Campolattano Wins Title at FILA Junior Freestyle Nationals
April 16, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Andrew Campolattano, who concluded his freshman season on the Ohio State wrestling team last month, won the 211.5 (96 kg) title at the 2012 FILA Junior Freestyle National Championships Saturday in Madison, Wis. The Buckeye from Bound Brook, N.J., beat Minnesota's Scott Schiller in the final 1-0, 2-1.
Ohio State classmate Hunter Stieber was the runner-up at 145.5 pounds (66 kg), falling to Destin McCauley in the final via pin (1:25).
Campolattano opened the event with a 29-second pin vs. Brandon Rivera. He then shut out Dave Quackenbos (Lehigh) 1-0, 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. It was in the final eight Campolattano faced Willie Miklus and handed him a 4-0, 2-0 setback. Before wrestling Schiller, Campolattano downed Nathan Burak 1-1, 1-0, 2-0. Campolattano wrapped up his inaugural year as a Buckeye (197 pounds) with a 23-14 overall record, including 10-7 and 5-3 marks in dual and Big Ten action, respectively. He was one of eight Buckeyes to qualify for the NCAA championships last month.
Prior to the loss in the championship, Stieber beat NCAA runner-up and Minnesota's Dylan Ness 3-0, 4-3 in the semifinals for his fourth-consecutive win in the tournament. Stieber began his run to the title match with a 9-2, 5-1 victory over Iowa's Brody Grothus. Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, then downed Northwestern's Kaleb Friedley 7-0, 3-1 before beating Brian Realbuto 1-0, 5-3. Facing another Big Ten opponent, Stieber posted a 1-8, 6-0, 6-0 technical fall against Caleb Ervin in the quarterfinals before wrestling Ness. A freshman All-American, Stieber finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 28-7 record at 141 pounds. Stieber compiled a 13-2 ledger in dual action and 5-1 mark in the Big Ten.
Complete Results of 2012 FILA Junior Freestyle Nationals