No. 5 Ohio State Opens Season at UB Invite

Nov. 2, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The fifth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for the UB Invitational Sunday to open the 2012-13 season. The open tournament will begin at 10 a.m. in Alumni Arena.

Ohio State recently was tabbed fifth in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes collected 359 points. Minnesota holds down the No. 1 ranking, followed by Penn State, Oklahoma State and Iowa, respectively.



Buckeyes Conclude Annual Wrestle Offs
Ohio State held its annual team wrestle offs Oct. 25 at French Field House.

2012-13 Ohio State Wrestle Offs
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
French Field House
197 - Andrew Campolattano pins Ray Gordon, 4:12
HWT - Peter Capone dec. Orry Elor, 3-1
125 - Nikko Triggas dec. Johnni Dijulius, 5-4
133 - Logan Stieber pins Drew Stone, 1:20
141 - Ian Paddock dec. Hunter Stieber, 7-2
149 - Cam Tessari dec. Alex Gordon, 3-1
157 - Josh Demas dec. T.J. Rigel, 6-2
165 - Mark Martin maj. dec. Joe Grandominico, 12-4
174 - Nick Heflin maj. dec. Matthew O'Hara, 13-1
184 - Kenny Courts maj. dec. Craig Thomas, 12-2

Buckeyes in the Rankings
Paced by redshirt sophomore and 133-pounder Logan Stieber, nine Buckeyes are ranked in the Top 20 of the preseason Amateur Wrestling News individual polls the wrestling publication announced Sept. 17.

Additionally, nine members of the Scarlet and Gray are polled in the Top 20 of of the Intermat standings.

Buckeyes in Columbus
Ohio State will host five matches in Columbus and will wrestle in a home match in Oak Harbor, Ohio, vs. Illinois at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. The Buckeyes' home slate will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 vs. Pittsburgh. Fans will have an opportunity to watch the Scarlet and Gray wrestle in St. John Arena again Dec. 14 when they welcome Kent State for a 7 p.m. tilt. Ohio State will not return to Columbus again until Jan. 11, a Big Ten Conference matchup vs. Minnesota at 7 p.m. The league schedule will continue at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 vs. Wisconsin before the Buckeyes wrap up their home and regular-season schedule Feb. 10 vs. Penn State at 2 p.m.

General admission tickets to all Ohio State home matches are $8 for adults, $5 for youth and $4 for groups of 10 or more when purchased at least 24 hours in advance. Reserved seating tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for youth and $6 for groups of 10 or more. Ohio State students with a valid Buckeye ID and children six and under are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at 614-431-3600, online at, in person at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office located in the southeast corner of the Jerome Schottenstein Center during normal business hours of operation or at the Ticket Office located in the southeast corner of St. John Arena on the day of the match (beginning one hour prior to the match).

Fans interested in purchasing group or season tickets can call Kathleen Dean at 614-292-4797.

2012-13 Team Captains
Nick Heflin, C.J. Magrum, Ian Paddock and Logan Stieber were named 2012-13 team captains, head coach Tom Ryan announced Thursday.

"Our team members voted for captains and I am proud of who they chose and why they chose them," Ryan, who has entered his seventh season as head coach of the Buckeyes, said. "Logan, Cody, Ian and Nick are all very special men on and off the mat. We all look forward to them leading the Buckeyes in the 2012-13 season."

Head Coach Tom Ryan
Tom Ryan concluded his sixth season as head coach of the Buckeyes in 2011-12 and the campaign proved to be a historical one. Coaching seven freshmen in the starting lineup, Ryan guided three of them to All-America status, a feat never before accomplished in program history. At the culmination of the season, Ryan witnessed redshirt freshman Logan Stieber capture the 133-pound title at the NCAA championships, marking the third Buckeye under Ryan's tutelage to win an individual national
championship. In all, three student-athletes have won four individual NCAA titles as J Jaggers (141 pounds), the 2009 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, was a two-time champion in 2008 and 2009.

In 2011-12, Ryan, who won his 180th-career match vs. Purdue Jan. 12, and the Scarlet and Gray capped the season with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division I Wrestling championships without a single upperclassman in the lineup. Recording a 13-4 overall record and 5-3 ledger in the Big Ten Conference, the Buckeyes beat six ranked teams during the season - No. 15 Virginia Tech, 21-12; No. 9 Pittsburgh, 22-9; No. 20 Kent State, 22-15; No. 2 Iowa, 21-9; No. 12 Michigan, 24-13; No. 8 Nebraska, 21-18 (National Duals). Ohio State also won the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational where true freshman Hunter Stieber, the younger brother of Logan, recorded a stunning victory over No. 1 and defending national champion Kellen Russell of Michigan, 6-5. Later in the season, the Scarlet and Gray advanced to the regional final of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Mat Mayhem in Stillwater, Okla. Ohio State faced No. 1 Oklahoma State in the final and dropped a 25-6 decision. Finally, one of the most exciting moments of the season occurred Jan. 20 when the Buckeyes downed Iowa (21-9) for the first time in 46 years (Feb. 12, 1966) before 5,684 fans in St. John Arena.

A Look Back
The Buckeyes return five All-Americans in Nikko Triggas (125 pounds), Logan Stieber (133 pounds), Hunter Stieber (141 pounds), Cam Tessari (149 pounds) and Nick Heflin (174 pounds) for the 2012-13 campaign. L. Stieber, the reigning Big Ten and NCAA champion, helped lead the Buckeyes to a 13-4 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten. On the national stage, Ohio State finished fifth at the NCAA championships, while also posting a fifth-place finish in the conference tournament.

Up Next
Ohio State will commence its dual schedule Nov. 15 when it travels to Davidson, N.C., to take on Davidson at 7 p.m. The following day, the Buckeyes will face Virginia Tech at 7 p.m.