November 20, 2011
Hokies fall to No. 10 Ohio State on the road
Four wrestlers pick up wins
(10) Ohio State 21
(15) Virginia Tech12

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 15th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling squad one four of six contested matches, but an injury default at heavyweight and two last-second losses spelled disaster as the Hokies fell to 10th-ranked Ohio State 21-12 Sunday in front of an announced crowd of 2,474 at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes improve to 4-0 with the win while the Hokies fall to 1-1.

The match started at 174 pounds with Ohio State’s fourth-ranked Nick Heflin using a pair of takedowns en route to a 6-2 decision of Chris Moon. At 184 pounds, OSU’s C.J. Magrum got a pair of takedowns in both the first and second periods on Tech’s John Dickson, but Dickson battled back with two takedowns of his own. But Magrum got a late takedown and a bonus point for riding time to seal the 12-6 win.

At 197 pounds, Nick Vetterlein picked up a huge win for the Hokies, getting a takedown just before the final buzzer to upset No. 14 Andrew Campolattano, 4-3. Campolattano, a highly touted freshman, got a takedown in the first period but Vetterlein escaped at the buzzer to make it 2-1. The two traded escapes to start the second and third periods, respectively, but Vetterlein kept pressing and finally got the takedown with two seconds left to pull off the big win.

The air was taken out of the building at the heavyweight match when Tech’s 17th-ranked David Marone hurt his knee and was unable to continue. He was trailing 4-0 after giving up a takedown and back points, but was close to an escape when OSU’s Pete Capone twisted him and Marone hurt his knee. After trying to go, he had to take an injury default to make it 12-3 in favor of the Buckeyes in a match that Tech was heavily favored in.

Moving to 125 pounds, Tech’s Ty Mitch and OSU’s Johnni Dijulius traded escapes early on, but Dijulius held a 5-4 lead late. Dijulius was dinged for his second stall warning late in the third period to tie it up and send it to sudden victory. There, Mitch, secured the takedown with 5 seconds left to pick up the exciting win.

At 133 pounds, fourth-ranked Logan Steiber of Ohio State used a pair of takedowns in the first period and played defense the rest of the match to down Tech’s fifth-ranked Devin Carter 6-1. Zach Neibert made his season debut at 141 pounds and looked good early on, picking up a pair of takedowns against No. 15 Hunter Steiber. But Steiber picked up a pair of takedowns in the last minute with the last coming with under 10 seconds left as the Buckeyes pulled out a last-second win of their own. The Buckeyes picked up a second-straight last-second victory when 16th-ranked Cam Tessari took down Nick Brascetta with four seconds left to take a 5-4 lead. Brascetta was hurt on the sequence and had to take riding time. Under the new NCAA rule, after an injury timeout, the opposition gets to choose position and Tessari chose down and escaped at the end. Brascetta had to be carried off the mat as Tessari came away with the 6-4 win.

At 157 pounds, it was a battle of the Westerville North High School products in fifth-ranked Jesse Dong and 13th-ranked Josh Demas. Demas got a quick takedown and led 2-1 after a period, but Dong got a takedown in the second period to take a 4-2 lead. Dong rode him for over a minute to end the period and Demas chose neutral in the final period. The two engaged in a mad scramble with under 30 seconds left, but Dong popped out on top to get a takedown at the buzzer and win 7-2 with riding time.

In the final match, Tech’s 14th-ranked Pete Yates got taken down early by Derek Garcia, but reversed him and picked up a four-point nearfall to take a 6-2 lead. Yates picked up a pair of escapes to widen his lead to 8-2 before cutting him to make it 8-3, but not before picking up 1:13 of riding time to pick up the 9-3 win.

The team will be back in action Sunday, taking on the University of Virginia in both team’s ACC opener. The action will begin at 1 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

#10 Ohio State (4-0) 21, #15 Virginia Tech (1-1) 12
174: #4 Nick Heflin (OSU) dec. Chris Moon, 6-2
184: C.J. Magrum (OSU) dec. John Dickson, 12-6
197: Nick Vetterlein (VT) dec.. #14 Andrew Campolattano, 4-3
285: Peter Capone (OSU) def. #17 David Marone, Inj. Def.
125: Ty Mitch (VT) vs. Johnni Dijulius, 7-5 (SV)
133: #4 Logan Steiber (OSU) dec. #5 Devin Carter, 6-1
141: #15 Hunter Steiber (OSU) dec. Zach Neibert, 7-6
149: #16 Cam Tessari (OSU) dec. Nick Brascetta, 6-4
157: #5 Jesse Dong (VT) dec. #13 Josh Demas, 7-2
165: #14 Pete Yates (VT) dec. Derek Garcia, 9-3

Additionally, several other Hokies competed in the Al Harris Open on Saturday, hosted by Ashland University. Those wrestlers are:

125: Jarrod Garnett (unattached) - 4-0; CHAMPION
First Round: def. Narcisco Inchaurreguli (Notre Dame College), MD 14-5
Quarterfinals: def. Tyler Heminger (Ohio), Fall 2:58
Semifinals: def. Erik Spjut (Virginia Tech), 3-1
Finals: def. Alex Johns (Indianapolis), 12-5

125: Matt Peters (unattached) - 3-2; FOURTH PLACE
First Round: def. Zach Cantrell (Notre Dame College), MD, 16-3
Quarterfinals: def. Joey Morris (Ashland), 6-5
Semifinals: lost to Alex Johns (Indianapolis), 4-2 (SV)
Consolations: def. Brandon Davis (Ashland), Fall, 2:47
Third-Place Match: lost to Erik Spjut (Virginia Tech), MD 14-0

125: Erik Spjut - 4-1; THIRD PLACE
First Round: def. Ben Sergent (Findlay), 8-2
Quarterfinals: def. Brandon Davis (Ashland), 3-2 (TB3)
Semifinals: lost to Jarrod Garnett (Virginia Tech), 3-1
Consolations: def. Ben Sergent (Findlay), 5-3
Third-Place Match: def. Matt Peters (Virginia Tech), MD 14-0

149: Chris Mears - 4-0; CHAMPION
First Round: def. Daniel Genetin (Ashland), 7-6
Quarterfinals: def. Thomas Brosnahan (Michigan), MD 12-4
Semifinals: def. Lucas Cummins (Ashland), 8-2
Finals: def. Marc Hoff (Ashland), 4-0

149: Nick Murray - 5-1; THIRD PLACE
First Round: lost to Scott Meyer (Ashland), Fall, 1:17
Consolations: def. Christopher Robbins (Ohio Valley), Fall 4:42
Consolations: def. Jan Ulinski (Findlay), MD 17-7
Consolations: def. Matt Meuer (Ashland), MD 18-5
Consolations: def. Alex Gordon (Ohio State), Forfeit
Third-Place Match: def. Lester Cummins (Ashland), TF 17-0 (4:37

157: Cameron Hurd - 4-0; CHAMPION
First Round: def. Timothy Rigal (Ohio State), Fall 2:25
Quarterfinals: def. Michael Hummer (Ashland), MD, 11-2
Semifinals: def. Chad Strube (Virginia Tech), 7-0
Finals: def. Matt Stephens (Virginia Tech), MD 14-5

157: Matt Stephens (unattached) - 2-1; SECOND PLACE
Quarterfinals: def. Tommie Grazzi (Ashland), 5-2
Semifinals: def. Jeremy Miller (King), MD 16-5
Finals: lost to Cameron Hurd (Virginia Tech), MD 14-5

157: Chad Strube - 2-2; FIFTH PLACE
Quarterfinals: def. Evan Samad (Mount St. Joe), MD 10-2
Semifinals: lost to Cameron Hurd (Virginia Tech), 7-0
Consolations: lost to Tommie Graszi (Ashland), 5-2
Fifth-Place Match: def. Jeremy Miller (King), Forfeit

174: Austin Gabel (unattached) - 1-0
First Round: def. James Bennett (Indiana Tech), 8-2
Quarterfinals: Withdrew

174: Bubba Scheffel (unattached) - 3-1; SECOND PLACE
First Round: def. Samuel Recinos (Baldwin Wallace), Fall 2:01
Quarterfinals: def. Shelby Mappes (Indianpolis), 3-2
Semifinals: def. Sam Law (NRVWC), 3-1
Finals: lost to Nick Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh), 7-2

184: Angelo Malvestuto - 7-1; THIRD PLACE
First Round: def. Blake Biggs (King), Fall 1:01
Quarterfinals: lost to Cole Baxter (Kent State), 3-2
Consolations: def. Cody Sole (Ohio Valley), Fall 1:05
Consolations: def. Kobina Henriques (Ohio Valley), Fall 3:51
Consolations: def. Tyler Porter (Ashland), Fall 0:45
Consolations: def. Kurstis Schaefer (Ashland), TF 18-2 (5:47)
Consolations: def. Brandon Tressler (King), MD 12-4
Third-Place Match: def. Dakota Moore (King), 7-6

197: Darren Hankins (unattached) - 1-2
First Round: lost to Garret Goldman (Indiana), 5-0
Consolations: def. Aren Norman (Tiffin), 3-2
Consolations: lost to Joe Brandt (Ashland), 7-3

285: Dan Garwood (unattached) - 3-2; FOURTH PLACE
First Round: def. Jeff Crawford (King), 4-2
Quarterfinals: def. Chris Miles (Ohio Valley), 3-1
Semifinals: lost to Bobby Lavelle (Virginia Tech), 6-2
Consolations: def. Orry Elor (Ohio State), Forfeit
Third-Place Match: lost to Adam Walls (Purdue), Fall 3:20

285: Bobby Lavelle (unattached)

First Round: def. Clint Endicott (Ashland), 4-2
Quarterfinals: def. Kosta Karageorge (Ohio State), 8-6
Seminfinals: def. Dan Garwood (Virginia Tech), 6-2
Finals: lost to Chris Penny (Virginia Tech), 9-3

285: Chris Penny (unattached) - 3-0; CHAMPION
Quarterfinals: def. Orry Elor (Ohio State), MD 10-1
Semifinals: def. Adam Walls (Purdue), 6-0
Finals: def. Bobby Lavelle (Virginia Tech), 9-3

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