Nine Buckeyes Earn Top 20 Ranking in Preseason AWN Polls
Sept. 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Paced by redshirt sophomore and 133-pounder Logan Stieber, nine members of the Ohio State wrestling team are ranked in the Top 20 of the preseason Amateur Wrestling News individual polls the wrestling publication announced Monday.
The Buckeyes’ season gets underway Nov. 4 when they travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for the UB Invitational. Ohio State’s first home match is at 2 p.m. Nov. 18.
Stieber’s younger brother Hunter Stieber is the next highest ranked Buckeye, sitting at No. 3 at 141 pounds. Redshirt junior Nick Heflin also holds down the No. 3 ranking, but at 174 pounds. Cam Tessari, a sophomore 149-pounder is ranked fifth. Following an Olympic redshirt, senior Nikko Triggas returns to the Ohio State roster at 125 pounds and is No. 8 in the preseason polls. The Stieber brothers, as well as Heflin, Tessari and Triggas are returning All-Americans for the Scarlet and Gray.
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. During his most recent campaign for Ohio State in 2010, Triggas went 31-20 and collected 15 pins before earning All-America honors.
Sophomore Andrew Campolattano is ranked in the Top 10 at 197 pounds with his No. 9 ranking. Redshirt sophomore Josh Demas earned a No. 15 ranking at 157 pounds, while redshirt senior C.J. Magrum is 16th in the 184-pound weight class. Redshirt junior Peter Capone is considered the 18th-best heavyweight in the nation.
In his first year on campus, Campolattano went 22-15 at 197 pounds. Demas, a 157-pounder from Columbus, Ohio, recorded a 22-15 mark last year, while during an injury-plagued season, Magrum was 19-5. Capone finished the season 15-17.
Amateur Wrestling News 2012-13 Preseason Individual Rankings