No. 3 Buckeyes Set For National Duals Date With Edinboro
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Winners of eight straight matches and ranked third nationally, Ohio State travels to Edinboro on Sunday for the opening round of the NWCA National Duals with a date in Iowa City, Iowa looming for the winners. The Buckeyes and Fighting Scots square off a 1 p.m. inside McComb Fieldhouse.
Sunday's match will be streamed live on FlowWrestling.com and updates will be available through Ohio State's official Twitter account - @wrestlingbucks.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Following a convincing 22-13 win over No. 3 Minnesota in front of nearly 6,000 fans at the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes rose to third in this week's USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association poll. Ohio State is one of four Big Ten schools ranked in the top five.
- Defending national champion Logan Stieber maintains his stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking at 141 pounds this week. The redshirt senior from Monroeville, Ohio, is 19-0 on the year with all but two of his wins coming via bonus points (including nine pins). With a career record of 109-3, Stieber's winning percentage of .973 is the best in school history.
- A major part of the Buckeyes' success in 2014-15 has been the contributions of true freshman Kyle Snyder (197 lbs.) and redshirt freshman Bo Jordan (165 lbs.). Snyder is 22-2 on the year and ranked No. 3 nationally. He leads the team with 13 major decisions. Jordan, who missed most of November and December with an injury, is one of two unbeaten Buckeyes this year (14-0) and current is ranked fifth nationally. He recorded a pin over 17th-ranked Nick Wanzek that gave Ohio State a 16-6 lead with just four matches remaining last Friday.
- Head coach Tom Ryan, in his ninth season at Ohio State, is 111-41 since arriving in Columbus. He previously spent 11 years at Hofstra where he won six straight conference championships from 2001 through 2006.
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (22-4) vs. #18 Kory Mines (27-6)
133: #10 Johnni DiJulius (22-3) vs. Anthony Rivera (3-13)
141: #1 Logan Stieber (19-0) vs. #2 Mitchell Port (29-0)
149: Randy Languis (8-11) or #6 Hunter Stieber (1-2) vs. Dave Habat (28-1)
157: #12 Josh Demas vs. Kasey Burnett-Davis (12-10) or Chase Delande (12-9)
165: #5 Bo Jordan (14-0) vs. Casey Fuller (14-14)
174: #13 Mark Martin (14-8) vs. #20 Patrick Jennings (26-8)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (18-4) vs. #11 Vic Avery (24-6)
197: #3 Kyle Snyder (22-2) vs. Vince Pickett Jr. (14-14)
285: Ray Gordon (0-7) or #9 Nick Tavanello (13-7) vs. Warren Bosch (13-17)
Sunday's dual will be an opportunity for the top two ranked wrestlers at 141 pounds to finally go head to head. In November, Logan Stieber and Mitchell Port were slated to wrestler at the NWCA All-Star Classic, but Stieber was forced to withdraw just before the match. Both wrestlers are unbeaten this season. A redshirt junior, Port was the NCAA runner-up at 141 pounds in 2012-13 (L. Stieber wrestled at 133 pounds that season) and upset Hunter Stieber in the semifinals, 7-6.
Six Edinboro wrestlers appear in the various rankings, although A.J. Schopp is currently out of the lineup with an injury. Schopp has a 15-1 record and is ranked second at 133 lbs. Dave Habat remains the top-ranked Fighting Scot. The redshirt senior continues to hold down the number one spot at 149 lbs. in the InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News, The Open Mat and WrestlingReport.com rankings. He has a 28-1 record and is 126-25 for his career. Mitchell Port is the consensus number two-ranked wrestler at 141 lbs.
THE QUEST FOR QUATRO
Already in select company, redshirt senior Logan Stieber is looking to become part of the elite group of wrestlers to win four NCAA Championships. That feat has only been achieved by three athletes previously - Kyle Dake (Cornell, 2010-13), Cael Sanderson (Iowa State, 1999-02) and Pat Smith (Oklahoma State, 1990-92, 1994).
MORE ON STIEBER
- Posted a 30-1 mark in 2013-14
- Career record of 109-3, good for the best winning percentage in school history (.973)
- Finished the 2013-14 season with his third national title in dominating fashion as four of his five matches were won via bonus points.
- Ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound wrestler by Flowrestling.
- Named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the CKLV Invitational while becoming the fastest Buckeye to record 100 career wins (103 matches).
- Only the second wrestler in NCAA history to win four CKLV tiles.
- Two-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (Dec. 2, Dec. 9)
- Has won 17 of 19 matches this year via bonus points.
- Currently on a 40-match winning streak dating back to December, 2013.
- The freshmen in Ohio State's lineup (Nathan Tomasello, Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder) have combined to go 58-6 this year with 20 major decisions, seven falls and nine tech falls.
- Johnni DiJulius is just 10 wins shy of joining the 100-win club.
- Kyle Snyder has a team-high 12 major decisions this year.
- The Buckeyes have won 10 or more dual matches in seven of the last eight years.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH EDINBORO
Ohio State and Edinboro have met 11 previous times, with the Buckeyes holding a 8-3 lead in the series. The last meeting came in December of 2010, a 31-14 OSU victory in Edinboro, Pa.
Associate head coach Lou Rosselli is a 1993 graduate of Edinboro. He wrestled for the Fighting Scots from 1989-1993 and was a two-time All-American as he finished third and fourth at the 1993 and 1991 NCAA Championships, respectively. Rosselli also spent 11 years on the Edinboro coaching staff before arriving in Columbus for the 2006-07 season.