Nov. 2, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team is set to compete in the Princeton Open on Saturday, Nov. 4, marking the official start of the 2017-18 campaign. This season will conclude four months later in the Buckeye State with the 2018 NCAA Championships hosted at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
WHO’S COMING WITH ME?
The expected Buckeye contingent tussling in New Jersey includes: Te’Shan Campbell, Cody Dingess, Ke-Shawn Hayes, Bo Jordan, Micah Jordan, Myles Martin, Brakan Mead, Luke Pletcher, Clay Ragon, Fritz Schierl, Kevin Snyder and Gary Traub. Several Buckeyes will be competing `unattached’ as well.
PRESEASON NATIONAL RANKINGS SPLATTERED IN SCARLET
Ohio State is unanimously ranked No. 2 in national team rankings released by several organizations/outlets and all 10 probable dual starters are also slotted among the nation’s best. Intermat, the rankings list utilized by the Big Ten Conference, rates the individual Buckeyes in their respective weight classes as:
No. 1 Nathan Tomasello, No. 10 Luke Pletcher, No. 7 Joey McKenna, No. 15 Ke-Shawn Hayes, No. 5 Micah Jordan, No. 8 Te’Shan Campbell, No. 3 Bo Jordan, No. 2 Myles Martin, No. 1 Kollin Moore and No. 1 Kyle Snyder.
FloWrestling maintains a ‘pouond-for-pound’ Top-20 and Ohio State represents 25-percent of the group. The Buckeyes included are No. 1 Kyle Snyder, No. 7 Nathan Tomasello, No. 14 Bo Jordan, No. 16 Myles Martin and No. 19 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.
TAKING SHOTS INSIDE THE SCHOTT
The crowd of 15,338 people for a dual vs. Penn State hosted inside Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 3, 2017 more than doubled Ohio State’s previous single-match attendance record and is one of the top-five crowds ever to witness a collegiate dual. Buckeye Nation has not one, but two opportunities to catch wrestling action inside `The Schott’ in 2018. Ohio State is hosting a pair of Big Ten tilts in the large arena, squaring off with Minnesota on Jan. 12 and Iowa on Jan. 21.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO `THE LAND’
The entire D-I collegiate wrestling world will turn its attention to Cleveland, Ohio, in mid-March when Quicken Loans Arena serves as the 2018 NCAA Championships stage. Competition will begin on Thursday, March 15, and run through Sunday, March 17. The ESPN family of networks is slated to provide complete coverage.
NEW DIGS COMING SOON
Ohio State Wrestling will be moving to the `Athletics District’ in the near future, calling the Jennings Wrestling Facility home. The eventual Buckeye Wrestling hub will feature five full-size practice mat, workout equipment, coaches’ offices and a student-athlete lounge. Ohio State Wrestling is also set to benefit greatly from the connected Covelli Center, a state-of-the-art arena supporting wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and other OSU Athletics-hosted events.