Ohio State Back At Home Saturday vs. No. 13 Michigan
|No. 13 Michigan||Sat., Jan. 9/5 p.m.||St. John Arena; Columbus, Ohio||BTN/BTN2Go|
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time in nearly seven weeks, the sixth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will compete in the friendly confines of St. John Arena. The Buckeyes, winners of their first two Big Ten duals, tangle with No. 13 Michigan at 5 p.m. on Saturday in front of a national television audience on BTN.
Saturday’s dual is one of two this regular season that can be seen live on BTN. Tim Johnson will be the play by play announcer with Jim Gibbons offering color analysis and Shane Sparks as the sideline reporter. Twitter updates will also be available on the team’s official Twitter account, @wrestlingbucks.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Coming off a 22-17 win at No. 11 and previously unbeaten Illinois, Ohio State is 5-1 this season and 2-0 in Big Ten competition.
- Eight Buckeyes find themselves ranked in their respective weight classes in the latest InterMat polls. Nathan Tomasello leads the way and he continues to have a stranglehold on the No. 1 spot at 125 lbs. Bo Jordan (165 lbs.) and Kyle Snyder (285 lbs.) check in at No. 2 while two others – Micah Jordan (No. 6, 141) and Johnni DiJulius (No. 8, 133) – crack the top 10.
- Ohio State’s three returning All-Americans that have seen action this season have a combined record of 30-4 (Courts 11-4; B. Jordan 8-0; Tomasello 11-0).
- Two Buckeyes made impressive 2015-16 starting debuts on Sunday at Illinois – Thomas Haines at 285 lbs. and Myles Martin at 174 lbs. Both came away victorious, with Martin scoring a dominating 23-7 tech fall to earn two critical bonus points. Haines’ 3-2 win over 2015 NCAA qualifier Brooks Black was the duals first bout.
- Saturday’s matchup with Michigan will be Ohio State’s fourth dual this season against a ranked opponent.
- The Buckeyes have used a different lineup in each of their six duals thus far.
- Last year, Ohio State was fourth nationally in attendance, drawing over 4,000 fans per match.
Much like the football Buckeyes, there will be more at stake for Ohio State on Saturday then trying to add one more victory to the win column. A pair of gold singlets are award after each win over Michigan, and since the tradition began at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, Ohio State has earned them six times (out of eight seasons).
Brad Jennings will serve as the Buckeyes’ honorary coaches on Saturday. Jennings and his family recently made a $2.5 million gift to the wrestling program and the team’s new practice facility will bear its name upon completion. Brad runs a successful insurance agency and was a high school wrestler and coach.
Ranked 13th in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Top 25 poll, the Wolverines are 4-1 this season and host a dual against Oregon State on Thursday, Jan. 7 before traveling to Columbus. Michigan has eight wrestlers ranked in this week’s InterMat polls, led by four that are in the top 10 – No. 3 Adam Coon (285), No. 5 Brian Murphy (157), No. 7 Max Huntley (197) and No. 9 Alec Pantaleo (149). UM owns wins this year over Sacred Heart, No. 19 West Virginia, Hofstra and Michigan State with a loss against No. 14 Oklahoma.
THE LAST FIVE VS. MICHIGAN
While Michigan leads the all-time series 63-19-3, the Buckeyes are 6-2 vs. the Wolverines since 2008 and have won three of the last five meetings.
1/18/2015: Ohio State 25, Michigan 15 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
1/31/2014: Michigan 21, Ohio State 12 (Columbus, Ohio)
2/8/2013: Ohio State 24, Michigan 12 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2/3/2012: Ohio State 24, Michigan 13 (Columbus, Ohio)
1/28/2011: Michigan 27, Ohio State 9 (Columbus, Ohio)
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (10-0) vs. #19 Conor Youtsey (3-5)
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (10-2) vs. #16 Rossi Bruno (6-3)
141: #9 Micah Jordan (13-2) vs. George Fisher (5-4) OR Zac Hall (3-2)
149: Cody Burcher (10-6) OR Hunter Stieber (0-0) vs. #8 Alec Pantaleo (11-2)
157: #11 Jake Ryan (11-1) vs. #5 Brian Murphy (1-1)
165: #2 Bo Jordan (8-0) vs. Garrett Sutton (6-3)
174: #15 Myles Martin (19-2) vs. #19 Davonte Mahomes (5-6)
184: #11 Kenny Courts (11-4) vs. #10 Dominic Abounader (9-1)
197: Mark Martin (14-4) vs. #6 Max Huntley (9-2)
HWT: Nick Tavanello (13-2) OR Thomas Haines (12-2) vs. #4 Adam Coon (5-0)
SNYDER TO RETURN IN FEBRUARY
Buckeye wrestling fans received the best possible news to start 2016 – world champion Kyle Snyder is returning to the Buckeyes’ lineup in February. The sophomore plans to make his 2015-16 debut at heavyweight vs. Penn State with the possibility of also wrestling the next week at home vs. Wisconsin. He will also compete in the Big Ten Championships (March 5-6 at Iowa) and the NCAA Championships (March 17-19, Madison Square Garden; New York City).
IN THE RANKINGS – INDIVIDUAL
IN THE RANKINGS – TEAM
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- Ohio State starts a three-match homestand on Saturday (the third match is at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cleveland) and the Buckeyes own a 21-7 record (.750) record at home over the last five seasons (including 2015-16).
- Ohio State’s Mark Martin and Michigan’s Domenic Abounader, starters at 174 and 184 lbs., respectively, were high school teammates at St. Edward.
- In six duals so far this year, Ohio State has won 21 of 37 (57%) matches via bonus points (major decision, tech fall or fall).