2012 Freshman All-American Cam Tessari
May 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State wrestling team celebrated another highly decorated season at the annual team banquet in the Cartoon Room at the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University campus Sunday.
The Buckeyes, who placed fifth at the NCAA championships in St. Louis, Mo., this past March, boasted four All-Americans, including a team record three freshmen, in Nick Heflin, Hunter Stieber, Logan Stieber and Cam Tessari.
Receiving the inaugural Tommy Rowlands Greatest Asset Award, which is awarded to the team’s most all-around student-athlete, was L. Stieber. Stieber was the 2012 NCAA and Big Ten Champion and later was named InterMat Freshman of the Year.
Four Buckeyes were the recipients of the Russ Hellickson Award, named for the former Buckeye head coach. The Russ Hellickson Award is given to the Most Valuable Wrestler of a selected competition. Taking home the awards were Bo Touris, Andrew Campolattano, Derek Garcia and L. Stieber for their performances against Purdue (recap), Michigan (recap), Iowa (recap), and Virginia Tech (recap) and Indiana (recap), respectively.
Randy Languis was awarded the Battling Buckeye Champion award. A reserve who demonstrates excellent work ethic at practice and various open tournaments throughout the season is the recipient of the laurel. Kyle Visconti and Joe Grandominico also were Battling Buckeye honorees.
2011-12 Wrestling Banquet
May 6, 2012
Big Win (Biggest wins among 2011-12 starters)
125 – Johnni Dijulius tech falls Shawn Nagel of Nebraska 20-5 (NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals)
133 – Logan Stieber decisions Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State 4-3 (NCAA Championships final)
141 – Hunter Stieber decisions Kellen Russell of Michigan 6-5 (Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational)
149 – Cam Tessari decisions Cole Van Ohlen of Air Force 5-4 (NCAA Championships)
157 – Josh Demas decisions Derek St. John of Iowa 7-3
165 – Derek Garcia decisions Mike Evans of Iowa 6-5
174 – Nick Heflin decision Justin Zeerip of Michigan 3-3 ot; wins on 22 seconds of riding time
184 – C.J. Magrum decisions Hunter Collins of Michigan 8-3
197 – Andrew Campolattano pins Matt Powless of Indiana in 4:37 (NCAA Championships)
HWT – Peter Capone decisions Levi Cooper of Arizona State 5-2 (Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite)
Russ Hellickson Wrestler of the Tournament Honor
Logan Stieber vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 20)
Logan Stieber vs. Indiana (Dec. 18)
Bo Touris vs. Purdue (Jan. 12)
Derek Garcia vs. Iowa (Jan. 20)
Andrew Campolattano vs. Michigan (Feb. 3)
PREVIEW: No. 4 Ohio State vs. Maryland
Weekly Update with Tom Ryan