Six Buckeyes Earn Top 5 seeds at Big Ten Championships

Go Buckeyes! Head coach Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes will travel to Champaign, Ill., for the 2013 Big Ten Championships Saturday and Sunday.
Go Buckeyes!
Head coach Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes will travel to Champaign, Ill., for the 2013 Big Ten Championships Saturday and Sunday.
Go Buckeyes!

Big Ten Release

March 4, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Six members of the Ohio State wrestling team earned a Top 5 pre-seed for the 2013 Big Ten Championships Saturday and Sunday. Hunter Stieber and Logan Stieberwill enter the championships, taking place at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., as the No. 1 seeds at 141 and 133 pounds, respectively.

H. Stieber was 8-0 during the regular season vs. Big Ten competition and 6-0 vs. the championship field. Some of H. Stieber's notable wins include a 6-4 win over No. 8 Mark Ballweg of Iowa Jan. 4 and No. 11 Nick Dardanes, 5-3, of Minnesota Jan. 11. Boasting a 27-0 record, Stieber leads the Buckeyes in major decisions with 10.

Older brother, L. Stieber finished the Big Ten schedule 3-0 and 4-0 vs. the championship lineup. Missing the entire month of January because of a leg injury, Stieber returned in February with three consecutive victories, including a win vs. No. 8 Daryl Thomas of Illinois. Seventeen of Stieber's 19 wins (19-0) have been bonus point wins and for the season he has posted two major decisions, five technical falls and a team-best, among regular-season starters, 10 falls.

No. 5 Nikko Triggas (125), No. 5 Cam Tessari (149), No. 4 Nick Heflin (174) and No. 4 Andrew Campolattano(197) will enter the championships as Top 5 pre-seeds.



Triggas concluded the regular season with a 4-4 record against Big Ten competition and the championship field (17-10 overall). Second on the team in falls with nine, Triggas has a career count of 46, which is good for third place in the Ohio State records book.

Finishing the regular season winning six of his last eight matches, Tessari was 6-1 vs. league competition and 4-2 against the field, including a 3-1 win vs. No. 7 Andrew Alton of Penn State Feb. 10. Tessari finished the regular season 13-7 overall.

Heflin, 6-2 vs. the Big Ten, has won five of his last six matches, including a pair of 3-2 victories vs. No. 10 Dan Yates of Michigan (Feb. 8) and No. 5 Matt Brown of Penn State (Feb. 10). Owning a 12-3 overall record, Heflin also recorded a 3-1 sudden victory vs. No. 8 Jordan Blanton of Illinois (Feb. 1).

Campolattano was 3-2 vs. Big Ten competition and overall posted a 15-8 record. Two of Campolattano's three league wins came against No. 16 Alex Polizzi of Northwestern, 10-4, Jan. 6 and No. 20 Jackson Hein of Wisconsin, 3-2, Jan. 20.

Josh Demas is the sixth seed at 157 pounds, followed by No. 8 seed C.J. Magrum at 184 pounds. At 165 pounds, Mark Martin is the ninth seed, while heavyweight Nick Tavanellois the 10th seed.

Demas, 16-8 overall, 3-5 in the Big Ten and 3-4 vs. the conference lineup, faced the Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 12th-ranked wrestlers in the nation at 157 pounds during Big Ten schedule. Martin will enter his first conference championship with a 2-5 record league record (15-13 overall record). Compiling a 30-5 overall record after competing in various open tournaments, Tavanello won six titles. With a team best 13 pins, Tavanello pinned his way through the Greyhound Open en route to the title Feb. 2 and opened the Simonson Open (Feb. 9) with back-to-back falls before winning the event on a medical forfeit by teammate Kosta Karageorge.