Hosts, No. 13 Ohio State will Face Hofstra in Preliminary Round of NWCA National Duals

Feb. 14, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 13 Ohio State wrestling team will face Hofstra in the first round of the 2014 EAS Sports Nutrition NWCA National Duals at 1 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena. The Ohio State University and the Department of Athletics are serving as hosts of the event. All matches Sunday will be streamed live on also will stream the consolation and third-place match ups Monday. BTN will take over coverage of the national duals Monday starting with the semifinals and final.

Joining Ohio State in the event are Bloomsburg, Central Michigan, Cornell, Hofstra, Illinois, Iowa State, Kent State, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Oklahoma, Oregon State UT-Chattanooga and Virginia Tech. Please note, a PDF of the 2014 NWCA National Duals bracket is located on the Tournament Central page.

Schedule of Events Sunday, Feb. 16 (4 Mats)
1 p.m. - Preliminary Round 1
3 p.m. - Preliminary Round 2
5 p.m. - Consolation Round
7 p.m. - Quarterfinals

Monday, Feb. 17
11 a.m. Consolation Round 2
1 p.m. - Semifinals & Consolation 3 (4 mats)
4 p.m. - Final & 3rd-place match ups (2 mats)

Let's Go
All Session Passes and Groups tickets to the NWCA National Duals are available by calling Athletic Tickets Sales at 614-292-4797 or in person at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchased at the Ticket Office in the southeast corner of St. John Arena on the day of the match (beginning 90 minutes prior to the match).

All Session
Adult - $30
Student - $20 Group - $20

Single Day
Adult - $20
Student - $15 Group - $10

Ohio State in the National Duals
Ohio State finished a program-best second in the 2002 National Duals. The Buckeyes lost to Minnesota, 26-8, in the final in St. John Arena. In 2009, Reece Humphrey, who was ranked No. 8 in the country, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the National Duals after he upended the No. 2 and No. 4 ranked wrestlers. Humphrey, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., defeated No. 2 Andrew Hoshstrasser of Boise State, 6-4, and then downed Minnesota's and No. 4 Jayson Ness, 5-4, in the fifth-place match up. In all, Humphrey tallied a 5-0 record during the two-day event in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Rewind - 2013 National Duals
Fifth-ranked Ohio State dropped a 28-6 decision to No. 6 Missouri in the opening round of the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Feb. 22 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Logan Stieber and Hunter Stieber earned wins for the Buckeyes at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.

Last Time Out
Behind a pair of falls and a technical fall by 125-pounder Nick Roberts, 133-pounder Johnni DiJulius and 141-pounder Logan Stieber, 13th-ranked Ohio State jumped out to a 17-0 lead and eventually cruised to a 39-6 win over Michigan State Feb. 7. In front of 2,250 fans at Massillon Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio, the Buckeyes improved to 9-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten Conference. In addition to Roberts, DiJulius and Stieber scoring bonus points for the Buckeyes, No. 11 Kenny Courts (174 pounds) and Massillon, Ohio, native Nick Heflin (197 pounds) also recorded extra points for the Buckeyes in the victory.

Ohio State vs. Hofstra
The Buckeyes are 5-0 all-time vs. the Pride. After meeting for the first time in 1980, a 26-13 Ohio State win, the Scarlet and Gray and Hofstra have met four times in the past six seasons. In 2012, at the inaugural Grapple at the Garden in Madison Square Garden, the Buckeyes defeated the Pride, 38-3.

Ohio State vs. Hofstra - All Meetings
Jan. 9. 1980 - Ohio State 26, Hofstra 13
Jan. 25, 2008 - Ohio State 25, Hofstra 16
Jan. 20, 2009 - Ohio State 19, Hofstra 13*
Jan. 3, 2010 - Ohio State 32, Hofstra 6
Dec. 16, 2012 - Ohio State 38, Hofstra 3 **

*National Duals ** Grapple at the Garden

Buckeyes vs. the Pride
Senior Ian Paddock has the most experience against Hofstra and is 2-0 vs. Pride wrestlers. Seven current Buckeyes wrestled Hofstra at the 2012 Grapple at the Garden. Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, Paddock, Josh Demas, Mark Martin and Kenny Courts all recorded wins, while Craig Thomas dropped an overtime decision.

Most Dominant
Redshirt-junior Logan Stieber is the second-most dominant wrestler in NCAA Division I, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Stieber, who has 4.6875 points, trails leader David Taylor of Penn State (5.1739) by .4864 points. The Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated by adding the total number of points awarded through match results and dividing that number by the total number of matches wrestled. Points awarded per match are as follows: *Fall, forfeit, injury default or DQ = 6 points (-6 points for a loss) *Tech falls = 5 points (-5 points for a loss) * Major decision = 4 points (-4 points for a loss) *Decision = 3 points (-3 points for a loss)

Stieber also is sixth in Division I wrestling in technical falls with six. The Monroeville, Ohio, native has totaled 28:48 of technical fall time.

Up Next
Ohio State will conclude the regular season hosting Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Prior to the match the following seniors will be recognized - Alex Gordon, Joe Grandominico, Nick Heflin, Ian Paddock, Josh Whitt, Colton Bowers (manager) and Cassandra Prezzia (manager).