Fourth-Ranked Ohio State Opens Home Schedule Thursday

Nov. 12, 2014


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team will begin the 2014-15 dual season Thursday night when it hosts Kent State at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. Fans can follow the action live on TrackWerstling.com and via a live stream from BTN Plus (subscription required).

OPENING ACT
Ohio State is 61-32-1 all-time in season openers and 51-36-1 in home openers. The Buckeyes have won six of their last seven season and home openers.  

SEASON OPENERS – LAST SEVEN
2013-14 - vs. Notre Dame College - W, 29-11
2012-13 - at Davidson - W, 40-3
2011-12 - vs. Utah Valley - W, 36-0
2010-11 - vs. Pittsburgh - L, 18-17
2009-10 - vs. Lehigh - W, 22-12
2008-09 - vs. Notre Dame College - W, 34-6
2007-08 - vs. Notre Dame College - W, 36-6

HOME OPENERS – LAST SEVEN
2013-14 - vs. Notre Dame College - W, 29-11
2012-13 - vs. Pittsburgh - W, 26-13
2011-12 - vs. Virginia Tech - W, 21-12
2010-11 - vs. Pittsburgh - L, 18-17
2009-10 - vs. Lehigh - W, 22-12
2008-09 - vs. Notre Dame College - W, 34-6
2007-08 - vs. Rutgers - W, 37-0

2014-15 TEAM CAPTAINS
Four members of the Ohio State wrestling team – redshirt senior Logan Stieber, redshirt freshmen Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello and true freshman Kyle Snyder – have been voted captains for the 2014-15 season, head coach Tom Ryan announced.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS
Hunter Stieber and Logan Stieber are the Buckeyes’ returning All-Americans. In 2013, H. Stieber was third at 141 pounds while last season L. Stieber won his third-consecutive national title. This season, H. Stieber will bump up to 149 pounds while L. Stieber will stay at 141 pounds.

QUEST FOR QUATRO
Already in select company, redshirt senior Logan Stieber is looking to become part of the elite group of wrestlers to win four NCAA Championships. That feat has only been achieved by three athletes previously – Kyle Dake (Cornell, 2010-13), Cael Sanderson (Iowa State, 1999-02) and Pat Smith (Oklahoma State, 1990-92, 1994).

BUCKEYES VS. GOLDEN FLASHES
Ohio State and Kent State will meet for the 21st time Thursday with the Scarlet and Gray owning a 14-6 advantage. The Buckeyes and Golden Flashes wrestled for the first time in 1930. Last year in Kent, Ohio, No. 9 Ohio State took a 15-3 lead midway through the match and maintained its impressive performance to defeat Kent State, 27-6.

OHIO STATE-KENT STATE – THE LAST FIVE
2013-14: Ohio State 27, Kent State 6
2012-13: Ohio State 27, Kent State 10
2011-12: Ohio State 22, Kent State 15
2008-09: Ohio State 20, Kent State 15
2007-08: Ohio State 27, Kent State 6

MICHIGAN STATE OPEN REWIND
Nathan Tomasello, Josh Demas, Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder  claimed titles at the 2014-15 season-opening Michigan State Open on Nov. 2. Tomasello was dominant on his way to the 125-pound title, going 4-0 with a technical fall and three major decisions. In the finals, he defeated Stevan Micic of Northwestern, 11-2. Demas won four closes matches on his way to the 157-pound championship and capped it off with a 2-1 win over Brian Murphy of Michigan in the finals. Jordan was the next Buckeye to claim a title, topping Michigan’s Taylor Massa 4-1 in the finals. Jordan was impressive leading up to the final, getting pins in the first two rounds, a technical fall in the quarterfinals and a major decision in the semifinals. Snyder, making his Buckeye debut, got Ohio State’s fourth title of the night with an 11-4 win over Phillip Wellington of Ohio. Snyder pulled away in the third period thanks to a pair of takedowns and an escape.

MERCYHURST OPEN REWIND
Ohio State's champions were Johnni DiJulius (133 lbs.), Micah Jordan (157 lbs.), Dominic Prezzia (174 lbs.) and Kenny Courts (184 lbs.). DiJulius made his 2014-15 debut in impressive fashion, winning his first two matches by major decision, his semifinal match by technical decision and the championship match 7-4. Jordan, who won the 157-pound freshman/sophomore bracket at Michigan State last Sunday, moved to 10-0 on the year with five more wins at Mercyhurst. Prezzia continued the big day for Ohio State in the 174-pound weight class. He had a technical fall in the opening round, back-to-back pins the next two matches and a tight 4-3 win over August Mizia of Mercyhurst in the semifinals. Prezzia won the championship match by medical forfeit. Courts claimed the 184-pound weight class in dominating fashion, winning his four matches on Saturday with two pins and two major decisions.

IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Ohio State is ranked fourth in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. There are six Big Ten teams in the Top 10, including top-ranked Iowa, No. 2 Minnesota, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Penn State, No. 7 Nebraska and No. 8 Michigan.

WHAT’S NEXT
The Buckeyes continue their early-season schedule this weekend when they travel to Clifton Park, N.Y. to take part in the Journeymen Tussle on Saturday. Ohio State faces Army at 2 p.m. and Arizona State at 3:45. The Buckeyes do not return to St. John Arena until a showdown with sixth-ranked Missouri on December 14.