No. 3 Buckeyes, No. 8 Tigers Square Off Saturday

Dec. 9, 2015

OPPONENT DATE/TIME LOCATION MEDIA
No. 8 Missouri Sat., Dec. 12/8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST) Hearnes Center; Columbia, Mo. ESPN3

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A challenging early-season schedule continues this weekend when the third-ranked Buckeyes meet their first top-10 opponent of the season, traveling to Columbia, Missouri to tangle with the No. 8 Tigers at the Hearnes Center on Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST).

FOLLOWING ALONG
Saturday's dual will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Fans can watch the match via WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app. Twitter updates will also be available through the team's official account, @wrestlingbucks.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State is 3-0 on the year, having last competed in a dual meet on Nov. 24 at Cleveland State. Last weekend, the Buckeyes finished fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational against one of the most competitive fields nationally.
  • Two members of the Scarlet and Gray won their respective weight classes at the CKLV Invite - Nathan Tomasello (125 lbs.) and Micah Jordan (141 lbs.) Two others also placed fifth - Kenny Courts (184 lbs.) and Nick Tavanello (285 lbs.).
  • Ohio State boasts seven wrestlers in its projected starting lineup that are ranked this week by InterMat, led by Tomasello, who maintains his stronghold on the No. 1 sport at 125 lbs. Bo Jordan checks in at No. 2 at 164 pounds while Johnni DiJulius is No. 5 at 133 lbs.
  • Five starters are still unbeaten on the season - Tomasello (9-0), DiJulius (9-0), M. Jordan (12-0), Jake Ryan (9-0) and Bo Jordan (5-0).
  • A pair of true freshmen - Myles Martin and Ke-Shawn Hayes - are tied for the team lead with 13 bonus point victories (13). The two have competed in open tournaments thus far.
  • Head coach Tom Ryan, in his 10th season leading the Scarlet and Gray, has a 116-42 career dual meet record in Columbus and has registered double-digit wins in eight of his nine seasons.

PROJECTED MATCH-UPS
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (9-0) vs. #8 Barlow McGhee (10-3)
133: #5 Johnni DiJulius (9-0) vs. #14 Zach Synon (10-3) OR John Erneste (7-2)
141: #8 Micah Jordan (12-0) vs. #13 Matt Manley (16-4) OR Le'Roy Barnes (6-2)
149: Cody Burcher (10-4) vs. #5 Lavion Mayes (11-0)
157: #14 Jake Ryan (9-0) vs. Matt Lemanowicz (4-3) OR Luke Fortuna (12-4)
165: #2 Bo Jordan (5-0) OR Justin Kresevic (7-6) vs. #9 Daniel Lewis (11-2) OR Nick DeLoach (6-3)
174: Myles Martin (18-2) OR Dominic Prezzia (13-7) vs. #9 Blaise Butler OR Cody Johnson (0-0)
184: #11 Kenny Courts (10-3) vs. #6 Willie Miklus
197: Mark Martin (12-3) vs. #2 J'Den Cox
285: #18 Nick Tavanello (11-2) vs. James Romero

A CHALLENGING SLATE
The defending national champions will test themselves against one of the most difficult schedules in 2015-16, a slate that includes seven duals versus teams currently ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. That includes home matches against No. 5 Nebraska (Jan. 17), No. 9 Michigan (Jan. 9) and No. 15 Wisconsin (Feb. 12).

SCOUTING MISSOURI
The Tigers, coming off their most successful season in school history with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, are ranked eighth in the latest USA Today/NWCA Poll. At 197 pounds, junior J'Den Cox has one national title to his credit (2013) while Lavion Mayes is also a returning All-American. Missouri went 24-0 last year on its way to winning the Mid-America Conference title and NWCA National Duals.

JORDAN IS BIG TEN'S BEST
On the strength of his 141-pound title at last week's CKLV Invitational, Micah Jordan was selected as this week's Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. Jordan went 5-0 in Las Vegas, knocking off the No. 8 and No. 13-ranked wrestlers, respectively, in the semifinals and finals. At 12-0, Jordan has won eight matches this year by either fall, technical fall or major decision.

IN THE RANKINGS

WT. WRESTLER INTERMAT W.I.N. FLO AWN
125 N. Tomasello 1 1 1 1
133 J. DiJulius 5 13 4 7
141 M. Jordan 8 6 7 7
157 J. Ryan 14 20 20 15
165/174 B. Jordan 2 1 (174) 1 (174) 1 (174)
184 K. Courts 11 11 12 13
285 N. Tavanello 18 N/A 19 18

TEAM RANKINGS

POLL
TOP 25
TOURNAMENT INDEX
DUAL INDEX
USA Today/NWCA
#3
N/A
N/A
Intermat
N/A
#6
#8
Flowrestling
#4
N/A
N/A
W.I.N.
N/A
#6
#8

UP NEXT
The Big Ten season officially kicks off with a dual at Northwestern on Friday, Dec. 18 beginning at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST). It can be seen live on BTN Plus, the officially streaming platform of the Big Ten Network (subscription required).

NATIONAL EXPOSURE
Fans who want to watch the defending national champions on television or a mobile device will have plenty of opportunities in 2015-16. Seven of Ohio State's remaining dual meets will be carried live on either BTN or BTN Plus.

BTN PLUS:
Dec. 18 at Northwestern (8 p.m. EST)
Jan. 17 vs. Nebraska (2 p.m.)
Jan. 29 at Indiana (7 p.m.)
Jan. 31 at Purdue (1 p.m.)
Feb. 12 vs. Wisconsin (7 p.m.)

BTN (LIVE):
Jan. 9 vs. Michigan (5 p.m.)
Feb. 5 at Penn State (7 p.m.)