As the 2013-2014 colligiate wrestling season approaches, the ever popular NWCA All Star Match took place in Washington D.C. The main event of the night featured two returning national champions from last year.
Ohio State Sophomore and two time defending national champion, Logan Steiber took on Oklahoma national champ Kendrick Maple. Steiber would bump up to the 149 weight class for this match, even though he weighed in at his 141 pounds due to the Michigan State Open next week.
Steiber grabbed the early lead with a takedown late in the first period. As the first period came to a close, Steiber was unable to keep Maple down as he escaped as the period ended. Steiber led 2-1 and Maple chose bottom to start the second period.
Kendrick Maple was quick to his feet for the escape to tie the match at 2. As the second period progressed with both wrestlers feeling each other out, Maple was able to score a takedown and ride Logan for a few seconds before Logan escaped.
The second period ended with Kendrick Maple leading 4-3. Steiber chose down to begin the third and quickly escaped to to tie the match at 4 and head to overtime.
After some exciting and close exchanges in the first overtime, we headed to the ride out. Logan Steiber chose bottom to start the first ride out period and scored a reversal right before the buzzer. Maple started on the bottom to begin the second ride out and Logan was able to ride out the returning champ for the entire 30 seconds to seal the win.
With the win, Logan Steiber also earned the Outstanding Wrestler of the 2013 All-Star Classic.
The wrestling Bucks are off to the Michigan State Open next weekend before opening their season on 11/15 at home vs Notre Dame (OH).
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3/29-30 – Ohio State suffered an 8-7 loss to Michigan State after the Spartans scored 4 runs in the 8th inning. Greg Solomon went 3 for 4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored for the Buckeyes. On Saturday, Kirby Pellant was 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored as Ohio State paid the Spartans back with an 8-3 victory.
3/25 – Boo Timko led the Buckeyes with a 7-over 151 in the Seahawk Intercollegiate to finish 7th in the 12 team tournament. Grant Weaver finished 16th with a 9-over 153.
3/30 – No. 5 Loyola defeated No. 12/13 Ohio State 9-4 on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior Trey Wilkes was 5 for 11 for the Buckeyes and teammate Greg Dutton had 14 saves.
Men’s Swimming & Diving
3/30 – Ohio State finished 12th at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis over the weekend. Tamas Gercsak finished 9th in the 200 butterfly for the Buckeyes, tallying a time of 1:43.54. Teammate Alex Miller finished 19th in the 1650 freestyle with a personal best time of 14:57.29.
3/24 – No. 5 Ohio State defeated Indiana 7-o to win its 163rd consecutive match at home. Connor Smith, ranked 37th notched the match winning point for the Buckeyes when he defeated Dimitrije Tasic 6-1, 6-4.
3/29 – No. 7 Ohio State beat Nebraska 6-1 on Friday evening. No. 13 Blaz Rola sealed the deal for the Buckeyes, winning 7-6 (2), 6-1 over Andre Stenger in second singles. Read More
2/15 – Ohio State fell in its opener to Mercer 6-5 in 1o innings. Pat Porter was 3 for 3 for the Buckeyes with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
2/16 – The Buckeyes fell 13-3 to Notre Dame on Saturday. Tim Wetzel and Mike Carroll each had two hits for Ohio State.
2/16 – Despite posting its best score of the season, No. 5 Ohio State fell to No. 3 Michigan by a score of 446.150 – 435.650 on Saturday at St. John Arena. Michael Newburger won the pommel horse event title for the Buckeyes with a score of 15.40 while Larry Mayer won the vault title with a score of 15.35. Read More
1/19 – The No. 8 Buckeyes tied for second with No. 1 Illinois at the Windy City Invitational with a score of 427.750. Second-ranked TSUN finished first with a score of 431.300. Misha Koudinov led Ohio State with a team-high score of 14.450 to finish seventh on the parallel bars. Jeff Treleaven led them in floor exercises, scoring a 15.000 to finish seventh. He also a 15.150 on the vault to place second.
1/18-19 – The Buckeyes dropped two games to Northern Michigan this weekend. On Friday, they lost 4-2 and on Saturday, 3-2. Tanner Fritz and Anthony Greco scored for Ohio State on Friday night while goalie Brady Hjelle finished with 28 saves. On Saturday, Curtis Gedig and Max McCormick tallied goals for the Buckeyes while Hjelle had 18 saves. Ohio State’s record is now 8-11-5.
1/19 – The No. 6 Buckeyes posted a win over No.18 Iowa and a loss over No.10 Indiana at a tri-meet on Saturday in Bloomington, IN. Alex Smith led the way for Ohio State, finishing with two individual wins. The Buckeyes also won the 200 medley relay, finishing with a time of 1:28:63.
12/28 & 12/29 – The Buckeyes fell to the No. 5 Miami Redhawks by a score of 1-0 at the Three Rivers Classic on 12/28. OSU goalie Brady Hjelle had 25 saves in the game as the Buckeyes were shut out for the first time all season. Despite out-shooting Miami 29-26, the Buckeyes could not find a way to tie Curtiz McKenzie’s third period goal for the Redhawks. After the loss, the Buckeyes faced Penn State the next day (12/29) and fell 5-4. Sophomore Ryan Dzingel had his first hat trick for the Buckeyes in the loss, and goalie Collin Olson had 32 saves for OSU.
1/4 – The No. 4 Buckeyes dropped a 22-9 decision to the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari, and Peter Capone led Ohio State with wins at 141, 149, & heavyweight respectively. Of the seven matches the Buckeyes lost, four of them were by four points or fewer. Ohio State will return to conference action on Sunday (1/6) at 3 pm against No. 15 Northwestern in Evanston.
Spotlight on: Ohio State Women’s Volleyball
The No. 15 Ohio State women’s volleyball team defeated No. 21 Purdue on Friday night 3-0. in West Lafayette. Senior Mari Hole had 17 kills and 10 digs en route to her sixteenth double-double of the season.
In the first set, Purdue led 11-4 before the Buckeyes cut the lead to 11-9 after a 5 point run. The set was tied at 14-14 before a few Purdue miscues allowed Ohio State to take a 17-15 lead. A 4 point run gave the Buckeyes a 21-17 lead, and an Emily Danks block would give them the set 25-19.
An early Boilermaker run in the second set was quelled by a few errors on their part that led to Ohio State taking a 7-6 lead. Later in the set, a Hole kill gave the Buckeyes a 24-19 lead, but the Boilermakers fought back to tie it up. Eventually, the Buckeyes won 29-27 to go ahead 2-0.
The third set was all Ohio State. They took an early 10-2 lead before another 7-0 run gave them a 17-5 advantage. A Danks service ace eventually gave the Buckeyes a 24-10 lead and a Kaitlyn Leary kill sealed it for them at 25-11.
The Buckeyes played again on Saturday, defeating Indiana in Bloomington 3-1. Hole became the 20th Buckeye in the program’s history to notch 1,000 kills. She finished with 24 for the match. The win improved Ohio State’s record to 22-8 overall and 13-5 in the Big Ten.
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Logan Stieber just might have experienced the longest 11 seconds of his life on Saturday in the 133 lb National Championship Match against undefeated Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State.
Holding onto a one point lead, the redshirt freshman saw an onslaught from who many considered the best wrestler in the country.
After escaping from bottom just 20 seconds into the third period, Oliver went on the offense, looking for numerous openings by dropping his knee to the mat and putting together several take down attempts with forward motion and hand control.
Down 4-3, everyone in the building had a feeling the defending champion would seize any small mistake made by the opposing redshirt freshman. Oliver had pinned all of his opponents on the way to the semi-finals, and cruised his way to finals mat with an 8-2 victory over Illinois’ B.J. Futrell.
For the first time though in two years, Oliver was in desperation mode.
Anyone familiar with the sport of wrestling can tell you that it’s the most unique sport in the world of athletics.
It’s a team sport where nobody can help you. Yet, when you step on the center of the mat and face your opponent, nobody depends on you more than your teammates.
On Friday, in front of 6,000 fans at St. John Arena, The Ohio State Buckeyes exemplified what makes this sport so great. For the first time since 1966, the Scarlet and Gray defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes in improbable fashion, with a 21-9 victory.
And it all started with an expected loss at the 125 weight class.