Big Ten Season Commences Friday at Northwestern

Dec. 16, 2015


OPPONENT DAY/TIME LOCATION MEDIA
Northwestern Friday, Dec. 18 | 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST) Evanston, Ill. | Welsh-Ryan Arena BTN Plus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Big Ten competition begins for the defending conference champion Ohio State wrestling team on Friday evening with a dual at Northwestern. Action gets underway inside Welsh-Ryan Arena at 8 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. CST.

FOLLOWING ALONG
Fans can follow all the action on BTN Plus, the online streaming platform of BTN. Living scoring is available at TrackWrestling.com and Twitter updates can be found at @wrestlingbucks.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The Buckeyes are coming off their first loss of the season, a 26-17 setback at than-No. 8 Missouri. Ohio State is ranked sixth in this week’s USA Today/NWCA poll.
  • Three members of the Buckeyes’ starting lineup remain unbeaten this year – Nathan Tomasello (125 lbs., 10-0), Jake Ryan (157 lbs., 10-0) and Bo Jordan (165 lbs., 6-0). Jordan made his 165-pound debut for the 2015-16 season last Saturday after wrestling his first five matches of the year at 174 lbs.
  • Tomasello (No. 1) and Jordan (No. 2) lead a group of seven Buckeyes that are ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes in this week’s InterMat poll.
  • Tomasello has won 28 straight matches dating back to last year. His last setback came on Jan. 4, 2015 to Iowa’s Thomas Gillman, a loss he avenged in the finals at the Big Ten Championships.
  • With a second-period pin of Missouri’s James Romero, redshirt junior Nick Tavanello is now 12-2 on the year, just one win shy of his total from all of 2014-15 (a season in which he missed much of the year due to injury). Tavanello also had five falls on the year, tied for Myles Martin for the team lead.
  • Nine of the 10 wrestlers who saw action for the Buckeyes last Saturday at Missouri are Ohio natives.

SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN
The Wildcats are 1-4 this season, most recently suffering a 28-18 loss to SIU-Edwardsville in which they forfeited matches at 149, 157 and 197 pounds. Northwestern’s win came over Franklin and Marshall (30-18) while it also fell to Rider (27-19) and Princeton (24-18).

Jason Tsirtsis, a redshirt junior, is the Wildcats’ most decorated wrestler, claiming Big Ten titles in 2014 and 2015 along with a national championship at 149 pounds in 2014. He finished third nationally last year. Tsirtsis has wrestled in just one match this season.

OHIO STATE INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

WT. WRESTLER INTERMAT FLO W.I.N. AWN
125 N. Tomasello 1 1 1 1
133 J. DiJulius 8 7 16 9
141 M. Jordan 9 9 7 9
157 J. Ryan 13 20 18 12
165 B. Jordan 2 2 2 2
184 K. Courts 11 11 11 16
285 N. Tavanello 19 19 NR 17

TEAM RANKINGS

POLL TOP 25 TOURNAMENT INDEX DUAL INDEX
USA Today/NWCA #6 N/A N/A
InterMat N/A #8 #7
Flowrestling N/A #8 #9
W.I.N. N/A #9 #8

PROJECTED MATCH-UPS
125: Mike Manuche (2-6) vs. Garrison White (6-3)
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (9-1) vs. Dominick Malone (9-1)
141: #9 Micah Jordan (12-1) vs. Jameson Oster (6-2)
149: Cody Burcher (10-5) vs. #3 Jason Tsirtsis (0-1)
157: #13 Jake Ryan (10-0) vs. Bryce Brill (3-0)
165: #2 Bo Jordan (6-0) vs. Luke Norland (2-3)
174: Dominic Prezzia (13-8) vs. Mitch Sliga (7-2)
184: #11 Kenny Courts (10-4) vs. Regis Durbin (2-5)
197: Mark Martin (12-4) vs. Jacob Berkowitz (2-1)
285: #19 Nick Tavanello (12-2) vs. Conan Jennings (1-7)

TOMASELLO TO COMPETE IN SENIOR NATIONALS/TRIALS QUALIFER
Redshirt sophomore and reigning national champion Nathan Tomasello will take his second shot at qualifying for the Olympic Trials and he competes on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the 2015 Senior Nationals/Trials Qualifier in Las Vegas. Just last month, Tomasello reached the quarterfinals of the Bill Farrell International Open. Tomasello must finish in the top seven of his weight class (57 kg.) to earn a sport at the Olympic Trials, which takes place April 9-10 at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber and two-time All-American Reece Humphrey are also registered for the event.

ALL-TIME VS. NORTHWESTERN
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. the Wildcats, 41-29-1, and has won six of the last seven meetings. The two teams did not meet last year, but in during the 2013-14 campaign, the Buckeyes handed the Wildcats a 21-12 loss at Cincinnati Moeller High School.

The last five meetings:

1/17/14: Ohio State 21, Northwestern 12
1/6/13: Ohio State 33, Northwestern 6
2/19/11: Northwestern 27, Ohio State13
2/7/10: Ohio State37, Northwestern 6
2/20/09: Ohio State 23, Northwestern 13

BACK POINTS

  • Under head coach Tom Ryan, the Buckeyes have produced five true freshmen All-Americans – JD Bergman, Lance Palmer, Cam Tessari, Hunter Stieber and Kyle Snyder.
  • Ohio State’s three returning All-American’s that have competed so far this season are a combined 26-4 (.867).
  • Ohio State has outscored its opponents 105-59 in its first four duals.
  • The Buckeyes are 23-8 over the last five seasons at home, including a 2-0 mark this year.