December 14, 2017

Buckeye Show Hits the Road for Two

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Dec. 14, 2017

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Ohio State Wrestling closes out the fall semester academically with finals this week before taking to the road over the weekend for the final athletic compeitions of December. The Buckeyes will start with Princeton (0-2) Friday night (8 p.m. ET) in Newark, Del., at the Carpenter Center and wrap up Sunday (2 p.m.) versus Chattanooga (2-2) at The Cooler in Alpharetta, Ga.

EVENT COVERAGE
No. 2 Ohio State (4-0) vs. Princeton (0-2) | Dec. 15, 2017 | Newark, Del.
Live video: Trackwrestling ($)
Live results: Trackwrestling (free)
Twitter updates: @wrestlingbucks Probable lineups vs. Princeton

No. 2 Ohio State vs. Chattanooga (2-2) | Dec. 17, 2017 | Atlanta, Ga.
Live video: Trackwrestling ($)
Live results: Trackwrestling (free)
Twitter updates: @wrestlingbucks

Probable lineups vs. Chattanooga Complete Match Notes 

HISTORY WITH THE TIGERS AND MOCS
The Buckeyes have not faced Princeton in a dual since 1984, a 28-9 victory for the Scarlet & Gray. The only other meeting between the two schools came in 1976 when the Tigers came away victorious (26-16). Chattanooga has won the three most recent meetings, but trails the Buckeyes, 4-3-1, in the all-time series which started in 1989.

BLISTERING BONUS POINT PACE
In 13 of 14 wins this season, Myles Martin has posted bonus points with seven tech falls, four major decisions and two pins. For his career, he is garnering bonus tallies at nearly a 70% clip by racking up 22 tech falls, 20 major decisions and 13 pins during his 79 collegiate wins to date.

UNBEATEN BUCKEYES
Luke Pletcher (14-0)
Myles Martin (14-0)
Kollin Moore (10-0)
Joey McKenna (2-0)
Kyle Snyder (2-0)
Cody Burcher (1-0)

A LOOK INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL
Intermat’s tournament rankings this week have Ohio State predicted for 155.5 points, which would be the fourth-highest in NCAA Championships history:

170.0 | Iowa (1997)
158.0 | Iowa (1986)
157.0 | Iowa (1991)
155.5 | Ohio State (Intermat predicted 2018)
155.0 | Iowa (1983)

CHASING HISTORY
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.

#PINCHAIN GANG
The following Buckeyes have all donned the Pin Chain this season: Micah Jordan, Myles Martin, Kollin Moore, Luke Pletcher and Kyle Snyder (2x).

POUND-FOR-POUND
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. 8 Nathan Tomasello, No. 13 Bo Jordan, No. 15 Myles Martin and No. 19 Kollin Moore.

B1G WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK
Te’Shan Campbell and Kollin Moore have both earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week accolades this season. Campbell picked up the honor on Nov. 14 after a dominating performance over Arizona State’s Anthony Valencia. Moore received conference recognition three weeks later (Dec. 5) following his 6-0 championship run at the CKLV Invite, highlighted by a first-period pin of No. 2 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) in the 197-pound finals.

GLOBETROTTING BUCKEYES
Joey McKenna and Kyle Snyder have each missed some time in the Buckeye lineup this season in order to compete internationally. McKenna headed to Poland as a member of Team USA for the U23 World Championships while Snyder went undefeated for the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club at the World Clubs Cup in Iran.

BUCKEYES CASH IN TEAM TITLE IN LAS VEGAS
For the second season in a row, Ohio State claimed the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational team title last week. The Buckeyes cleared the field by 15.5 points despite lacking the services of three All-Americans (including two national champions) missing from the lineup. Three individual champions were crowned while donning the Scarlet & Gray — Luke Pletcher (133 lbs), Myles Martin (184 lbs) and Kollin Moore (197 lbs). In addition, four more Buckeyes found their way to the podium and placed inside the top-4 of their respective weight classes.

The Buckeyes wrestled 50 bouts over the course of two days, winning at a 78% rate (39-11). Bonus points came in a flurry as well, racking up seven pins, three tech falls and six major decisions (16 of 39 matches).

BUCKEYES TAKE DOWN TWO IN THANKSGIVING THROWDOWN
Ohio State handed Kent State (6-1) its first loss of the season and bested Cleveland State (0-1) as well to sweep through the 2017 Thanksgiving Throwdown. The Buckeyes outscored their in-state competition 81-12, topping CSU 43-3 and KSU 38-9.

The Scarlet & Gray dominated the evening inside St. John Arena, dropping only three of 20 bouts. In addition, 14 of the 17 victories were accompanied by bonus points including four appearances by the #PinChain. Ohio State also recorded eight tech falls and two major decisions.

BUCKEYES TOP ARIZONA STATE, 31-12
Ohio State won seven of 10 bouts over the visiting Sun Devils in the first dual of the season. Te’Shan Campbell, Myles Martin and Kyle Snyder each garnered bonus points.

SEVEN BUCKEYES CROWNED CHAMPIONS AT PRINCETON OPEN
Ohio State opened the 2017-18 season by sending 10 grapplers to the podium at the Princeton Open, including champions in seven of the 10 weight classes. Buckeye title-winners were Luke Pletcher (133 lbs), Ke-Shawn Hayes (149 lbs), Micah Jordan (157 lbs), Te’Shan Campbell (165 lbs), Bo Jordan (174 lbs), Myles Martin (184 lbs) and Chase Singletary (HWT; competing `unattached’).

In addition, Fritz Schierl‘s runner-up journey advanced all the way to the 165-pound finals before clashing with OSU teammate Te’Shan Campbell. Ethan Smith (unattached) was a third-place finisher at 184 pounds while Brakan Mead (125 lbs) rounded out the Buckeye podium-goers with a fourth-place showing.

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.