Dec. 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 8 Ohio State wrestling team, the two-time defending champions of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational, will return to Las Vegas this weekend for the 2013 edition of the event.
The Buckeyes, who had a break from competition last week, enter the Vegas invitational with a 4-0 dual record. So far in this young season, Ohio State has wins over Notre Dame College (29-11), Duke (25-10), Davidson (40-6) and George Mason (29-6).
Last season, the Scarlet and Gray compiled 124.5 points en route to their second-consecutive CKLV title. The year before in 2011, the Buckeyes amassed 129 points to finish atop of the standings.
Flowrestling.org will provide live streaming of the CKLV Invitational. Please note, there is a subscription fee to view the event. Fans also can follow results via the official Twitter page of Ohio State wrestling (@wrestlingbucks).
Four of the Buckeyes' matches this season will either air live on BTN or will be streamed live on BTN.com at www.video.btn.com. Fans should take note, matches that are streamed live potentially could be re-aired on BTN at a later date. Please follow the Buckeyes on social media for possible re-air date(s)/time(s). Buckeye Vision subscribers also can watch the same BTN.com stream on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
In the Future
Ohio State will not return to St. John Arena until Jan. 24, a 7 p.m. match vs. Nebraska live on BTN.com. The Buckeyes will wrestle on the road for eight consecutive matches, including a Dec. 15 match up vs. conference foe and No. 1 Penn State at noon live on BTN.
Success in Vegas
In addition to winning the past two CKLV Invitational titles, the Buckeyes won in 2009 with 122.5 points. During the past five seasons, Ohio State has collected three titles and an 11th (2008) and 12th (2010) place finish.
Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan earned his 200th-career win Nov. 24 vs. George Mason in the Davidson Duals. Ohio State defeated the Patriots 29-6 to improve to 4-0 on the season. In his eighth season at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray, Ryan has amassed a 91-34-0 (.728) Ohio State record en route to his 200-117-1 (.631) career ledger. Ryan is 35-21 (.625) in the Big Ten.
Climbing the Record Books
Logan Stieber, a redshirt junior from Monroeville, Ohio, currently is in third place on Ohio State's career winning percentage list (minimum 40 matches). Stieber's .932 winning percentage (69-5) trails No.1 Mark Coleman (50-2; .962 in 1988) and No. 2 Rex Holman (69-3; .958 from 1992-93).
Hunter Stieber, a junior from Monroeville, Ohio, is sixth with 73 career victories vs. eight setbacks (.901). Stieber is redshirting the 2013-14 season.
Five Buckeye starters have double-digit wins with Nick Roberts pacing the squad behind 14 victories. Mark Martin has 13 wins to his credit while Nick Tavanello has collected 12 wins. Both Kenny Courts and Ian Paddock are 11-match winners. Martin leads the Buckeyes with six major decisions and Johnni DiJulius leads the Scarlet and Gray in technical falls with three. Tavanello's six falls is a Buckeye best.
Last Time Out
The ninth-ranked Buckeyes posted back-to-back wins Nov. 24 at the Davidson Duals in Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. (Recap) Winning nine of 10 matches, Ohio State opened the day with a 40-6 win over host Davidson. Each Buckeye in the lineup contributed bonus points, including falls by Logan Stieber and Nick Tavanello.
In the following match vs. George Mason, Ohio State had another impressive outing despite the quick turnaround in competition. (Recap) Backed by four consecutive wins from 125-149 pounds and a couple of major decision victories by Ian Paddock and Joe Grandominico, the Buckeyes cruised to their fourth dual victory of the season.
The Scarlet and Gray began their three-match weekend Nov. 23 at Duke where they handed the Blue Devils a 25-10 setback. (Recap) Ohio State won seven matches to rack up 25 points behind a pair of technical falls by Stieber and Johnni DiJulius.