Nov. 10, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team hosts the 11th-ranked Sun Devils of Arizona State University Sunday (Nov. 12) afternoon in a 1 p.m. non-conference tilt at St. John Arena. It will mark the Buckeyes first dual of the 2017-18 season while the Sun Devils open up Friday (Nov. 10) evening at `that team up north.’
HISTORY WITH THE SUN DEVILS
Sunday will be the seventh dual between Ohio State and Arizona State since first meeting in 1985. The Buckeyes own a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series, riding a four-match winning streak after dropping a pair of home contests to the Sun Devils in 1985 and 1990.
All-time results: 1985 (L, 19-25); 1990 (L, 15-19); 2010 (W, 32-7); 2014 (W, 30-10); 2015 (W, 28-9); 2016 (W, 27-15)
On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Ohio State wrestling program hosts a special event at St. John Arena — the 2017 Thanksgiving Thrown. The tri-dual event versus in-state foes Cleveland State and Kent State features an exciting format utilizing two mats with simultaneous duals occurring on each. For more information and a complete bout schedule, click here.
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.
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. 7 Nathan Tomasello, No. 14 Bo Jordan, No. 16 Myles Martin and No. 20 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.