PREVIEW: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Iowa

No. 4 Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 B1G) at No. 3 Iowa (7-2, 3-1 B1G)
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 | 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
Carver-Hawkeye Arena | Iowa City, Iowa
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two college wrestling heavyweights clash on Friday as No. 4 Ohio State meets No. 3 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in front of a national audience on BTN. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT).

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• At 8-0, Ohio State is one of just three unbeaten teams nationally. The Buckeyes already own three wins over ranked opponents (Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois).
• The Buckeyes are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season when they won their first 10 duals on the way to finishing 19-2.
• In this week's InterMat rankings, three Buckeyes retain No. 1 spots -- redshirt juniors Nathan Tomasello (133 lbs.) and Bo Jordan (174 lbs.) and junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder. No other school in the country has more than two No. 1-ranked wrestlers. All three are also unbeaten this season.
• Overall, seven members of Ohio State's lineup are ranked, including six in the top 10 of their respective weight classes. In the Tournament Power Index, the Buckeyes are No. 3, behind just Penn State and Oklahoma State. That is an improvement of one spot from last week. Ohio State is No. 4 in the Dual Power Index.
• Friday's dual begins a stretch of five consecutive matches against ranked teams to conclude the regular season.
• Snyder will miss Friday's match while competing in Russia at the Ivan Yariguin Tournament, one of the top international events on the United World Wrestling calendar. In his place will be redshirt senior Josh Fox, who is coming off a title at the Purple Raider Open on Jan. 15.
• There is a potential for five matchups between ranked wrestlers on Friday night, highlighted by No. 1 Tomasello versus No. 3 Cory Clark. Ohio State wrestlers are 14-6 this year against ranked opponents.

SCOUTING IOWA
Iowa is 7-2 overall and coming off a 26-11 setback to No. 2 Penn State last Friday. The Hawkeyes lineup features seven ranked wrestlers, led by No. 1 Thomas Gilman at 125 lbs. Gillman is currently 18-0 on the year and was the NCAA runner-up last season.

CURRENT INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Name Weight FloWrestling InterMat AWN TheOpenMat
Jose Rodriguez 125 lbs. NR #18 #19 #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 #3 #3
Myles Martin 184 lbs. #9 #10 #10 #10
Kollin Moore 197 lbs. #4 #4 #4 #4
Kyle Snyder HWT #1 #1 #1 #1

CURRENT TEAM RANKINGS

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

PROBABLE MATCHUPS

No. 4 Ohio State No. 3 Iowa
Wt. Class Wrestler Record Wrestler Record
125 lbs. #18 Jose Rodriguez 11-4 #1 Thomas Gilman 18-0
133 lbs. #1 Nathan Tomasello 10-0 #3 Cory Clark 10-1
141 lbs. #14 Luke Pletcher 20-2 #18 Topher Carton  17-4
149 lbs. #5 Micah Jordan 21-0 #3 Brandon Sorenson 17-2
157 lbs. Jake Ryan 10-7 #2 Michael Kemerer 19-1
165 lbs. Cody Burcher 14-7 Joey Gunther 12-4
OR Skyler St. John 5-3
174 lbs. #1 Bo Jordan 8-0 #13 Alex Meyer 15-4
184 lbs. #10 Myles Martin 20-3 #5 Sammy Brooks 16-2
197 lbs. #5 Kollin Moore 19-2 Cash Wilcke 11-6
HWT Josh Fox 8-10 Steven Holloway 5-6

WEIGHT CLASSES TO WATCH
Tomasello vs. Clark | 133 lbs.
Just two weeks after notching his first win of the year over a top-five opponent, Tomasello looks to pick up a second signature win -- this time against Clark, a two-time All-American and the 2016 Big Ten champion who spent the first half of this season ranked No. 1 in the weight class. Tomasello is 19-3 against common opponents with Clark.

Jordan vs. Sorenson | 149 lbs.
At 21-0, Jordan is one of three unbeaten wrestlers in Ohio State's lineup on Sunday and figures to get his stiffest test of the season from Brandon Sorenson, who will be facing his third straight top-five opponent (he lost previously in TB-2 to No. 3 Anthony Collica and No. 1 Zain Retherford).

Martin vs. Brooks | 184 lbs.
Martin has been a bonus point machine in 2016-17, registering seven major decisions, six technical falls and four pins while averaging 13.1 points per match. His matchup against Brooks starts a stretch on potentially three straight against top-five opponents.

STATISCALLY SPEAKING
• Buckeyes wrestlers have been fast starters, scoring 138 first-period takedowns in duals while being taken down themselves just 16 times. Martin leads the way with 25 opening takedowns (zero against) followed by M. Jordan (20 for, zero against), Snyder (20 for, zero against) and Moore (21 for, one against).
• Martin leads Ohio State is nearly every dual category, including total match points scored (129, 16.1/match), dual team points (38), bonus point wins (eight) and dual takedowns (45).
• M. Jordan and Tomasello are a combined 8-0 vs. ranked opponents this year (four wins each).
• Included in Ohio State's 14-6 mark versus ranked opponents is a 10-4 mark against top-10 foes.
• Ohio State has at least four bonus point wins in each of its eight duals this year.
• The three newest members of Ohio State's lineup -- Jose Rodriguez, Moore and Pletcher -- are a combined 50-8 this season.

ROAD WARIORS
Ohio State is 19-5 away from home over the last four seasons. That includes a 3-0 mark this year with two of those wins vs. Top 25 opponents -- No. 19 Arizona State and No. 17 Wisconsin.

ALL-TIME VS. IOWA
The Ohio State/Iowa series dates back to 1929 -- the Buckeyes won two of the first four matchups (in 1929 and 1966) and also picked up a 21-9 win in 2012 in front of 5,684 at St. John Arena. The two teams did not meet last year.

TOMASELLO CHASING MILESTONES
• Tomasello is Ohio State's active career wins leader with 90 and has also won 53 of his last 54 matches. Ten more victories would make him the 20th member of the 100-win club.
• With a .947 winning percentage, Tomasello currently ranks fourth (minimum of 40 matches) all-time. Four-time national champion Logan Stieber tops the list at .975 (119-3).

MICAH'S IMPRESSIVE CAMPAIGN
Micah Jordan, who was just one win shy of All-America honors as a redshirt freshman last season, is averaging 14.5 points in the 17 wins that haven't ended in pins. He's also 4-0 vs. ranked opponents (three of which were in the top 10) with a CKLV Invitational title to show for it.

PLETCHER MAKES HIS MARK
Luke Pletcher entered the FloWrestling rankings for the first time on Dec. 20 and then made his InterMat debut on Jan. 10 following a 8-4 decision over Wisconsin's Cole Martin. He wrestled his first eight matches at 133 earlier this year before making the jump into the starting lineup at 141 for the Missouri dual on Dec. 8. Since then, he's gone 12-2 with six major decisions and one tech fall.

A PROUD TRADITION
In its 96th season, Ohio State owns a 762-512-1 all-time record with three Big Ten championships, the most recent coming in 2015. The program has produced 21 individual national champions, 10 under the guidance of head coach Tom Ryan. He's also mentored 34 All-Americans, an average of over three per season.