Wrestling

No. 10 Ohio State Travels to East Lansing for Michigan State Open

Nov. 6, 2013

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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.

Who’s Competing
Buckeyes slated to compete at the Michigan State Open include:

125 pounds
Nick Roberts
Josh Whitt

133 pounds
Johnni DiJulius
Mike Manuche
Kyle Visconti

141 pounds
Logan Stieber

149 pounds
Ian Paddock

157 pounds
Matt Fee
Alex Gordon
Justin Kresevic
Randy Languis

165 pounds
Joe Grandominico
Craig Thomas

174 pounds
Jacob Bresciani (Freshman/Sophomore bracket)
Mark Martin
Matthew O’Hara

184 pounds
Kenny Courts

197 pounds
Ray Gordon
Nick Heflin

Heavyweight
Nick Tavanello

In the Rankings
With the Buckeyes ranked 11th in the Nov. 5 InterMat team poll, Ohio State is No. 10 in the first USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll released Nov. 2.

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.

2013-14 Team Captains
Seniors Nick Heflin and Ian Paddock and redshirt junior Logan Stieber will represent the Buckeyes as the 2013-14 team captains, Tom Ryan head coach, announced.

Climbing Record Books
Logan Stieber, a redshirt junior from Monroeville, Ohio, currently is in third place on Ohio State’s career winning percentage list (minimum 40 matches). Stieber’s .929 winning percentage (65-5) trails No.1 Mark Coleman (50-2; .962 in 1988) and No. 2 Rex Holman (69-3; .958 from 1992-93).

Stay Tuned
Four of the Buckeyes’ matches this season will either air live on BTN or will be streamed live on BTN.com at www.video.btn.com. Fans should take note, matches that are streamed live potentially could be re-aired on BTN at a later date. Please follow the Buckeyes on social media for possible re-air date(s)/time(s). Buckeye Vision subscribers also can watch the same BTN.com stream on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Please refer to the Buckeyes’ schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for streaming/broadcast updates.

Last Time Out
The 2013-14 season officially commenced for then-No. 12 Ohio State Nov. 3 when it traveled to Clarion, Pa., for the Clarion Open.

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.

All-Star
Logan Stieber, a redshirt junior, was named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week. TheMat.com is the official website of USA Wrestling. In a bout between a pair of No. 1-ranked wrestlers, Stieber defeated Kendric Maple of Oklahoma, 6-4, in the 149-pound match of the NWCA All-Star Classic Nov. 2 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Including the win vs. Maple, Stieber now has won 37 consecutive matches dating back to March 3, 2012.

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.


 

 

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