No. 3 Ohio State, No. 11 Lehigh To Meet In National Duals

Feb. 19, 2015


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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Riding a nine-match winning streak, the third-ranked Ohio State wrestling team travels to Iowa City, Iowa this weekend for the NWCA National Duals. The Buckeyes, the third seed in the quarterfinal field, take on 11th-ranked and sixth seeded Lehigh on Saturday at noon. If Ohio State prevails, it will face the winner of the Missouri-Illinois match in the semifinals at 3 p.m.

FULL NATIONAL DUALS SCHDEULE
Saturday, Feb. 21 (noon CST, 1 p.m. EST):
No. 1 Iowa vs. Chattanooga
No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 5 Cornell
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Lehigh
No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 12 Illinois

Saturday, Feb. 21 (3 p.m. CST, 4 p.m. EST)
Iowa-Chattanooga winner vs. Minnesota-Cornell winner
Ohio State-Lehigh winner vs. Missouri-Illinois winner

Sunday, Feb. 22 (11:30 a.m. CST, 12:30 p.m. EST)
Semifinal winners wrestle for championship
Semifinal losers for third place

FOLLOWING ALONG
BTN will televise the semifinals on Saturday and the finals Sunday. Twitter updates will also be available at @wrestlingbucks.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Coming off a 30-7 triumph over No. 15 Edinboro in the first round of the National Duals, the Buckeyes stayed at number three 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 20-0 on the year with all but three of his wins coming via bonus points (including nine pins). With a career record of 110-3, Stieber's winning percentage of .973 is the best in school history. On Sunday, he earned a 6-3 decision over Mitchell Port, the consensus No. 2 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds.
  • 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 23-2 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 (15-0) and current is ranked fifth nationally. He has recorded pins in each of his last two matches.
  • 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.

PROBABLE MATCHUPS
125: #7 Nathan Tomasello (23-4) vs. Scott Parker (15-5)
133: #10 Johnni DiJulius (23-3) vs. #12 Mason Beckman (19-4)
141: #1 Logan Stieber (20-0) vs.  #20 Randy Cruz (14-5)
149: Randy Languis (8-12) or #6 Hunter Stieber (1-2) vs. Drew Longo (9-11)
157: #11 Josh Demas (12-4) vs. #17 Mitch Minotti (10-4)
165: #5 Bo Jordan (15-0) vs. Marshall Peppelman (14-11)
174: Mark Martin (15-8) vs. Santiago Martinez (14-10)
184: #12 Kenny Courts (19-5) vs. #3 Nathaniel Brown (20-3)
197: #3 Kyle Snyder (23-2) vs. #10 Elliot Riddick (14-7)
285: Ray Gordon (1-7) or #9 Nick Tavanello (13-7) vs. Doug Vollaro (16-5)

SCOUTING LEHIGH
The Mountain Hawks advanced to Iowa City with a 27-9 win over George Mason Saturday in the regional round of the National Duals. The Mountain Hawks started off slow against the Patriots, losing two of their first three matches, but rallied to win six of the final seven bouts, highlighted by a first period pin by junior Nathaniel Brown, a technical fall win for sophomore Elliot Riddick, and a win by major decision from junior Mason Beckman.

Ohio State leads the all-time series with Lehigh, 2-1. The Buckeyes won the first meeting in December 2001 and the most recent meeting in December 2009.

IN THE RANKINGS
Seven of the Buckeyes' probable starters against Lehigh are ranked in this week's InterMat poll, with three in the top five - No. 1 Logan Stieber, No. 3 Kyle Snyder and No. 5 Bo Jordan. In the FloWrestling rankings, Stieber maintains his position as the No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound wrestler. Johnni DiJulius, ranked #10 by InterMat, is #5 in the FloWrestling list, while Mark Martin, unranked by interMat, checks in at #13.

LAST TIME OUT VS. EDINBORO
Eight victories, including four by bonus points, led the third-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (13-3) to a convincing 30-7 victory over No. 15 Edinboro in the first round of the 2015 NWCA National Duals in Edinboro, Pa.

In the most highly-anticipated match of the day, three-time national champion Logan Stieber win by a 6-3 decision over second-ranked Mitchell Port. Stieber, who improves to 20-0 on the season, handed Port (29-1) his first loss of the 2014-15 campaign. A first-period takedown gave Stieber a 2-0 lead and only point of the second period came on a Stieber escape for a 3-1 edge. Port started down to start the third and got an escape, but a Stieber takedown and over 1:00 of riding time proved to be too much for Port.

MAKE B1G PLANS
All-session general admission tickets and single-session tickets are on sale. The best way for fans to ensure their seat at the finals on Sunday is to purchase an all-session ticket. All tickets can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com, calling 1-800-745-3000, or by stopping by the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center.