PREVIEW: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Missouri
Dec. 7, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On the road for the first five weeks of the regular season, fourth-ranked Ohio State makes its St. John Arena debut in a big way on Thursday night, hosting fifth-ranked Missouri in front of a national audience on BTN. The dual, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m., could potentially feature four matches between wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes.

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No. 5 Missouri at No. 4 Ohio State | Thursday, Dec. 8 | St. John Arena | 7 p.m.
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BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

• Ohio State is coming off one of its most noteworthy performances of the young season. Last weekend, the Buckeyes sent seven regular starters to the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas and came away with the team title, scoring 118.5 points while edging out second-place Wisconsin.
• One of the biggest storylines of last weekend was the emergence of redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez, who went from unseeded to a finals participate. In the 125 lb. championship, he was just six seconds away from defeating second-ranked Joey Dance of Virginia Tech. Rodriguez was one of six placers for Ohio State.
Micah Jordan and Nathan Tomasello successfully defended their 2015 titles, winning the 149 and 133 lb. brackets, respectively.
• In six wins, Jordan recorded three pins and one tech fall, raising his overall season record to a team-best 17-0.
• Third place finishes included Myles Martin at 184 lbs. and Kollin Moore at 197 lbs. Moore defeated his first ranked opponent of the season, topping No. 6 Jacob Smith of West Virginia in the third place match, 9-7.
• This week, seven Buckeyes are ranked by either InterMat, FloWrestling, Amateur Wrestling News or TheOpenMat.com. That group is led by two No. 1s -- Bo Jordan (174 lbs.) and Kyle Snyder (HWT). All are ranked inside of the top 10 by InterMat.
• Ohio State is 9-6 against ranked opponents over the last three years. Thursday's dual will be the first of nine this year against Top 25 foes.

CURRENT INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Name Weight FloWrestling InterMat AWN TheOpenMat
Jose Rodriguez 125 lbs. #17 #10 #12 #15
Nathan Tomasello 133 lbs. #2 #3 #2 #3
Micah Jordan 149 lbs. #5 #5 #5 #5
Bo Jordan 174 lbs. #1 #1 #1 #3
Myles Martin 184 lbs. #4 #5 #4 #7
Kollin Moore 197 lbs. #7 #6 #6 #6
Kyle Snyder 285 lbs. #1 #1 #1 #1

CURRENT TEAM RANKINGS

Poll Tournament Index Dual Power Index
FloWrestling #4 #3
InterMat #4 #5
W.I.N. #3 #4
TrackWrestling #4 N/A
USA Today/NWCA N/A #4

SCOUTING MISSOURI
The Tigers are 2-0 this season with wins over Old Dominion and No. 6 Virginia Tech. Most recently, they registered nine top-three finishes last weekend at the UNI Open. Senior J'den Cox, redshirt junior Joey Lavallee and redshirt freshman Jaydin Eierman were champions two others were runner-ups. Cox is a two-time NCAA champion and was the bronze medalist at 86kg this past summer at the Olympic Games in Rio.

PROBABLE MATCH-UPS

Weight Ohio State Missouri
125 lbs. Rs.-Fr. #10 Jose Rodriguez (9-2)

Rs.-Jr. Aaron Assad (3-2) OR
Rs.-Jr. #4 Barlow McGhee (0-0)

133 lbs. Rs.-Jr. #3 Nathan Tomasello (5-0)

Rs.-Fr. #9 Jaydin Eierman (5-0) OR
Rs.-So. John Erneste (9-2)

141 lbs. Fr. Luke Pletcher (8-0)

Rs.-Sr. Zach Synon (5-1) OR
Rs.-Fr. Alex Butler (12-7)

149 lbs. Rs.-So. Micah Jordan (17-0)

Rs.-Sr. #4 Lavion Mayes (2-0)

157 lbs. Rs.-So. Jake Ryan (4-5)

Rs.-Jr. #6 Joey Lavallee (7-0)

165 lbs. Rs.-So. Cody Burcher (12-3)

#4 Rs.-So. Daniel Lewis (6-1)

174 lbs. Rs.-Jr. #1 Bo Jordan (5-0)

Rs.-Fr. Dylan Wisman (1-1) OR
Rs.-Fr. Taylor Watkins (7-6)

184 lbs. So. #5 Myles Martin (11-1)

Rs.-Jr. #9 Willie Miklus (0-2) OR
Rs.-Sr. Matt Lemanowicz (2-2)

197 lbs. Rs.-Fr. Kollin Moore (15-1)

Sr. #1 J'den Cox (5-0)

285 lbs. Jr. #1 Kyle Snyder (3-0)

Rs.-Fr. Austin Myers (1-1)

RECENT HISTORY WITH MISSOURI
This is the third straight year that Ohio State and Missouri are meeting during the regular season. In 2014, the Tigers edged the Buckeyes 20-19 on the fourth criteria (first takedown of first match). Last year in Columbia, Ohio State built a 10-0 lead after two matches but saw Missouri rattle of six wins in the next eight bouts to claim a 26-17 victory.

THREE OLYMPIANS, ONE NIGHT
One half of the United States Olympic wrestling team will be under one roof on Thursday. In addition to fans having the opportunity to see gold medalist Snyder and bronze medalist Cox wrestle, Ohio State assistant coach Tervel Dlagnev, who competed this summer at 125 kg, will be on the bench for the first time for the Scarlet and Gray. Earlier in November, Snyder became the first American wrestling gold medalist to return to compete in a collegiate match.

PROMOTIONS
The rafters at St. John Arena will get more crowded on Thursday. Banners commemorating 2016 national championships by Martin and Snyder are set to be unveiled prior to the start of the dual. Martin was the first true freshman in program history to win a title while Snyder claimed his first NCAA title by ending N.C. State's Nick Gwiazdowski's 88-match winning streak.

FRIENDLY CONFINES
Ohio State is 25-8 at home over the last five seasons and finished fourth in the nation in average attendance last season. It was the second time in as many years that it's finished inside the top five. It averaged over 4,000 fans/dual.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
• M. Jordan has a team-best 224 points in 17 matches this season, an average of 13.1/match. In the 13 bouts that haven't ended in pins, he's averaging 17.4 points.
• In matches featuring a top 10 opponent, Buckeye wrestlers are 8-2 this year with two major decisions. Jordan picked up two of those wins last Saturday, defeating No. 7 Justin Oliver of Central Michigan in the CKLV semifinals and No. 8 Pat Lugo of Edinboro in the finals. Moore also picked up his first top 10 win, a 9-7 decision over No. 6 Jacob Smith of West Virginia.
Bo Jordan wrestled for the first time in the 2016-17 season last Saturday at the Storm Open. He averaged 18.2 points in four matches that didn't end in a pin and totaled 33 takedowns.
• Five members of the starting lineup have scored first in every match this year -- B. Jordan, Martin, Snyder, Tomasello and M. Jordan.
• Through three duals, Moore leads the Buckeyes with 17 total team points (one tech fall, two pins). Martin and Snyder are close behind with 16 points.
• Five different starters are averaging better than 10 points per match. B. Jordan scored an average of 14.6 in his five matches last weekend while Martin is also scoring 14.6 points in 12 matches thus far.

NATIONAL EXPOSURE
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 74 consecutive weeks dating back to the 2011-12 season. Sixty 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.