COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bonus points scored by No. 6 Ohio State (6-0) proved to be the difference maker in the Buckeyes’ 22-15 win against No. 20 Kent State on Sunday in the M.A.C. Center. Despite Ohio State and Kent State winning five matches each, pins by Logan Stieber and C.J. Magrum, as well as a major decision by Hunter Stieber lifted the Scarlet and Gray to its sixth dual win of the season.
“It was not a good day for everyone, but it’s good to get the win in a harsh environment,” Magrum said. “We need to keep improving and pushing each other. The Buckeyes will get better as the season progresses.”
|Other Results from Sunday|
|No. 2 Oklahoma State 25, No. 11 Oklahoma 13|
|No. 4 Cal Poly 33, No. 16 Oregon State 6|
|No. 8 Michigan 21, Wisconsin 12|
|No. 9 Pittsburgh 39, Cleveland State 3|
|No. 13 Maryland 21, No. 24 Pennsylvania 15|
The Buckeyes went 2-3 in the first five matches of the day, yet still owned a 10-9 lead heading into intermission. After the break, Ohio State won three consecutive matches at 174, 184 and 197 pounds.
Down 3-0 early, Ohio State answered with back-to-back wins courtesy of No. 3 Logan Stieber at 133 pounds and No. 6 Hunter Stieber at 141 pounds.
Logan Stieber, who remains undefeated on the season with a 15-0 overall record and 6-0 ledger in dual competition, immediately gave the Buckeyes a 6-3 lead when he pinned Troy Opfer at the 2:17 mark. Logan Stieber, a redshirt freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, now has a team-leading eight pins this season.
“We wrestled okay as a whole today, but we have to finish matches and score more points,” Logan Stieber said.
The younger brother of Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, also tacked on bonus points for the Scarlet and Gray after recording an 11-2 major decision vs. No. 13 Tyler Small.
In a highly anticipated 149-pound matchup between a pair of freshmen Ohio High School state champions, Buckeye and 15th-ranked Cam Tessari faced No. 18 Ian Miller. Tessari, who hails from Monroeville, Ohio, and is a four-time state champion, dropped a 9-5 decision to Miller, who is a three-time state titlist from Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Another Golden Flash decision at 157 pounds followed to allow them to cut the Ohio State lead to one (10-9). No. 19 Josh Demas, a redshirt freshman out of Westerville North High School, lost to Mallie Shuster, 6-1.
Out of the break, Kent State maintained its momentum when Buckeye Derek Garcia, a freshman from Sedro Woolley, Wash., suffered a 6-1 setback to Tommy Sasfy. With the win, the Golden Flashes took a 12-10 lead with four matches remaining.
Ohio State jumped back into the lead (13-12) thanks to No. 5 Nick Heflin’s 8-3 win against Brandonn Johnson at 174 pounds. Heflin, a sophomore from Massillon, Ohio, is now 15-1 overall, including a 6-0 dual record.
Magrum pinning Kwan Bailey in 6:28 at 184 pounds proved to be crucial down the stretch as the win gave the Buckeyes a 19-12 lead with two matches left. The redshirt junior from Oak Harbor, Ohio, is 13-3 overall and remains undefeated in dual competition with a 6-0 record.
Freshman Andrew Campolattano sealed the win for the Scarlet Gray after his 8-2 victory vs. Keith Witt. Campolattano, a native of Bound Brook, N.J., is 10-5 overall and 4-2 in dual matches.
In the final match of the afternoon, sophomore Peter Capone dropped a 6-3 decision to Brendan Barlow for the 22-15 final.
At 125 pounds, freshman Johnni Dijulius faced the second-ranked wrestler in the nation in Nicholas Bedelyon and was handed a 6-1 loss to open the dual.