PREVIEW: No. 4 Ohio State vs. Maryland

Maryland at No. 4 Ohio State
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 | 1 p.m.
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School | Olney, Md.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - One of just four unbeaten teams left nationally, fourth-ranked Ohio State takes its show to Our Lady of Good Counsel High School on Sunday afternoon for a matinee against Maryland beginning at 1 p.m. Good Counsel is the alma mater of junior Kyle Snyder, who in August became the youngest Olympic champion in United States wrestling history.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Following a 29-18 win over No. 12 Illinois last Sunday, Ohio State is 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have won nine straight duals dating back to last season.
• Ohio State has eight wrestlers ranked in this week's InterMat polls, led by three that are at the top of their respective weight classes: Nathan Tomasello (133 lbs.), Bo Jordan (174 lbs.) and Snyder (HWT). Six of the eight that are ranked find themselves within the top 10.
• No other school in the country has three No. 1-ranked wrestlers and Penn State is the only other school with more than one.
• In the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes hold steady at No. 4 for the ninth consecutive week. In all, there are nine Big Ten schools ranked, six of which are in the Top 15.
Micah Jordan is one of four undefeated starters as he brings a 21-0 record into Sunday's dual. The redshirt sophomore has 14 wins via bonus points and last Sunday added his fifth fall of the year. Tomasello (9-0), B. Jordan (8-0) and Snyder (5-0) are the other unbeaten Buckeyes.
• Thanks to his 12-4 major decision over Illinois' Zane Richards last Sunday, Tomasello was named the Big Ten's co-Wrestler of the Week.
• Over the last three seasons, Ohio State is 18-3 vs. Big Ten opponents. That includes a 31-9 win over the Terps during the 2014-15 season.
• Ohio State has been ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll for 78 consecutive weeks dating back to the 2011-12 season. Sixty four of those weeks it has been in the Top 10, including a program-high No. 3 ranking for six weeks in 2014-15 and four weeks in 2015-16.

WELCOME HOME, CHAMP
Snyder, who at 21 years old is already one of the most decorated wrestlers in the history of the sport, returns to Good Counsel High School on Sunday to compete in the same gym where he was a high school phenom. In just three seasons, Snyder amassed a 179-0 record and in August of 2013 became the youngest American Junior World champion.
Since arriving in Columbus, consider Snyder's Scarlet and Gray resume:
• Has amassed a 46-4 career record.
• Won the 2016 NCAA title with a dramatic 5-3 sudden-victory over two-time defending champion Nick Gwiazdowski of N.C. State. Was also the Big Ten champion at heavyweight.
• As a true freshman, helped the Buckeyes win their first NCAA team title in the 94-year history of the program.
• After recording just one pin in his first 45 college matches, has pinned his last four opponents consecutively.
• Was named the 2016 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year.
• On his current 16-match winning streak (dating back to January of 2016), he is averaging 18.7 points per match in the 12 bouts that haven't ended in pins.
• In the classroom, was named a NWCA True Freshman Academic All-American, OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

CURRENT INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Name Weight FloWrestling InterMat AWN TheOpenMat
Jose Rodriguez 125 lbs. NR #16 #17 #19
Nathan Tomasello 133 lbs. #1 #1 #1 #1
Luke Pletcher 141 lbs. #13 #14 #17 #14
Micah Jordan 149 lbs. #5 #5 #4 #5
Bo Jordan 174 lbs. #1 #1 #1 #3
Myles Martin 184 lbs. #9 #10 #10 #10
Kollin Moore 197 lbs. #5 #5 #5 #5
Kyle Snyder HWT #1 #1 #1 #1

 
CURRENT TEAM RANKINGS

Poll Tournament Index Dual Power Index
FloWrestling #3 #3
InterMat #4 #4
W.I.N. #4 #4
TrackWrestling #3 N/A
USA Today/NWCA N/A #4

SCOUTING THE TERRIPANS
Maryland brings a 2-9 record into the weekend and before taking on Ohio State faces Purdue at home on Friday evening. In its dual last Sunday vs. Michigan State, the Terps received victories from 133-pounder Billy Rappo, 15th-ranked Alfred Bannister (149 lbs.), Patrick Gerish (165 lbs.), David-Brian Whisler (197 lbs.) and Youssif Hemida (HWT).

PROBABLE MATCHUPS

No. 4 Ohio State Maryland
Wt. Class Wrestler Record Wrestler Record
125 lbs. #16 Jose Rodriguez 11-4 Michael Beck 4-8
OR Alex Vargas 8-11
133 lbs. #1 Nathan Tomasello 9-0 Billy Rappo 8-9
141 lbs. #14 Luke Pletcher 19-2 Jhared Simmons 4-8
149 lbs. #5 Micah Jordan 21-0 #15 Alfred Bannister 21-3
157 lbs. Jake Ryan 9-7 Justin Alexander 5-4
OR Danny Boychuck 13-9
165 lbs. Cody Burcher 13-8 Josh Ugalde 5-6
OR Patrick Gerish 10-9
174 lbs. #1 Bo Jordan 8-0 Sam Rowell 11-16
OR Justin Kresevic 7-3 OR Idris White 5-13
184 lbs. #10 Myles Martin 19-3 Sam Rowell 11-16
OR Idris White 5-13
197 lbs. #5 Kollin Moore 18-2 David-Brian Whisler 13-6
HWT #1 Kyle Snyder 5-0 Youssif Hemida 12-7

WEIGHT CLASSES TO WATCH
Jordan vs. Bannister | 149 lbs.
At 21-0, Jordan owns a team-best four wins this year over ranked opponents. He'll have a chance to make it five on Sunday vs. Bannister, who is No. 15 this week according to InterMat. The two have not faced each other in college but Jordan is 10-0 vs. common opponents.

Snyder vs. Hemida | HWT
After getting just one fall in his first two collegiate seasons, Snyder has pinned his last four opponents. The latest came on Sunday versus Deuce Rachal of Illinois (4:17).

ALL-TIME VS. MARYLAND
Sunday will be just the third all-time meeting in the short series history between Ohio State and Maryland. In 2015, the Buckeyes beat the Terps 31-9 in College Park and in 2012 registered a 34-3 victory in the "Grapple at the Garden."

BONUS POINTS
In last Sunday's win over Illinois, five of Ohio State's six wins came via bonus points, including a season-high three pins. The Buckeyes have at least four bonus point wins in each of their seven duals thus far.

CAREER RECORDS WATCH
• Tomasello, who is Ohio State's active career wins leader with 89, has a .947 winning percentage, which is good for fourth all-time.
• Four current Buckeyes have career winning percentages of .900 or better (minimum of 40 matches), which all rank them in the top 15 all-time: Snyder (46-4, .920), B. Jordan (76-5, .938), M. Jordan (74-6, .925) and Tomasello (89-5, .947).

SCHEDULE NEWS
Ohio State's match on Jan. 8 versus Rutgers was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 6. It will be broadcast on BTN Plus. Additionally, the Feb. 3 dual vs. No. 2 Penn State will take place at Value City Arena and be broadcast live on BTN.

VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
After facing four ranked wrestlers in Illinois lineup last Sunday, Ohio State wrestlers are 8-7 vs. Top 10 opponents and 14-8 overall vs. ranked opponents.

WHAT'S NEXT
Following Sunday's dual, the Buckeyes close out their 2016-17 regular season by facing five straight ranked opponents - three in the top 10 - prior to the NWCA National Duals Series match. Next Friday, Ohio State visits Iowa City for a tangle with the third-ranked Hawkeyes and then host defending national champion and second-ranked Penn State on Feb. 3. A dual with No. 11 Rutgers on Feb. 6 closes out the home schedule before a visit to No. 6 Nebraska and No. 14 Minnesota Feb. 10-12.