Get to Know a Buckeye: Johnni DiJulius
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first installment of “Get to Know A Buckeye”, redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius talks about why he chose to come to Ohio State and what “Win the Third” means to him.
DiJulius is a three-time NCAA qualifier and currently has 103 career wins to his credit. Last season, he finished fourth in the Big Ten at 133 pounds with an overall record of 30-8 (12-4 in duals). Seeded fourth at the NCAA Championships, he was No. 6 in the final InterMat rankings of the regular season. So far in 2015-16, DiJulius, ranked No. 5 nationally, is 6-0 with a title at the Eastern Michigan Open to his credit. Last Friday, he earned a 16-0 tech fall over Arizona State’s Cord Coronado in which he racked up 12 first-period points (two takedowns, two four-point nearfalls).
In January, Ohio State will take on Michigan State is a dual at Wash Jesuit High School in Cleveland, DiJulius’ alma mater. While at Walsh Jesuit, DiJulius was a three-time Ohio high school state champion. Tomorrow, DiJulius and the rest of his Buckeye teammates will be in Cleveland for a 7 p.m. dual against Cleveland State at Woodling Gymnasium. The match can be seen live on ESPN3.
FULL DIJULIUS BIO
Ohio State Career Honors - Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (Dec. 9, 2013)
2015-16 Season - Unbeaten at 6-0 thus far ... champion at the Eastern Michigan Open ... 16-0 tech fall over ASU's Cord Coronado ... come-from-behind 8-7 victory against Virginia's George DiCamillo, ranked No. 10.
2014-15 Season - Concluded the season with a 30-8 record … fourth at the Big Ten Championships at 133 lbs. … NCAA qualifier … eight major decisions, four technical falls and three falls on the season … tied for second on the team in wins … seeded fourth at the NCAA Championships, where he went 2-2 … ranked No. 6 in the final InterMat rankings of the regular season … third at the CKLV Invitational.
2013-14 Season - NCAA championships qualifier ... sixth-place finisher at 2014 Big Ten Championships ... Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (Dec. 9) ... won 133-pound title at CKLV Invitational (Dec. 6-7); as No. 4 seed, defeated Nos. 5, 1 and 2 seeds en route to title ...finished third at Clarion Open (Nov. 3) ... lost first match in 16 bouts vs. Michigan's Rossi Bruno (Jan. 31), a 2-1 loss in three tiebreakers ... posted 3-1 record at NWCA National Duals (Feb. 16-17) ... wrapped up regular season with 4:18 pin over Virginia Tech's Dennis Gustafson (Feb. 23) ... second on the team (tie) in dual wins with 13.
2012-13- Competed in six open tournaments during season en route to 21-6 overall record ... collected four runner-up finishes at UB Invitational (133 pounds) (Nov. 4), Michigan State Open (133 pounds) (Nov. 11), Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Tournament (133 pounds) (Jan. 20) and Greyhound Open (133 pounds) (Feb. 2) ... posted a third-place finish at Harris Open (133 pounds) (Nov. 17) and finished fourth at Penn State Open (133 pounds) (Dec. 1).
2011-12- NCAA championships qualifier ... 19-15 overall; 9-7 in dual action; 4-3 in Big Ten ... finished seventh at 2012 Big Ten Championships with a pair of decisions over Zach Zimmer, 9-4 (Indiana) and Austin Hieptas, 17-5 (Wisconsin) in the seventh-place match ... recorded a team high (tie) 5 major decisions, 2 technical falls and 1 pin (fastest at a time of 3:41) ... finished fourth at Eastern Michigan Open (Nov. 5) ... posted 3-1 record at Wrestle for a Cure Duals in Harrisburg, Pa. (Nov. 12), recorded 3-2 mark and finished fourth en route to helping Ohio State capture Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational (Dec. 2) ... earned first-career Big Ten win vs. Indiana's Zach Zimmer, 10-3 (Dec. 18) ... 9-5 decision over Grant Pizzo of Michigan (Feb. 3) helped lift Buckeyes to 24-10 win over Wolverines in regular-season home finale ... compiled 2-1 record at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Stillwater, Okla., (Feb. 12), including a pair of bonus point wins vs. Boise State's Landon Hartley, 13-4, and Nebraska's Shawn Nagel, 20-5.
Prior to Ohio State- Slated fifth-best wrestler at 130 pounds as three-time Ohio High School state champion ... competed in 2010 Junior Duals Freestyle Tournament and helped Team Ohio to third-place finish with 7-1, 1-0 decision over Wisconsin's Justin Mudlaff.
Personal- Son of John DiJulius ... has two brothers, Bo and Cal.