Freshman Derek Garcia and the Buckeyes will look to rebound with wins this weekend vs. Michigan and at Michigan State.
Feb. 1, 2012
No. 6 Ohio State (9-3 overall; 3-3 Big Ten) vs. No. 12 Michigan (6-3 overall; 4-2 Big Ten)
6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
St. John Arena
Live Updates: OhioStateBuckeyes.com and twitter.com/wrestlingbucks
No. 6 Ohio State (9-3 overall; 3-3 Big Ten) at Michigan State (3-8 overall; 1-6 Big Ten)
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012
Jenison Field House
East Lansing, Mich.
Live Updates: twitter.com/wrestlingbucks
Ohio State Probable Starters
125 – No. 16 Johnni Dijulius, Fr. (13-10 overall; 2-3 Big Ten)
133 – No. 3 Logan Stieber, R-Fr. (20-1 overall; 5-1 Big Ten)
141 –No. 6 Hunter Stieber, Fr. (19-3 overall; 5-1 Big Ten)
149 – No. 14 Cam Tessari, Fr. (15-5 overall; 3-0 Big Ten)
157 – No. 20 Josh Demas, R-Fr. (16-7 overall; 3-2 Big Ten)
165 – Derek Garcia, Fr. (11-8 overall; 3-3 Big Ten)
174 – No. 7 Nick Heflin, R-So. (19-3 overall; 4-2 Big Ten)
184 – No. 10 C.J. Magrum, R-Jr. (14-3 overall; 1-0 Big Ten)
197 – No. 20 Andrew Campolattano, Fr. (13-8 overall; 3-3 Big Ten)
HWT – No. 18 Peter Capone, R-So. (12-9 overall; 2-4 Big Ten)
Michigan Probable Starters
125 – Grant Pizzo, So. (6-12 overall)
133 – No. 16 Zac Stevens, Sr. (17-6 overall)
141 – No. 1 Kellen Russell, Sr. (22-1 overall)
149 – No. 7 Eric Grajales, So. (14-3 overall) OR Mike Hillock, So. (10-6 overall)
157 – Brandon Zeerip, So. (12-10 overall)
165 – No. 14 Dan Yates, So. (18-5 overall) OR Dave Johnson, Sr. (9-5 overall)
174 – No. 8 Justin Zeerip, Sr. (18-2 overall)
184 – Hunter Collins, Jr. (6-9 overall) OR Chris Heald, Fr. (6-7 overall)
197 – No. 15 Max Huntley, Fr. (14-8 overall)
HWT – No. 10 Ben Apland, Jr. (19-5 overall)
Michigan State Probable Starters
125 – Eric Olanowski, Sr. (5-6 overall)
133 – Brandon Fifield, Fr. (9-12 overall)
141 – Brian Gibbs, Fr. (15-13 overall)
149 –Dan Osterman, Jr. (19-11 overall)
157 –No. 12 Anthony Jones, Sr. (16-6 overall)
165 – David Cheza, Sr. (13-7 overall)
174 – No. 16 Curran Jacobs, Sr. (19-8 overall)
184 –Ian Hinton, Sr. (14-7 overall)
197 – Nick McDiarmid, R-Fr. (15-9 overall)
HWT – Mike McClure (So., 12-8) OR Steve Andrus (Jr., 14-10)
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The sixth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team returns to action this weekend with a pair of Big Ten Conference duals vs. Michigan and at Michigan State.
The Buckeyes will host No. 12 Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday in St. John Arena before traveling to East Lansing, Mich., for a 2 p.m. contest vs. Michigan State Sunday.
The Buckeyes enter the final weekend of regular-season conference action with a 9-3 overall record and 3-3 mark in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the league, while the Spartans are 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
The match vs. the Wolverines will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. on BTN. Check the local listings of your cable or satellite provider for the channel. The official Twitter site of Ohio State wrestling, twitter.com/wrestlingbucks, and the official web site of Ohio State Athletics, OhioStateBuckeyes.com, also will provide live updates .
Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite Ohio State scarlet apparel at the match vs. Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday on BTN to help “paint” St. John Arena Scarlet.
• The Buckeyes began the season 7-0, including wins against three ranked opponents in No. 15 Virginia Tech, 21-12, No. 9 Pittsburgh, 22-9, and No. 20 Kent State, 22-15.
• Ohio State captured the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational title with 129 points in early December.
• In all, the Scarlet and Gray have faced seven ranked opponents, including a pair of No. 2 foes in Iowa and Penn State.
• Redshirt freshman Logan Stieber leads the Buckeyes with 20 wins this season vs. one loss.
• On average, the Buckeyes are starting seven freshmen, including a pair of redshirt freshmen, two redshirt sophomores and a redshirt junior.
• Ohio State trails Michigan, 62-16-3, in the all-time series, but has won three of the last four meetings. • Luke Fickell, the Ohio State football team’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, will serve as the honorary coach Friday vs. the Wolverines.
Big Ten Athletes of the Week
This season, two Buckeyes in Logan and Hunter Stieber have been awarded Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors four times this season. Logan was first named WOW back in November after finishing first at 133 pounds in the Eastern Michigan Open. The redshirt freshman from Monroeville, Ohio, was again honored Dec. 6 after posting a perfect 5-0 record at the CKLV Invitational. Logan’s third WOW laurel came Jan. 17 after he downed No. 8 Cashé Quiroga of Purdue en route to Ohio State’s 27-10 win in Columbus. Hunter earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week accolades following his 4-2 win over No. 3 Montell Marion of Iowa Jan. 20. Hunter’s win helped the Buckeyes upset the Hawkeyes, 21-9 in Columbus.
2011-12 Ohio State Big Ten Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 8: Logan Stieber, Fr., OSU
Dec. 6: Tony Ramos, So., IOWA; Logan Stieber, Fr., OSU
Jan. 17: Logan Stieber, Fr., OSU; Ed Ruth, So., PSU
Jan. 24: Hunter Stieber, Fr., OSU
Luke Fickell Honorary Head Coach
Luke Fickell, the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Ohio State football team, will serve as the honorary coach for the Ohio State wrestling team when the Buckeyes face Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday in St. John Arena.
“We are honored to have Luke Fickell joining us matside,” Tom Ryan, Ohio State wrestling head coach, said. “Although I wish he still had eligibility, the wrestling staff, student-athletes and fans are all inspired by the leadership he has shown throughout his life.”
Fickell is a Columbus native and attended DeSales High School, where he was an undefeated, three-time state wrestling champion from 1990-92. A 1997 graduate of Ohio State, he played for the Buckeyes from 1992-96, redshirting the first year and then starting the next four seasons at nose guard. He started a school-record 50 consecutive games between 1993 and 1996.
Fickell will coach his 11th season at his alma mater in 2012 for the football Buckeyes, while his first full-time coaching position came in 2000 under Lee Owens at Akron, spending two years as defensive line coach. Jim Tressel brought him to Ohio State as special teams coordinator in 2002 and he also worked with the defensive front. He was named linebackers coach in 2004 and added co-defensive coordinator duties to his resume in 2005.
Fickell was the Buckeyes’ head coach in 2011, a position he accepted May 30, 2011 without any prior head coaching experience.
Redshirt freshman Logan Stieber leads the Buckeyes with 20 wins this season vs. one loss. Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, suffered his lone loss of the season vs. Minnesota’s Chris Dardanes, 5-3, Jan. 8. Stieber also leads the Scarlet and Gray in pins with 11 with his fastest recorded at 43 seconds.
In the Rankings
The NCAA released the first of three coaches’ panel rankings Jan. 20 and nine Buckeyes are polled in the Top 33. The coaches’ panel rankings are one of the ways in which the NCAA selection committee will determine the qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis. For the complete rankings, click HERE.
Ranked Ohio State wrestlers
125 – No. 16 Johnni Dijulius
133 – No. 4 Logan Stieber
141 – No. 7 Hunter Stieber
149 – No. 13 Cam Tessari
157 – No. 20 Josh Demas
174 – No. 9 Nick Heflin
184 – No. 10 C.J. Magrum
197 – No. 23 Andrew Campolattano
HWT – No. 14 Peter Capone
Conclusion of Big Ten Conference Regular-Season Schedule
This weekend will serve as the final weekend of regular-season Big Ten Conference action. As of now, the Buckeyes are in seventh place with a 3-3 conference record. Minnesota leads the league (6-1), while Nebraska and Penn State are tied for second with 5-1 conference ledgers. Illinois and Iowa are tied for fourth (5-2) and Michigan sits in sixth place at 4-2. Northwestern (3-4), Purdue (2-5), Michigan State (1-6) and Indiana and Wisconsin (0-6) make up Nos. 8-11.
What was going on in 1966
Behind seven wins, No. 7 Ohio State downed No. 2 Iowa, 21-9, Jan. 20 in front of 5,684 fans in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes handed the Hawkeyes their first conference loss of the season.
“It’s great,” Tom Ryan, head coach, said. “These guys put so much time into what they do. They have six o’clock mornings, they have eight hours of sleep and studying. They have so many things going on in their lives, this was great. It was about time we beat them.”
The last Buckeye victory against the Hawkeyes came Feb. 12, 1966, 46 seasons ago. The last time OSU beat Iowa in wrestling (1966), a gallon of gas cost 32 cents and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” debuted on TV.
For the complete recap, click HERE.
Tom Ryan Wins 180th Career Match
Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan recorded his 180th-career win Jan. 12 vs. Purdue. Ryan, who has been a head coach for 17 seasons, also has 72 victories as the head coach at Ohio State. For his career, Ryan is 181-112-1 and at Ohio State, he is 72-28.
Victory No. 700
Ohio State captured its 700th dual victory Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh. The Buckeyes entered the 2011-12 season with a 695-492-28 all-time dual record. Adding four more victories since the win at Pittsburgh, the Scarlet and Gray are now 704-495-28 all-time.
So far during the 2011-12 season, Ohio State has faced seven ranked opponents, not including No. 12 Michigan, who the Buckeyes will wrestle at 6 p.m. Friday in St. John Arena. Ohio State is 4-3 in those matches, with wins over No. 15 Virginia Tech (21-12), No. 9 Pittsburgh (22-9), No. 20 Kent State (22-15) and No. 2 Iowa (21-9). The Scarlet and Gray lost to No. 14 Nebraska (18-16), No. 3 Minnesota (24-13) and No. 2 Penn State (34-9).
Senior Farewell Bo Touris
Senior Bo Touris will be recognized Friday during Ohio State’s final home match of the season at 6 p.m. vs. Michigan. Touris, who hails from West Chester, Ohio, and attended Lakota West High School, has been a valuable practice partner in the Steelwood Training Facility. Last season, following an injury to Logan Stieber, Touris stepped into the starting lineup at 125 pounds. Touris also saw action this season vs. Purdue and secured a 15-6 major decision win against Luke Schroeder en route to helping the Buckeyes defeat the Boilermakers, 27-10.
“Everyone loves Bo and he will be missed,” Tom Ryan, head coach, said. “Bo should be proud to leave OSU wrestling as a man who endured 5 years of hard work, breaking into the starting line-up during his junior year. We wish him all the best as he enters the next phase of his life.”
Watching the Wolverines
Michigan is 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are led by seven ranked wrestlers, including defending national champion and two-time All-American, No. 1 Kellen Russell.
Ohio State vs. Michigan
Ohio State trails Michigan, 62-16-3, in the all-time series, but has won three of the last four meetings.
Speaking of the Spartans
Michigan State owns a 3-8 overall ledger and 1-6 conference mark. The Spartans are paced by No. 16 Curran Jacobs who has 19 wins (eight losses) overall this season.
Ohio State vs. Michigan State
The Buckeyes have won four consecutive matches vs. the Spartans, including a 19-16 victory last season. Overall, Ohio State trails Michigan State, 40-24-1.
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Big Ten & NCAA Championships Tickets are on Sale
Buckeye fans can now purchase their Big Ten and NCAA championships tickets. For the Big Ten championships, tickets are $46 each. All-session tickets to the NCAA championships are $166 (including applicable service fees). For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
Fans looking for an inside look on the Ohio State wrestling team can check out the Insider Newsletter posted on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. In addition to head coach Tom Ryan’s thoughts on the team, fans can read “Athlete’s Corner,” special features, such as the most recent story on former Buckeye Tommy Rowlands, as well as various news and notes.
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