Ohio State made its statement Saturday that it will be a national contender at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational.
In a field with 11 ranked teams, the Buckeyes finished second with 120 points in the team competition behind top-ranked Minnesota.
Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber highlighted OSU’s efforts on the final day of the invitational with two major decisions to win the 141-pound title and gain the Most Valuable Wrestler honor for the tournament.
The senior from Monroeville, Ohio, improved his season record to 10-0 after winning all five matches Friday and Saturday. Stieber became just the second wrestler to win the CKLV Invitational four times in a career after Fresno State’s Stephen Abas, according to an OSU press release.
Stieber took down Rutgers redshirt-freshman Anthony Ashnault in a 9-1 major decision in the semifinal round. The final round was a rematch of NCAA Final against redshirt-senior Devin Carter from Virginia Tech.
Stieber defeated second-seeded and third-ranked Carter, 12-3, by major decision and made it 10 straight contests where he has won by major decision, technical fall, or fall this season.
At 125 pounds, redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello had a solid show in Las Vegas. Tomasello started Saturday with an 8-3 victory against Michigan redshirt-sophomore Conor Youtsey.
Tomasello then defeated seventh-ranked Josh Martinez from Air Force, 6-2, to move into the third-place match with Northern Colorado’s Trey Andrews. He defeated Andrews in an 11-4 decision to improve his record to 14-2 on the season, according to OSU’s press release.
Freshman Kyle Snyder lost his first match of the season Saturday in the semifinals to Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson. Gadson, a redshirt-senior, defeated Snyder in a tough contest, 3-2.
Snyder was able to bounce back and advance to the third-place match against fifth-seeded and 18th-ranked senior Jace Bennett from Cornell. Snyder won in a 14-5 major decision and now holds a 13-1 record on the season.
Johnni DiJulius was also in action this weekend. The redshirt-freshman from Aurora, Ohio, won all five matches Saturday including a victory against Virginia’s No. 10 George DiCamillo, according to OSU’s press release.
OSU returns to action Dec. 14 against fifth-ranked Missouri at St. John Arena.