Ohio State bounces back from loss
Buckeyes crush Purdue after dropping previous two matches
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 8 Ohio State defeated Purdue 27-10 to improve to 2-2 in the Big Ten on Thursday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes moved to 8-2 overall as Purdue fell to 6-6 (1-2 Big Ten).
The night began with the 125-pound bout as Bo Touris defeated Luke Schroeder 15-6 in his first match of the year to give the Buckeyes an early 4-0 lead. About a minute later the score would be 10-0 in favor of Ohio State as No. 4 Logan Stieber (17-1 overall, 8-1 dual) pinned No. 8 Cashe Quiroga. Stieber’s 10th pin of the year improved his record to 22-4 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.
Adding to the lead was Logan’s brother, Hunter Stieber as he earned a 4-2 decision against the Boilermaker’s Nick Lawrence. The No. 7 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds earned the win with a late takedown in the second period to push the score to 4-1. He improved to 3-1 in the Big Ten on the season.
Consecutive decisions for Purdue would trim the Buckeye lead to 13-6. Alex Gordon (149 pounds) suffered a 7-2 defeat at the hands of No. 13 Ivan Lopouchanski and T.J. Rigel (157 pounds) lost a 9-6 bout to No. 20 Tommy Churchard in the final minute as the Boilermakers cut their deficit to seven.
Derek Garcia (165 pounds) brought the Buckeyes back to the win column by beating Kyle Mosier 8-4 and giving the Scarlet and Gray a 16-6 lead. Garcia earned three points in the third period to give him a commanding lead.
A major decision, 15-6, by No. 8 Nick Heflin against Drake Stein put the Buckeyes up 20-6 and sealed the Boilermakers fate. Heflin earned two takedowns in the last four seconds of the second period to push a commanding lead. Heflin moved to 9-1 in dual matches this season.
Purdue would earn four points in the 184 pound match as No. 19 Braden Atwood defeated Ohio State’s Craig Thomas 9-1.
Andrew Campolattano would help the Buckeyes rebound in a big way, earning a major decision, 18-6, against Purdue’s Justin Dinius. This was Campolattano’s sixth dual win on the year and he improved to 2-2 in the Big Ten.
The last match of the evening saw No. 17 Pete Capone defeat Purdue’s Roger Vukobratovich in overtime by a score of 4-2. Capone moved to 2-2 in the Big Ten this season.