Head coach Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for the 2012 Big Ten Championships at Mackey Arena on the Purdue University campus.
Feb. 29, 2012
No. 7 Ohio State (13-4; 5-3 Big Ten) at 2012 Big Ten Championships
Host: Purdue University
Saturday, March 3-Sunday, March 4
West Lafayette, Ind.
Broadcast: BTN - 3 p.m. Sunday - Medal Rounds
Talent: Jim Gibbons, Tim Johnson and Shane Sparks
2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships
Saturday, March 3
9 a.m. - Mackey Arena opens
10 a.m. - Start of Session I
5 p.m. - Start of Session II
Sunday, March 4
Noon - Mackey Arena opens
1 p.m. - Start of Session III
3 p.m. - Start of Session IV
Ohio State Lineup
125 - No. 6 Johnni Dijulius (17-11; 9-7 dual; 4-3 Big Ten) Fr., Aurora, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
133 - No. 1 Logan Stieber (24-2; 15-2 dual; 7-1 Big Ten) R-Fr., Monroeville, Ohio (Monroeville)
141 - No. 2 Hunter Stieber (22-3; 13-2 dual; 5-1 Big Ten) Fr., Monroeville, Ohio (Monroeville)
149 - No. 5 Cam Tessari (18-7; 11-3 dual; 4-1 Big Ten) Fr., Monroeville, Ohio (Monroeville)
157 - No. 5 Josh Demas (18-10; 9-7 dual; 4-3 Big Ten) R-Fr., Columbus, Ohio (Westerville North)
165 - No. 8 Derek Garcia (13-11; 8-9 dual; 4-4 Big Ten) Fr., Sedro Woolley, Wash. (Sedro Woolley)
174 - No. 5 Nick Heflin (21-5; 12-4 dual; 5-2 Big Ten) R-So., Massillon, Ohio (Massillon)
184 - No. 5 C.J. Magrum (17-4; 10-1 dual; 3-0 Big Ten) R-Jr., Oak Harbor, Ohio (Oak Harbor)
197 - No. 6 Andrew Campolattano (16-10; 10-7 dual; 5-3 Big Ten) Fr., Bound Brook, N.J. (Bound Brook)
HWT - No. 9 Peter Capone (12-13; 6-10 dual; 2-6 Big Ten) R-So., Johnson City, N.Y. (Johnson City)
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 7 Ohio State wrestling will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for the 2012 Big Ten Championships Saturday and Sunday in Mackey Arena. The Buckeyes enter the conference championships with a 13-4 overall record and 5-3 ledger in the Big Ten.
• Ohio State finished the regular season 13-4 overall and the Big Ten regular season with a 5-3 record.
• The Buckeyes beat six ranked teams during the season - No. 15 Virginia Tech, 21-12; No. 9 Pittsburgh, 22-9; No. 20 Kent State, 22-15; No. 2 Iowa, 21-9; No. 12 Michigan, 24-13; No. 8 Nebraska, 21-18 (National Duals).
• Amassing 129 points, Ohio State won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Dec. 2.
• The Scarlet and Gray advanced to the regional final of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Mat Mayhem Feb. 12 in Stillwater, Okla. Ohio State faced No. 1 Oklahoma State in the final and dropped a 25-6 decision.
• All 10 Buckeye starters are ranked in the Top 33 of the final NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings (Feb. 22).
• Redshirt freshman Logan Stieber leads the team with 24 wins vs. two losses. Stieber also has a squad-leading 13 pins on the season, with his fastest at a time of 43 seconds.
• On average, the Buckeyes have started seven freshmen, including a pair of redshirt freshmen, two redshirt sophomores and a redshirt junior.
• The Buckeyes have won two Big Ten championships (1923 and 1951) in program history.
• Ohio State captured its 700th dual victory Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh.
• Head coach Tom Ryan, who is in his sixth season with the Buckeyes, won his 180th career match Jan. 12 vs. Purdue.
The medal rounds of the Big Ten championships will air live on BTN at 3 p.m. ET. Check the local listings of your cable or satellite provider for the channel. Fans can also watch the championships on the go via BTN2Go, which is a digital extension of the Big Ten Network. BTN2Go delivers live and on-demand programming to existing BTN subscribers via the web, as well as to iPhone and iPad users. For more information, click HERE.
Big Ten Championships Pre-seeds
Six Buckeyes earned Top 5 pre-seeds in the Big Ten Tournament. Redshirt freshman Logan Stieber was granted the No. 1 pre-seed at 133 pounds and freshman Hunter Stieber was named the No. 2 pre-seed at 141 pounds. A quartet of Buckeyes in freshman Cam Tessari (149 pounds), redshirt freshman Josh Demas (157 pounds), redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin (174 pounds) and redshirt junior C.J. Magrum earned the fifth seed. Johnni Dijulius, a 125-pound freshman was named the sixth seed, as was freshman 197-pounder Andrew Campolattano. Freshman Derek Garcia is the eighth seed at 165 pounds, while redshirt sophomore heavyweight Peter Capone is the No. 9 seed.
Buckeyes at the Big Ten Championships
Ohio State has won two Big Ten championships in program history. The Buckeyes' first title was won in 1923 and their second in 1951. Individually, the Scarlet and Gray has crowned 34 individual conference champions, most recently Lance Palmer, a four-time All-American, in 2010. Palmer joined David Camaione as a Big Ten Championships Outstanding Wrestler recipient in 2010. Camaione was honored in 1960.
Did You Know?
Current assistant coach J Jaggers, a Buckeye letterwinner from 2006-09 and two-time NCAA champion at 141 pounds in 2008 and 2009, recorded the second-fastest fall all-time at the Big Ten championships. Jaggers pinned Purdue's Nick Bertucci in 25 seconds in the second-round consolation match in 2007.
Big Ten Championships - 2011 Edition
With a pair of runner-up finishes, as well as one Top 5 finish, Ohio State finished eighth with 57 points at the 2011 Big Ten Championships in Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. Senior Colt Sponseller and redshirt-freshman Nick Heflin were runners-up at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively, while redshirt-sophomore C.J. Magrum finished fourth at 184 pounds.
In the team race, Penn State edged Iowa by one point, 139.0-138.0. Minnesota rounded out the Top 3 with 109.5 points.
In all, Ohio State qualified four wrestlers to the NCAA championships in Ian Paddock, Sponseller, Heflin and Magrum.
NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings
In the final NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings released Feb. 22, all 10 Buckeye starters are polled in the Top 33. The coaches' panel rankings are one of the ways in which the NCAA selection committee will determine the qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis. For the complete rankings, click HERE.
Ranked Ohio State Wrestlers NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings (Feb. 22 - Final)
125 - No. 18 Johnni Dijulius
133 - No. 2 Logan Stieber
141 - No. 4 Hunter Stieber
149 - No. 13 Cam Tessari
157 - No. 19 Josh Demas
165 - No. 32 Derek Garcia
174 - No. 10 Nick Heflin
184 - No. 9 C.J. Magrum
197 - No. 20 Andrew Campolattano
HWT - No. 23 Peter Capone
Big Ten Wrestlers of the Week
This season, two Buckeyes in Logan and Hunter Stieber were awarded Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors four times this season. Logan was first named WOW back in November after finishing first at 133 pounds in the Eastern Michigan Open. The redshirt freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, was again honored Dec. 6 after posting a perfect 5-0 record at the CKLV Invitational. Logan's third WOW laurel came Jan. 17 after he downed No. 8 Cashé Quiroga of Purdue en route to Ohio State's 27-10 win in Columbus. Hunter earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week accolades following his 4-2 win over No. 3 Montell Marion of Iowa Jan. 20. Hunter's win helped the Buckeyes upset the Hawkeyes 21-9 in Columbus.
Redshirt freshman Logan Stieber has a team-best 24-2 record entering the conference championships. Stieber's two setbacks were vs. Minnesota's Chris Dardanes 5-3 Jan. 8 and Oklahoma State's No. 2 Jordan Oliver 7-3 Feb. 12 in the Cliff Keen National Duals.
In the Records Book
Freshman Andrew Campolattano's 18-second pin over Michigan's Chris Heald Feb. 3 is the fourth-fastest time in Ohio State wrestling history. Kevin Randleman holds the record with an eight-second pin in 1992.
During the regular season, the Buckeyes went 8-5 (.615) in overtime matches. That percentage improved to .667 among starters. Redshirt junior C.J. Magrum has wrestled in three overtime matches this season, posting a 2-1 record.
Behind seven wins, No. 7 Ohio State downed No. 2 Iowa 21-9 Jan. 20 in front of 5,684 fans in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes handed the Hawkeyes their first conference loss of the season.
"It's great," Tom Ryan, head coach, said. "These guys put so much time into what they do. They have six o'clock mornings, they have eight hours of sleep and studying. They have so many things going on in their lives, this was great. It was about time we beat them."
The last Buckeye victory against the Hawkeyes came Feb. 12, 1966, 46 seasons ago. The last time OSU beat Iowa in wrestling, a gallon of gas cost 32 cents and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" debuted on TV.
Complete 180 - Head Coach Tom Ryan
Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan recorded his 180th-career win Jan. 12 vs. Purdue. Ryan, who has been a head coach for 17 seasons, also has 76 victories as the head coach at Ohio State in six seasons. For his career, Ryan is 185-113-1 and at Ohio State, he is 76-29.
Victory No. 700
Ohio State captured its 700th dual victory Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh. The Buckeyes entered the 2011-12 season with a 695-492-28 all-time dual record. Adding eight more victories since the win at Pittsburgh, the Scarlet and Gray are now 708-496-28 all-time.
The Buckeyes faced nine ranked opponents during the 2011-12 season and posted a 6-3 record. Ohio State recorded wins against No. No. 15 Virginia Tech, 21-12; No. 9 Pittsburgh, 22-9; No. 20 Kent State, 22-15; No. 2 Iowa, 21-9; No. 12 Michigan, 24-13 and 8 Nebraska, 21-18 (National Duals). Setbacks included losses to No. 14 Nebraska, 18-16; No. 3 Minnesota, 24-13 and No. 1 Oklahoma State, 25-6 (National Duals).
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