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Ohio State scores 33 in win at Northwestern

1/6/2013
Ohio State University Sports Information

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Behind eight wins, the fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team beat No. 15 Northwestern, 33-6, Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes improve to 7-1 overall, including a 1-1 record in the Big Ten and Northwestern drops to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Jan. 11 to host No. 3 Minnesota at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of a Nikko Triggas pin vs. No. 15 Dominick Malone in the 125-pound matchup, the Buckeyes quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead. With his seventh fall of the season, Triggas, a senior from Moraga, Calif., has moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Ohio State records book for career falls with 44.

Redshirt freshman Kyle Visconti earned his first-career varsity win Sunday at 133 pounds when he recorded a 6-5 decision over Garrison White to lift the Scarlet and Gray to a 9-0 lead. Owning a 4-3 lead in the third period, Visconti scored a takedown with 27 seconds left for a 6-3 advantage. An escape by Garrison with 18 seconds left was the last of the scoring and Visconti, a native of North Reading, Mass., was able to walk away with the victory.

Two more wins by the Buckeyes at 141 and 149 pounds gave Ohio State a 15-0 lead against Northwestern. No. 2 and sophomore Hunter Stieber secured his 20th victory of the season to remain perfect thanks to a 10-5 decision vs. Pat Greco. Up 4-2 after the first period, Stieber extended his lead to 7-3 after the second and added a takedown and riding time (3:03) for the win. Classmate and 14th ranked Cam Tessari remained perfect on the weekend following his 8-3 decision over Dylan Marriot. After a scoreless first period, Tessari earned three back points and carried the 3-0 lead into the final period. An escape and takedown put Tessari up 6-0 and it wasn't until the 46-second mark Marriot earned his first point of the match, an escape. A takedown with 18 seconds remaining by Marriot cut Tessari's lead to three (6-3), but the Buckeye from Monroeville, Ohio, scored an escape three seconds later and with the riding time (2:06), garnered his ninth win of the season.

Ohio State suffered losses at 157 and 165 pounds vs. ranked wrestlers, including No. 2 Jason Welch at 157 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Josh Demas dropped a close 4-1 decision, while Mark Martin was shutout by No. 15 Pierce Harger, 5-0.

Redshirt junior and second ranked Nick Heflin returned Ohio State to the win column following his 2-1 victory against No. 9 Lee Munster in the 174-pound bout. For the second consecutive match, Heflin was forced into extra time. After escaping Munster in the first tiebreaker, Heflin was able to hold on to Munster for the next 30 seconds and earn his seventh win of the season.

At 184 pounds, senior C.J. Magrum returned to the Buckeye starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 18 vs. Pittsburgh and made it count, pinning Marcus Shrewsbury in 4:42.

Up next at 197 pounds, No. 9 Andrew Campolattano handed No. 16 Alex Polizzi a 10-4 loss. Up 7-3 at the end of the second period, Campolattano added a takedown and riding time (1:31) for the win.

Peter Capone won his match via forfeit for the 33-6 final.

Results:
125: No. 12 Nikko Triggas (OSU) pins No. 15 Dominick Malone (NU), 2:48 (OSU 6, NU 0)
133: Kyle Visconti (OSU) dec. Garrison White (NU), 6-5 (OSU 9, NU 0)
141: No. 2 Hunter Stieber (OSU) dec. Pat Greco (NU), 10-5 (OSU 12, NU 0)
149: No. 14 Cam Tessari (OSU) dec. Dylan Marriott (NU), 8-3 (OSU 15, NU 0)
157: No. 2 Jason Welch (NU) dec. Josh Demas (OSU), 4-1 (OSU 15, NU 3)
165: No. 15 Pierce Harger (NU) dec. Mark Martin (OSU), 5-0 (OSU 15, NU 6)
174: No. 2 Nick Heflin (OSU) dec. No. 9 Lee Munster (NU), 2-1 (TB1) (OSU 18, NU 6)
184: C.J. Magrum (OSU) pins Marcus Shrewsbury (NU), 4:42 (OSU 24, NU 6)
197: No. 9 Andrew Campolattano (OSU) dec. No. 16 Alex Polizzi (NU), 10-4
HWT: No. 13 Peter Capone (OSU) wins by forfeit

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