No. 4 Buckeyes In Action This Weekend vs. Indiana, Maryland

Jan. 22, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team returns to action this weekend when it hosts Indiana in a Big Ten dual meet at Norwalk High School and then travels to College Park, Md. to face conference newcomer Maryland on Sunday at noon.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State, ranked fourth this week in the USA Today/NWCA poll, is 7-3 on the season and 3-1 in the Big Ten following a sweep in the state of Michigan last weekend. The Buckeyes knocked off Michigan State, 25-13, and No. 16 Michigan, 25-15.
  • 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 15-0 on the year with all of his wins coming via bonus points (including seven pins). Last weekend, he pinned Michigan State’s Terry Turner in 3:09, giving the Buckeyes a 11-4 lead in the dual. Two days later, he needed just 1:31 to pin Michigan’s George Fisher. With a career record of 105-3, 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 three weeks ago after sitting out since early November with an injury. Jordan has looked to be in midseason form since then, recording a 4-0 record that has included a key momentum-changing 2-0 win over 10th-ranked Taylor Massa of Michigan last Sunday. Jordan is 9-0 on the season and 32-0 in his Ohio State career.
  • Since arriving at Ohio State for the 2006-07 season, head coach Tom Ryan holds a 6-0 record against Indiana, with the most recent victory coming in January of 2013. The two teams did not meet last year.

PROBABLE MATCH-UPS VS. INDIANA
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (17-4) vs. Open
133: #7 Johnni DiJulius (18-2) vs. Alonzo Shepherd (2-11)
141: #1 Logan Stieber (15-0) vs. Sean Brown (8-13)
149: #6 Hunter Stieber (1-2) or Randy Languis (7-7) vs. Trevor Moody (6-11)
157: #10 Josh Demas (11-2) vs. Luke Blanton (12-11)
165: #6 Bo Jordan (9-0) vs. #7 Taylor Walsh (24-3)
174: #12 Mark Martin (12-7) vs. #15 Nate Jackson (18-8)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (14-4) vs. Matt Irick (10-8)
197: #5 Kyle Snyder (17-2) vs. Luke Sheridan (17-11)
285: Ray Gordon (0-2) vs. Garret Goldman (6-9)

PROBABLE MATCH-UPS VS. MARYLAND
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (17-4) vs. Josh Polacek (6-8)
133: #7 Johnni DiJulius (18-2) vs. Geoffrey Alexander (12-4)
141: #1 Logan Stieber (15-0) vs. Shyheim Brown (16-7)
149: #6 Hunter Stieber (1-2) or Randy Languis (7-7) vs. Ben Dorsay (2-5)
157: #10 Josh Demas (11-2) vs. Lou Mascola (11-9)
165: #6 Bo Jordan (9-0) vs. Tyler Manion (3-11)
174: #12 Mark Martin (12-7) vs. Josh Snook (10-10)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (14-4) vs. Tony Gardner (1-9)
197: #5 Kyle Snyder (17-2) vs. Rob Fitzgerald (9-10)
285: Ray Gordon (0-2) vs. Spencer Myers (3-0)

MICHIGAN/MICHIGAN STATE REWIND
Four bonus-point victories, including each of the first three matches, lifted the fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (7-3, 3-1) to a 25-15 victory over 16th-ranked Michigan (3-3, 1-2) in front of a sellout crowd at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Buckeye winners were Nathan Tomasello, Johnni DiJulius, Logan Stieber, Bo Jordan, Mark Martin and Kyle Snyder.

Against Michigan State, Ohio State won six of 10 matches, including four by bonus points, to secure a 25-13 victory. Tomasello had a technical fall at 125 pounds to start the match and other victories Buckeyes included L. Stieber, Josh Demas, Jordan, Kenny Courts and Snyder.

WELCOME HOME
Norwalk High School is just seven miles from Monroeville, Ohio, home to Logan and Hunter Stieber. Logan, a four-time Ohio High School state champion, graduated in 2010 with a 184-1 career record and won 179 consecutive matches. Not to be outdone, Logan’s brother, Hunter, was also a four-time state champion, finishing his high school career with a 197-2 record.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

  • Senior Logan Stieber has won seven of his 15 matches this year via fall. He also leads the team with five technical falls.
  • True freshman Kyle Snyder has a team-high nine major decisions thus far
  • The next win for redshirt junior Johnni DiJulius will be the 87th of his career

IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State has eight wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of the latest InterMat rankings (Jan. 20), the second-most of any school. In total, Ohio State boasts two wrestlers who are in the top five (L. Stieber, first, 141; Snyder, fifth, 197) and six that are in the top eight (Tomasello, seventh, 125; H. Stieber, sixth, 149; Jordan, sixth, 165; DiJulius, seventh, 133).

HONORARY COACHES
Bob Hanline is a successful entrepreneur in the greater Northwest Ohio area.  For over 30 years, Mr. Hanline has successfully run one of the largest Fresh Produce Manufacturing companies in the Eastern United States, RS Hanline in Shelby, Ohio.

Bob is a resident of Norwalk, residing there for over 25 years with his wife, Lisa, and daughters, CeCe and Alice.  Additionally, Bob employs many Ohio State Wrestling alumni, including National Champions Tommy Rowlands and Mike Pucillo, along with recent graduates Cody Magrum and Alex Gordon.   

Garth Gatrell has spent over thirty years as an executive compensation specialist.  Clients have included Google, Discovery Networks, Disney, Comcast, SAIC, Yahoo!, Symantec, Rovi, NuVasive, StemCells, Sequoia Ventures, San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, Airtouch, Brocade, VeriSign, DTS, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chevron, CalPers, the State of Ohio, University of San Diego, SharpHealthcare, Lam Research, OneSun, EcoSpan and eTrade.

Gartrell has been a partner/shareholder at the Wyatt Company, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, Heller Ehrman, Fenwick & West and The Croner Company.  In addition to being a CPA, having started with Price Waterhouse, he has degrees from Capital University, Ohio State and Harvard Law School. He is also a frequent contributor to OhioStateBuckeyes.com, writing features on various wresting student-athletes.