Ohio State Preps for Title Run at NCAA Championships

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March 19, 2013



Ohio State at 2013 Division I NCAA Championships
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, Iowa
Streaming/Television: ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN
Live Results: Trackwrestling.com

Lineup (Overall Record)
125 - No. 11 Nikko Triggas, Sr., Moraga, Calif. (21-12)
133 - No.1 Logan Stieber, R-So., Monroeville, Ohio (22-0)
141 - No. 1 Hunter Stieber, So., Monroeville, Ohio (31-0)
149 - Ian Paddock, R-Jr., Warsaw, N.Y. (15-7)
157 - Josh Demas, R-So., Columbus, Ohio (18-10)
165 - Mark Martin, Fr., Strongsville, Ohio (17-16)
174 - No. 8 Nick Heflin, R-Jr., Massillon, Ohio (15-5)
184 - C.J. Magrum, Sr., Oak Harbor, Ohio (17-7)
197 - Andrew Campolattano, So., Bound Brook, N.J. (17-10)

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State wrestling team will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2013 Division I NCAA Championships Thursday-Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. The Buckeyes will send nine qualifiers to the championships, including No. 1 seeds Logan Stieber at 133 pounds and Hunter Stieber at 141 pounds.

In addition to the Stieber brothers, Nikko Triggas, who earned the 11th seed at 125 pounds, Ian Paddock (149 pounds), Josh Demas (157 pounds), Mark Martin (165 pounds), Nick Heflin, the eighth seed at 174 pounds, C.J. Magrum (184 pounds) and Andrew Campolattano (197) pounds qualified the national tournament.

Schedule of Events (All times are eastern)
Thursday, March 21
Noon - Session I (Pigtails & First Round)
7:30 p.m. - Session II (Prelims, Second Round, Wrestlebacks)

Friday, March 22
11 a.m. - Session III (Quarterfinals, Wrestlebacks)
7 p.m. - Session IV (Semifinals; Wrestlebacks)

Saturday, March 23
11 a.m. - Session V (Wrestlebacks; Medal Rounds)
8 p.m. - Session VI (Championships Finals)

Broadcast Alert
ESPN3, ESPNU and ESPN will stream and/or broadcast the NCAA championships live. ESPN3 will stream action from the first two sessions (noon and 7:30 p.m.) Thursday. ESPN3 and ESPNU will pick up session three action starting at 11 a.m. ESPNU will exclusively air session four, which will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. On the final day of the championships, ESPNU will broadcast the medal rounds at 11 a.m. The championship finals will begin at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Shawn Kenney and Jim Gibbons will serve as the streaming analysts during sessions one and two Thursday. The following day, Adam Amin, Tim Johnson, Anthony Robles and Quint Kessenich will act as the streaming/television commentary for sessions three and four. Kenney will return to join Johnson and Robles during the medal rounds, while Amin and Kessenich will be the third and fourth analysts with Johnson and Robles for the championships finals.

Thursday, March 21
Noon: Session I (Pigtails & First Round) - ESPN3
7:30 p.m.: Session II (Prelims, Second Round, Wrestlebacks) - ESPN3

Friday, March 22
11 a.m.: Session III (Quarterfinals, Wrestlebacks) - ESPNU/ESPN3
7 p.m.: Session IV (Semifinals; Wrestlebacks) - ESPNU

Saturday, March 23
11 a.m.: Session V (Wrestlebacks; Medal Rounds) - ESPNU
8 p.m.: Session VI (Championships Finals) - ESPN

Seeded Buckeyes
A quartet of Buckeyes in Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, Nick Heflin and Nikko Triggas earned Top 12 seeds in the NCAA championships. Logan and Hunter are the No. 1 seeds at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively. Logan, a two-time Big Ten champion, is 22-0 overall, while his younger brother by 18 months, Hunter is 31-0. Two weeks ago, Hunter won his first Big Ten title. Heflin earned the No. 8 seed at 174 pounds and currently owns a 15-5 overall record after finishing fifth at the Big Ten championships. Also finishing fifth, in the 125-pound weight class, Triggas is the NCAA championships' 11th seed.

Last Time Out - Big Ten Championships
Logan Stieber and Hunter Stieber were crowned Big Ten champions March 10 at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. The conference title was the second for Logan, who defended his 133-pound championship and first for younger brother, Hunter, who wrestled at 141 pounds.

In addition to the Stieber brothers, seven Buckeyes - Nikko Triggas (5th), Ian Paddock (6th), Josh Demas (4th), Mark Martin (8th), Nick Heflin (5th), C.J. Magrum (5th) and Andrew Campolattano (5th) - qualified for the NCAA championships.

As a team, Ohio State finished fourth with 109.5 points. Penn State won its third consecutive Big Ten tournament title with 151 points, while Minnesota was second with 139 points. Iowa rounded out the Top 3 with 133.5 points.

Ohio State at the NCAA Championships
Ohio State's best performances as a team at the NCAA championships were back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009. Backed by three finalists and two national champions in J Jaggers (141 pounds) and Mike Pucillo (184 pounds), the Buckeyes earned their highest placing at nationals in program history in 2008. J.D. Bergman was the heavyweight runner-up.

In 2009, the Scarlet and Gray were 4.5 points short of winning the title, as Iowa edged Ohio State 96.5-92. Jaggers became Ohio State's first two-time titlist since Tommy Rowlands in 2002 and 2004 and third overall (Kevin Randleman in 1992 and 1993). Reece Humphrey and Mike Pucillo were the 133 and 184-pound runners-up, respectively.

Individually Speaking
Individually, 12 Buckeyes have been crowned NCAA champions 15 times. Kevin Randleman (1992 and 1993), Tommy Rowlands (2002 and 2004) and current assistant coach J Jaggers (2008 and 2009) were two-time champions. A season ago, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber joined the elite list, winning the 133-pound title.

All-time, the Scarlet and Gray boast 77 All-Americans, including four-time All-Americans Tommy Rowlands (2001-04) and Lance Palmer (2007-10).

Making History
Logan and Hunter Stieber are the fifth set of brothers to win Big Ten titles in the same season. The last pair to accomplish the feat was Minnesota's Dustin (149 pounds) and CP Schlatter (157 pounds), who did so in 2006 and 2007. Michigan State's Nick and Andy Simmons won titles at 125 and 141 pounds, respectively in 2006. Tom (134 pounds) and Terry Brands (126 pounds) accomplished the feat in 1991 and 1992 for Iowa. Another Hawkeye duo, Marty and Lindley Kistler won titles together in 1984 and 1985. Marty was the Big Ten champion at 150 pounds in 1984 before winning a title at 158 pounds in 1985. Lindley won his back-to-back championships at 167 pounds.

Stat Leaders
Sophomore Hunter Stieber paces the Buckeyes in wins with 31. Stieber, who amassed a 14-0 dual record, including an 8-0 mark in the Big Ten, also leads Ohio State in major decisions with 11. Hunter's older brother and redshirt sophomore, Logan Stieber, owns the team lead among starters in falls with 12 and is tied for the team lead in technical falls with redshirt freshman Kenny Courts with five each. Senior Nikko Triggas is third on the team in falls (second among starters) with 10. Redshirt junior Nick Heflin (6-2) collected six Big Ten wins this season, second behind Hunter's team best eight victories.

Most Dominant
Throughout the regular season, redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber led the field as the Most Dominant NCAA Wrestler. In its most recent release (Feb. 27), the NCAA announced the Buckeye 133-pounder had a 5.4444 average, while Dustin Kilgore (197 pounds) of Kent State was second with a 5.1143 average. Stieber also ranked seventh among Division I wrestlers in falls with 10 for a total time of 22:49.

Stieber Fever
Logan and Hunter Stieber remain undefeated on the season with 22-0 and 31-0 records, respectively. After missing five consecutive matches in January, Logan Stieber returned to action vs. No. 6 Illinois Feb. 1 in Oak Harbor, Ohio, and pinned No. 8 Daryl Thomas in 2:04. Eighty-six percent of Logan Stieber's wins in 2012-13 have been bonus point victories. With a 22-0 record, 12 wins have been pins, five technical falls and two major decisions. Hunter Stieber's 31 victories are a team best and his 11 major decisions paces the squad.

On the Rise
Senior Nikko Triggas recorded his 10th fall of the season vs. Eric Coufal of Nebraska at the Big Ten championships March 9-10 in Champaign, Ill. For his career, Triggas, a native of Moraga, Calif., has 47 falls, which ranks him second (tie) all-time at Ohio State. Triggas currently is tied with Ed Potokar (1980-83) and needs three more to tie Buckeye leader Don Moxley, who compiled 50 from 1983-85.

That's a Wrap
With an 11-4 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten, Ohio State ended the 2013 regular season No. 6 in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes collected 343 points to cap the regular season. Minnesota (16-2) claimed the top spot with 397 points, while Oklahoma State was second (17-1) with 387 points. Penn State (13-1) rounded out the Top 3 after securing 384 points. Missouri (15-3; 370 points) and Iowa (20-3; 362 points) are fourth and fifth, respectively.