No. 10 Ohio State Travels to East Lansing for Michigan State Open
Nov. 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Members of the 10th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will travel to East Lansing for the Michigan State Open Saturday in Jenison Fieldhouse. The MSU Open will serve as the final tune-up for many Buckeyes before the team hosts Notre Dame College at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the first dual meet of the season.
Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with the finals and medal matches set to start at 6 p.m. Live updates will be provided via the Buckeye wrestling team’s twitter account (@wrestlingbucks) and trackwrestling.com.
In the Rankings
Individually, four Buckeyes are polled in the Top 20 of the Amateur Wrestling News standings (Nov. 6) led by redshirt junior Logan Stieber, who is No. 1 at 141 pounds. Sophomore Johnni DiJulius is No. 20 at 133 pounds, while 184-pounder and redshirt sophomore Kenny Courts is 10th. Senior Nick Heflin is sixth at 197 pounds. The InterMat rankings place Stieber at No. 1 and moved DiJulius up a spot to No. 19. Not featured in the AWN poll, senior Ian Paddock is 20th in the 149-pound ranking. Courts is placed in the No. 11 spot and Heflin is sixth.
Climbing Record Books
Last Time Out
Nick Heflin won the 197-pound title, while Randy Languis and Kenny Courts were runners-up at 157 and 184 pounds, respectively. A quartet of Buckeyes was third-place finishers in Nick Roberts (125 pounds), Johnni DiJulius (133 pounds), Mark Martin (174 pounds) and Nick Tavanello (HWT) as they opened the season with solid performances.
Both Stieber and Maple entered the exhibition event as defending national champions in their respective weight classes. Stieber won back-to-back NCAA titles at 133 pounds in 2012 and 2013 and Maple was the 141-pound champion a season ago. Stieber and Maple also were undefeated in 2013 with Stieber amassing a 27-0 record and Maple a 33-0 mark.
In 2013-14, Stieber and Maple will move up a weight class, respectively, and open the campaign as the No. 1 ranked wrestlers. Stieber, a native of Monroeville, Ohio, will wrestle at 141 pounds and Maple will compete at 149 pounds.