Led by defending 133 pound NCAA National Champion , and consensus preseason No. 1, red-shirt sophomore Logan Stieber, ten Ohio State grapplers will enter the 2012-13 season ranked in an individual weight class top-20 by either Amateur Wrestling News or WIN Magazine.
The collective individual prowess of Ohio State produced a No. 5 preseason ranking in WIN's Preseason Tournament Power Index for the Tom Ryan-led program.
After finishing fifth at the 2012 NCAA championships, a breakdown of which Buckeyes seek to lead Ohio State to it's fifth top-10 NCAA championships finish in six seasons, and the program's first team national championship, comes after the jump.125
Sr. Nikko Triggas
Triggas returns to the Ohio State program after an absence last season. A three-time NCAA championships qualifier, Triggas enters his final season with a 72-54 record and No. 8 ranking by AWN.
Soph. Johnni Dijulius
WIN's No. 15 125-pounder, Dijulius will compete with Triggas after finishing seventh at the Big Ten championships, qualifying for the NCAA championships during a 19-15 rookie season.
Soph. Logan Stieber
The reigning 133 pound NCAA champion and InterMat Freshman of the Year, Stieber will seek to become Ohio State's first back-to-back NCAA champion since J Jaggers in 2008-9. The 2011-12 Big Ten Freshman of the Year went 33-2 in his debut season for the Scarlet and Gray. Steiber enters the upcoming season atop the 133 division by both AWN and WIN.
Soph. Hunter Stieber
Logan's younger brother, Hunter has a chance to make a name of his own. One of three Ohio State Freshman All-Americans, Stieber placed third in the Big Ten and sixth at NCAA in his 28-7 2012 campaign. Stieber enters his second season in Columbus the No. 3 wrestler at 141 by AWN, the No. 4 in his class by WIN.
Soph. Cam Tessari
Ranked No. 4 by AWN and No. 5 by WIN, Tessari rounds out the trifecta of Buckeye 2012 Freshman All-Americans. A fifth-place finisher at the Big Ten championships, Tessari improved upon that finish at the NCAA championship taking home fourth-place honors and an All-America laurel.
Soph. Josh Demas
Penciled in at 15 by both outlets, Demas is another talented sophomore that shows the current and future is bright for Ohio State. Demas went 22-15 last season, qualifying for the NCAA championships and finishing sixth in Big Ten.
Jr. Nick Heflin
Behind L. Stieber, Heflin is the consensus highest-ranked wrestler with a No. 3 ranking by both AWN and WIN at 174. The 2011 Big Ten championships runner-up, Heflin was named an All-American in his sophomore season by way of his fifth-place finish at the NCAA championships. Heflin owns a 51-19 career record on the mat.
Sr. C. J. Magrum
No. 16 at 184 by AWN, Magrum will finish his career at Ohio State as a captain his last two seasons. The three-time NCAA championships qualifier has a career ledger of 67-39 and finished fourth at the 2011 Big Ten championships.
Soph. Andrew Camplattano
Camplattano rounds out the four Ohio State sophomore that garnered a preseason top-10 ranking. The No. 9 197--pounder by both accords, Camplattano will seek to build upon a fourth-place Big Ten championships finish that highlighted his 23-14 2011-12 season.
Jr. Peter Capone
Capone will kick off his second season in the Heavyweight division with a rankings of 16 and 18 by WIN and AWN respectively. Capone tied for the Ohio State lead with five major decisions a year ago, a season that concluded at the NCAA championships.
WIN’s 2012-13 NCAA Division I Preseason Tournament Power Index
Sept. 13, 2012