NWCA National Duals: Finals results

Ohio State athletics

It's day two of the NWCA national duals and only four teams remain in the hunt: Ohio State, Minnesota, Cornell, and Oklahoma.

In a tournament that went largely as seeded, the Ohio State wrestling team refused to concede third place to three-seed Oklahoma. Instead the Buckeyes came out firing, winning four of the first five matches en route to a 23-16 victory over the Sooners.

Nick Roberts got things going with a fall over Williams of Oklahoma. Johnni DiJulius and Logan Stieber followed up with wins by decision and tech fall respectively. After three matches the Buckeyes led 14-0. Ian Paddock lost a Major Decision to defending National Champion Kendrick Maple at 148, but Randy Languis (157) righted the ship with a 6-1 decision victory, giving the Buckeyes a 17-4 lead at intermission.

The Sooners won two of the next three matches, tightening the score at 20-11. Next up at 197 pounds was #8 Nick Heflin whose reward for beating #2 Scott Schiller in the semifinals was a matchup with #5 Travis Rutt. Once again, Heflin rose to the occaison, posting a 6-3 decision victory and securing the victory for the Buckeyes. Ohio State's Kosta Karagore would lose via tech fall in the final match of the evening, but it wouldn't matter as Ohio State held on 23-16.

Wt.

OSU

Result

Oklahoma

By way of

Team Score

125

N. Roberts

W

S. Williams

Fall (2:13)

6-0

133

J. DiJulius

W

C. Brewer

Decision (6-3)

9-0

141

L. Stieber

W

N. Lester

Tech fall (18-3)

14-0

149

I. Paddock

L

K. Maple

Major Dec. (13-3)

14-4

157

R. Languis

W

D. Dryden

Decision (6-1)

17-4

165

J. Grandominico

L

C. Glass

Decision (6-1)

20-7

174

M. Martin

W

D. Geiges

Decision (3-0)

23-7

184

J. Fox

L

A. Howe

Major Dec. (22-8)

20-11

197

N. Heflin

W

T. Rutt

Decision (6-3)

23-11

285

K. Karageorge

L

Z. Merrill

Tech Fall (15-0)

23-16

Elsewhere in another match that some folks thought was of some importance, Minnesota took it to Cornell, winning by a score of 24-15 to earn the NWCA National Duals championship.

Wt.

Cornell

Result

Oklahoma

By way of

Team Score

125

N. Garrett

W

S. Brancale

Decision (12-5)

3-0

133

M. Grey

L

D. Thorn

Major Dec. (11-3)

3-4

141

Logan David

L

C. Dardanes

Major Dec. 15-6)

3-8

149

C. Villalonga

L

N. Dardanes

Dec. (5-4) stalling

3-11

157

B. Realbuto

L

D. Ness

Fall (1:12)

3-17

165

D. Palacio

W

D. Zilverberg

Fall (OT)

9-17

174

J. Shanaman

L

L. Storley

Decision (8-2)

9-20

184

G. Dean

W

K. Steinhaus

Decision (3-2 2OT)

12-20

197

J. Bennett

L

S. Schiller

Major Dec. (11-1)

12-24

285

J. Aiken-Phillips

W

M. Kroells

Decision (7-6)
15-24

Semifinals Results

The Semifinals of the NWCA national duals ended up pretty much as expected, with the top four teams all making it through. In one matchup it was Cornell taking on Oklahoma. The other mat featured the Ohio State  Buckeyes tangling with #1 Minnesota.

Minnesota was the heavy favorite coming into its semifinal bout with the Buckeyes. Ohio State would likely need several upsets (and bonus points from its big guns) to pull off the upset. Nick Roberts got the Buckeyes started off right at 125 pounds, beating Sam Brancale 9-7. However, at 133 in a battle between ranked wrestlers, Johnni DiJulius fell 8-5 to David Thorn, tying the dual up at 3 points a piece. Following DiJulius was #2 Logan Stieber in a matchup versus #5 Chris Dardanes. Toward the end of the first period, Stieber exploded with a double-leg, taking Dardanes straight to his back for five points, paving the way for a 10-0 major decision victory. Next up was #20 Ian Paddock versus #3 Nick Dardanes at 149 pounds. Paddock fought hard, but fell 6-2, narrowing the Buckeye lead to 7-6. Unranked Randy Languis also battled, but dropped a 8-4 decision to #5 Dylan Ness of Minnesota. The Buckeyes went into intermission trailing 7-9.

After intermission, things began to go downhill for the Ohio State. Joe Grandominico lost a decision at 165, and backups Joey Bresciani (174) and Josh Fox (185) lost via 15-0 tech fall and 11-2 major decision respectively. The lone bright spot of the second half for Ohio State was #8 Nick Heflin (197) who took down #2 Scott Schiller via a thrilling 8-4 decision. Heflin took Schiller straight to his back in the first period, gaining a 5-0 lead that he would never relinquish. So frustrated was Schiller by the end of the match, that he shoved Heflin after the whistle.

At heavyweight Nick Tavanello faced Minnesota backup Michael Krolls (With the meet in hand, Tony Nelson was held out) and lost by way of an 11-3 major decision. The final match score was 25-10 Minnesota.

Wt.

OSU

Result

Minnesota

By way of

Team Score

125

N. Roberts

W

S. Brancale

Decision 9-7

3-0

133

J. DiJulius

L

D. Thorn

Decision (8-5)

3-3

141

L. Stieber

W

C. Dardanes

Major Dec. (10-0)

7-3

149

I. Paddock

L

N. Dardanes

Decision (6-2)

7-6

157

R. Languis

L

D. Ness

Decision (8-4)

7-9

165

J. Grandominico

L

D. Zilverberg

Decision (8-2)

7-12

174

J. Bresciani

L

L. Storley

Technical fall (15-0)

7-17

184

J. Fox

L

K. Steinhaus

Major Dec. (11-2)

21-7

197

N. Heflin

W

S. Schiller

Decision (8-4)

21-10

285

N. Tavanello

L

M. Kroells

Major Dec. 11-3

25-10

Semifinal 2: Cornell v. Oklahoma

The second semifinal of the evening saw Cornell eek out a 23-20 team victory over Oklahoma. Pins by #1 Nashon Garrett (125) and #3 Gabe Dean (184) and an upset by #8 Chris Villalonga (149) over defending national champion #3 Kendric Maple were the difference in a match where both teams won five matches.

Wt.

Cornell

Result

Oklahoma

By way of

Team Score

125

N. Garrett

W

S. Williams

Fall (0:59)

6-0

133

M. Grey

L

C. Brewer

Major Dec. (11-2)

6-4

141

M. Nevinger

L

N. Lester

Fall (2:26)

6-10

149

C. Villalonga

W

K. Maple

Decision (3-1 SV)

9-10

157

B. Realbuto

W

D. Dryden

Major Dec. (11-1)

13-10

165

D. Palacio

W

C. Glass

Major Dec. (10-0)

17-10

174

J. Shanaman

L

A. Howe

Major Dec. (18-6)

17-14

184

G. Dean

W

A. Iacovelli

Fall (1:58)

23-14

197

J. Bennett

L

T. Rutt

Decision (5-2)

23-17

285

J. Aiken-Phillips

L

R. Larson

Decision (6-4)

23-20

The finals will feature Cornell taking on Minnesota in a battle of the two top seeds in the tournament. The Buckeyes will wrestle Oklahoma for third place. Wrestling will begin at 4pm and be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

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