COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fresh from finishing a three-match homestand, the ninth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team takes its show on the road this weekend - I-70, to be specific. The Buckeyes make the track to the Hoosier State for a pair of duals - Friday vs. No. 21 Indiana (7 p.m.) and Sunday vs. No. 20 Purdue (1 p.m.).
No. 9 Ohio State (7-2, 4-1) at No. 22 Indiana (6-2, 3-2)
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016; 7 p.m.
University Gymnasium; Bloomington, Ind.
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BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ranked No. 9 in this week's USA Today/NWCA poll, Ohio State is 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten following a 33-9 victory last Sunday against Michigan State
• Two members of Ohio State's lineup remain unbeaten this year - Nathan Tomasello (13-0) at 125 lbs. and Bo Jordan (10-0) at 165 lbs. Two other starters - Micah Jordan (15-1, 141 lbs.) and Jake Ryan (13-1, 157 lbs.) - have just one loss.
• Nine Buckeyes are ranked in their respective weight classes this week by InterMat. Tomasello maintains his stronghold on the top spot at 125 lbs. while B. Jordan is No. 2 at 165 lbs and Kyle Snyder checks in at No. 2 at heavyweight. Others in the top 10 include M. Jordan (No. 4, 141 lbs.) and Johnni DiJulius (No. 8, 133 lbs.). All nine of Ohio State's ranked wrestlers are inside of the Top 15.
• The Buckeyes' lineup features four wrestlers who have earned All-America honors in their careers. Their combined record this year is 36-7.
• True freshman Myles Martin is 3-1 since being inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of January and is also tied for the team with 21 totals wins (18 of those came while wrestling unattached at open tournaments).
• In Sunday's win over Michigan State, Buckeyes wrestlers combined for 34 takedowns, five near-falls and three reversals.
• In the Buckeyes' seven dual wins, they have won 46 total matches, 25 via bonus points.
Ohio State has outscored its opponents 219-139 this season.
STIEBER TO JOIN COACHING STAFF IN APRIL
Logan Stieber, the most decorated wrestler in Ohio State history, will join the Buckeyes' staff as a coach following April's Olympic Trails, head coach Tom Ryan announced last week. He will bring with him 119 career victories, four national championships, a Hodge Trophy and a team national title. And if things go well in April, a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
When Stieber officially joins the staff, the group will have a collective six national titles, seven NCAA finals appearances and 11 All-America honors.
Eight of Ohio State's 10 probable starters hail from Ohio, including four that were four-time state champions: Stieber, Tomasello, B. Jordan and M. Jordan. DiJulius won three titles while at Walsh Jesuit, Ryan was a state finalist for Olentangy Liberty and Tavanello took home three titles for Wadsworth. Collectively, the group boasts 22 state tiles, 25 finals appearances and 10 team titles.
NOTING TOMASELLO'S STREAK
Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello has won 31 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 20 matches by bonus points.
Over the last five seasons, Ohio State owns a 22-9 mark in true road matches and overall has won nine of the last 11 duals away from home. They Buckeyes also own a seven-match Big Ten road winning streak, which started with a 16-15 victory over Purdue on Feb. 3, 2014.
IN THE RANKINGS - INDIVIDUAL
IN THE RANKINGS - TEAM
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PROBABLE MATCH-UP VS. INDIANA
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (13-0) vs. #19 Elijah Oliver (24-4)
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (12-3) vs. Alonzo Shepherd (11-13)
141: #4 Micah Jordan (15-1) vs. Cole Weaver (17-12)
149: #11 Hunter Stieber (1-1) vs. Luke Blanton (16-8)
157: #14 Jake Ryan (13-1) vs. Jake Danishek (13-5)
165: #2 Bo Jordan (10-0) vs. Eric Roach (2-3) OR Bryce Martin (16-12)
174: #15 Myles Martin (21-3) vs. #6 Nate Jackson (24-3)
184: #13 Kenny Courts (12-6) vs. Matt Irick (12-10) or Wyatt Wilson (5-10)
197: Josh Fox (2-6) vs. Jake Masengale (7-14)
285: Nick Tavanello (14-3) OR Thomas Haines (12-2) vs. Fletcher Miller (2-3) OR Garret Goldman (13-10)
PROBABLE MATCH-UPS VS. PURDUE
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (13-0) vs. Ben Thornton (15-10)
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (12-3) vs. Luke Welch (11-10) OR Cody Pae (11-7)
141: #4 Micah Jordan (15-1) vs. Danny Sabatello (12-11) OR Kyle Ayersman (13-8)
149: #11 Hunter Stieber (1-1) vs. Alex Griffin (11-5)
157: #14 Jake Ryan (13-1) vs. Doug Welch (10-8)
165: #2 Bo Jordan (10-0) vs. #7 Chad Welch (23-3)
174: #15 Myles Martin vs. Jacob Morrissey (12-9)
184: #13 Kenny Courts (12-6) vs. Tanner Lynde (8-8)
197: John Fox (2-6) vs. Drake Stein (10-15)
285: Nick Tavanello (14-3) OR Thomas Haines (12-2) vs. Tyler Kral (8-10) OR Jacob Aven (13-8)
Coming off a 33-6 loss at No. 8 Michigan, Indiana is 6-2 overall (3-2 Big Ten) with wins over SIU-Edwardsville, Minnesota, Eastern Michigan, Manchester, Maryland and Michigan State. The Hoosiers highest ranked wrestler is Nate Jackson (24-3), who checks in at No. 8 (174 lbs.). Nineteenth-ranked Elijah Oliver is 24-4 on the year at 125 pounds with a victory last Sunday over 20th-ranked Connor Youtsey of Michigan.
After winning seven of their first nine duals, Purdue (7-4, 2-3) suffered losses last weekend at No. 2 Iowa and No. 23 Minnesota. Against the Gophers, unranked Alex Griffin upset No. 9 Jake Short at 149 lbs. with a 4-2 sudden victory decision. The Boilermakers highest ranked wrestler is Chad Welch, who is No. 7 at 165 lbs.
• Ohio State has been ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll for 69 consecutive weeks. Fifty five of those weeks they have been in the top 10.
• Tom Ryan-coached Buckeye teams are 7-0 vs. Purdue since 2006-07 with an average margin of victory of 18.7 points/dual. They are also 7-0 vs. Indiana with an average margin of victory of 13.7 points/dual.
• With 120 victories at Ohio State, Ryan is the third winningst coach in program history, trailing just Casey Fredericks (1948-76, 136 wins) and Russ Hellickson (1987-2006, 272 wins).
• Last Sunday, DiJulius passed Kevin Randleman, a two-time national champion, on the career wins list with 109. He ranks 16th all time.