Buckeyes Reveal 2013-14 Schedule
Aug 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Tom Ryan, Ohio State wrestling head coach, announced the Buckeyes' 2013-14 schedule Thursday.
"The schedule this year will challenge and prepare our student-athletes for the brutality of the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments," Ryan, who is entering his eighth season as head coach of the Buckeyes, said. "We are also proud to bring the National Duals to Columbus for the excitement of the many die-hard wrestling fans in this great wrestling state. We look forward to many great home crowds this season as we were third nationally in home attendance the past two years."
The 2014 NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals highlights Ohio State's home schedule. The Buckeyes will serve as host of the prestigious two-day and 16 team event Feb. 16-17. Teams scheduled to wrestle at the Columbus site will be determined at a later date.
The 2013-14 schedule features six home events, including two off-campus matches. Ohio State will host Northwestern at a site to be determined Jan. 17 and Michigan State in Massillon, Ohio, Feb. 7.
The Buckeyes will face three teams that finished in the Top 10 at the 2013 NCAA Championships, including three-time defending champion Penn State Dec. 15 to open Big Ten Conference competition. Ohio State also will face Illinois, who was a ninth-place finisher at nationals in 2013, Jan. 12. The matches against the Nittany Lions and Illini are on the road. Finishing 10th at the NCAA championships after winning the ACC Tournament title this past March, Virginia Tech travels to Columbus for a Feb. 23 matchup.
The 2013-14 competition schedule begins Oct. 17 when Ohio State competes in the annual Varsity Wrestle-off in French Field House, which is the adjacent building just west of St. John Arena. Following the All-Star Meet at George Mason Nov. 2 and a pair of open tournaments - Clarion Open (Nov. 3) and Michigan State Open (Nov. 9) - the Buckeyes kick off the dual season Nov. 15 hosting Notre Dame College.
Ohio State hits the road for seven consecutive matches and/or events, including the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Dec. 6-7. The Buckeyes are the two-time defending champions. The road stretch begins at Duke Nov. 23, followed by the Davidson Duals Nov. 24. After an attempt at securing their third-consecutive Vegas invite title, the Scarlet and Gray open their conference schedule at Penn State Dec. 15. Closing out the 2013 portion of its schedule, Ohio State travels to Kent, Ohio, for an in-state match vs. Kent State Dec. 19. After the turn of the New Year, the Buckeyes return to conference action at Wisconsin Jan. 10 and at Illinois Jan. 12.
For the first time in almost two months, the Scarlet and Gray will host a dual match, but not in Columbus. The Buckeyes welcome Northwestern Jan. 17. Ohio State returns to its roots in St. John Arena Jan. 24 when it faces Nebraska. The following week, Jan. 31, the Buckeyes host Michigan. Traveling for the final time in the regular season, Ohio State wrestles Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., Feb. 3. In continued Big Ten action, the Buckeyes host Michigan State in Massillon, Ohio, Feb. 7 before hosting the National Duals Feb. 16-17. The regular season wraps up vs. the Hokies with the Big Ten championships commencing the postseason. The 2014 edition of the conference championships will take place in Madison, Wis., March 8-9. The much-anticipated NCAA championships are March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Ohio State finished sixth in 2013 with 59.5 points behind Logan Stieber's second-consecutive national title at 133 pounds and third and fifth-place finishes by Hunter Stieber (141 pounds) and Nick Heflin (174 pounds), respectively.
2013-14 Ohio State Wrestling Schedule
1French Field House; 2George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.; 3Clarion University, Clarion, Pa.; 4Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.; 5Las Vegas; 6TBD; 7Massillon, Ohio; 8St. John Arena; 9Madison, Wis.; 10Oklahoma City, Okla. All times are Eastern.