Snyder, Stieber Advance at 33rd Annual CKLV Wrestling Invitational

Dec. 5, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A pair of Buckeye wrestlers – redshirt senior Logan Stieber and true freshman Kyle Snyder – went unbeaten to advance to the semifinals on the opening day of the CKLV Wrestling Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.

Stieber, a three-time defending champion at the CKLV Invitational and seeded first at 141 pounds, was dominant on Friday, picking up a pin and two tech fall on the way to the semifinals. He pinned Devin Reynolds of Oregon State in the opening round in just 1:18 and then followed that up with a 16-0 tech fall over Iowa State’s Dante Rodriguez and 17-1 rout of eighth-seeded Todd Preston. With the wins, Stieber is 8-0 on the season and 98-3 in his career.

Snyder, seeded third at 197 pounds, earned a 13-7 decision over Joe Popple of Bucknell in the opening round and then had little trouble advancing in the second round and quarterfinals, earning a pair of 14-4 major decisions. Snyder, from Woodbine, Md., is 11-0 on the season with five major decisions.

Other Buckeyes that advanced to the quarterfinal round of action included sixth-seeded Nathan Tomasello, who got a pin in just 52 seconds in the opening round over Kevin Hunt of Grand Canyon. Tomasello eventually fell to third-seeded Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals.

Defending 133-pound champion Johnni DiJulius went 2-1 on the day with a tech fall in the opening round (19-4) and major decision in the second round (18-5). He lost a heartbreaking quarterfinal match to 10th-seeded Daniel DeShazer of Nebraska-Kearney, 3-1.

At 174 pounds, Mark Martin had a 14-4 major decision in the opening round and 5-2 decision in the second round before dropping his quarterfinal match to Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh, 7-2. Nick Tavanello also represented the Buckeyes in the quarterfinals, winning his first two matches by decision and fall, respectively.

Action continues tomorrow at the CKLV Wrestling Invitational with the fourth round of consolations at noon, followed by the semifinals and consolation round five at 1 p.m. The finals will commence at 6 p.m. EST.

Ohio State Wrestling
CKLV Wrestling Invitational – Day 1
Las Vegas, Nev.

125 lbs.
No. 6 Nathan Tomasello fall over Kevin Hunt (Grand Canyon) :52
Tomasello decision over No. 11 Zeke Moisey (West Virginia) 15-10
No. 3 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) wins by fall over Tomasello 4:36

133 lbs.
No. 2 Johnni DiJulius tech fall over Jordan Gurrola (San Francisco St.) 19-4
DiJulius major decision over Kyle Gliva (North Dakota State) 18-5
No. 10 Daniel DeShazer (Nebraska-Kearney) decision over DiJulius 3-1 (OT)

141 lbs.
No. 1 Logan Stieber fall over Devin Reynolds (Oregon State) 1:18
Stieber tech fall over Dante Rodriguez (Iowa State) 16-0
Stieber tech fall over No. 8 Todd Preston (Harvard) 17-1

149 lbs.
No. 10 Randy Languis decision over Austin Uecker (Grand Canyon) 9-5
No. 7 Victor Lopez (Bucknell) defeated Languis 7-3
Langus decision over Rodney Shepard North Carolina State) 5-2
Sal Mastriani (Virginia Tech) decision over Langus 7-2

165 lbs.
Justin Kresevic decision over Dalton Harmon (Utah Valley) 4-3
No. 3 Taylor Walsh (Indiana) fall over Kresevic 2:32
Kresevic decision over Austin Harris (Western State Colorado) 7-2
Adam Fierro (Cal State Bakersfield) decision over Kresevic 10-4

174 lbs.
No. 7 Mark Martin major decision over Peter Santos (San Francisco State) 14-4
Martin decision over Kurtis Julson (North Dakota State) 5-2
No. 2 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) decision over Martin 7-2

184 lbs.
No. 2 Kenny Courts decision over Sean Pollock (Cal State Bakersfield) 13-9
Jakob Scheffel (West Virginia) decision over Courts 7-3
Courts major decision over Ross Taylor (Utah Valley) 17-6
Courts won by medical forfeit over Lelund Weatherspoon

197 lbs.
No. 3 Kyle Snyder decision over Josh Popple (Harvard) 13-7
Snyder major decision over Micah Barnes (Nebraska) 14-4
Snyder major decision over No. 5 Lucas Sheridan (Indiana) 14-4

285 lbs.
No. 4 Nick Tavanello decision over Colynn Cook (Navy) 13-6
Tavanello fall over Taylor Kornoely (North Idaho College) 3:42
No. 5 Joe Stolfi (Bucknell) decision over Tavanello 3-1 

Team Standings:
1. Minnesota 85.5 points
2. Iowa State 65 points
3. Cornell 61 points
4. Michigan 60.5 points
5 (tie). Ohio State 57.5 points
5 (tie). Virginia Tech 57.5 points
7. Nebraska 54.5 points
8. Virginia 50.5 points
9. North Carolina State 45 points