2013-14 Season Begins for No. 12 Buckeyes
Nov. 1, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2013-14 season will begin for the No. 12 Ohio State wrestling team this weekend with back-to-back events Saturday and Sunday. Two-time defending NCAA champion Logan Stieber will compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic Saturday night. The Buckeyes then will participate in the Clarion Open Sunday.
NWCA All-Star Classic
The 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic will begin at 7 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on Flowrestling.com at the Patriot Center on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, Va. The exhibition match up between Stieber and Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple at 149 pounds is the featured bout as fans voted for the match to conclude the event. Both Stieber and Maple finished the 2012-13 season undefeated and were crowned NCAA champions. Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, won the 133-pound NCAA title in 2012 and 2013, while Maple was the 2013 winner at 141 pounds. The All-Star classic matches will be wrestled in the following order - 125, 133, 157, 184, 197, 285, 165, 174, 141 and 149.
Other confirmed match ups include:
125: No. 3 Nahshon Garrett, So. (Cornell) vs. No. 6 Jarrod Patterson, Sr. (Oklahoma)
133: No. 3 A.J. Schopp, Jr. (Edinboro) vs. No. 10 Mason Beckman, So. (Lehigh)
141: No. 1 (at 133) Tony Ramos, Sr. (Iowa) vs. No. 3 Devin Carter, Jr. (Virginia Tech)
149: No. 1 (at 141) Logan Stieber, Jr. (Ohio State) vs. No. 1 Kendric Maple, Sr. (Oklahoma)
157: No. 10 Joey Napoli, Sr. (Lehigh) vs. No. 11 Nestor Taffur, Sr. (Boston U.)
165: No. 1 David Taylor, Sr. (Penn State) vs. No. 3 Michael Moreno, Jr. (Iowa State)
174: No. 2 Andrew Howe, Sr. (Oklahoma) vs. No. 3 Matt Brown, Jr. (Penn State)
184: No. 3 Jimmy Sheptock, Sr. (Maryland) vs. No. 6 Jake Swartz, Sr. (Boise State)
197: No. 1 Taylor Meeks, Jr. (Oregon State) vs. No. 2 Scott Schiller, Jr. (Minnesota)
285: No. 1 Tony Nelson, Sr. (Minnesota) vs. No. 2 Mike McMullan, Jr. (Northwestern)
Rankings by Amateur Wrestling News
Buckeyes Hit the Road for Clarion Open
Ohio State (minus Logan Stieber) will travel to Clarion, Pa., for the Clarion Open Nov. 3. The day-long event is the opening contest for the Buckeyes and will feature both attached and unattached wrestlers. The Clarion Open also will serve as the first collegiate event for Buckeye freshmen Jacob Bresciani, Matt Davis, Rasheed Flowers, Jake Donatelli, Mike Hozan, Bo Jordan, Blake Riley-Hawkins, Jack Rozema, Nathan Tomasello and Robbie Rogers.
Nick Heflin, Hunter Stieber and Logan Stieber are the Buckeyes’ returning All-Americans. A season ago, Heflin finished fifth at 174 pounds in the NCAA championships and H. Stieber was third at 141 pounds. L. Stieber won his second-consecutive national title at 133 pounds.
BTN Announces Wrestling Coverage
Four of Ohio State’s wrestling matches either will air live on BTN or will be streamed live on BTDN (BTN.com) during the 2013-14 season.
Sunday, Dec. 15 at Penn State – Live on BTN
Friday, Jan. 24 vs. Nebraska – Live on BTDN (BTN.com)
Monday, Feb. 3 at Purdue – Live on BTN
Sunday, Feb. 23 vs. Virginia Tech – Live on BTDN (BTN.com)
The Buckeyes’ remaining home matches will be streamed live on Buckeye Vision via OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Buckeye Vision subscriptions can be purchased by logging on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Please note, Buckeye Vision subscription information also can be used to log on to the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for Ohio State content only. The matches streamed also could be televised on delay via BTN StudentU.
Buckeyes Open Season No. 12 in InterMat Rankings
Ohio State is No. 12 in the inaugural InterMat rankings released Oct. 29. The Buckeyes are one of nine Big Ten Conference programs ranked in the Top 20 of the standings.
Big Ten Programs Ranked in the InterMat Top 20
1. Penn State
12. Ohio State
Ohio State will continue open tournament action with the Michigan State Open Nov. 9 in East Lansing.
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