COLUMBUS, Ohio – A fast start that included two pins and a pair of major decisions in the first four matches helped lift fifth-ranked Ohio State to a 26-13 win against No. 18 Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes improved to 3-0 on the season, while the Panthers dropped to 0-2.
In all, Ohio State won six of 10 matches and had a 23-0 lead at the halfway mark. Back-to-back pins by senior Nikko Triggas and sophomore Logan Stieber at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively, immediately gave the Buckeyes a 12-0 advantage. Facing Godwin Nyama, Triggas, scored a takedown before pinning him in 2:32. Stieber followed suit, pinning No. 7 Shelton Mack in 4:26. Stieber was up 8-0 before tallying six team points for the Scarlet and Gray.
Leading 2-1 and 5-1 after the first and second periods, respectively, sophomore Hunter Stieber added four points to the Buckeye score on a 10-2 major decision against Travis Shaffer in the 141-pound matchup. Sophomore 149-pounder Cam Tessari rebounded from his opening dual-season loss at Virginia Tech with an 11-3 major decision victory versus Donnie Tasser. Holding on to a 4-1 lead after the first period, Tessari quickly got to work and increased his advantage to 8-2 after the second period.
One of the more exciting matches of the afternoon came as a last-second takedown by Josh Demas in the 157-pound bout propelled the Buckeye sophomore to a 3-1 win against Troy Reaghard. Following a scoreless tie after the first period, an escape by Reaghard was the only scoring in the second. Demas answered Reaghard’s escape with one of his own and as the more than 1,000 fans in St. John Arena were about to settle in for some overtime wrestling, Demas notched the takedown en route to his eighth win of the season.
Ohio State’s Nick Heflin was the remaining Buckeye to put points on the board for the Scarlet and Gray. Wrestling at 174 pounds, the Buckeye junior’s riding time of 1:07 was the difference maker in a 3-3 score at the end of regulation.
Freshman Mark Martin held his own vs. No. 16 Tyler Wilps at 165 pounds. With both wrestlers scoreless after the first period, Martin trailed Wilps 2-1 at the conclusion of the second. An escape and takedown by Wilps, however, sealed the first victory of the afternoon for Pittsburgh.
The Scarlet and Gray dropped their last three matches from 184 pounds to heavyweight. Once again, riding time was the deciding factor in the 184-pound match. Tied 2-2 against No. 14 Max Thomusseit, redshirt-freshman Kenny Courts could not overcome Thomusseit’s 1:18 of riding time. Senior C.J. Magrum dropped a 13-3 major decision to No. 2 Matthew Wilps and Peter Capone lost 5-1 to No. 8 Zac Thomusseit.