In front of a sellout crowd at Norwalk High School, the Ohio State wrestling team used three pins and five wins via bonus points to roll past Indiana, 31-13, on Friday evening. With the win, Ohio State is 8-3 overall (4-1 Big Ten) while Indiana falls to 2-6 (0-5 Big Ten).
The evening offered head coach Tom Ryan the opportunity to recognize Logan and Hunter Stieber, from nearby Monroeville, to the crowd before the match.
Redshirt senior Logan Stieber, playing in front of friends and family just six miles from his old high school, was the star of the night, earning his eighth pin of the year to send the sellout crowd into frenzy at 141 pounds. Stieber needed just 2:14 to pin Indiana’s Sean Brown. He moved to 16-0 on the year and 106-3 in his career.
The other key win for the Buckeyes came at 165 pounds where redshirt freshman and fifth-ranked Bo Jordan came from behind to defeated seventh-ranked Taylor Walsh is sudden victory overtime, 6-4. Jordan trailed 4-2 late in the first period before a takedown tied the score and then sealed the win with a takedown just 30 seconds into the sudden victory period. Jordan improved to 10-0 this season.
At 184 pounds, Kenny Courts pinned Indiana’s Jake Masengale in 2:56, giving Ohio State a 9-4 lead just three matches into the dual. It was Courts’ third pin of the year. In the next match at 197 pounds, true freshman Kyle Snyder continued his stellar campaign with an 18-7 major decision over Luke Sheridan. A forfeit at 125 ponds gave Ohio State a 19-7 lead in the match, and then Johnni DiJulius picked up his team-leading 18th win of the year with a fall over Alonzo Shepherd in 4:27.
In all, Ohio State won six of 10 matches with four falls and a major decision. The dual win was also the Buckeyes’ fourth in a row.
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