Feb. 1, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dubbed as the `Dual of the Millennium’ and the `Super Bowl of College Wrestling’ by some, No. 2 Ohio State (12-0, 7-0 B1G) faces No. 1 Penn State (11-0, 7-0 B1G) Satruday (Feb. 3) evening at 8 p.m. ET inside Rec Hall on the PSU campus. The dual victor earns at least a share of the 2018 Big Ten regular season title. The B1G bout will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network.
EXPECT TO SEE FIREWORKS
Saturday night’s probable lineups include:
18 nationally-ranked opponents
8 NCAA Champions (capturing a total of 10 national titles)
SNYDER WINS `THE TOUGHEST TOURNAMENT ON THE PLANET’ … AGAIN
Kyle Snyder missed the last two dual matches while competing in the 2018 Golden Grand Prix Yarygin in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Before returning to the States, he captured his second Yarygin title to become the first American male to ever do so. His efforts earned him Most Outstanding Foreign Wrestler laurels at the event.
IT’S BEEN AWHILE
It has have been over 34 months since Kyle Snyder last suffered a collegiate loss (March 21, 2015). By the time he takes the mat Saturday night in Happy Valley, a total of 1,050 days will have passed since that defeat.
Speaking of long stretches since tasting defeat, the Nittany Lions are riding a 42-match winning streak. Penn State hasn’t lost a dual since Feb. 15, 2015, a stretch that includes 23 Big Ten wins.
Ohio State’s expeccted `starting 10′ for the postseason owns a combined season record of 152-16 (.905). When going up against nationally-ranked opponents (Top-20 according to Intermat at the time of the bout), the same 10 Buckeyes have combined for a .674 winning percetnage (31-15) thus far in 2017-18.
Tomasello 2-1, Pletcher 4-0, McKenna 1-1, Hayes 5-3, M. Jordan 2-3, Campbell 2-5, B. Jordan 3-2, Martin 6-0, Moore 6-0, Snyder 0-0.
Ohio State has outscored its dual competition by a combined tally of 403-88 in 12 duals, an average ledger of 33.6-7.3.
BIG TEN BULLIES
Ohio State has opened Big Ten action by racking up 220 team points through the first seven conference duals. The Buckeyes began by topping Indiana, 26-9, before an east coast weekend trip Jan. 5-7 ended with 45-3 and 29-11 wins over Maryland and Rutgers, respectively. Then, `The Schott’ hosted a 31-7 besting of Minnesota and a 22-12 triumph over Iowa. Last week, traveled to Michigan State for a 32-12 win Friday night and handed Purdue a 35-7 defeat on Sunday.
BLISTERING BONUS POINT PACE
In 20 of 22 wins this season, Myles Martin has posted bonus points with 10 tech falls, six major decisions and four pins. For his career, he is garnering bonus tallies at over a 70% clip by racking up 25 tech falls, 22 major decisions and 15 pins during his 87 collegiate wins to date.
Martin’s nine tech falls vs. D-I opponets this season is tied for second nationally while Ke-Shawn Hayes owns eight tech falls to join Martin in the NCAA Top-5.
FloWrestling maintains a `pound-for-pound’ Top-20 and Ohio State represents 25-percent of the group. The Buckeyes included are No. 1 Kyle Snyder, No. 11 Myles Martin, No. 12 Nathan Tomasello, No. 13 Bo Jordan and No. 18 Kollin Moore.
The Buckeye senior trio of Bo Jordan, Kyle Snyder and Nathan Tomasello have a chance to accomplish something no group has ever done in NCAA wrestling history. They could become the first teammate trifecta to all earn their fourth All-American status in the same year.
Ohio State’s roster is littered with All-Americans, totaling seven, yes, count `em, SEVEN returning All-Americans. In addition to the aforementioned three, Micah Jordan, Joey McKenna, Myles Martin and Kollin Moore have also found their way to the NCAA podium in past seasons.
Only one team in NCAA history, the 2001 Minnesota Golden Gophers, has had the entire 10-man lineup earn All-America status in the same season.