No. 13 Ohio State Hosts Michigan State at Massillon Perry
Senior Ian Paddock and the No. 13 Buckeyes will host Michigan State at Massillon Perry High School at 7 p.m. Friday night.
Feb. 5, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio– For the second time this season, the No. 13 Ohio State wrestling team will compete in a home match off-site, this time at Massillon Perry High School. The Buckeyes will host Michigan State at 7 p.m. Friday. Ohio State enters the match vs. the Spartans with an overall record of 8-4 and a 3-4 Big Ten Conference mark. Michigan State is 5-9 overall and 0-6 in the league.
The match Friday will serve as the final Big Ten regular-season match of the season for the Buckeyes. Ohio State will serve as hosts of the 2014 EAS Sports Nutrition/NWCA National Duals at St. John Arena Feb. 16-17 before hosting Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 to conclude the 2014 regular season.
2014 National Duals
Ohio State will serve as hosts of the 2014 EAS Sports Nutrition/NWCA National Duals at St. John Arena in Columbus Feb. 16-17. Log on to https://go.osu.edu/wr_2014NationalDuals for more information, including how to purchase tickets.
In addition to Ohio State, teams scheduled to participate include: Cornell, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Kent State, Central Michigan, Virginia Tech, Bloomsburg, North Dakota State, Oregon State, Iowa State, Hofstra and Illinois.
Last Time Out
Ohio State split its matches during the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 3, losing to No. 11 Michigan, 21-12, Jan. 31, but rebounding with a 16-15 decision at No. 24 Purdue Monday. Senior Nick Heflin (197 pounds), sophomore Mark Martin (174 pounds) and redshirt-junior Logan Stieber (141 pounds) were perfect on the weekend. After winning only three matches vs. the Wolverines, the Buckeyes rallied from a 15-4 deficit behind four consecutive wins by Martin, redshirt-sophomore Kenny Courts (184 pounds), Heflin and redshirt-freshman Nick Tavanello (HWT). Stieber’s major decision victory at 141 pounds proved to be the difference maker as he was the lone wrestler to score a bonus-point victory as both teams won five matches each.
Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Ohio State trails Michigan State, 40-25-1, in the all-time series, but has won nine of the last 10 matches dating back to 2002. The lone setback in the span was a 27-16 loss in 2005. Two seasons ago, the Buckeyes handed the Spartans a 24-13 loss in East Lansing.
Last Five Meetings
Feb. 5, 2012 – Ohio State 24, Michigan State 13
Jan. 16, 2011 – Ohio State 19, Michigan State 16
Feb. 14, 2010 – Ohio State 30, Michigan State 7
Feb. 8, 2008 – Ohio State 23, Michigan State, 15
Feb. 2, 2007 – Ohio state 19, Michigan State 14
Buckeyes vs. Spartans
Senior Ian Paddock has the most experience vs. Michigan State and has a 1-1 record. Including Paddock, seven current Buckeyes have wrestled against the Spartans – Josh Demas (0-1), Johnni DiJulius (1-0), Joe Grandominico (0-1), Nick Heflin (1-0), Randy Languis (1-0) and Logan Stieber (1-0).
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