Buckeyes Release Full 2016-17 Schedule
June 30, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Matchups with five team that finished in the top 10 at last year's NCAA Championships, as well as early-season trips to the Northeast Duals and CKLV Invitational, highlights the complete 2016-17 Ohio State wrestling schedule, head coach Tom Ryan announced today. The Big Ten slate was unveiled earlier this summer.

The Buckeyes will tune up for the season by hosting its annual Wrestle-Offs on Thursday, Oct. 20. That is part of the coaches clinic, which runs Oct. 20-21. The NWCA All-Star Classic has featured a Buckeye wrestler in each of the past three seasons and this year's event will take place Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University. The next day, Sunday, Nov. 6, marks the annual Eastern Michigan Open.

Ohio State's first duals of the regular season occur on Saturday, Nov. 12 when they trek to Albany, N.Y. for the Northeast Duals. Last year, the event featured 20 teams with each squad participating in three duals. Specific match-ups will be announced at a later date. Six days later, the Buckeyes make a trip to Tempe, Ariz. to tangle with Arizona State, the runner-up at last year's Pac 12 Championships. Ohio State closes out the month of November with a short trip to face Cleveland State and Kent State in a tri-meet on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Kent. Kent State finished 16th at last year's NCAA Championships while the Buckeyes and CSU faced each other last year, a 26-18 Buckeye win.

The annual Cliff Kean Las Vegas Invitational, which features many of the top teams and wrestlers in the country, takes place Dec. 2-3. OSU boasts two returning CKLV champions - Nathan Tomasello and Micah Jordan. The Buckeyes' home opener occurs on Friday, Dec. 9 when Missouri comes to Columbus. The Tigers were sixth at last year's NCAA Championships and had four All-Americans, including 197 lb. champion J'Den Cox, who will compete this summer at the Olympic Games in Rio.

From there, the regular season features nine Big Ten duals, including two home matches will occur outside of Columbus. On Dec. 16, the Buckeyes take their show vs. Northwestern to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, the alma mater of Tomasello, a two-time All-American, and the Jan. 22 dual vs. Maryland is slated for Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Md., where Kyle Snyder went 179-0 in three seasons.

Defending national champion Penn State will be in town either Feb. 3 or 5. Two years ago, the Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions 22-15 in front of a crowd of over 6,000 at St. John Arena. The regular season concludes with the annual NWCA National Duals, which took on a format last year similar to the old BCS format in which the top eight teams from the Big Ten were matched against the dual meet champions from the seven other Division I conferences along with one wildcard.

The 2017 Big Ten Championships will take place March 4-5 at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. and the NCAA Championships are slated for March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, the same site where the Buckeyes won the national championship in 2015.

Six starters, four All-Americans and three NCAA champions return to the Buckeyes' lineup in 2016-17. The combination of Micah Jordan, Bo Jordan, Tomasello, Kyle Snyder, Jake Ryan and Myles Martin won 135 matches as Ohio State secured its fourth top-three NCAA finish in the last 10 years. Snyder (2016), Martin (2016) and Tomasello (2015) have all won NCAA titles in their careers.

SEASON TICKETS
Current season ticket holders will be sent renewal instructions via email for the 2016-17 season on Friday, July 1st. The renewal deadline will be Friday, July 29th. Fans interested in becoming a season ticket holder can contact the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Sales Department at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or AthleticSales@osu.edu for further information. Single-match tickets will be available later in the year on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/tickets.

2016-17 SCHEDULE

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Thurs. Oct. 20 Wrestle-Offs Columbus, Ohio TBA
Sat. Nov. 5 NWCA All-Star Classic Cleveland, Ohio TBA
Sun. Nov. 6 at Eastern Michigan Open Ypsilanti, Mich. All day
Sat. Nov. 12 at Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals Troy, N.Y. All day
Fri. Nov. 18 at Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. TBA
Tues. Nov. 22 at Kent State/Cleveland State Kent, Ohio 7 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. Dec. 2-3 at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas, Nev. All day
Fri. Dec. 9 vs. Missouri Columbus, Ohio 7 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 16 vs. Northwstern (at CVCA) Cleveland, Ohio 7 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 6 at Wisconsin Madison, Wisc. 7 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 8 vs. Rutgers Columbus, Ohio 2 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 15 vs. Illinois Columbus, Ohio 2 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 22 vs. Maryland (at Good Counsel High School) Olney, Md. TBA
Fri. Jan. 27 or Sun. Jan. 29 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa TBA
Fri. Feb. 3 or Sun. Feb. 5 vs. Penn State Columbus, Ohio TBA
Fri. Feb. 10 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 7 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 12 at Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. TBA
Sat. Feb. 18 or Sun. Feb. 19 NWCA National Duals Series TBA TBA
Sat.-Sun. March 4-5 at Big Ten Championships Bloomington, Ind. All day
Thurs-Sat. March 16-18 at NCAA Championships St. Louis, Mo. All day

2016-17 OPPONENTS
Nov. 18: at Arizona State
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 2nd Pac-12/36th
Series history: Ohio State leads, 3-2
Last meeting: Ohio State 28, Arizona State 9 (Nov. 20, 2015)

Nov. 22: vs Cleveland State
Series history: Ohio State leads, 23-13-2
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 4th EWL/50th
Last meeting: Ohio State 26, Cleveland State 18 (Nov. 24, 2015)

Nov. 22 at Kent State
Series history: Ohio State leads, 15-6
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 4th MAC/16th
Last meeting: Ohio State 38, Kent State 3 (Nov. 13, 2014)

Dec. 9 vs. MISSOURI
Series history: Missouri leads, 10-5
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 1st MAC/6th
Last meeting: Missouri 26, Ohio State 17 (Dec. 12, 2015)

Dec. 16 vs. NORTHWESTERN
Series history: Ohio State leads, 41-29-1
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 12th/50th
Last meeting: Ohio State 27, Northwestern 16 (Dec. 18, 2015)

Jan. 6 at Wisconsin
Series history: Wisconsin leads, 29-20-1
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 8th/23rd
Last meeting: Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 6

Jan. 8 vs. RUTGERS
Series history: Ohio State leads, 3-0
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 5th/15th
Last meeting: Ohio State 23, Rutgers 17 (Feb. 1, 2015)

Jan. 15 vs. ILLINOIS
Series history: Tied, 33-33
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 7th/9th
Last meeting: Ohio State 21, Illinois 17 (Jan. 3, 2016)

Jan. 22 vs. MARYLAND
Series history: Ohio State leads, 2-0
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 14th/64th
Last meeting: Ohio State 31, Maryland 9 (Jan. 25, 2015)

Jan. 27 or 29: at Iowa
Series history: Iowa leads, 39-3
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 2nd/5th
Last meeting: Iowa 18, Ohio State 14 (Jan. 4, 2015)

Feb. 3 or 5: vs. PENN STATE
Series history: Penn State leads, 18-12
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 1st/1st
Last meeting: Penn State 24, Ohio State 14 (Feb. 5, 2016)

Feb. 10: at Nebraska
Series history: Nebraska leads, 8-3
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 4th/8th
Last meeting: Ohio State 21, Nebraska 17 (Jan. 17, 2016)

Feb. 12: at Minnesota
Series history: Minnesota leads, 35-15-2
2016 Conference/NCAA Finish: 9th/17th
Last meeting: Ohio State 22, Minnesota 13 (Feb. 6, 2015)