|No. 7 Nebraska||Sunday, Jan. 17/2 p.m.||Columbus, Ohio; St. John Arena||BTN Plus|
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Another week, another ranked opponent for the 11th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team. The Buckeyes continue their dual meet schedule with a home date against No. 7 Nebraska on Sunday at 2 p.m. The dual can be seen live on BTN Plus (subscription required).
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State is 5-2 this season and 2-1 in the Big Ten following a 21-11 setback last Saturday against then-No. 13 Michigan.
- Nine Buckeyes find themselves ranked in this week's InterMat poll, led by Nathan Tomasello, who maintains his stranglehold on the No. 1 spot at 125 lbs. Of the eight ranked wrestlers, four crack the top 10 -- Tomasello, Kyle Snyder (No. 2, 285 lbs.), Bo Jordan (No. 2, 165 lbs.) and Micah Jordan (No. 6, 141 lbs.).
- At 11-0 this season, Tomasello is currently on a 29-match winning streak dating back to last season. It is the longest winning streak nationally among active 125 pounders and the fourth longest regardless of weight class.
- With the return of Hunter Stieber last week from offseason surgery, the Buckeyes boast four wrestlers in their lineup who have earned All-America honors. Those four have a combined record this year of 31-6 (.838).
- Ohio State has used a different lineup in all seven of its duals this season.
- The crowd of 4,037 last Saturday against Michigan was a season high.
- In the Buckeyes' five dual wins, they have won 32 total matches, 17 via bonus points.
- Ohio State has outscored its opponents 165-113 this season.
- Ten Buckeyes have made their varsity debuts this season -- true freshman Myles Martin, redshirt freshmen Jake Ryan, Micah Jordan, Cody Burcher, Thomas Haines, Matt Davis, Anthony DeCarlo and Ryan Harris along with redshirt sophomores Mike Hozan and Jack Rozema.
SCOUTING THE CORNHUSKERS
Nebraska (9-1, 3-1) defeated Wisconsin and No. 23 Minnesota last weekend and checks in at No. 7 in this week's USA Today/NWCA Top 25 poll. All 10 of its probable starters are ranked in this week's respective InterMat poll, led by returning All-American TJ Dudley at 184 lbs. (#5) and Jake Sueflohn at 149 lbs. (#5).
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH NEBRASKA
Ohio State and Nebraska have met 10 times, with the Huskers holding an 8-2 edge in the series. The two team's did not face each other last season, but in 2014 Nebraska earned a 28-12 victory over Ohio State at St. John Arena.
Jan. 25, 2014: Nebraska 28, Ohio State 12
Feb. 12, 2012: Ohio State 21, Nebraska 18 (National Duals)
Jan. 6, 2012: Nebraska 18, Ohio State 16
Nov. 21, 2010: Nebraska 24, Ohio State 11
Dec. 9, 2000: Nebraska 20, Ohio State 19
Jan. 2, 1997: Nebraska 24, Ohio State 12
DID YOU KNOW
Five of the eight members of the men's freestyle World Team have Ohio State or Nebraska connections - James Green and Jordan Burroughs are NU grads while Kyle Snyder and Reece Humphrey are Buckeyes (one current, one former). Tervel Dlagnev trains with Snyder and Humphrey at the Ohio RTC, which is located at Ohio State's Steelwood Training Facility.
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (11-0) vs. #9 Tim Lambert (18-2)
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (10-3) vs. #12 Eric Montoya (17-3)
141: #6 Micah Jordan (14-1) vs. #20 Anthony Abidin (13-7)
149: #12 Hunter Stieber (0-1) vs. #5 Jake Sueflohn (20-2)
157: #12 Jake Ryan (11-1) OR Justin Kresevic (7-7) vs. #17 Tyler Berger (17-4)
165: #2 Bo Jordan (9-0) vs. #14 Austin Wilson (15-4) OR Dustin Williams (10-4)
174: #17 Myles Martin (19-3) vs. #14 Micah Barnes (15-2) OR Dustin Williams (10-4)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (11-5) vs. #5 TJ Dudley (12-3)
197: Mark Martin (14-5) vs. #16 Aaron Studebaker (14-4) OR Derek White (8-3)
HWT: Nick Tavanello (13-3) vs. #17 Collin Jensen (15-8)
IN THE RANKINGS - INDIVIDUAL
IN THE RANKINGS - TEAM
|POLL||TOP 25||TOURNAMENT INDEX||DUAL INDEX|
- Ohio State's next win will be the 750th in program history and the 50th against Big Ten competition for 10th-year head coach Tom Ryan.
- The Buckeyes have won 39 of 70 individual matches in dual competition and 21 via bonus points.
- Ohio State's 2015-16 schedule features eight matches against teams that finished in the Top 20 at last year's NCAA Championships.
- Five members of the Buckeyes' roster won four state championships while in high school -- Nathan Tomasello, Hunter Stieber, Bo Jordan, Micah Jordan and Thomas Haines.