No. 5 Buckeyes Host No. 18 Pittsburgh in Season Home Opener

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Nov. 17, 2012



COLUMBUS, Ohio- After competing in a pair of dual matches on the road Thursday and Friday, the No. 5 Ohio State wrestling team will open its 2012-13 home schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena vs. No. 18 Pittsburgh. The Buckeyes are 2-0 on the season after defeating Davidson, 40-3, Thursday (recap) and No. 12 Virginia Tech, 23-10, Friday (recap).

Probable Lineups
No. 5 Ohio State (2-0) vs. No. 18 Pittsburgh (0-1)
125 - No. 8 Nikko Triggas (5-3) vs. Godwin Nyama (0-1) or Derrick Nelson (4-2)
133 - No. 1 Logan Stieber (6-0) vs. No. 7 Shelton Mack (5-1)
141 -No. 4 Hunter Stieber (9-0) vs. Travis Shaffer (0-1)
149 -No. 7 Cam Tessari (2-3) vs. Donnie Tasser (5-1) or Ronnie Garbinsky
157 - No. 16 Josh Demas (7-0) vs. Troy Reaghard (5-3)
165 - Mark Martin (10-3) vs. No. 16 Tyler Wilps (6-0)
174 - No. 2 Nick Heflin (5-0) vs. Nick Bonaccorsi (5-1) or P.J. Tasser (4-2)
184 - Kenny Courts (11-2) vs. No. 14 Max Thomusseit (5-0)
197 - C.J. Magrum (4-1) vs. No. 2 Matt Wilps (2-0)
HWT - No. 19 Peter Capone (6-0) vs. No. 8 Zac Thomusseit (6-0) or Mike Gregory

This and That
•In this early portion of the dual season, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 63-10.
•In its 40-3 win at Davidson, Ohio State scored 40 points for the first time since beating Findlay, 42-3, Nov. 22, 2009 in Columbus during the Buckeye Duals.
•The 2010 team leader in falls with 15, senior Nikko Triggas is No. 5 all-time at Ohio State in career falls with 38 after pinning Davidson's Philip Elias in 1:56.
•Senior C.J. Magrum recorded his 70th career victory at Davidson.
•Freshman Kenny Courts (184 pounds) leads the team in wins with 11. Courts is 11-2 overall. Courts has collected three major decisions to tie for the team lead with classmate Mark Martin (165 pounds) and sophomore Hunter Stieber (141 pounds). Additionally, Courts has recorded three technical falls. So far, 55 percent of Courts' victories have been bonus point wins.
•Courts, Martin and Matthew O'Hara competed in a collegiate dual meet for the first time in their careers at Davidson.

Congratulations Champ!
Prior to the match vs. Pittsburgh, Buckeye fans will have an opportunity to help congratulate 2012 Big Ten and NCAA champion Logan Stieber as a banner recognizing his accomplishments will be raised in the St. John Arena rafters.

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.

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.

"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.

Buckeyes vs. Panthers
Ohio State has an 11-9 lead vs. Pittsburgh in the all-time series. Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Panthers, 22-9, in Pittsburgh (recap).

Up Next
Ohio State will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the CKLV Invitational Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The Buckeyes' next home match is at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 vs. Kent State in St. John Arena.