No. 4 Ohio State (11-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
No. 13 Penn State (8-3-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 24
St. John Arena
Television: Big Ten Network (Tape Delay: 10 p.m.)
Talent: Jim Gibbons and Tim Johnson
Web Streaming: BuckeyeVision (OhioStateBuckeyes.com)
Ohio State Probable Lineup
|125||No. 19 Nikko Triggas||Jr.||2x NCAA qualifier … 19-12|
|133||Ian Paddock||Fr.||3x N.Y. state champ. … 15-6|
|141||No. 3 Reece Humphrey||Sr.||AA … won 100th match vs. NDC … Vegas Champ. … 20-2|
|149||No. 3 Lance Palmer||Sr.||Wrestled in All-Star Classic … 3x AA … 2nd in Vegas … 4-0 at National Duals … 17-1|
|157||Tony Jameson||Fr.||RS last season … seeing steady action in 2009-10 … 3-2|
|165||No. 7 Colt Sponseller||Jr.||2009 NCAA Champ. qualifier … 2nd in Vegas … 17-3|
|174||No. 12 Dave Rella||Sr.||2009 NCAA Champ. qualifier … beat #10 Patrovich from Hofstra … 15-6|
|184||No. 10 Mike Pucillo||Sr.||2008 NCAA & Big Ten Champ. … 3x AA … 2nd at Oklahoma Gold Classic … 13-4|
|197||C.J. Magrum||Fr.||Cracks starting lineup after RS last season … 12-8|
|285||No. 20 Corey Morrison||Sr.||5th-year … NCAA Champ. qualifier … 14-7|
Penn State Probable Lineup
|125||No. 12 Brad Pataky||Jr.||17-5|
|149||No. 5 Frank Molinaro||So.||21-1|
|157||No. 5 Cyler Sanderson||Sr.||19-2|
|165||No. 8 Dan Vallimont||Sr.||18-3|
|184||No. 12 David Erwin||Sr.||19-5|
|285||No. 11 Cameron Wade||So.||12-5|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (11-1) will begin the Big Ten Conference season against No. 13 Penn State (8-3-1) at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.
The match will be televised by the Big Ten Network on same-day tape delay at 10 p.m. Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons will be calling the action.
HONORARY COACH AND CAPTAIN
Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr., and Ohio State sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor will serve as the honorary coach and captain, respectively, Sunday.
Pfeiffer was appointed Columbus City Attorney by Columbus City Council in January 2003 and in November 2005 was elected to a full four-year term.
Between his 1966 graduation from Oberlin College with a degree in Government and his 1972 graduation from The Ohio State University College of Law (cum laude, Articles Editor of the Law Journal and Senior Advisor on the Moot Court Governing Board), Pfeiffer enlisted in the United States Army and volunteered for service in Vietnam. He was later awarded the Army Commendation Medal and two Bronze Stars.
Pfeiffer began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Paul F. Beery Co. LPA, a practice specializing in motor carrier law. In 1982, Pfeiffer was elected to the Ohio Senate where he served for nine years until he was elected in 1991 as the first judge of the Environmental Division of the Franklin County Municipal Court, a position he held for 11 years before becoming Columbus City Attorney.
Pfeiffer lives in Columbus with his wife, the former Janet Preskenis. They have three children: Sacha (1971), Sonya (1973) and Seth (1976).
In his sophomore season, Terrelle Pryor quarterbacked the Buckeyes to their first Rose Bowl win since 1997 over the Oregon Ducks in Pasadena. Named the game’s Most Valuable Player, Pryor recorded career highs in completions (23), attempts (37) and passing yards (266). He also set an Ohio State bowl game record with 338 yards total offense, breaking Steve Bellisari’s 330 yards in the 2002 Outback Bowl.
FOLLOW ON TWITTER
In addition to the latest news and updates on the official website of Ohio State Athletics, OhioStateBuckeyes.com, Buckeye wrestling fans can now follow the Scarlet and Gray on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wrestlingbucks.
Also, for general Ohio State athletics news and notes, visit http://twitter.com/Brutus_Buckeye.
THIS IS WHERE WE STAND
The Buckeyes are No. 4 in the latest InterMat rankings released Jan. 19. Seven Buckeye wrestlers earned Top 20 rankings in the individual standings.
InterMat Rankings – Jan. 19
125: Nikko Triggas – 19
141: Reece Humphrey – 3
149: Lance Palmer – 3
165: Colt Sponseller – 7
174: Dave Rella – 12
184: Mike Pucillo – 10
285: Corey Morrison – 20
MAKING A STATEMENT
The seven ranked Buckeye wrestlers in the latest InterMat polls released Jan. 19 are the most this season for Ohio State.
The Scarlet and Gray began the season Nov. 20 vs. Lehigh with six wrestlers cracking the Top 20.
MOMENTUM IS KEY
With its 10-0 start following its win over then-No. 8 Cornell, 27-14, in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10, Ohio State recorded its second-best start in program history. The Buckeyes would go on to finish third at the event.
Only Ohio State’s 15-match win streak to start the 2001-02 season bettered the 10-0 mark.
THE BEST OFFENSE IS DEFENSE
In Ohio State’s third-place matchup vs. No. 5 Minnesota in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10, the Buckeyes gave up only 12 points, six on a forfeit. Furthermore, the Buckeyes only relinquished seven points in their opening bout at National Duals vs. then-No. 15 Arizona State.
IT’S NOT HOW YOU START
In each of their three wins at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10, the Buckeyes had to rally from early deficits. Ohio State overcame a 7-3 deficit against then-No. 15 Arizona State before rallying for the 32-7 win.
Against then-No. 8 Cornell, the Scarlet and Gray were down 7-6, but proceeded to win five of its next seven matches for the 27-14 victory.
In the third-place matchup vs. No. 5 Minnesota, Ohio State was down early, 3-0, but won five consecutive matches en route to a 26-12 win.
4 AND OH!
Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer was a perfect 4-0 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10. Of his four wins, two were a pin and a major decision.
Junior 125-pounder Nikko Triggas leads the team with eight pins. Senior tri-captain Mike Pucillo (184) is second with seven falls. Rounding out the Top 3 is Reece Humphrey with five pins at 141 pounds.
Humphrey, also a senior tri-captain, paces the squad with three technical falls. Triggas is second with two.
Junior 165-pounder Colt Sponseller sits atop of the team standings in major decisions with seven. Five Buckeyes in Triggas, freshman Ian Paddock (133) and senior tri-captain Mike Pucillo each have five major decisions.
In 12 dual matches, Ohio State has amassed 101 bonus points. On eight pins against Cleveland State Nov. 22 in the Buckeye Duals, the Buckeyes collected 24 bonus points.
Ohio State is outscoring its opponents, 395-95, in dual matches this season. The Buckeyes’ largest margin of victory in 2009-10 was a 48-point win (51-3) over Cleveland State Nov. 22 in the Buckeye Duals at St. John Arena.
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT!
In 2009-10, fans who attend Ohio State home matches can expect to be a part of an exciting atmosphere in St. John Arena as they cheer on the Buckeyes.
When Ohio State welcomes Penn State and first-year head coach Cael Sanderson to St. John Arena Sunday, the wrestling team hopes fans will assist them in breaking the Ohio State wrestling attendance record. Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes are encouraging all fans to wear Scarlet in an attempt to surpass their previous best of 5,341 set two seasons ago vs. Michigan.
A week later, Feb. 5 vs. Michigan, is Military Appreciation Night. Ohio State will take time to recognize those who are currently or were involved in the Armed Services. Also, the evening will feature a tribute to former Buckeye wrestler Ray Mendoza, who died of wounds sustained during Operation Steel Curtain Nov. 14, 2005 in New Ubaydi, Iraq. Mendoza is believed to be the first and only former or current Ohio State student-athlete to die in the war in Iraq.
Past Buckeye wrestlers will be recognized as the evening also is alumni night.
Following Ohio State’s match vs. Northwestern Feb. 7, fans will have an opportunity to meet their favorite Buckeye wrestler during a postmatch autograph session.
Finally, Feb. 14 is Senior Day. Five Buckeyes will be recognized prior to the match vs. Michigan State.
For continued up-to-date information on Ohio State wrestling promotions, as well as all current news on Ohio State athletics, visit the official website, OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
NAME YOUR PRICE
Tickets to Ohio State home matches in St. John Arena are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Groups of 10 or more can pre-purchase tickets for $4. Ohio State students are admitted free with a valid BuckID.
Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Schottenstein Center box office, online through ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster’s phone center, (614) 431-3600.
Those interested in group sales also can call Kathleen Razinger in the Ohio State group sales department at (614) 292-4797.
CHECK IT OUT
Ohio State will appear on the Big Ten Network three times during the 2009-10 season, the network announced. The Buckeyes will air on same-day delay at 10 p.m. Sunday vs. Penn State, 11 p.m. Feb. 5 against Michigan and again at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Iowa.
Ohio State and Penn State will wrestle at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena. The Scarlet and Gray and Michigan will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Columbus. The Top 2 finishers at the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Championships, the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will meet in a conference showdown at 8 p.m. ET in Iowa City.
Zach Stolarsky, a 197-pound junior, will give fans an inside perspective of the Buckeyes’ season with his blog, “Weighing In with Zach Stolarsky.” With eight entries, Stolarsky offers a unique and humorous side to the up-to-date news and notes that can be found on the official website of Ohio State athletics, OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
WHAT A CLASS
Head coach Tom Ryan’s current freshman class was ranked the 10th-best recruiting class in the nation by internet publication InterMatwrestle.com. The 2009-10 freshman class is comprised of 11 Buckeyes, including early National Letter of Intent signees Nick Heflin, Ian Paddock, Collin Palmer and Jacob Vaughan last November. Peter Capone signed an NLI in June.
The class enters its first season as Buckeyes having won nine individual high school state titles.
A LOOK AT PENN STATE
Penn State is competing in a two-match weekend, first hosting Illinois before traveling to Columbus. Prior to the weekend, the Nittany Lions owned an 8-3-1 record.
Ohio State and Penn State have two non-conference common opponents this season in Lehigh and Edinboro. The Nittany Lions dropped a 23-14 decision to Lehigh, but earned a 22-9 victory over Edinboro.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
Penn State leads the all-time series, 13-10, but Ohio State has won three of the last five meetings.
Feb. 6, 2009: Ohio State 33, Penn State 7
Jan. 25, 2008: Ohio State 22, Penn State 19
Jan. 13, 2008: Ohio State 24, Penn State 11
Jan. 26, 2007: Penn State 26, Ohio State 12
Feb. 17, 2006: Penn State 39, Ohio State 7
Ohio State will travel to Purdue and Indiana Jan. 29 and Jan. 31, respectively. The Buckeyes and Boilermakers will wrestle at 7 p.m. in Holloway Gymnasium. The Scarlet and Gray and Hoosiers will face each other at 2 p.m. in University Gymnasium.