Arizona State, Cleveland State Up Next For No. 5 Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Coming off of a dominating home win last Friday against Virginia, fifth-ranked Ohio State returns to the friendly confines of St. John Arena on Friday night for another home dual, this time entertaining Arizona State at 7 p.m. Next Tuesday, the Buckeyes take their show on the road for a trip up I-71 to Cleveland State for a 7 p.m. dual against the Vikings.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State is 1-0 on the year after winning eight of 10 bouts against then-No. 23 Virginia is a 34-6 rout of the Cavaliers.
- Five of Ohio State's eight wins came via bonus points, led by pins from redshirt freshman Cody Burcher and redshirt junior Nick Tavanello. Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan added a tech fall at 174 pounds, reigning national champion Nathan Tomasello had a major decision at 125 pounds and redshirt freshman Micah Jordan also had a major decision at 141 pounds.
- Three newcomers to the starting lineup - Burcher, Jordan and redshirt freshman Jake Ryan - won consecutive matches to help Ohio State open a 20-0 lead.
- Ryan's come-from-behind 3-2 win over No. 19 Andrew Atkinson improved his record to 7-0 on the season and was his first victory over a ranked wrestler.
- In the latest InterMat rankings, seven Buckeyes are in the Top 20 of their respective weight classes, led by top-ranked Tomasello and Jordan. DiJulius is No. 5 at 133, M. Jordan No. 19 at 141, Tavanello No. 18 at 285 and Ryan makes his debut at No. 20 at 157.
- The Open Mat.com has eight Buckeyes ranked, seven of which are in the Top 15 - Tomasello (No. 1), B. Jordan (No. 1), DiJulius (No. 6), M. Jordan (No. 14), Hunter Stieber (No. 13), Ryan (No. 19), Courts (No. 9) and Tavanello (No. 15).
- Tavanello and M. Jordan currently lead the team with three falls. Five of Jordan's six wins this year have come via fall, tech fall or major decision.
Friday's match can be seen live on BTN Plus (subscription required). It is one of seven duals on BTN Plus this season. On Tuesday at Cleveland State, live updates will be available on TrackWrestling as well as the team's official Twitter handle @wrestlingbucks.
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SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils, under second-year head coach Zeke Jones, is 4-2 on the year and most recently competed at the Illinois Duals, where it defeated SIU-Edwardsville, 38-6, and lost to Illinois, 27-9. Arizona State features two ranked wrestlers - Matt Kraus (No. 17, 149 lbs.) and Blake Stauffer (No. 3, 184 lbs.). Stauffer was an All-American last year, finishing 37-3 overall and fourth at the NCAA Championships.
SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE
Cleveland State is 4-1 this year after finishing third at last weekend's inaugural Ohio Duals. The Vikings wrestle against Eastern Michigan on Friday. At the season opening Clarion Open, CSU had one champion, one runner up and one third place finisher. Riley Shaw is the Vikings' top wrestler, as he's No. 10 at 285 pounds in this week's InterMat rankings.
PROBABLE MATCH-UPS VS. ARIZONA STATE
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (2-0) vs. Ares Carpio (2-1) or Mikel Perales (1-2)
133: #5 Johnni DiJulius (5-0) vs. Dalton Bradley (1-2) or Cord Coronado (1-2)
141: #19 Micah Jordan (6-0) vs. Robbie Mathers (5-1)
149: Cody Burcher (7-0) vs. #17 Matt Kraus (5-1)
157: #20 Jake Ryan (7-0) vs. Oliver Pierce (3-3)
165: Justin Kresevic (4-3) vs. Jacen Petersen (5-1) or Preston McCalmon (0-1)
174: #1 Bo Jordan (3-0) vs. Zach Smith (3-2)
184: Jack Rozema (5-4) vs. #3 Blake Stauffer (6-0)
197: #17 Mark Martin (10-1) vs. Josh DaSilveira (3-3)
285: #18 Nick Tavanello (6-0) vs. Tanner Hall (4-2) or Chace Eskam (0-0)
PROBABLE MATCH-UPS VS. CLEVELAND STATE
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello vs. Evan Cheek (5-2) or Nick DeRosa (5-3)
133: #5 Johnni DiJulius vs. Mike Kostandaras (8-3) or Alfredo Gray (1-0)
141: #19 Micah Jordan vs. Michael Carlone (3-2) or Jaycee Carr (2-2)
149: Cody Burcher vs. Nick Montgomery (8-1) or RJ LaBeef (1-0)
157: #20 Jake Ryan vs. John Vaughn (5-4)
165: Justin Kresevic vs. Nathan Wynkoop (4-4)
174: #1 Bo Jordan vs. Gabe Stark (7-6)
184: Jack Rozema (5-4) vs. Jacob Washington (1-3)
197: #17 Mark Martin (10-1) vs. Sam Wheeler (10-1)
285: #18 Nick Tavanello vs. #8 Riley Shaw (10-0)
IN THE POLLS
For the third straight week, Ohio State remained No. 5 in this week's USA Today/NWCA poll. The Buckeyes are one of four Big Ten schools in the top five, joined by Penn State (No. 1), Iowa (No. 2) and Michigan (No. 3). Overall, Ohio State faces four teams that are ranked in the top 10 - Penn State, Michigan, No. 7 Nebraska and No. 9 Missouri.
WIN TOURNAMENT POWER INDEX
In its first Tournament Index Power Index ranking of the season, Wrestling Insider News Magazine has the Buckeyes in a tie with Virginia Tech for No. 4 overall. Four Ohio State wrestlers are ranked in WIN's top eight, which would be All-America status - Tomasello, DiJulius, Stieber and Jordan.
Dustin Myers, co-owner of Old School Gym in Pataskala and strength coach for the Ohio RTC, will serve as the Buckeyes' honorary coach on Friday night. Myers is a 2002 graduate of Ohio State and former high school wrestler. He has trained wrestling standouts Tommy Rowlands, Reece Humphrey and Lance Palmer along with former OSU football stars Chris "Beanie" Wells, Antonio Pittman, Maurice Clarett and Dan Herron. Dustin recently became a sponsored trainer thru top supplement company Muscle Pharm, designing strength training regimens and videos for the wrestling and MMA communities. He and his wife Julie have two kids - Mia and Jack.
"As a former wrestler and a lifelong Buckeye, getting to coach elite athletes thru the RTC is a dream come true," said Myers. "I feel blessed and thankful to work with such a great program and to be involved with such inspiring leaders as Tom Ryan and Lou Rosselli."