No. 7 Buckeyes, No. 3 Nittany Lions Renew Rivalry Sunday
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Another week, another top-five opponent for the Ohio State wrestling team. On Sunday, the Buckeyes welcome third-ranked Penn State to St. John Arena. It will be the 28th all-time meeting between the two schools with Penn State holding a 16-11 edge in the series.
Sunday’s match can be seen live on BTN Plus (subscription required) and will be rebroadcast on the Big Ten Network on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. Twitter updates will also be available at @wrestlingbucks.
Fans are encouraged to arrive at St. John Arena early on Sunday (doors open at 1 p.m.) and refer to the following link for a parking map: http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/osu/graphics/pdf/facilities/wrestl-parking.pdf
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State, ranked seventh in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Top 25 poll, is 4-3 on the season following a hard-fought 18-14 loss to top-ranked Iowa last Sunday. The Buckeyes have faced four ranked teams in their seven dual meets, going 1-3 but falling by a combined six points.
- Defending national champion Logan Stieber maintains his stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking at 141 pounds this week. The redshirt senior from Monroeville, Ohio, is 12-0 on the year with 11 of his 12 wins coming via bonus points. Last Sunday, he rolled to a 15-0 win over sixth-ranked Josh Dziewa of Iowa, racking up 10 points in the first period and then finishing Dziewa off with two near-falls in the second period.
- Redshirt freshman Bo Jordan, a native of St. Paris, Ohio and four-time state champion at St. Paris Graham High School, made his 2014-15 dual meet debut last Sunday after sitting out since early November with an injury. Jordan looked to be in midseason form, recording a 9-2 decision over seventh-ranked Nick Moore. Jordan is 6-0 on the season and 29-0 in his Ohio State career.
- The Russ Hellickson Wrestler of the Match versus Iowa was redshirt junior Johnni DiJulius, who jumped out a 5-1 first period lead and then held on to upset fourth-ranked Cory Clark, 7-5. It was Clark’s first loss of the year and DiJulius’ team-best 17th victory.
- Since arriving at Ohio State for the 2006-07 season, head coach Tom Ryan holds a 4-4 record against Penn State, a fourth-match winning streak between 2008 and 2010.
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (14-4) vs. #8 Jordan Conaway (13-2)
133: #4 Johnni DiJulius (17-1) vs. #10 Jimmy Gulibon (12-2)
141: #1 Logan Stieber (12-0) vs. Kade Moss (14-7) or Michael Waters (10-7)
149: #6 Hunter Stieber (0-2) vs. #17 Zack Beitz (8-4) or Luke Frey (11-3)
157: #5 Josh Demas (10-0) vs. #8 Dylan Alton (5-2) or Cody Law (12-6)
165: #6 Bo Jordan (6-0) vs. Garett Hammond (16-4)
174: #12 Mark Martin (11-7) vs. #4 Matt Brown (12-2)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (12-3) vs. #16 Matt McCutcheon (16-6)
197: #7 Kyle Snyder (14-2) vs. #4 Morgan McIntosh (14-1)
285: #10 Nick Tavanello (13-6) vs. #6 Jimmy Lawson (7-0) or Jon Gingrich (11-1)
LAST TIME OUT VS. IOWA
Top-ranked Iowa won the final four matches to rally past seventh-ranked Ohio State, 18-14, in wrestling action on last Sunday afternoon in front of 6,558 fans at St. John Arena. The Hawkeyes improved to 7-0 on the year (2-0 Big Ten) while the Buckeyes are 4-3 overall, 0-1 in the Big Ten.
Redshirt freshman Bo Jordan made his first appearance since the beginning of November and quickly made up for lost time, notching a 9-2 decision over seventh-ranked Nick Moore to give Ohio State a 14-8 lead in the overall team score. Iowa, however, responded with decisions in the next four matches, including two that were decided by a single point, to eke out the victory.
THE QUEST FOR QUATRO
Already in select company, redshirt senior Logan Stieber is looking to become part of the elite group of wrestlers to win four NCAA Championships. That feat has only been achieved by three athletes previously - Kyle Dake (Cornell, 2010-13), Cael Sanderson (Iowa State, 1999-02) and Pat Smith (Oklahoma State, 1990-92, 1994).
MORE ON STIEBER
- Posted a 30-1 mark in 2013-14, improving his career win total to 90-3 (.968), which ranks No. 1 all-time in the Ohio State records book.
- Finished the season with his third national title in dominating fashion as four of his five matches were won via bonus points.
- Ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound wrestler by Flowrestling.
- Named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the CKLV Invitational while becoming the fastest Buckeye to record 100 career wins (103 matches).
- Only the second wrestler in NCAA history to win four CKLV tiles.
- Two-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (Dec. 2, Dec. 9)
- Has won all 12 matches this year via bonus points.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State has eight wrestlers ranked the top 10 of the latest InterMat rankings (Jan. 6), the second-most of any school. Additionally, the Buckeyes are ranked third in the InterMat tournament rankings, behind only Iowa and Minnesota.
The biggest mover in the rankings last week was Johnni DiJulius, who jumped from ninth to fourth after his upset of Iowa’s Cory Clark. Additionally, Josh Demas moved up from sixth to fifth following a 5-2 triumph over Michael Kelly. In total, Ohio State boasts three wrestlers who are in the top five (L. Stieber, first, 141; DiJulius, fourth, 133; Demas, fifth, 157) and six that are in the top eight (Tomasello, seventh, 125; H. Stieber, sixth, 149; Jordan, sixth, 165).
HEAD COACH Tom Ryan
In his ninth season at the helm of the Ohio State program, head coach Tom Ryan is already third on the Buckeyes’ all-time wins list (104) has coached 11 different wrestlers to 25 All-America honors, including three-time honorees j. Jaggers, Mike Pucillo, Logan Stieber and Lance Palmer.
Ohio State will head to the state of Michigan next week, taking on Michigan State on Friday, Jan. 16 in East Lansing and No. 15 Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 18 in Ann Arbor. The match against the Spartans can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.