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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fourth-ranked Ohio State's final tune-up before the dual meet season begins next weekend occurs on Sunday when it heads to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. for the ASICS/Journeymen Collegiate Classic.
ABOUT THE JOURNEYMEN COLLEGIATE CLASSIC
• New in 2016, the tournament will be individual format/modified round robin. In the past, it had been held in a dual meet format.
• Participating teams include: Arizona State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Lock Haven, Rider, Long Island, Ithaca, North Carolina State, Lehigh, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Buffalo, The Citidal and Courtland.
• Seven of the 16 teams are ranked in this week's USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ohio State is coming off an opening-weekend performance at the Eastern Michigan Open that included two champions (Micah Jordan, Kollin Moore) and a pair of co-champions (Luke Pletcher, Brendan Fitzgerald).
• Wrestling unattached, Fitzgerald notched two wins over ranked opponents -- both by fall. He pinned No. 20 Corey Keener of Central Michigan in 3:16 (first round) and then pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the weekend by pinning No. 8 Stevan Micic of Michigan (semifinals) in 1:06.
• In Jordan's road to the 149 lb. title, he won four times by technical fall and then earned a 15-7 major decision over returning All-American and sixth-ranked Justin Oliver of Central Michigan in the finals.
• Eight members of Ohio State's projected starting lineup are ranked by FloWrestling, InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News and TheOpenMat.com.
• At No. 4 in this week's USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, Ohio State is one of five Big Ten schools in the Top 10.
LOOKING BACK AT EMU OPEN
Champions: Jordan (149), Moore (197)
Co-Champions: Fitzgerald (133), Pletcher (133)
Third Place: Burcher (165), Rozema (184)
Sixth Place: Kresevic (165)
Eighth Place: Williams (174), Traub (285)
• M. Jordan averaged 18.8 points in five matches.
• Ohio State sent 25 wrestlers to the EMU Open, won 47 matches and 28 of those were by bonus points (59 percent).
• Unranked Buckeye wrestlers went 2-2 against ranked opponents, including a 1-1 mark against top-10 foes.
|N. Tomasello||133 lbs.||#2||#3||#2||#3|
|K. Hayes||141 lbs.||#14||#13||#12||#14|
|M. Jordan||149 lbs.||#6||#7||#9||#8|
|J. Ryan||157 lbs.||#12||#10||#11||NR|
|B. Jordan||174 lbs.||#1||#1||#1||#3|
|M. Martin||184 lbs.||#2||#2||#2||#7|
|K. Moore||197 lbs.||#16||#14||#15||#11|
|Poll||Tournament Index||Dual Power Index|
Wrestling fans will have more opportunities than ever to see the Scarlet and Gray on BTN this year. A total of four duals -- three at home -- will appear on the network, starting on Dec. 8 with a showdown against Missouri inside St. John Arena. The Big Ten home opener against Rutgers (Jan. 8) will also be shown, along with the Feb. 3 dual vs. Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State's Jan. 27 dual at Iowa will also be on the network.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BUCKEYES
• Three Buckeyes will be shifting weight classes in 2016-17: Nathan Tomasello moves from 125 to 133 lbs., Bo Jordan from 165 to 174 lbs. and Myles Martin from 174 to 184 lbs. Jordan began last season and 174 before moving down to 165 in January.
• Redshirt freshman Kollin Moore will slide in at 197 coming off a summer that saw him win the UWW Junior World Team Trials and compete at the Junior World Championships in August. He had a productive redshirt season last winter, going 25-4 with 15 on those wins coming via bonus points.
• The probable starter at 141 lbs. -- Ke-Shawn Hayes -- won 29 of his 30 matches last year at open tournaments. Twenty of those wins were by bonus points, including 15 tech falls.
• The six returning NCAA qualifiers went a combined 135-21 with 83 bonus point wins (61 percent) in 2015-16.
• All six of Ohio State's returning starters have NCAA Championships experience and placed at last year's Big Ten Championships, where the Buckeyes scored a school-record 126 points.
PACKIN' THEM IN
Ohio State finished fourth nationally in total and average attendance for the second straight year in 2015-16. The Buckeyes averaged 3,687 fans per dual, with a season-high crowd of 5,650 packing St. John Arena for the home finale vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 12. Four Big Ten schools finished amongst the top five -- Iowa (12,166 average), Penn State (8,756 average), Ohio State and Rutgers (2,874 average).
The Buckeyes' home slate features four duals in Columbus -- all against teams ranked inside of the top 15 of this week's USA Today/NWCA poll -- No. 2 Penn State (Feb. 3), No. 5 Iowa (Dec. 8), No. 10 Rutgers (Jan. 8) and No. 13 Iliinois (Jan. 15).
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State held steady at No. 4 in this week's USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten schools in the top 10 and nine in the complete poll.
• In individual rankings, M. Jordan jumped two spots in the 149 rankings by FloWrestling and TheOpenMat.com and one sport by InterMat.
• Moore was the biggest mover of the weekend, going from No. 17 last week by TheOpenMat.com to No. 11 this week, a leap of six spots. He also moved up one sport to No. 15 by InterMat.
• Although not ranked this week, Fitzgerald's two wins over ranked opponents earned him a spot on FloWrestling's list of the top upsets of opening weekend.
The dual match portion of Ohio State's schedule opens next Saturday, Nov. 19, when the Buckeyes take on No. 20 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils four ranked wrestlers in their lineup - No. 10 Christian Pagdilao (149), No. 9 Anthony Valencia (165), No. 9 Zahid Valencia (174), No. 4 Tanner Hall (HWT). The dual potentially features three top-10 matchups: No. 7 Micah Jordan vs. Pagdilao, No. 1 Bo Jordan vs. Valencia and No. 1 Kyle Snyder vs. Hall.