No. 4 Ohio State Opens Big Ten at No. 5 Iowa, No. 15 Northwestern

Jan. 3, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (6-0) will open its Big Ten schedule vs. No. 5 Iowa and No. 15 Northwestern this weekend. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes (10-0) will wrestle at 8 p.m. ET Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The matchup between the Scarlet and Gray and Wildcats (4-2; 0-1) will begin at 3 p.m. ET in Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.

The match at Iowa will air live on BTN. Please check your cable or satellite provider for local listings. Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and Shane Sparks will provide commentary.

Time Change
The Buckeyes’ home match vs. Penn State has been moved from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John Arena.

In a Nutshell
• Ohio State is 6-0 on the season heading into its Big Ten opener at Iowa. In addition to their six dual victories, the Buckeyes won the UB Invitational Nov. 5 and the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Dec. 1.
• Of Ohio State’s six dual wins, three have come against Top 20 opponents. The Buckeyes downed No. 12 Virginia Tech, 23-10, Nov 16 in Blacksburg before opening their 2012-13 home campaign with a 26-13 victory vs. No. 18 Pittsburgh in St. John Arena Nov. 18. At the inaugural Grapple at the Garden in New York City Dec. 16, the Scarlet and Gray beat No. 18 Maryland, 34-3. When Ohio State defeated Kent State, 27-10, Dec. 14 in Columbus, the Golden Flashes were receiving votes.
• Logan and Hunter Stieber remain undefeated on the 2012-13 campaign. Combined, the two brothers are 33-0 during the season and for their careers are 99-12. Hunter currently boasts a 46-7 career record and Logan is 53-5 all-time.
• Ninety-three percent of Logan Stieber’s wins in 2012-13 have been bonus point victories. With a 15-0 record, eight wins have been pins, four technical falls and two major decisions.
• With 24 career pins, redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber is just two pins shy of cracking the Buckeye Top 10 in career falls.
Nikko Triggas, who took two years off in attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has 85 career wins to his credit. A senior in 2012-13, Triggas is 13-5 so far this season and boasts a 5-1 dual record.
• Sophomore Hunter Stieber leads the Buckeyes in major decisions with eight, while his older brother, Logan, paces the squad in technical falls with four. Logan also owns the team lead in pins with eight with his fastest coming at a time of 39 seconds.
• With his 1:59 pin over Kent State’s Steve Mitcheff Dec. 14, senior Nikko Triggas earned his 43rd career pin which ties him for fourth all-time in the Ohio State records book with J.D. Bergman. Don Moxley owns the Ohio State record with 50.

Happy Big Ten Season
The Buckeyes won their Big Ten season opener a year ago vs. Indiana, 31-9. Behind seven wins from Johnni Dijulius, Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, Josh Demas, Derek Garcia, C.J. Magrum and Peter Capone, Ohio State, then ranked No. 6, moved to 7-0 on the season.

Open Tournament Success
Freshman heavyweight Nick Tavanello is having success on the open tournament circuit. The Buckeye from Wadsworth, Ohio, has claimed three titles – Michigan State Open, Harris Open and Cleveland State Open – while also finishing third at the UB Invitational in early November.

New York, New York
Ohio State concluded the 2012 portion of its schedule with a pair of wins at the inaugural Grapple at the Garden in New York City Dec. 16. In their first match, the Buckeyes defeated No. 18 Maryland, 34-3, before handing Hofstra a 38-3 loss. In all, the Buckeyes won 18 of 20 matches.

Back at It
Redshirt junior Ian Paddock received the starting nod at 149 pounds at the Grapple at the Garden Dec. 16. After taking a year off a season ago, Paddock has returned during the 2012-13 season and has tallied a 5-1 overall record, including two wins in New York. In his first match vs. Maryland’s Lou Mascola, Paddock, a native of Warsaw, N.Y., posted a 13-2 major decision. Paddock then pinned Hofstra’s Matt Spataro in 4:47.

Buckeyes vs. Hawkeyes
Ohio State trails Iowa, 37-3, in the all-time series. In the two teams’ last meeting Jan. 20, 2012, the Buckeyes downed the Hawkeyes, 21-9, in Columbus.

Buckeyes vs. Wildcats
The Scarlet and Gray have a 39-29-1 advantage over Northwestern. The Buckeyes and Wildcats last met Feb. 19, 2011 in St. John Arena, a 27-13 Ohio State loss.

Up Next
Ohio State will return to St. John Arena Jan. 11 when it hosts No. 3 Minnesota at 7 p.m.