Home Schedule Opens vs. No. 23 Virginia

Nov. 11, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fresh off an opening weekend that saw seven champions crowned at the Eastern Michigan Open, the fifth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will give fans their first glimpse of the defending national champions with a home dual match against Virginia on Friday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich. for the annual Michigan State Open.

FOLLOWING ALONG
Friday's match can be seen live on BTN Plus, the online streaming portal for the Big Ten Network (subscription required). It is one of seven duals on BTN Plus this season. On Sunday, live updates from the Michigan State Open will be available on TrackWrestling as well as the team's official Twitter handle @wrestlingbucks.

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BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Friday marks the home opener of the 95th season of wrestling at Ohio State.
  • The Buckeyes had seven champions crowned at last Saturday's Eastern Michigan Open - Johnni DiJulius, Micah Jordan, Myles Martin, Mark Martin, Jake Ryan, Nick Tavanello and Cody Burcher.
  • Four of the seven champions are either redshirt freshmen or true freshmen who could all be new faces to Ohio State's lineup in 2015-16 - Ryan, Myles Martin, Jordan and Burcher.
  • Three of the championship matches featured a Buckeye vs. a Buckeye - 141 lbs., 285 lbs. and 197 lbs.
  • Ohio State returns four wrestlers who have previously earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships - Nathan Tomasello, Hunter Stieber, Bo Jordan and Kenny Courts.
  • 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).
  • Head coach Tom Ryan is beginning his 10th season on the sidelines for the Scarlet and Gray. This past summer, he signed a five-year contract extension.

TWEETABLE NOTES

  • Tom Ryan coached teams have won 10 matches or more in seven of the last nine seasons.
  • Freshmen All-Americans Tomasello, Jordan and Snyder combined to go 85-10 last year.
  • The Buckeyes are No. 6 in this week's InterMat Tournament Index.
  • Nine dual meets can be seen this season on either BTN or BTN Plus.

PROMOTIONS
To honor the historic 2014-15 campaign, Ohio State will officially unveil three banners from the rafters of St John Arena on Friday honoring the individual national titles from Tomasello and Logan Stieber along with the 2015 NCAA team national championship. In addition, a post-match meet and greet with the Buckeyes' 10 starters will occur.

HONORARY COACH
Chris Snyder, a co-owner of CM Holdings, will serve as the honorary coach for Friday's match. Snyder recently made a $1 million gift to support the new wrestling practice facility. Over the years, he has worked and consulted with various outdoor advertising companies such as Clear Channel, CBS, Lamar and Cemusa to build their bus shelters and ad kiosks in the airports/malls all over the world.

On the new facility, Snyder said: "Whenever there is a cause worth taking up, good people will fall in behind it and help. This is a worthwhile endeavor. It is being spearheaded by coach Ryan and his loyal followers. I'm glad to see it becoming a reality. A good friend of mine always said, 'Good things happen to good people.' Ohio State has the good fortune of having GREAT people leading its wrestling program and its deserve all the support we can muster." 

SCOUTING VIRGINIA
The Cavaliers, defending ACC champions, are 3-1 on the season with wins over No. 25 North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Grand Canyon. UVA's lone loss is a 19-15 decision against No. 16 Minnesota.

Virginia finished 19th at last year's NCAA Championships, led by All-American Nick Sulzer. Sulzer has since graduated, leaving the Cavaliers with a young lineup headed into the 2015-16 campaign. At the Clarion Open on Nov. 1, six UVA wrestlers claimed championships - Nick Herrmann, George DiCamillo, T.J. Miller, Andrew Atkinson, Fox Baldwin and Zach Nye.

PROBABLE MATCH-UPS
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (1-0) vs. Nick Herrmann (6-2)
133: #5 Johnni DiJulius (4-0) vs. #10 George DiCamillo (9-0)
141: #19 Micah Jordan (5-0) vs. Zach Watson (5-1)
149: Cody Burcher (6-0) vs. TJ Miller (7-2)
157: Jake Ryan (6-0) vs. #19 Andrew Atkinson (9-0)
165: Justin Kresevic (4-2) vs. Garrett Peppelman (6-2)
174: #1 Bo Jordan (2-0) vs. Fox Baldwin (9-0)
184: #5 Kenny Courts (4-1) OR Jack Rozema (2-2) vs Will Schany (4-4) or Tyler Askey (0-1)
197: Matthew O'Hara (4-1) vs. #10 Zach Nye (8-1)
285: #18 Nick Tavanello (5-0) vs. Patrick Gilman (6-3)

DIJULIUS REACHES THE CENTURY MARK
With his 3-0 decision over Jonathan Marmolejo of Purdue in the semifinals of the Eastern Michigan Open, senior Johnni DiJulius reached the 100-win mark for his career. A native of Aurora, Ohio, DiJulius is 101-38 (.726) in his career with three trips to the NCAA Championships.

OPENING WEEKEND BY THE NUMBERS

  • Combined record of 90-42 (.681)
  • 16 major decisions
  • 12 technical falls
  • 12 falls
  • Fastest pin in :15 (Tavanello)

BERGMAN, STIEBER, TOMASELLO AT BILL FARRELL INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Three Buckeyes - one current and two former - competed this weekend at the Bill Farrell International Open, held this year at the New York Athletic Club.

JD Bergman won five matches on the day to take the title at 97 kg. His first two wins came by technical fall and final three were by decision. In the finals, he edged Dustin Kilgore, 7-5. Bergman won his five matches Saturday by a combined score of 42-7.

Four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber advanced to the finals at 65 kg. where he dropped a tightly-contested 8-5 decision to Jordan Oliver. On his way to the finals, however, Stieber was dominant, picking up a 10-0 technical fall in his first match and 11-0 TF in the semifinals.

Nathan Tomasello reached the quarterfinals at 57 kg. by winning his first two matches by a combined score of 20-1. In the quarters, he fell to Daniel Dennis by a 5-2 decision.