COLUMBUS, Ohio - Away from the friendly confines of St. John Arena for the past three weeks, Ohio State returns home Friday to host its final Big Ten dual of the regular season vs. Wisconsin.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
At 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten, Ohio State is ranked No. xx in this week's USA Today/NWCA poll.
Two members of Ohio State's lineup remain unbeaten this year -- No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (125 lbs., 16-0) and No. 2 Bo Jordan (165 lbs., 13-0). Kyle Snyder (2-0) is also undefeated in the two dual matches that he's wrestled in.
Tomasello's 3-1 decision over Penn State's No. 4 Nico Megaludis was his 34th consecutive win and 18th in a row against a ranked opponent. So far this season, the defending national champion has defeated two top-five opponents (Virginia Tech's Joey Dance being the other).
Eight of Ohio State's 10 probable starters are ranked in this week's InterMat polls. Tomasello has a stranglehold on the top spot at 125 lbs. while Jordan holds steady at No. 2 at 165 lbs. Bo's brother, Micah, is No. 4 at 141 pounds and has won 18 of his 19 matches this season.
The four victorious Buckeyes last Friday vs. Penn State (Tomasello, B. Jordan, M. Jordan and Snyder) have a combined record of 49-1.
Ohio State has outscored its opponents 280-189 this season and has put 30 points on the board on two occasions -- Nov. 13 vs. Virginia and Jan. 24 vs. Michigan State.
A win on Friday would give Ohio State 15 Big Ten victories over the last two seasons, the most in any two-year period in program history.
B. Jordan currently leads the team with 52 dual points scored (5 F, 1 TF, 2 MD). Tomaselllo is a close second with 48 points (4 MD, 4 TF, 1 F).
In 365 total matches, Ohio State wrestlers are scoring first nearly 66 percent of the time. They've also outscored their opponents 1,141-625 in the first period.
The Buckeyes have nearly twice as many takedowns as their opponents (697 for, 332 against).
Ohio State wrestlers have combined to outscore their opponents 2,462-1,672 in 365 matches with a .630 winning percentage. The Buckeyes are averaging 6.7 points per match.
YOUR 2016 SENIORS
Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete ... won seven matches last year in open tournaments and 13 the year prior ... came to Ohio State from Coshocton High School ... Biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Ohio State's active career wins leader with 110 ... three-time NCAA qualifier ... CKLV champion as a sophomore in 2013-14 ... fourth place at last year's Big Ten Championships ... came to Ohio State after winning three state titles at Walsh Jesuit High School ... a sociology major.
Wrestled in 13 matches last year with one start vs. Army where he earned a 4-2 decision over Stephen Snyder in Ohio State's 37-6 victory over Army ... has 21 career victories ... started this year vs. Virginia ... an accounting major.
Four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten ... made his varsity debut last season vs. Michigan State ... also wrestled this year vs. Northwestern ... has wrestled in 65 career matches.
Veteran of 93 career matches with 62 victories ... three-time NCAA qualifier ... won 28 matches in 2013-14, third highest on the team ... 14-5 this year with seven wins via bonus points ... fifth at last year's B1G Championships ... sociology major.
Has wrestled in 46 career matches ... had four starts last year, all against Big Ten opponents ... in 13-9 this season with two falls, the fastest coming in just 29 seconds ... a Consumer and Family Financial Services major.
Came to Ohio State for the 2011-12 season and competed in the Eastern Michigan and Harris Opens ... a Construction Systems Management major.
Two-time All-American ... third nationally at 149 lbs. in 2012-13 ... 2013 Big Ten champion ... 86-16 career record ... 36-1 overall in 2012-13 and was the No. 1 seed at 149 lbs. at the NCAA Championships ... four-time state champ at Monroeville High School ... criminology major.
All-American and fifth place finisher at NCAA Championships last year ... 93 career victories ... 14-7 this year with three major decision and three technical falls ... two-time NCAA qualifier ... a sociology major.
The Badgers are 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the Big Ten following a narrow 16-15 loss against No. 21 Minnesota last Sunday. Wisconsin features two ranked wrestlers -- No. 7 Ryan Taylor at 133 lbs. and No. 3 Isaac Jordan at 165 lbs. The Badgers own wins over No. 14 Rutgers and Wisconsin-Whitewater with losses to No. 21 Pittsburgh, No. 1 Penn State, No. 11 Nebraska, No. 2 Iowa, No. 12 Illinois and No. 21 Minnesota.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. WISCONSIN
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Wisconsin, 29-19-1. The Buckeyes and Badgers have been virtually evenly matched during the past seven meeting with Wisconsin holding a slight 4-3 edge. In January of 2014, the No. 23 Badgers earned a 22-15 victory over the ninth-ranked Buckeyes in Madison.
OHIO STATE PROBABLE LINEUP
|125||#1 Nathan Tomasello||Rs.So.||16-0||11-0||7-0|
|133||#10 Johnni DiJulius||Rs.-Sr.||13-5||7-5||4-4|
|141||#4 Micah Jordan||Rs.-Fr.||18-1||8-1||6-0|
|157||#11 Jake Ryan||Rs.-Fr.||13-2||7-2||3-2|
|165||#2 Bo Jordan||Rs.-So.||13-0||11-0||7-0|
|174||#14 Myles Martin||Fr.||22-5||4-3||4-3|
|184||#16 Kenny Courts||Rs.-Sr.||14-7||5-4||4-3|
IN THE RANKINGS - INDIVIDUAL
IN THE RANKINGS - TEAM
|POLL||TOP 25||TOURNAMENT INDEX||DUAL INDEX|
Ohio State will be one of eight schools to host a NWCA National Duals Championships Series match either next Sunday, Feb. 21 or Monday, Feb. 22. Official pairings will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 14.
The format is to match the top eight Big Ten programs (seven are currently ranked in the Top 13) against the dual meet champions from the seven other Division I conferences. There will be one at-large team selected based on their national ranking even though they didn't win the dual meet championship of their conference.