How ’bout a little weekend “catch up” of all the news and notes? Since it’s a Sunday, we’ve got to choose our soundtrack wisely- something sacred, perhaps.
Why should Georgia’s elite 2015 prospects consider Ohio State? “You get a premium education with the opportunity to go compete for a national championship in a large city that really has no professional sports team. There’s a lot to be offered up here.”
So, of course folks decided to make this statement a slight against the Crew and BlueJackets… because, Bianchi. At any rate, we remind you of this:
As always, now is a great time to be a Buckeye. Across the non-revenue spectrum, Ohio State is accomplishing some very special things as we head into the spring season. There just isn’t one sport focused on tournament play at this time of the year. The wrestling Bucks competed in the B1G Individual championships this weekend. The B1G hockey tournament is nine days away, as Ohio State continues to skate with the best of them in the newly formed Big Ten Conference.
Alongside some solid team performances, individuals stood out in conference play on the diamond and on the pummel horse.
Like always, it was a great weekend to be a Buckeye! Here’s a breakdown of some of the best happenings on the sports spectrum in Ohio State’s Non-Revenue sports.
Head Coach Tom Ryan’s continued effort to build up a young Ohio State team is paying off. The Buckeyes, who have battled some injuries throughout the season, showed up strong at the 100th B1g Tournament in Madison Wisconsin. Ohio State finished fourth behind Minnesota, Iowa and Penn State, who won their fourth straight conference title under head coach Cael Sanderson. The Buckeyes saw two wrestlers advance to the championship mat on Sunday.
141 pounder Logan Stieber continued building up his Ohio State grappling legacy, becoming just the second wrestler in school history to win three league championships on Sunday. His 7-3 win over Penn State freshman Zain Retherford 7-3 in the championship match, avenged his only loss of the season. Stieber got to scoring right away with 2:25 to go in the first when he sucked in a single leg with both knees on the ground and turned the corner with a sweeping double near the edge of the mat. After a short stoppage for blood time, It was Retherford slithering away with the escape to make it 2-1 heading into the 2nd period. Respecting the freshman’s riding ability and top game, Steiber took the neutral position in the 2nd period and dominated from the position. The two time national champion caught the Penn State frosh with a solid waist lock turned into crab ride. The take down gave the defending champion a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the third and final period. In the final stanza, Ohio State’s first three time B1G champion since Kevin Randleman dominated from the top position, which included a quick turn that lead to two more back points.
In a year that many fans expected the wrestlers of scarlet and gray to compete for a team national championship, let alone a B1G team championship, it got of to the worse of worse starts for the Buckeyes. When OSU signed one of the most talented freshman classes in OSU history that included Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello and their 8 combined state titles, many felt that OSU could put a lineup out there to not only challenge defending national and B1G champion Penn State, but beat them. Then came the news from Tom Ryan that they would redshirt not only Jordan and Tomasello, but returning all american Hunter Stieber. A very curious move to say the least.
Fast forward to today in State College, PA where the 6th ranked Bucks would open their B1G conference slate with the best in the country. The Buckeyes would have little to smile about on this day, including the first loss of the season for two time defending champion Logan Stieber. Stieber ranked number 1 in the country at 141 pounds hadn’t lost since since February 12th, 2012 when he lost to defending national champ Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State in the national duals. Stieber had a slim 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd period where 9th ranked true freshman Zain Retherford of PSU would gain one minute of riding time, tying the match at 2-2 and sending it into overtime. As the one minute over time came to a close, Retherford scored the takedown to secure the upset.
The two lone bright spots for the Buckeyes was at 133 and 197 pounds. Johnni DeJulius (133) continued his excellent season so far with a 3-2 win over James Gulibon of Penn State and returning all american Nick Heflin (197) won another close decision over Wesley Phipps 3-1.
The grappling Bucks travel north to Kent, OH on thursday to battle the Golden Flashes. Stop back on Thursday to catch a preview of this match and recap of the match afterwards.
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.