No. 5 Ohio State Begins Season at Eastern Michigan Open

Nov. 5, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will begin its 95th season of wrestling on Saturday when the defending national champions make the trek to Ypsilanti, Mich. to take part in the Eastern Michigan Open. Action gets underway at 10 a.m.

FOLLOWING ALONG
TrackWrestling will provide live updates and live video from Saturday’s Eastern Michigan Open. Click here for more information.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State returns four wrestlers who have previously earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships – Nathan Tomasello (125 lbs.), Hunter Stieber (149 lbs.), Bo Jordan (165/174 lbs.) and Kenny Courts (184 lbs.). Tomasello, Jordan and Courts were All-Americans last year; Stieber was an All-America and third place finisher in 2013.
  • Head coach Tom Ryan begins his 10th season in Columbus with a record of 113-42. Three times voted the National Coach of the Year, his teams have won 11 or more dual meets in a season seven of the last nine years.
  • Seven of Ohio State’s 10 starters who finished last season return in 2015-16.
  • Of the 102 points Ohio State scored at the 2015 NCAA Championships, 57 returns in 2015-16: Courts (10 points), DiJulius (2.5 points), Jordan (19.5 points), Mark Martin (.5 points), Tomasello (24.5 points).
  •  In addition to the return of four All-Americans, the Buckeyes also add the top-rated recruiting class in the Big Ten (No. 4 nationally) according to the Amateur Wrestling News. 

 

 

NOTING A HISTORIC 2014-15 SEASON

  • Ohio State won its first team national championship in the 94-year history of the sport in Columbus, topping second-place Iowa at the NCAA Championships by 18 points.
  • Senior Logan Stieber etched his place on the Mt. Rushmore of college wrestling when he became just the fourth wrestler in NCAA history to win four national titles. In the process, Stieber won every major individual award, including the Hodge Trophy, considered to be wrestling equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.
  • The Buckeyes’ Big Ten title was their first since 1951, breaking a 64-year drought.
  • Ryan became the first coach to earn InterMat Coach of the Year honors three times in his career – 2008, 2009, 2015.
  • Three freshmen were named to the AWN All-Rookie Team – 125 lb. national champion Nathan Tomasello, third-place finisher Bo Jordan (164 lbs.) and NCAA runner-up Kyle Snyder (197 lbs.). The trio combined to go 85-10 with 12 falls and 25 major decisions.

PRESEASON RANKINGS
As a team, the Buckeyes begin 2015-16 ranked No. 5 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll. In the FloWrestling team rankings, Ohio State is No. 4. In the InterMat Tournament Index, the Buckeyes check in at No. 5 while they are No. 8 in the Dual Meet Index.

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
InterMat

FloWrestling

  • Tomasello – No. 1 (125 lbs.)
  • DiJulius – No. 6 (133 lbs.)
  • Micah Jordan – No. 20 (141 lbs.)
  • Hunter Stieber – No. 11 (149 lbs.)
  • B. Jordan – No. 1 (174 lbs.)
  • Courts – No. 7 (184 lbs.)
  • Tavanello – No. 17 (285 lbs.)

Amateur Wrestling News

  • Tomasello: No. 1 (125 lbs.)
  • Jordan: No. 1 (174 lbs.)
  • Courts: No. 5 (184 lbs.)
  • Stieber: No. 6 (149 lbs.)
  • DiJulius: No. 7 (133 lbs.)
  • Tavanello: No. 14 (285 lbs.)

The Open Mat.com

  • Tomasello – No. 1 (125 lbs.)
  • DiJulius – No. 7 (133 lbs.)
  • Stieber – No. 12 (149 lbs.)
  • Jordan – No. 1 (174 lbs.)
  • Courts – No. 5 (184 lbs.)
  • Tavanello – No. 17 (285 lbs.)

TOP-FIVE RECRUITING CLASS
One of the most highly-touted recruiting classes in the nation arrived on campus this fall. The group is led by Ke-Shawn Hayes (ranked No. 11 overall by FloWrestling and No. 2 at 138 lbs.), Myles Martin (Junior National Freestyle champion, No. 3 overall by FloWrestling and No. 1 at 182 lbs.) and Kollin Moore (Ohio state champion at 182 lbs., 204-11 at Norwayne High School). They are the top-rated class in the Big Ten and No. 4 nationally by AWN.

SNYDER: YOUNGEST WORLD CHAMP
Kyle Snyder, who went 30-4 last year as a true freshman and was the runner-up at both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, will take an Olympic redshirt in 2015-16 as he prepares for the Summer Games in Rio. In the process, he made history this past September when he became the youngest world champion in USA Wrestling history. Since the end of last season, Snyder has won a U.S. Open championship, World Team Trials championship, Pan Am Games gold medal and a world title with his win over Russian Abdusalam Gadisov.

NATIONAL EXPOSURE
At least nine of Ohio State’s duals this year can be seen on either BTN or BTN Plus. The Jan. 9 dual at home vs. Michigan along with a Feb. 5 date at Penn State will both be live on BTN while the following matches can be seen live on BTN Plus, the network’s online streaming portal:

  • Nov. 13 vs. Virginia
  • Nov. 20 vs. Arizona State
  • Dec. 18 at Northwestern
  • Jan. 17 vs. Nebraska
  • Jan. 29 at Indiana
  • Jan. 31 at Purdue
  • Feb. 12 vs. Wisconsin

BTN will also broadcast the final session of the Big Ten Championships from Iowa City. All rounds preceding that can be seen on BTN Plus.

UP NEXT
Fans will have their first opportunity to see Ohio State in St. John Arena this year when it welcomes Virginia for the dual-meet opener on Friday, Nov. 13. The Cavaliers, who were 19th at last year’s NCAA Championships, are receiving votes in this week’s NWCA Coaches Poll.  For information on purchasing tickets, click here.

Prior to the match, the program will officially unveil three banners from the rafters of St. John Arena – individual national championship banners for Tomasello and Stieber along with the 2015 team national championship banner.