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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The dual meet portion of Ohio State's schedule commences on Saturday with a top-20 showdown in Tempe, Ariz. Fourth-ranked Ohio State meets 19th-ranked Arizona State at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) inside Wells Fargo Arena. It will be the second match-up between the Buckeye and Sun Devils in as many years -- Ohio State won last year in Columbus, 28-9. The dual will be streamed live via Pac-12.com.
|No. 4 Ohio State||No. 19 Arizona State|
|Match Notes||Match Notes|
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Two weeks into the season, Ohio State has had multiple champions at each of its first two tournaments. After crowning four at the Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 5, five Buckeyes went unbeaten at last week's ASICS/Journeymen Collegiate Classic. Overall, seven placed in the top three of their respective weight classes.
• Eight members of Ohio State's projected starting lineup are ranked by FloWrestling, InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News and TheOpenMat.com. Of those eight, six reside in the top 10.
• 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.
• Micah Jordan is Ohio State's team leader in wins thus far (eight) and has already beaten two ranked opponents. Seven of his eight victories have come via bonus points.
• Of the 86 points scored at last year's NCAA Championships, 83 returns in 2016-17: Nathan Tomasello (17 pts.), M. Jordan (4 pts.), Bo Jordan (16.5 pts.), Myles Martin (21 pts.) and Kyle Snyder (24.5 pts.).
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE
Ranked No. 20 in this week's USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, Arizona State is 1-0 on the year with a 24-19 come-from-behind win at Northern Colorado. Like Ohio State, the Sun Devils competed at last Sunday's Journeymen Classic with one champion and eight top-three finishers. Arizona State finished second at last year's Pac-12 Championships and 33rd at the NCAA Championships.
125: Jose Rodriguez (2-1) vs. Josh Kramer
133: Brendan Fitzgerald (4-0) vs. No. Ali Naser
141: No. 12 Ke-Shawn Hayes (2-1) vs. Tyler Sage
149: No. 7 Micah Jordan (8-0) vs. Josh Maruca
157: No. 9 Jake Ryan (2-1) vs. Josh Shields
165: Cody Burcher (6-1) vs. No. 9 Anthony Valencia
174: No. 1 Bo Jordan (0-0) vs. No. 8 Zahid Valencia
184: No. 2 Myles Martin (3-0) vs. Conner Small
197: No. 12 Kollin Moore (7-0) vs. Austyn Harris
HWT: No. 1 Kyle Snyder (0-0) vs. No. 4 Tanner Hall
The first time Kyle Snyder steps on a mat with a Scarlet and Gray singlet on this season will be historical as it will mark the first time an Olympic champion had returned to compete at the collegiate level. His opponent on Saturday will be fourth-ranked Tanner Hall, a NCAA qualifier last season as a true freshman for the Sun Devils. He finished third at the Pac-12 Championships.
The other battle of top-10 opponents occurs at 174 lbs., where top-ranked Bo Jordan is expected to make his 2016-17 debut against No. 8 Zahid Valencia, a UWW Junior national champion who is 7-0 thus far for the Sun Devils.
LAST YEAR VS. ASU
A string of three straight bonus point wins was more than enough for Ohio State, as it rolled to a 28-9 victory over Arizona State at St. John Arena on Nov. 20, 2015. The wins were highlighted by major decisions from Nathan Tomasello and Micah Jordan as well as a dominating 16-0 tech fall by Johnni DiJulius.
165: Jacen Peterson (ASU) decision over Justin Kresevic (OSU) 10-4 | ASU 3, OSU 0
174: #1 Bo Jordan (OSU) fall over Zachary Smith (ASU) 1:54 | OSU 6, ASU 3
184: #3 Blake Stauffer (ASU) decision over Jack Rozema (OSU) 7-4 | OSU 6, ASU 6
197: #17 Mark Martin (OSU) decision over Joshua DaSilveira (ASU) 8-5 | OSU 9, ASU 6
285: #18 Nick Tavanello (OSU) decision over Tanner Hall 3-2 | OSU 12, ASU 6
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over Ares Carpio (ASU) 16-6 | OSU 16, ASU 6
133: #5 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) tech fall over Cord Coronado (ASU) 16-0 | OSU 21, ASU 6
141: #19 Micah Jordan (OSU) major decision over Robert Mathers (ASU) 18-6 | OSU 25, ASU 6
149: #17 Matt Kraus (ASU) decision over Cody Burcher (OSU) 4-2 | OSU 25, ASU 9
157: #20 Jake Ryan (OSU) decision over Oliver Pierce (ASU) TB-1 2-1 | OSU 28, ASU 9
CURRENT INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
|N. Tomasello||133 lbs.||#2||#3||#2||#3|
|K. Hayes||141 lbs.||#13||#12||#12||#14|
|M. Jordan||149 lbs.||#6||#7||#9||#8|
|J. Ryan||157 lbs.||#11||#9||#11||NR|
|B. Jordan||174 lbs.||#1||#1||#1||#3|
|M. Martin||184 lbs.||#2||#2||#2||#6|
|K. Moore||197 lbs.||#16||#12||#15||#9|
CURRENT TEAM RANKINGS
|Poll||Tournament Index||Dual Power Index|
• M. Jordan leads the team in nearly every category thus far, including wins (eight) and technical falls (four). He's also averaging 14.2 points per match, the second highest mark on the team. Behind him is Moore, who in seven matches thus far is averaging 10.0 points and a team-high 4.57 takedowns/match.
• Ohio State used 25 different wrestlers in duals last year, the most of any team in the country.
• Unranked Buckeye wrestlers own two wins this year over ranked opponents. Both of those wins came at the EMU Open from Brendan Fitzgerald.
• The Buckeyes are 11-7 vs. ranked opponents over the last two years.
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 CONSISTENT WINNER
Ohio State has been ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll for 72 consecutive weeks dating back to the 2011-12 season. Fifty eight of those weeks it has been in the Top 10, including a program-high No. 3 ranking for six weeks in 2014-15 and four weeks in 2015-16.
BUCKEYES ARE 141 U
On the strength of national titles from Logan Stieber (two) and J Jaggers (two), Ohio State earned the title of "141 U" by FloWrestling, which rated the best schools in each of the 10 weight classes.
Between 2002 and 2016, the Buckeyes have had 11 NCAA qualifiers at the weight with four titles, two third-place showings and one each at fourth place, sixth place and seventh place. The Buckeyes also lead the nation with 128 points scored during that time span.
The Buckeyes' production at 141 falls on the backs of Stieber, Jaggers, Hunter Stieber and Reece Humphrey. Between 2007-15, Ohio State had eight podium finishes in those nine years, four of which were NCAA titles.
Ohio State will have a short turnaround as it returns to the Buckeye State and travels north to Kent, Ohio for a tie-meet against Kent State and Cleveland State on Tuesday, Nov. 22 beginning at 7 p.m.