No. 4 Buckeyes Primed For Matches With Michigan State, No. 16 Michigan This Weekend

Jan. 15, 2015


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team will take the momentum it gained from last Sunday’s victory over Penn State on the road with it this weekend, heading to the state of Michigan for a Friday night tussle with Michigan State and then a Sunday showdown with 16th-ranked Michigan.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Friday evening’s match in East Lansing can be seen live on the Big Ten Network with Jim Gibbons and Tim Johnson calling the action. On Sunday, fans can watch the Buckeyes and Wolverines live on BTN Plus (subscription required). Twitter updates will also be available at @wrestlingbucks.

BUCKEYES IN THE NUTSHELL

  • Ranked fourth in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes are coming off one of their most impressive wins of the season, a 22-15 triumph over four-time defending NCAA championship Penn State before 6,018 fans at St. John Arena on Sunday.
  • Ohio State is one of four Big Ten squads ranked in the top 10 of this week’s poll, including No. 1 Iowa, No. 2 Minnesota and No. 5 Penn State.
  • 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 13-0 on the year with all of his wins coming via bonus points. Last Sunday, pinned Penn State’s Kade Moss in 2:51, giving the Buckeyes a 10-3 lead in the dual. With a career record of 103-3, Stieber’s winning percentage of .972 is the best in school history.
  • 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 two weeks ago after sitting out since early November with an injury. Jordan has looked to be in midseason form since then, recording a 9-2 decision over seventh-ranked Nick Moore of Iowa and then following that up with a 10-6 win over Garett Hammond of Penn State last Sunday. Jordan is 7-0 on the season and 30-0 in his Ohio State career.
  • The Russ Hellickson Wrestler of the Match versus Penn State was true freshman Kyle Snyder, who clinched the victory over PSU with a 6-1 decision over Morgan McIntosh at 197 pounds. It was Synder’s first victory this year over a returning All-American.
  • Since arriving at Ohio State for the 2006-07 season, head coach Tom Ryan holds a 5-3 record against Michigan and has won five of the last seven against the Wolverines. Ryan is 6-0 against Michigan State, the most recent winning coming last February in Massillon, Ohio.

PROBABLE MATCH-UPS VS. MICHIGAN STATE
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello vs. Mitch Rogaliner (11-7)
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (17-2) vs. Hermilo Esquivel (10-8)
141: #1 Logan Stieber (13-0) vs. Terry Turner (4-5)
149: #6 Hunter Stieber (1-2) vs. Nick Trimble (7-8)
157: #6 Josh Demas (10-1) vs. Josh Pennell (6-6)
165: #6 Bo Jordan (7-0) vs. Ryan Watts (9-6)
174: #12 Mark Martin or Dominic Prezzia (10-5) vs. Nick Proctor (9-8)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (13-3) vs. John Rizqallah (12-3)
197: #5 Kyle Snyder (15-2) vs. Nick McDiarmid (6-6)
285: #9 Nick Tavanello (13-7) vs. Chris Nash (8-4)

PROBABLE MATCH UPS VS. MICHIGAN
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (15-4) vs. Conor Youtsey (13-7)
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (17-2) vs. #9 Rossi Bruno (14-5)
141: #1 Logan Stieber (13-0) vs. George Fisher (18-10)
149: #6 Hunter Stieber (1-2) vs. # 11 Alec Pantaleo (12-4)
157: #6 Josh Demas (10-1) vs. Brian Murphy (13-6)
165: #6 Bo Jordan (7-0) vs. #10 Taylor Massa (11-2)
174: #12 Mark Martin (11-7) or Dominic Prezzia (10-5) vs. Connor Brancheau (0-3) or Jeff Holm (2-6)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (13-3) vs. #10 Domenic Abounader (10-5)
197: #5 Kyle Snyder (15-2) vs. #8 Max Huntley (13-2) or Chris Heald (7-7)
285: #9 Nick Tavanello (13-7) vs. #8 Adam Coon (18-2)

IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State was one of the biggest movers in this week’s USA Today/NWCA poll, jumping three spots to No. 4 following its win last week over Penn State. In the InterMat Dual Meet rankings, the Buckeyes are No. 5 and in the Tournament rankings, Ohio State is third.

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Ohio State has eight wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of the latest InterMat rankings (Jan. 12), the second-most of any school. The biggest mover in the rankings last week was Kyle Snyder, who jumped from seventh to fifth after his victory over Penn State’s Morgan McIntosh. In total, Ohio State boasts two wrestlers who are in the top five (L. Stieber, first, 141; Snyder, fifth, 197) and seven that are in the top eight (Tomasello, seventh, 125; H. Stieber, sixth, 149; Jordan, sixth, 165; Demas, sixth, 157; DiJulius, eighth, 133).

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

  • Johnni DiJulius has a team-high 17 wins this season
  • DiJulius’ win over Cory Clark of Iowa was the 85th in his Buckeye career
  • Logan Stieber (13-0 overall and 8-0 in dual meets) and Bo Jordan (7-0 overall, 2-0 in dual meets) are the only undefeated Buckeye in 2014-15
  • The next victory for Hunter Stieber will be the 84th of his career
  • Nick Tavanello has a season-best six falls thus far, followed closely behind by L. Stieber, who has five.
  • Nathan Tomasello has the season’s fastest fall thus far (43 seconds).

ALL TIME SERIES WITH MICHIGAN AND MICHIGAN STATE
The Wolverines lead the all-time series with Ohio State 63-18-3, but since 2008 the Buckeyes are 5-2 against Michigan. Last five meetings:

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)
2/5/2010: Ohio State 29, Michigan 9 (Columbus, Ohio)

Michigan State leads the all-time series with Ohio State by a 40-26-1 count, but the Buckeyes have won each of the last six meetings.

2/7/2014: Ohio State 39, Michigan State 6 (Massillon, Ohio)
2/5/2012: Ohio State 24, Michigan State 13 (East Lansing, Mich.)
1/16/2011: Ohio State 19, Michigan State 16 (Millersburg, Ohio)
2/14/2010: Ohio State 30, Michigan State 7 (Columbus, Ohio)
2/8/2008: Ohio State 23, Michigan State 15 (East Lansing, Mich.)

PACK ST. JOHN ARENA
The last two weekends, a total of 12,667 fans have packed St. John Arena for duals against Iowa and Penn State. The crowd of 6,558 against the top-ranked Hawkeyes is the largest on record, just ahead of the 6,518 vs. Penn State in 2012. Last Sunday, 6,109 filled the arena as the Buckeyes knocked off the Nittany Lions, 22-15. Through four home duals thus far, Ohio State is averaging 4,503 fans per match.