COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State wrestling returns to Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center on Friday (Jan. 12), hosting the 14th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers at 7 p.m. ET. The No. 2 Buckeyes are expected to be at full strength for the first time this season with the complete starting lineup forecast to take the mat.
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Ohio State has outscored its dual competition by a combined tally of 283-50 in eight duals, an average ledger of 35.3-6.3
HISTORY WITH THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
The Buckeyes have won the two most recent meetings, a 24-20 road victory in Minneapolis last season and 22-13 triumph at The Schott in February 2015, but trail the all-time series by a 16-35-2 ledger.
NATO'S BACK, TELL A FRIEND
Nathan Tomasello returned to the mat on Jan. 5 at Maryland after rehabbing from an injury suffered while competing in the U23 World Championship Team Trials. The 2015 national champion and three-time Big Ten champion made his 2017-18 debut and remains as the unanimously top-ranked 125-pounder in the country.
BLISTERING BONUS POINT PACE
In 16 of 18 wins this season, Myles Martin has posted bonus points with eight tech falls, four major decisions and four pins. For his career, he is garnering bonus tallies at nearly a 70% clip by racking up 23 tech falls, 20 major decisions and 15 pins during his 83 collegiate wins to date.
A LOOK INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL
Intermat's tournament rankings this week have Ohio State predicted for 153.5 points, which would be the fifth-highest in NCAA Championships history:
170.0 | Iowa (1997)
158.0 | Iowa (1986)
157.0 | Iowa (1991)
155.0 | Iowa (1983)
153.5 | Ohio State (Intermat predicted 2018)
The Buckeye senior trio of Bo Jordan, Kyle Snyder and Nathan Tomasello have a chance to accomplish something no group has ever done in NCAA wrestling history. They could become the first teammate trifecta to all earn their fourth All-American status in the same year.
Ohio State's roster is littered with All-Americans, totaling seven, yes, count `em, SEVEN returning All-Americans. In addition to the aforementioned three, Micah Jordan, Joey McKenna, Myles Martin and Kollin Moore have also found their way to the NCAA podium in past seasons.
Only one team in NCAA history, the 2001 Minnesota Golden Gophers, has had the entire 10-man lineup earn All-America status in the same season.
FloWrestling maintains a `pound-for-pound' Top-20 and Ohio State represents 25-percent of the group. The Buckeyes included are No. 1 Kyle Snyder, No. 9 Nathan Tomasello, No. 12 Myles Martin, No. 14 Bo Jordan and No. 19 Kollin Moore.
BIG TEN BULLIES
Ohio State has opened Big Ten action by racking up 100 team points through the first three conference duals. The Buckeyes began by topping Indiana, 26-9, before an east coast weekend trip Jan. 5-7 ended with 45-3 and 29-11 wins over Maryland and Rutgers, repsectively.
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