Demas' escape and takedown in the third period secured his 14th win of the season after the score was knotted up at 3 a piece entering the final period. Demas is now 14-5 overall and 5-2 in dual action.
Garcia (9-5 overall; 4-3 dual), who hails from Sedro Woolley, Wash., had the most impressive outing of the afternoon when he shut out Anthony Fretwell, 11-0. A trio of takedowns, 3-point nearfall, escape and riding time of 4:25 helped the Buckeyes jump out to a 16-6 advantage at the halfway point.
Because Indiana forfeited the 174-pound match, Ohio State then took a commanding 22-6 lead entering the 184-pound bout between redshirt junior C.J. Magrum (14-3 overall; 7-0 dual) and Lucas Sheridan. An Oak Harbor, Ohio, native, Magrum owned slim 2-1 and 4-3 leads at the end of the first and second periods, respectively. However, Magrum scored an escape in the opening seven seconds of the third period for the 5-3 lead and that was enough for the win.
Freshman Andrew Campolattano (10-6 overall; 4-3 dual) faced fifth ranked Matt Powless at 197 pounds and nearly pulled off the upset. With both wrestlers tied, 6-6, with 17 seconds left in the match, Campolattano, a Bound Brook, N.J., native needed a takedown for the win because Powless held the riding time advantage (1:17). Campolattano could not get the takedown and Powless edged the Buckeye, 7-6.
Heavyweights Peter Capone (11-5 overall; 5-2 dual) and Jowan Gill faced off with the Buckeye from Johnson City, N.Y., earning the 7-0 victory. After a scoreless first and second period, Capone scored a reversal and a pair of 2-point nearfalls for the win. Capone also accrued 1:46 worth of riding time.
Freshman Johnni Dijulius from Aurora, Ohio, concluded the afternoon with a 10-3 win vs. Zach Zimmer. Dijulius held a 5-1 lead at the end of the first period and continued his impressive efforts after scoring an escape and two-point nearfall in the second. One last escape, plus a 1:16 of riding time in the third period gave Dijulius his 12th win of the season (12-7 overall; 4-3 dual).
No. 6 Ohio State 31 vs. Indiana 9
125 Johnni Dijulius DEC Zach Zimmer, 10-3
Postmatch Quotes Tom Ryan, Ohio State head coach
On who impressed him today
On Andrew Campolattano
Josh Demas - Redshirt freshman; 157 pounds
Derek Garcia - Freshman; 165 pounds
On focusing after a dominant match"
Logan Stieber - Redshirt freshman; 133 pounds
On focusing after a dominant match