Pair of Top-10 Foes Await No. 4 Ohio State This Weekend

Nov. 21, 2014


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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A week after successfully kicking off its dual meet schedule with three wins in 36 hours, the fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will take its show on the road this weekend against a pair of top-10 foes - No. 10 Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon (2 p.m.) and No. 9 Virginia on Monday night (7 p.m.).

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Sunday's match against Virginia Tech can be seen live on ESPN3 and by clicking here: http://es.pn/116SHLl . Live in-match updates can also be found on Twitter at @wrestlingbucks.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ranked fourth in this week's USA Today/NWCA poll, Ohio State is 3-0 on the year with wins over Kent State, Army and Arizona State.
• The Buckeyes won nine of 10 matches against Kent State in its home opener, recording bonus points in five matches.
• Last Saturday, Ohio State claimed 15 of 20 matches at the Journeymen Tussle in Clifton Park, N.Y. to defeat Army and Arizona State.
• Prior to opening its dual meet schedule, the 2014-15 season officially commenced at the Michigan State Open, where four Buckeyes - Nathan Tomasello, Josh Demas, Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder - earned titles in their respective weight classes.

LAST TIME VS. VIRGINIA TECH
Trailing No. 16 Virginia Tech, 16-14, with two matches remaining, 11th-ranked Ohio State received a momentum-changing win from senior 197-pounder Nick Heflin at St. John Arena. Heflin pinned the Hokies' Brooks Morrison in 1:17 to lift the Buckeyes to a 20-16 lead. The Scarlet and Gray eventually won the match, 23-16, after Nick Tavanello downed Ty Walz, 5-3, in the heavyweight bout.

In addition to the wins by Heflin and Tavanello, Ohio State received victories from Johnni DiJulius (125 pounds), Logan Stieber (141 pounds) and Mark Martin (174 pounds) in the final regular-season match of the 2013-14 campaign.

SCOUTING THE HOKIES
Virginia Tech enters the Top 10 of the national rankings think week at No. 10 and is 3-0 on the season with wins over Newberry College, Gardner-Webb and North Dakota State. The Hokies top-ranked wrestlers are fifth-ranked Joey Dance (125 lbs.), 14th-ranked Kurtis Julson (174 lbs.) and 10th-ranked Evan Knutson (285 lbs.). Other ranked wrestlers include Kevin Norstrem (18th, 133 lbs.) and Devin Carter (second, 149 lbs.).

SCOUTING VIRGINIA
Like Virginia Tech, ninth-ranked Virginia is also undefeated, coming into Monday's match with a perfect 5-0 record. Ohio State and Virginia have a combined 16 wrestlers currently listed in the InterMat top 20 rankings (Ohio State 10, Virginia 6). The top ranked Cavaliers are No. 2 Nick Sulzer (165 lbs.) and No. 10 George DiCamillo (133 lbs.). Virginia owns wins this year over Anderson (S.C.), VMI, George Mason, North Dakota State and Gardner-Webb.

Virginia has won its last 23 home dual at John Paul Jones Arena, dating back to Nov. 27, 2011. The Cavaliers have also won 28 straight duals at its other on-campus home, Memorial Gymnasium. Monday's dual will take place at John Paul Jones Arena.

ALL-TIME SERIES WITH VIRGINIA
Ohio State has a 4-0 dual meet mark against Virginia, with the last meeting coming in 2006, a 28-10 Buckeye victory.

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).

MORE ON STIEBER
• Posted a 30-1 mark in 2013-14, improving his career win total to 90-3 (.968), which ranks No. 1 all-time in the Ohio State records book.
• Finished the season with his third national title in dominating fashion as four of his five matches were won via bonus points.
• Ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound wrestler by Flowrestling.
• Made his 2014-15 debut last week and recorded two tech falls and one pin to improve his career record to 93-3.

MAKE BIG PLANS
Season tickets for Ohio State wrestling are on sale now and can be secured by visiting OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Fans interested in becoming a season ticket holder can contact the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Sales Department at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or AthleticSales@osu.edu for pricing, details and information. Information on the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, hosted at Ohio State March 7-8, 2015, will be available shortly at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The Buckeyes' 2014-15 home schedule features dual meets against traditional powers Missouri (Dec. 14), Minnesota (Feb. 6), Iowa (Jan. 4) and Penn State (Jan. 11). The match vs. Minnesota on Feb. 6 will take place at the Schottenstein Center. Additionally, Ohio State will also host the Big Ten Championships (March 7-8, 2015). It is the first time since 2004 that the conference championship meet will be in Columbus.

FOUR NAMED 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.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will be off next weekend before heading to Las Vegas, Nev. for the CKLV Wrestling Invitational Dec. 5-6. Last year, the Buckeyes finished third behind championship performances by Stieber and Johnni DiJulius. Additionally, Stieber was named the event's Most Outstanding Wrestler.