COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 2013-14 season officially commenced for the No. 12 Ohio State wrestling team Sunday when it traveled to Clarion, Pa., for the Clarion Open. Four Buckeyes -- Nick Heflin, Bo Jordan, Hunter Stieber and Nathan Tomasello -- won titles in their respective weight classes, while six others finished in the Top 3.
The Scarlet and Gray will continue early-season open tournament action Nov. 9 at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing. The Buckeyes' home opener vs. Notre Dame College is at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in St. John Arena.
Moving up two weight classes to 197 pounds, Heflin, a native of Massillon, Ohio, scored a pair of decisions, a major decision and a fall en route to beating Nick Bonaccorsi of Pittsburgh, 3-1, in the final. Jordan, who wrestled unattached, and will redshirt the 2013-14 season, had an impressive outing in his first collegiate event. The St. Paris, Ohio, native recorded falls in his first two 165-pound matches before posting a major decision and a pair of technical falls in the semifinals and final. Jordan downed Cody Wiercioch of Pittsburgh, 20-4, in the title bout. Stieber, wrestling unattached, opened his 2013-14 campaign with two falls, a major decision and two decisions at 149 pounds. Hailing from Monroeville, Ohio, Stieber edged Lehigh's Mitch Minotti, 5-2, in the final. Also wrestling unattached, Tomasello, like Jordan, executed a remarkable performance in his collegiate debut. Opening the day with a technical fall, fall and two major decisions, the Buckeye from Parma, Ohio, finished the Clarion Open with an 11-7 win over Tyler Walker of Campbell in the 125-pound final.
Finishing second at 157 and 184 pounds, respectively, Randy Languis dropped a 7-1 decision to Taylor Walsh of Indiana in the final, while Kenny Courts suffered a 9-4 loss to Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh.
A quartet of Buckeyes was third-place finishers at the Clarion Open. Nick Roberts (125 pounds), Johnni DiJulius (133 pounds), Mark Martin (174 pounds) and Nick Tavanello (HWT) opened the season with solid performances.