PREVIEW: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Rutgers
Feb. 4, 2017

No. 14 Rutgers (10-3, 4-2 B1G) at No. 4 Ohio State (8-2, 4-2 B1G)
Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 | 7 p.m.
St. John Arena | Columbus, Ohio
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COLUMBUS, Ohio
- The gauntlet that is the back half of No. 4-ranked Ohio State's 2016-17 dual schedule continues on Monday when the Buckeyes welcome in 14th-ranked Rutgers to St. John Arena. The match gets underway at 7 p.m. and can be seen live on BTN.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• After getting off to an 8-0 start, Ohio State has lost in back to back outings against No. 3 Iowa and No. 2 Penn State.
• Two members of Ohio State's probable lineup on Monday remain undefeated this season - 133-pounder Nathan Tomasello (12-0) and reigning Olympic and world champion Kyle Snyder (7-0). Together, the two have won 14 of their 19 matches via bonus points.
• In all, seven members of Monday's probable lineup are currently ranked by InterMat, five of which reside within the top 10.
• There is a potential for three matchups between ranked wrestlers on Monday - No. 15 Luke Pletcher vs. No. 6 Anthony Ashnault at 141 lbs., No. 14 Ken Theobold vs. No. 5 Micah Jordan at 149 lbs. and No. 13 Nicholas Gravina vs. No. 10 Myles Martin at 184 lbs.
• Ohio State is expected to have just one senior in its lineup against the Scarlet Knights - 174-pounder Justin Kresevic, who is 8-4 on the year and has started four duals so far this year.

SCOUTING RUTGERS
Led by head coach Scott Goodale, Rutgers checks in at No. 14 in this week's USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll. At 141 pounds, redshirt junior and defending Big Ten champion Anthony Ashnault is 20-3 on the year and ranked No. 6 by InterMat. Other ranked Scarlet Knights include No. 14 Ken Theobold (16-5, 149 lbs.), No. 18 John Van Brill (18-8, 157 lbs.) and No. 13 Nicholas Gravina (16-5, 184 lbs.). The Scarlet Knights were fifth at last year's Big Ten Championships and 15th at the NCAA Championships. Rutgers takes on Indiana on Sunday before heading to Columbus.

PROBABLE MATCHUPS

Ohio State Rutgers
Wt. Class Wrestler Record Wrestler Record
125 lbs. #18 Jose Rodriguez 11-6 Brandon Paetzell 12-6
133 lbs. #1 Nathan Tomasello 12-0 Scott DelVecchio 15-9
141 lbs. #15 Luke Pletcher 21-3 #6 Anthony Ashnault 20-3
149 lbs. #5 Micah Jordan 21-2 #14 Ken Theobold 16-5
OR Anthony Giraldo 15-6
157 lbs. Anthony DeCarlo 2-7 #18 John Van Brill 18-8
165 lbs. Cody Burcher 14-9 Willie Scott 12-8
OR Anthony Pafumi 9-10
OR Dylan Painton 9-7
174 lbs. Justin Kresevic 8-4 Phillip Bakuckas 11-6
184 lbs. #10 Myles Martin 20-5 #13 Nicholas Gravina 16-5
197 lbs. #4 Kollin Moore 21-2 Matthew Correnti 12-8
HWT #1 Kyle Snyder 7-0 Razohnn Gross 9-7
OR Ralph Normandia 4-2


WEIGHT CLASSES TO WATCH
Pletcher vs. Ashnault | 141 lbs.
A true freshman, Pletcher has already defeated two ranked foes in the last three weeks but a win over Ashnault would be the highest ranked opponent he would have beaten all season.

Martin vs. Gravina | 184 lbs.
Martin and Gravina have never met before but they are both 8-6 all-time against common opponents. Monday's match will be Martin's third straight over a ranked opponent (he's 3-3 so far this year vs. ranked opponents prior to Friday's dual against Penn State).

ALL-TIME VS. RUTGERS
Monday will mark just the fifth all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights. The series dates back to 1984 (a 24-24 tie at Rutgers) with the most recent meeting coming in 2015 (a 23-17 Ohio State win at RU's College Avenue Gymnasium. The Buckeyes own a 3-0-1 record in the series.

RECAPPING PENN STATE
In Friday's loss to Penn State, Ohio State received victories from Snyder, Tomasello and Moore, which improved their combined record this year to 40-2. The attendance of 15,338 is the fourth highest ever to see a college dual and bested Ohio State's previous high mark by 8,780.

Both Ohio State and Rutgers are no strangers to wrestling in front of large crowds - the Scarlet Knights had 16,178 for the "Battle at the Birthplace" this past November against Princeton at High Point Solutions Stadium.

MICAH'S TOUGH SLATE
Micah Jordan, who began the season by winning each of his first 21 matches, has faced the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 ranked wrestlers in succession, and if he sees No. 14 Ken Theobold on Monday, it will be his seventh ranked opponent this season.

TOMASELLO BY THE NUMBERS
• Is Ohio State's active career wins leader with 92
• Has won 55 of his last 56 matches and 22 straight in Big Ten dual competition
• Is averaging nearly five takedowns per match and 13.4 points/match
• Has not been taken down during a dual match

SNYDER'S STREAK
Since coming out of his planned Olympic redshirt during the 2015-16 season, Snyder has won 18 consecutive matches - 16 via bonus points - and surrendered just two takedowns. A look at his numbers:
• Is averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 takedowns per match this season
• In matches against the No. 3 and No. 4-ranked wrestlers at his weight class, won by a combined score of 39-18 and didn't surrender a takedown.
• In seven postseason matches last season, averaged 16.5 points and finished with four technical falls.

UP NEXT
Ohio State continues it stretch of four duals in 10 days when it heads west for a date against No. 6 Nebraska on Friday, Feb. 10 and No. 13 Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 12.