COLUMBUS, Ohio — Led by seven victories, fourth-ranked Ohio State downed Kent State 27-10 at home on Friday. Hunter Stieber, Logan Stieber and Nikko Triggas scored bonus points for Ohio State as the squad moved to 4-0 in dual competition.
At 125 pounds, Triggas, a senior from Moraga, Calif., lifted Ohio State to a quick 6-0 lead following his 1:59 pin against Steve Mitchell. Triggas earned the 43rd pin of his career which ties him for fourth all-time at Ohio State.
Logan Stieber, the Buckeyes’ No. 1-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds, remained undefeated (13-0) when he recorded an 18-1 technical fall against Kyle Bauer.
Hunter Stieber, also undefeated with a 16-0 record at 141 pounds, propelled the Scarlet and Gray to a 15-0 advantage following his 13-5 major decision versus Lukas Kern. Backed by a trio of takedowns in the first period, Stieber owned a 6-2 advantage heading into the second period. Stieber, a sophomore from Monroeville, Ohio, added another pair of takedowns, two escapes and a riding time of 1:15 for the final score.
After sophomore Cam Tessari dropped a 10-3 decision to Nicholas Carr at 149 pounds, the Buckeyes won back-to-back matches at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively. Sophomore Josh Demas edged Mallie Shuster 3-2 at 157 pounds before freshman Mark Martin beat Caleb Marsh 2-1. An escape by Demas in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and the Buckeye from Westerville, Ohio, held on for the victory. After a scoreless first period, Martin trailed Marsh 1-0 entering the final period, but a reversal by Martin with 37 seconds remaining sealed the Ohio State victory.
Sophomore Craig Thomas, who started at 174 pounds for the Buckeyes, lost a close 4-1 decision to Sam Wheeler before Kenny Courts scored a 6-4 overtime victory versus Casey Newburg. An escape in the third period by Courts leveled the match to send it into overtime. With 26 seconds left, Courts scored a takedown and lifted Ohio State to a 24-6 lead.
At 197 pounds, sophomore Andrew Campolattano faced No. 1 Dustin Kilgore and suffered a 10-1 setback. Junior Peter Capone concluded the evening with a 2-0 victory against Keith Whitt.