Feb. 17, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2017-18 regular season comes to an end on Sunday (Feb. 18) as the No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team (13-1) jumps out of conference competition and travels to Raleigh for a dual with the 2018 ACC Dual Champion and sixth-ranked Wolfpack of North Carolina State University (15-1). Grappling starts at 4:30 p.m. ET inside the Reynolds Coliseum.
EXPECT TO SEE FIREWORKS
Sunday’s probable lineups include:
18 nationally-ranked wrestlers
14 individuals ranked inside the Top-8 of their weight class
3 NCAA Champions
HISTORY WITH THE WOLFPACK
Sunday marks just the fourth all-time between North Carolina State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 2-0-1, with the last meeting occurring in 1993 (a 27-15 Buckeye decision).
FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME
It had been over 34 months since Kyle Snyder last suffered a collegiate loss (March 21, 2015) before dropping a 3-1 decision to Adam Coon at Michigan last week. A total of 1,058 days passed between defeats.
Ohio State’s expected ‘starting 10’ for the postseason owns a combined season record of 162-26 (.862). 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 .607 winning percetnage (37-24) thus far in 2017-18.
Tomasello 3-1, Pletcher 4-1, McKenna 2-1, Hayes 6-4, M. Jordan 2-4, Campbell 2-7, B. Jordan 3-4, Martin 7-1, Moore 7-0, Snyder 1-1.
FloWrestling maintains a `pound-for-pound’ Top-20 and Ohio State represents 20-percent of the group. The Buckeyes included are No. 2 Kyle Snyder, No. 11 Myles Martin, No. 12 Nathan Tomasello and No. 14 Bo Jordan.
BLISTERING BONUS POINT PACE
In 20 of 23 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 88 collegiate wins to date.
Martin’s nine tech falls vs. D-I opponetns this season is tied for third nationally while Ke-Shawn Hayes owns eight tech falls to join Martin in the NCAA Top-5.
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.