No. 21 Purdue, No. 22 Rutgers Up Next For Buckeyes

Jan. 29, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the heels of a season-long five-match winning streak, the fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (9-3, 5-1) welcomes No. 21 Purdue (8-5, 1-3) to St. John Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. before heading to New Jersey to face the 22nd ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-5, 1-5) on Sunday at noon.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Friday night’s dual match can be seen on  BTN Plus (subscription required) at the following link: http://www.btn2go.com/game/purdue-at-ohio-st-on-01302015. Former Buckeye wrestler JD Bergman will handle the play by play duties. The match at Rutgers can be seen on Scarletknights.com at the following link: http://www.scarletknights.com/collegesportslive/?media=475325. Twitter updates will also be available for both matches at @wrestlingbucks

BUCKEKYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Following wins over Indiana and Maryland last weekend, the Buckeyes maintained their fourth-place ranking in the latest USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association poll. Ohio State is one of four Big Ten schools ranked in the top five.
  • 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 17-0 on the year with all of his wins coming via bonus points (including nine pins). Last weekend, he pinned Indiana’s Sean Brown in 2:14, giving the Buckeyes a 31-7 lead in the dual. Two days later, he needed just 2:54 to pin Maryland’s Shyheim Brown. With a career record of 107-3, Stieber’s winning percentage of .972 is the best in school history.
  • A major part of the Buckeyes’ success in 2014-15 has been the contributions of true freshman Kyle Snyder (197 lbs.) and redshirt freshman Bo Jordan (165 lbs.). Snyder is 19-2 on the year and ranked No. 4 nationally. He leads the team with 11 major decisions. Jordan, who missed most of November and December with an injury, is one of two unbeaten Buckeyes this year (11-0) and current is ranked fifth nationally.
  • Head coach Tom Ryan, in his ninth season at Ohio State, is 108-41 since arriving in Columbus. He previously spent 11 years at Hofstra where he won six straight conference championships from 2001 through 2006.

PROBABLE MATCHUPS – VS. PURDUE
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (19-4) vs. Aaron Assad (9-11) or Luke Welch (9-9)
133: #7 Johnni DiJulius (20-2) vs. #14 Danny Sabatello (20-4)
141: #1 Logan Stieber (17-0) vs. Nick Lawrence (17-10)
149: Randy Languis (8-8) or #6 Hunter Stieber (1-2) vs. Brandon Nelsen (16-9) or Alex Griffin (13-5)
157: #9 Josh Demas (11-2) or Kyle Visconti (0-2) vs. #14 Doug Welch (22-6)
165: #5 Bo Jordan (11-0) vs. Pat Robinson (10-11)
174: #13 Mark Martin (12-7) or Dominic Prezzia (10-8) vs. Chad Welch (17-10)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (16-4) vs. Patrick Kissel (14-8) or Tanner Lynde (6-7)
197: #4 Kyle Snyder (19-2) vs. #12 Braden Atwood (10-4)
285: Ray Gordon (0-4) vs. Tyler Kral (8-17)

PROBABLE MATCHUPS – VS. RUTGERS
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (19-4) vs. Sean McCabe (13-6)
133: #7 Johnni DiJulius (20-2) vs. Scott DelVecchio (14-6)
141: #1 Logan Stieber (17-0) vs. No. 9 Anthony Ashnault (17-4)
149: Randy Languis (8-8) or #6 Hunter Stieber (1-2) vs. #17 Ken Theobold (12-2)
157: #9 Josh Demas (11-2) or Kyle Visconti (0-2) vs. #17 Anthony Perrotti (12-6)
165: #5 Bo Jordan (11-0) vs. Nick Visicaro (4-3)
174: #13 Mark Martin (12-7) or Dominic Prezzia (10-8) vs. #19 Phil Bakuckas (16-8)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (16-4) vs. Anthony Pafumi (12-9) or Hayden Hrymack (9-6)
197: #4 Kyle Snyder (19-2) vs. Ralph Normandia (11-8)
285: Ray Gordon (0-4) vs. #14 Billy Smith

SCOUTING PURDUE
The Boilermakers are one of 10 Big Ten schools in this week’s USA Today/NWCA  Coaches Poll, checking in at No. 21. Purdue is coming off a 26-9 loss at the hands of No. 5 Penn State where it got victories from Danny Sabatello at 133 pounds, Nick Lawrence at 141 pounds and Doug Welch at 157 pounds. For his efforts, Sabatello was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 27. The Boilermakers own wins this year over Indiana Tech, Northern Iowa, Binghamton, SIU Edwardsville, Chattanooga, North Carolina and Northwestern.

LAST TIME VS. PURDUE – Ohio State 16, Purdue 15 (Feb. 3, 2014)
After dropping five of its six opening bouts at Purdue, the Ohio State wrestling team won its final four matches via decisions to edge the Boilermakers, 16-15, at Holloway Gymnasium in West Lafayette, Ind.

Logan Stieber’s major decision victory vs. Danny Sabatello at 141 pounds proved to be the difference maker as both teams won five matches on the night. Stieber’s win was the only one that came via bonus points.

SCOUTING RUTGERS
Big Ten newcomer Rutgers, ranked No. 22 in this week’s coaches poll, is 10-5 on the season and 1-5 in the Big Ten following a 26-9 loss last Sunday at Nebraska. Prior to facing Ohio State, the Scarlet Knights tangle with Navy on Saturday. Led by eighth-year head coach Scott Goodale, feature five wrestlers ranked in this week’s InterMat poll – No. 9 Anthony Ashnault (141 lbs.), No. 17 Ken Theobold (149 lbs.), No. 17 Anthony Perrotti (157 lbs.), No. 19 Phil Bakuckas (174 lbs.) and No. 14 Billy Smith (285 lbs.).

LAST TIME OUT VS. MARYLAND
Pins by Logan Stieber and Bo Jordan, a technical fall by Nathan Tomasello and major decisions from Kyle Snyder and Johnni DiJulius led Ohio State to a convincing 31-9 victory over Maryland on Sunday at the XFINITY Center in College Park.

PACK THE SCHOTT
Makes plans to join the Buckeyes next Friday, Feb. 6 when they host second-ranked Minnesota inside Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 3) or by visiting OhioStateBuckeyes.com (under the Tickets tab, select Single Game Tickets). Prior to the match, Ohio State will honor its senior class.