Buckeyes Tabbed Fifth in WIN Preseason Ranking
Sept. 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State wrestling team was picked fifth in WIN’s 2012-13 Preseason Tournament Power Index (TPI), the publication announced Thursday. Additionally, eight Buckeyes are ranked in WIN’s Top 20 individual polls, including redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber, who is No. 1 at 133 pounds. Joining Stieber in the individual rankings are sophomore Johnni Dijulius (No. 16), sophomore Hunter Stieber (No. 4), sophomore Cam Tessari (No. 4), redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (No. 15), redshirt junior Nick Heflin (No. 3), sophomore Andrew Campolattano (No. 9) and redshirt junior Peter Capone (No. 16).
A season ago, the Scarlet and Gray finished fifth at the NCAA championships in St. Louis after recording a 13-4 dual record, including a 5-3 ledger in the Big Ten Conference. Paced by NCAA champion L. Stieber, Ohio State boasted four All-Americans in 2012 – H. Stieber (141 pounds), Tessari (149 pounds), Heflin (174 pounds).
L. Stieber concluded his redshirt-freshman campaign with a 33-2 overall record en route to winning the Big Ten and NCAA championships. Named the InterMat Freshman of the Year, L. Stieber became the first freshman since Tommy Rowlands (2001) to win Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. Finishing sixth at nationals, H. Stieber wrapped up his inaugural season as a Buckeye with a 28-7 record. Fellow freshman Tessari placed fourth at the NCAA championships after collecting a 28-11 overall record during the regular season. Heflin, who amassed a 28-10 record in his redshirt sophomore campaign, was a fifth-place finisher at the NCAA championships.
Dijulius, the Buckeyes’ 125-pounder in 2011-12, wrapped up his opening season in the Scarlet and Gray with a 19-15 record. Demas, a 157-pounder from Columbus, Ohio, recorded a 22-15 mark last year. In his first year on campus, Campolattano went 22-15 at 197 pounds, while heavyweight Capone was 15-17.
The TPI does not rank teams based on dual-meet performances. Rather the poll attempts to rate teams based on their prospective performance at the NCAA championships. The criteria for ratings include each team’s potential number of All-Americans.
WIN’s 2012-13 NCAA Division I Preseason Tournament Power Index