No. 5 Buckeyes Travel to Davidson, No. 12 Virginia Tech

Go Buckeyes! Senior captain C.J. Magrum and the Buckeyes will host their season opener vs. Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.
Go Buckeyes!
Senior captain C.J. Magrum and the Buckeyes will host their season opener vs. Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.
Go Buckeyes!

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Nov. 14, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio– The fifth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will begin its 2012-13 dual campaign Thursday in Davidson, N.C., when it faces Davidson at 7 p.m. in Belk Arena. The Buckeyes will resume action the following evening in Blacksburg, Va., when they wrestle No. 12 Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.

Probable Lineups
No. 5 Ohio State (0-0)
125 – No. 8 Nikko Triggas (4-2)
133 – No. 1 Logan Stieber (4-0)/ Kyle Visconti (2-4)
141Randy Languis (4-2)/No. 4 Hunter Stieber (8-0)
149Alex Gordon (3-4)/No. 7 Cam Tessari (2-2)
157 – No. 16 Josh Demas (5-0)/ TJ Rigel (6-5)
165Mark Martin (9-2)
174 – No. 2 Nick Heflin (4-0)/ Matthew O’Hara (3-2)
184Kenny Courts (9-2)
197C.J. Magrum (2-1)/No. 10 Andrew Campolattano (6-2)
HWT – No. 19 Peter Capone (4-0)



Davidson (3-0)
125 – Philip Elias/Matt Zarth
133 – Anthony Elias
141 – Sejiro Littleton
149 – Kevin Birmingham/Patrick Devlin
157 – Nathaniel Powers/CT Talevi
165 – Chris Cirenza
174 – Ian Solcz
184 – Scott Patrick
197 – Carson Stack
HWT – Ed Isola/Jordan Ownbey

No. 12 Virginia Tech (0-0)
125 – No. 10 Jarrod Garnett (3-1)
133 – Erik Spjut (4-1)
141 – No. 10 Zach Neibert (4-2)
149 – No. 19 Nick Brascetta (4-1)
157 – Lex Ozias (1-2)/No. 6 Jesse Dong (0-0)
165 – No. 5 Pete Yates (5-0)
174 – Austin Gabel (4-1)
184 – Nick Vetterlein (4-2)
197 – Derrick Borlie (4-1)/Darren Hankins (4-4)
HWT – No. 15 David Marone (0-0)

Can’t Make It?
For fans who can’t make it out to Davidson, live streaming of the match will be available on Davidson’s website. The single match all-access subscription price is $5.95 and allows viewers to watch any live video and archived content for a 24-hour period.

Virginia Tech will maintain live stats via Track Wrestling. For the live streaming option, fans can watch the match through Hokie All-Access. Fans, please remember a Buckeye Vision subscription also is valid for Hokie All-Access as both are part of the College Network. For Buckeye Vision subscription package options, please click HERE.

Figuring it Out
Several members of the squad competed in various open tournaments and invitationals during the past two weeks. Ohio State first traveled to the Eastern Michigan Open Nov.3 and a pair of Buckeyes in Matthew O’Hara (174 pounds) and Josh Fox (197 pounds) finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in their weight classes.

The next day, Nov. 4, 16 Buckeyes wrestled in the UB Invitational and helped the squad win the event behind 148 points. Five members of the team – Logan Stieber (133 pounds), Hunter Stieber (141 pounds), Josh Demas (157 pounds), Nick Heflin (174 pounds) and Peter Capone (HWT) – were crowned champions, while Johnni Dijulius (133 pounds), Ian Paddock (141 pounds) and C.J. Magrum (197 pounds) were runners-up.

At the Michigan State Open Nov. 11, five Buckeyes won their respective weight classes in Kenny Courts (184 pounds), Mark Martin (165 pounds), Nick Roberts (125 pounds), Hunter Stieber (141 pounds) and Nick Tavanello (HWT). Finishing second were Andrew Campolattano (197 pounds), Johnni Dijulius (133 pounds) and Craig Thomas (184 pounds). Roberts, Stieber, Tavanello, Campolattano and DiJulius wrestled unattached.

For complete results from all three events, click HERE.

Read All About ItCheck out a pair of stories written about All-American Nikko Triggas’ return to collegiate wrestling and defending Big Ten and NCAA champion Logan Stieber’s quest to repeat.

In the Rankings
Ohio State remains fifth in the latest USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll released Nov. 13. The Buckeyes have 364 points, only three points behind fourth-ranked Iowa. Four Big Ten programs round out the Top 5 in the team rankings. Minnesota is No.1, followed by Penn State. Oklahoma State is the only non-Big Ten school in the Top 5. The Buckeyes also are No. 5, with 72 points, in the InterMat standings released Nov. 13.

Individual Rankings
InterMat (Nov. 13)
Rank Wrestler Weight Class
No. 8 Nikko Triggas 125 pounds
No. 1 Logan Stieber 133 pounds
No. 4 Hunter Stieber 141 pounds
No. 7 Cam Tessari 149 pounds
No. 16 Josh Demas 157 pounds
No. 2 Nick Heflin 174 pounds
No. 10 Andrew Campolattano 197 pounds
No. 19 Peter Capone Heavyweight

Amateur Wrestling News (Nov. 13)
Rank Wrestler Weight Class
No. 13 Nikko Triggas 125 pounds
No. 1 Logan Stieber 133 pounds
No. 3 Hunter Stieber 141 pounds
No. 8 Cam Tessari 149 pounds
No. 13 Josh Demas 157 pounds
No. 3 Nick Heflin 174 pounds
No. 14 C.J. Magrum 184 pounds
No. 10 Andrew Campolattano 197 pounds
No. 15 Peter Capone Heavyweight

Make it Quick
Hunter Stieber and Andrew Campolattano have recorded the fastest fall times so far in this early portion of the 2012-13 season. In his season opener, Stieber downed William Honer of American International in 23 seconds. Campolattano, who recorded an 18-second pin vs. Chris Heald of Michigan last season, pinned Olivet’s Andrew Simpson in 25 seconds.

This and That
• Redshirt freshman Kenny Courts (184 pounds) and freshman Mark Martin (165 pounds) lead the team in wins with nine.
• Courts has collected three major decisions to tie for the team lead with sophomore Hunter Stieber (141 pounds). Additionally, Courts has recorded three technical falls. So far, 67 percents of Courts’ victories have been bonus points wins.
• Twenty-two Buckeyes have tallied bonus points wins in the Eastern Michigan Open, UB Invitational and Michigan State Open combined.

Smile, You’re on Camera
All five 2012-13 Ohio State wrestling home matches will be streamed live on either the Big Ten Digital Network or Buckeye Vision. Returning five All-Americans, including 2012 NCAA Champion Logan Stieber, the Buckeyes open their home schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena vs. Pittsburgh. Ohio State streaming schedule.

Buckeye Vision subscriptions can be purchased by clicking HERE. Please note, fans’ Buckeye Vision subscription information also can be used to log on to the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for Ohio State content only. A large number of matches streamed also will be televised on delay via Student U. For ticket information regarding Ohio State home matches, please click HERE.

Buckeyes on the Coast
The match-up Thursday is the first meeting between Ohio State and Davidson. The Buckeyes and Hokies have met 13 other times, with the Scarlet and Gray owning a 12-1 advantage. Last season, Ohio State downed Virginia Tech, 21-12, (recap) in St. John Arena.

Up Next
Ohio State will host its first dual match of the 2012-13 season at 2 p.m. Sunday when it wrestles Pittsburgh to St. John Arena. The match will be streamed live on Buckeye Vision. For subscription information, click HERE.