No. 4 Ohio State Hosts Kent State; Wrestles at Inaugural Grapple at the Garden

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Dec. 13, 2012

No. 4 Ohio State (3-0) vs. Kent State (0-0)
7 p.m. Dec. 14, 2012
At St. John Arena
Columbus, Ohio

Probable Lineups
No. 4 Ohio State
125 - No. 14 Nikko Triggas (10-5)
133 - No. 1 Logan Stieber (12-0)
141 - No. 2 Hunter Stieber (15-0)
149 - No. 10 Cam Tessari (7-5)/Ian Paddock (3-1)
157 - Josh Demas (10-2)
165 - Mark Martin (11-6)
174 - No. 2 Nick Heflin (6-0)
184 - Kenny Courts (14-5)
197 -No. 10 Andrew Campolattano (10-4)
HWT - No. 13Peter Capone (10-3)

Kent State
125 - Stevie Mitcheff (11-6)
133 - Kyle Bauer (11-8)
141 - Andy Candiello (5-7)
149 - Nick Carr (12-4)
157 - Mallie Shuster (6-6)
165 - Caleb Marsh (7-2)
174 - Sam Wheeler (10-5)
184 - No. 16 Casey Newburg (17-2)
197 - No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (15-0)
HWT - Keith Witt (7-5)

"Grapple at the Garden"
Dec. 16, 2012
At Madison Square Garden
New York, N.Y.

No. 18 Maryland (5-2)
125 - No. 13 Shane Gentry (10-1)/Josh Polacek (6-4)
133 - No. 11 Geoffrey Alexander (10-3)
141 - Frank Goodwin (1-1)/Danny O'Malley (2-7)
149 - Lou Mascola (6-6)
157 - TJ Guidice (6-3)/Danny Orem (2-3)
165 - Josh Snook (5-8)
174 - No. 6 Josh Asper (6-1)/Aaron Norris (1-5)
184 - No. 10 Jimmy Sheptock (15-1)
197 - No. 16 Christian Boley (9-3)/Ty Snook (6-5)
HWT - Dallas Brown (3-1)/Carl Buchholz (5-6)

Hofstra (0-9; 0-1 CAA)
125 - No. 19 Steve Bonanno (7-5)
133 - Jamie Franco (7-7)
141 - No. 13 Luke Vaith (9-5)
149 - Matt Spataro (9-10)
157 - Jay Lysne (5-11)/Cody Ruggirello (1-3)
165 - Nick Terdick (4-10)
174 - Jermaine John (8-6)
184 - Taras Luzhnyy (1-11)/Victor Pozsonyi (0-3)
197 - Tim Murphy (2-8)
HWT - Paul Snyder (10-3)

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will return to St. John Arena at 7 p.m. Friday and will face Kent State in an in-state matchup. The Buckeyes (3-0) will return to their dual schedule for the first time since beating Pittsburgh, 26-13, Nov. 18 in St. John Arena.

Two days later, Ohio State will compete in the inaugural "Grapple at the Garden," where 14 of the top teams in the nation will wrestle at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Buckeyes will face No. 18 Maryland at 10:30 a.m. before wresting Hofstra at 12:30 p.m. Seven of the 14 teams, including Ohio State are ranked in the Top 25 of the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll released Dec. 11.

This and That
• With five pins so far this season, senior Nikko Triggas has 42 for his career, which places him fifth all-time on the Ohio State list. Triggas is one pin shy from tying J.D. Bergman for fourth all-time with 43. Don Moxley leads the Buckeye list with 50.
• Redshirt-sophomore Logan Stieber has collected seven pins this season, bringing his career total to 23. Stieber is three pins shy of cracking the Buckeye Top 10.
• Sophomore Andrew Campolattano's 15-second pin over Joseph Goodwin of Cal Poly at the CKLV Invitational Nov. 30 is the second-fastest (tie) fall time in Buckeye history. Kevin Randleman holds the record with an eight-second pin in 1992. Campolattano recorded an 18-second pin last season, which is good for fourth all-time.
• Sophomore Hunter Stieber's 23 second pin of William Honer of American International Nov. 4 is the eighth-fastest time in Ohio State history.
Hunter Stieber leads the team in major decisions with five. Logan Stieber is the team leader in pins with seven and redshirt-freshman Kenny Courts' three technical falls paces the squad.

Wrestlers of the Week
Named the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational's Most Outstanding Wrestler, 133-pounder Logan Stieber earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors Dec. 4. A Buckeye team captain, Stieber had one of the more impressive performances in the tournament as he posted four pins en route to the final. In his first four wins, Stieber, a redshirt sophomore, was on the mat for a total time of 6:34, while his final match went the full seven minutes. In the final, Stieber recorded a 12-1 major decision over No. 2 and Missouri's Nathan McCormick. Stieber currently boasts a 12-0 record, with seven of his victories coming via fall. Additionally, Stieber has two major decisions and two technical falls.

Logan was not the only Stieber honored last week. Hunter Stieber, the Buckeyes' 141-pounder, earned Wrestler of the Week laurels, the official site of USA Wrestling announced Dec. 3. The Buckeye sophomore and Oregon State's and No. 2 Michael Mangrum met in the final of the event for the second consecutive year. After falling to Mangrum, 6-3, in 2011, Stieber was able to reverse the result this year with a 9-6 victory. En route to the final, the No. 1 seeded Stieber beat the No. 4 and No. 8 seeds on his way to a perfect 15-0 record in 2012.

Last Time Out
Behind a pair of championship performances by Logan and Hunter Stieber, the fifth-ranked Buckeyes won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Dec. 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second consecutive year. The Buckeyes collected 124.5 points and boasted six Top 4 finishes.

At the event's conclusion, Logan Stieber was named the CKLV Invitational's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Missouri, who remained on Ohio State's heels throughout the competition, finished one point behind the Buckeyes with 123.5 points, while Cornell rounded out the Top 3 with 104.5 points. (recap)

Read All About It
The Stieber brothers, Logan and Hunter, were featured in the Columbus Dispatch "GameDay" Saturday Dec. 7. Todd Jones sat down with the pair to help fans gain a little insight on one of the most dynamic and exciting wrestling duos in the country. Check out the story HERE.

Buckeyes vs. Golden Flashes
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. Kent State, 12-6, including a 22-15 win in Kent, Ohio, last season. (recap)

Buckeyes vs. Terrapins
Ohio State's match Sunday vs. Maryland will mark the first meeting between the two schools.

Buckeyes vs. Pride
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series against Hofstra, 4-0. In the two teams' previous match in 2010, Ohio State downed the Pride, 32-6, in Long Island, N.Y. (recap)

Up Next
The Buckeyes will not wrestle again until Jan. 4, 2013 when they face Iowa in Iowa City in their Big Ten Conference season opener. The match will air live on BTN at 8 p.m. ET. Last season, Ohio State downed the Hawkeyes, 21-9, in Columbus. (recap)