Ohio State wrestling: Buckeyes stomp Michigan State

The Ohio State wrestling team won 9 of its 10 matches en route to a dominating victory over Michigan State.

Nearly 2,250 fans packed the Massilon Perry High School gym Friday night to see the Ohio State wrestling team take on Michigan State.  Those who made it out were treated to one of the team's most dominant performances of the season as the Buckeyes pounded the Spartans 39-6

Ohio State set the tone early as both Nick Roberts and Johnni DiJulius recorded falls in the evenings first two bouts. Defending national champion Logan Stieber continued the offensive onslaught, racking up 20 points on the way to a 20-3 victory by technical fall. The Buckeyes followed up Stieber's technical fall with four consecutive decision victories, bringing the score to 29-0. Kenny Courts continued the onslaught, recording a fall, and hometown hero Nick Heflin followed with a major decision victory.

The Buckeyes lone loss of the evening came at heavyweight as Nick Tavanello was pinned by #7 Mike McClure. Full match results are available below.

Wt.

OSU

Result

MSU

By Way Of

Team Score

125

Nick Roberts

W

Brenan Lyon

Fall (1:54)

6-0

133

Johnni DiJulius

W

Garth Yenter

Fall (2:53)

12-0

141

Logan Stieber

W

Brian Gibbs

Technical Fall (20-3)

17-0

149

Ian Paddock

W

Nicholas Trimble

Decision (8-4)

20-0

157

Randy Languis

W

Roger Wildmo

Decision (5-2)

23-0

165

Joe Grandominico

W

Bobby Nash

Decision (5-2)

26-0

174

Mark Martin

W

Nick Kaczanowski

Decision (5-2)

29-0

184

Kenny Courts

W

John Rizqallah

Fall (3:09)

35-0

197

Nick Heflin

W

Nick McDiarmid

Maj. Decision (10-2)

39-0

285

Nick Tavanello

L

Mike McClure

Fall (2:50)

39-6

QUICK HITS:

  • Ohio State's 39-point outburst was its highest total of the Big Ten season (by 18 points) and second-highest of the year.
  • Nick Heflin, a Massilon Perry graduate, was wrestling in front of his home-town crowd.
  • Joe Grandominico and Randy Languis both earned their first Big Ten dual victories of the season.
  • With his victory by tech fall, Junior Logan Stieber now has 17 wins on the season, all of which earned bonus points (3 Maj. Decisions, 6 tech falls, 8 pins).
  • The win brings Ohio State's dual record to 9-4 (4-4 Big Ten).

Next up for the Buckeyes are the NWCA national duals Feb. 16-17. The event, taking place in Columbus, will feature 14 of the best teams in the country engaged in a dual-meet tournament. LGHL will be providing extensive coverage of the national duals, so stay tuned.

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