Big Ten Slate Continues Sunday vs. Michigan State
Jan. 21, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team takes its show up I-71 on Sunday when it hosts Michigan State at Walsh Jesuit High School. The dual will serve as a homecoming for several Buckeyes, including 2011 Walsh Jesuit graduate Johnni DiJulius. Action gets underway at 2 p.m.

THE BASICS
Michigan State (0-10, 0-5) at No. 9 Ohio State (6-2, 3-1)
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016; 2 p.m.
Walsh Jesuit High School; Cleveland, Ohio
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BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
 Coming off a win against then-No. 7 Nebraska, Ohio State is 6-2 overall (3-1 Big Ten) and ranked ninth in this week’s NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll.
 Two members of the Ohio State lineup that have wrestled in at least nine matches are unbeaten this year – Nathan Tomasello (12-0, 125 lbs.) and Bo Jordan (9-0, 165 lbs.). Two others – redshirt freshmen Micah Jordan (14-1, 141 lbs.) and Jake Ryan (12-1, 157 lbs.) – have just one loss.
 Nine Buckeyes find themselves ranked in this week's InterMat polls, led by Tomasello, who maintains his stranglehold on the No. 1 spot at 125 lbs. Of the nine ranked wrestlers, five crack the top 10 -- Tomasello, Kyle Snyder (No. 2, 285 lbs.), B. Jordan (No. 2, 165 lbs.) M. Jordan (No. 4, 141 lbs.) and DiJulius (No. 8, 133 lbs.).
 With the return of Hunter Stieber two weeks from offseason surgery and Snyder’s debut last Sunday, the Buckeyes boast five wrestlers in their lineup who have earned All-America honors. Those five have a combined record this year of 33-7 (.825).
 In the Buckeyes' six dual wins, they have won 38 total matches, 20 via bonus points.
Ohio State has outscored its opponents 186-130 this season.

HOMECOMING FOR SEVERAL BUCKEYES
Eight members of Ohio State’s roster hail from the greater Cleveland area, led by starters Tomasello and DiJulius.

• Johnni DiJulius: Aurora, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit HS) … three-time Ohio high school state champion … three-time NCAA qualifier for the Scarlet and Gray.
• Ryan Harris: Beachwood, Ohio (Beachwood HS) … state champion as a senior … competed in open tournaments last season and compiled a 20-7 record.
• Justin Kresevic: Solon, Ohio (Solon HS) … 106-34 career high school record and third place finish as a senior … 33-28 career record with the Buckeyes.
• Mark Martin: Strongsville, Ohio (St. Edward HS) … two-time state champion … 117-19 career high school record … 62-31 career record with the Buckeyes including three trips to the NCAA Championships.
• Parker Knapp: Columbia Station, Ohio (St. Edward) … Three-time state qualifier and two-time placewinner … won 41 matches as a senior and helped St. Edward win its 29th Division I team title.
• Heath Phillibert: Northfield, Ohio (Nordonia HS) … Two-time OHSAA state qualifier for Nordonia High School … finished in the top 16 at 152 pounds as a senior in 2014.
• Nick Tavanello: Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth HS) … Two-time NCAA qualifier with 81 career wins for the Scarlet and Gray … three-time high school state champ.
• Nathan Tomasello: Parma, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) … 2015 Big Ten and NCAA champion … All-American … four-time Ohio high school state champ.

Additionally, assistant coach J Jaggers, who won back-to-back NCAA titles for the Buckeyes in 2008 and 2009, is in his sixth season as a full-time assistant coach and is a native of Northfield and graduate of St. Peter Chanel.

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
In the last five years, Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes have produced:

• A four-time national champion, just the fourth in NCAA history.
• Two freshmen national champs – Logan Stieber (2012) and Nathan Tomasello (2015).
 Three freshmen All-Americans in one year (2015) – Tomasello, Snyder, B. Jordan
 Four top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including the program’s first-ever national title in 2015. 

IN THE RANKINGS – INDIVIDUAL

WT WRESTLER INTERMAT FLO W.I.N. AWN
125 N. Tomasello #1 #1 #1 #1
133 J. DiJulius #8 #8 #11 #11
141 M. Jordan #4 #6 #4 #3
149 H. Stieber #12 NR NR #18
157 J. Ryan #13 #14 NR #11
165 B. Jordan #2 #2 #2 #2
174 M. Martin #15 #14 #15 #14
184 K. Courts #13 #13 #15 #20
285 K. Snyder #2 #2 #1 #5

IN THE RANKINGS - TEAM

POLL TOP 25 TOURNAMENT INDEX DUAL INDEX
USA Today/NWCA #9 N/A N/A
InterMat N/A #3 #7
Flowretling N/A #3 #12
W.I.N. N/A #3 #9


SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE

The Spartans enter Sunday’s dual at 0-10 overall and 0-5 in the Big Ten following losses last weekend to Purdue (27-15) and Illinois (32-10). MSU’s leader in wins is Javier Gasca, who is 14-4 overall and 4-1 in duals this winter.

ALL TIME SERIES VS. MSU
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Ohio State by a 40-27-1 count, but the Buckeyes have won each of the last seven meetings.

1/15/2015: Ohio State 25, Michigan State 13 (East Lansing, Mich.)
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.)

PROBABLE MATCH-UPS
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (12-0) vs. Mitch Rogaliner (9-11)
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (11-3) vs. Garth Yenter (8-13)
141: #4 Micah Jordan (14-1) vs. Javier Gasca (14-4)
149: #12 Hunter Stieber (0-1) vs. : Kaelan Richards (1-8) OR Mark Bozzo (11-8)
157: #13 Jake Ryan (12-1) vs. Joe Johnson (7-12)
165: #2 Bo Jordan (9-0) vs. Dean Vettese (4-8)
174: #15 Myles Martin (20-3) vs. Shane Shadaia (5-10)
184: #13 Kenny Courts (11-6) vs. Shwan Shadaia (8-8)
197: Josh Fox (2-5) vs. Jacob Cooper (5-9)
285: Nick Tavanello (13-3) vs. Dimitrius Renfroe (2-15)

NOTING TOMASELLO’S STREAK
Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello has won 30 straight matches dating back to last season. It is the longest streak nationally amongst 125 pounders and the fourth longest across all weight classes. During that time, Tomasello has beaten 16 ranked wrestlers and won 19 matches by bonus points.

BACK POINTS
 Ohio State has been ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll for 68 consecutive weeks. Fifty four of those weeks they have been in the top 10.
 The Buckeyes are 17-8 at home over the last four seasons
 DiJulius is Ohio State’s active career wins leader with 108.
 Redshirt junior Nick Tavanello own’s the teams fastest pin this season – 15 seconds – and has five falls on the year, tied with Myles Martin and Kollin Moore for the team lead.