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2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture
March 8, 2014 at 10:36pm
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After two sessions the Buckeye sit in 4th place behind PSU, Iowa & Minnesota.

Logan Stieber & Nick Heflin will be competing for Big Ten titles tomorrow.

Nick Roberts, Johnni DiJulius & Kenny Courts are still alive in the consolation bracket, each needing one win to move into the 3rd place match.

Ian Paddock, Mark Martin & Nick Tavanello will each wrestle for 7th place. Randy Languis finished in 9th place & Joe Grandominico placed 10th.

The Nittany Lions & Hawkeyes each have 5 wrestlers vying for individual titles while Nebraska advanced 3 to the championship match.

Team Scores:
1. PSU 122
2. Iowa 121
3. Minnesota 86
4. Ohio State 73.5
5. Illinois 69.5
6. Nebraska 68
7. Wisconsin 58
8. TSUN 49.5
9. Northwestern    44.0
10. Indiana 34.0
11. Purdue 30.0
12.    Michigan State 15.0

Individual results through the first two sessions:
125
(1) Megaludis (PSU) over (8) Nick Roberts  - 12-5
Roberts over Brancale (MN) Fall - 1:05
Roberts over (5) Youtsey (TSUN) - 5-4
Roberts vs (3) Clark (IA) - Consolation Semi-finals

133
(6) Johnni DiJulius over (11) Duca (IN) - 6-0
(3) Thorn (MN) over DiJulius - 5-3
DiJulius over (12) Yenter (MSU) - 2-0
DiJulius over (7) Gulibon (PSU) - 6-1
DiJulius vs (4) Quiroga (PU) - Consolation Semi-finals

141
(2) Logan Stieber over Rodriguez (IL) - TF 3:25 (15-0)
(2) Stieber over (3) Dardanes (MN) - 9-0
Stieber vs (1) Rutherford (PSU) - Championship Finals

149
(6) Ian Paddock over Ervin (IL) - 9-5
(3) Tsirtsis (NW) over Paddock - 3-2
(6) Paddock over Roach (IN) - 6-1
(7) English (PSU) over (6) Paddock - 5-2
Paddock vs Ervin (IL) - 7th place match

157
(6) Walsh (IN) over (11) Randy Languis - 7-1
(5) Alton (PSU) over Languis - 2-0
Languis over (10) Sullivan (NW) - 7-4
9th Place - Randy Languis

165
(7) LeBlanc (IN) over (10) Joe Grandominico - 7-3
(8) Wilso (UNL) over (10) Grandominico - 10-2 MD
(11) Nash (MSU) over Grandominico - 6-1
10th Place - Joe Grandominico

174
(6) Mark Martin over Kissel (PU) - 7-5
(3) Evans (IA) over Martin - 8-0
Martin over Kaczanowski (MSU) - 5-3
(7) Liegel (Wis) over (6) Martin - 3-1
Martin vs (8) Zeerip (TSUN) - 7th place match

184
(6) Kenny Courts over Rizqallah (MSU) - 4-3
(3) Lofthouse (IA) over Courts - 4-1
Courts over Berkowitz (NW) - 10-2
(6) Courts over Sheridan (IN) - 6-3
Courts vs (5) Abounader (TSUN) - Consolation Semi-finals

197
(2) Nick Heflin over Polizzi (NW) - Fall 1:08
(2) Heflin over (3) Schiller (MN) - 3-2
Heflin vs (1) McIntosh (PSU) - Championship Finals

285
(7) Medbery (Wis) over (10) Nick Tavanello - 6-0
Tavanello over (1) Coon (TSUN) - 6-5
(4) Telford (IA) over Tavanello - 8-0
Tavanello vs (7) Medbery (Wis) - 7th place match

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Link to the pdf of the full brackets.

Regardless of what happens tomorrow; Roberts, DiJulius, Stieber, Courts, Heflin & Tavanello are guaranteed to advance to the NCAAs. If Mark Martin wins tomorrow he's definitely in. Hopefully Ian Paddock will receive an at-large bid.

 

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Go1Bucks's picture

Thanks for the update, great work.

 

Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

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buckskin's picture

Is the other Stieber brother injured?  Did the other Monroeville stud wrestler end up at OSU?  I lost track of his career after H.S.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Hunter Stieber is taking a redshirt year. 

Cam Tessari left the team after last season & is currently at Hofstra.

I'm not sure about Chris Phillips but I believe he was never able to get his grades in order after leaving NCST.

Buckeye5000's picture

Although he didn't have a great tourney, I LOVE this result: Tavanello over (1) Coon (TSUN) - 6-5 . It's always great to get a big win over TSUN....especially since Coon was the top seed. Tavanello sure rose to the occasion...but that is expected by a Buckeye whenever they compete against a Skunkweasel.

Go Bucks!

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Coon was by far the worst under-performer of the tournament. Upset in his first match & then lost his second match to Nick. I can't remember the last time a 1 seed went 0-2 in the tourny.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks for the rundown all

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Congratulations to Big Ten Champion Logan Stieber!

I'll have the rest of the updates as soon as the 197 championship match finishes. Currently Heflin & McIntosh are tied 2-2 going into Sudden Victory.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Tied 3-3 after the first sudden victory.

Heflin gets a TD with two seconds remaining in the 2nd SV!

Nick Heflin is the 2014 197 Big Ten Champ!

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Buckeye5000's picture

What an Incredible match! Congrats to Nick.

 

 

Go Bucks!

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Buckeye5000's picture

I loved the way Logan took it to the frosh. Logan showed the kid who is still the MAN to beat. I think that loss really motivated Logan and let him know that if he doesn't give his best every match (I know he was coming off the Vegas tourney) he can lose. I'm not trying to get ahead of myself, but Imho, Logan brings another NC back to OSU. Although the kid from Hofstra (I think it's Hofstra...I can't remember right now) will be tough.

Go Bucks!

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

125
(3) Clark (IA) over Roberts 3-1
Lambert (UNL) over Roberts - Fall 4:24
6th Place - Nick Roberts
 
133
(4) Quiroga (PU) over DiJulius
6th Place - Johnni DiJulius
 
141
Stieber over (1) Rutherford (PSU) - 7-3
Big Ten Chamion - Logan Stieber
 
149
Paddock over Ervin (IL) - 15-3
7th Place - Ian Paddock
 
174
Martin over (8) Zeerip (TSUN)
7th Place - Mark Martin

184
Abounader (TSUN) over Courts - 7-0
Courts over Nikko Reyes (IL) - 16-6
5th Place - Kenny Courts
 
197
Heflin vs (1) McIntosh (PSU) - 5-3
Big Ten Champion - Nick Heflin

285
(7) Medbery (Wis) over Tavanello - 7-0
8th Place - Nick Tavanello

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

3x Big Ten Champion Logan Stieber

Big Ten Champion Nick Heflin

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Nice PICS SL - Congrats men

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

One thing I love about wrestling...everyone else on the podium looks pissed. You never see a wrestler thrilled to be #2.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Good point - it's because he lost in the finals

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Final Team Scores

1.     Penn State      140.5
2.     Iowa     135.0
3.     Minnesota     118.5
4.     Ohio State     86.5
5.     Nebraska     79.0
6.     Illinois     78.5
7.     Wisconsin     73.0
8.     Michigan     71.5
9.     Northwestern     58.0
10.     Indiana     37.0
11.     Purdue     34.5
12.     Michigan State     21.5

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Seattle Linga's picture

Nice to see MSU last in something

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Heinieg's picture

Great job Buckeyes.  Proud to follow Buckeye wrestling.  Keep the coverage coming.

 

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JYBUCKEYE's picture

Logan dominated his match. Can't wait to watch him at the ncaa tourney.  Heflin suprised me looks like a totally different wrestler from last year. 

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

He is jacked.  197 is probably much closer to his natural weight than 174 was.  Also, no one is taking down David Taylor this year at 174. 

Looks like Stieber has a great shot to be a 3X NCAA champion.  Heflin will need to wrestle really well, but I think he has a good shot to take his first NCAA championship.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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AirForceNUT's picture

David Taylor wrestles 165.

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Jason Priestas's picture

With the amazing prep base of talent in the state of Ohio, how is it that Ohio State only has two Big Ten tournament championships in the event's 100-year history? Okay, so Dan Gable can explain about 20 of those years, but what about the other 80?

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Alan Fried (Oklahoma St), Jim Jordan (Wisconsin), Jeff Jordan (Wisconsin), Ben Jordan (Wisconsin), Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin), Mark Zimmer (Oklahoma), Dustin Shlatter (Minnesota), Lee Kemp (Wisconsin), David Taylor (PSU), Joe Heskett (Iowa St), Jeff Dernlan (PSU), Steve Dernlan (Wisconsin), Matt Dernlan (PSU), Timmy Dernlan (Purdue), Harry Lester (Iowa St), Steve St. John (Arizona St), Dan St. John (Arizona St), Mike DeAnna (Iowa), Eric Kimble (Ohio U), Jim Heffernan (Iowa), Mike Davies (Arizona St), Mike Buddie (Wake Forest/Baseball),  Willie Wineberg (Purdue), Johnny McGee (Iowa Central JC), Tom Mikovich (MSU), Pat Mikovich (MSU), Mike Milkovich (Kent St), Kyle Ott (Illinois), Don Tomko (Kent St/Football), Dick Bonacci (Toledo), Roger Chandler (Indiana), Greg Ellinsky (PSU), Shawn Garel (Oklahoma), Harry Houska (Ohio U), Mark Mollica (Arizona St), Clint Musser (PSU), Joe Peritore (Lehigh),  Fred Schleicher (Ohio U), Victor Sveda (Indiana), Dave Rella (PSU), Sonny Marchette (Iowa St), Clint Musser (PSU), Jeff Knupp (PSU), Shawn Nelson (PSU), Brian Dolph (Indiana), Jake Percival (Ohio U), Charlie Jones (Purdue), Steve Luke (TSUN), Andy Hrovat (TSUN), Ryan Bertin (TSUN), Kyle Bertin (Northwestern), Greg Wojciechowski (Toledo), Luke Fickell (Football)

Basically it comes down to the fact that for every Bo Jordan, Logan Stieber, Rex Holman, Tommy Rowland, Adam Plouse, Ken Ramsey, Adam DiSabato, Ed Potakar etc there are five great Ohio wrestlers who went elsewhere.

Before Coach Ryan, recruiting wasn't a high priority. Hellickson didn't care for it and the HS coaches in NE Ohio actively steered their kids away from Ohio State because of their dislike for Russ.

Tom Ryan is the every bit the equivalent of Meyer & Matta.

 

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Estrada's picture

Johnny McGee (Iowa Central JC),

 

I remember he was pretty heavily recruited by Dan Gable (McGee was my age and my school went to a number of tournaments Coventry did), but McGee didn't have the grades and didn't want to work that hard (I believe he told my teammate that "they work too hard" at Iowa).

That kid was probably the best natural wrestler I've ever seen.  He may even be the best natural wrestler on your list (which is incredible), unfortunately he's quite likely the laziest in the wrestling room of all of the guys on your list (and probably by a rather wide margin).  What an incredible waste of talent...

 

To add to Scarlet's point, you have to remember that OSU is not the big dog in the B1G when it comes to wrestling.  So it will take some time to continue to attract the best Ohio HS talent to the Buckeyes.

Also, I believe Gable won 25 straight B1G wrestling titles, so you're at least 5 off on your estimate Jason.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

To add to Scarlet's point, you have to remember that OSU is not the big dog in the B1G when it comes to wrestling.  So it will take some time to continue to attract the best Ohio HS talent to the Buckeyes.

Historically, wrestling had been an odd sport at the collegiate level. There wasn't much emphasis placed on it at a lot of major schools so those few that did tended to dominate the top 3-4 spots. At the same time it also allowed for there to be a lot of parity outside of the top handful of programs.

Throughout the 60-70's Kent State, Toledo & OU consistently were stronger programs than Ohio State. It just wasn't a priority in Columbus. ADs didn't push the program to excel and it was a very laissez-faire environment with coaches who just sort of accepted the status quo without ever being pushed.

When Estrada says Ohio State isn't a big dog, historically that's an understatement. Up through the early 80s Ohio State was bad, Indiana football bad.

Credit for the change really belongs to Rick Bay. Bay wrestled and coached at the collegiate level (at TSUN) & was coming off a long stint as president of the USWF.

Bay's hiring of Hellickson was actually a massive coup at the time (similar to PSU getting Sanderson from ISU although not at the same level) and Russ turned the program around almost immediately. Ohio State went from being consistently in the bottom 2-3 to among top 3-5 in the B1G.

As I mentioned earlier the coaches at the powerhouse HS programs in the NE already had strong pipelines to Iowa, PSU, Minnesota etc. Russ was a typical wrestler, he was arrogant, he could be abrasive and he just wasn't the kind of guy who was really good at selling the program without rubbing people the wrong way (most of whom were also arrogant & abrasive).

Russ probably should have been fired a number of years before he retired but he still deserves a lot of credit for what he accomplished in Columbus. He wasn't the guy to put the program over the top, but he built a solid foundation after starting with almost nothing.

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AirForceNUT's picture

Next year is our yeah! Logan and Hunter should win NCAA championships. Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan will have a year experience as well. Look for Bo Jordan to be competing for a NCAA championship. David Taylor and Ed Ruth will be graduated from Penn St to so that always helps us lol

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Buckeye5000's picture

Thanks for the info and the Blog Post Scarlet. Please keep us updated and please let us know, beforehand, when the nationals are scheduled. Also please let us know (I live in Louisiana where they don't care about wrestling) where I can find the Nationals on T.V.

 

Again thanks from this former wrestler and big time fan of the sport.

Go Bucks!

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

It looks like everything will broadcast live on ESPN3 and/or ESPNU with the championship matches on ESPN.

Thurs 03/20/2014  NOON ESPN3 - Individual Mats (1-8), First Round (Session 1)
Thurs 03/20/2014 7:00 PM ESPN3 - Individual Mats (1-8), Consolations (Session 2)
Fri 03/21/2014 11:00 AM ESPNU - Quarterfinals & Consolations (Session 3)
Fri 03/21/2014 11:00 AM ESPN3 - Ind. Mats (1-8), Quarters/Consolations (Session 3)
Fri 03/21/2014 8:00 PM ESPNU - Championship Semifinals (Session 4)
Fri 03/21/2014 8:00 PM ESPN3 - Ind. Mats (1-6), Championship Semifinals (Session 4)
Sat 03/22/2014 11:00 AM ESPNU - Medal Round (Session 5)
Sat 03/22/2014 11:00 AM ESPN3 - Individual Mats (1-3), Medal Round (Session 5)
Sat 03/22/2014 8:00 PM ESPN - Championship Finals (Session 6)