COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2010-11 season officially gets underway Sunday when the No. 12 Ohio State wrestling team competes in the UB Open at Alumni Arena. The open tournament will begin at 10 a.m.
The Buckeyes will send several members of the team who will compete on behalf of the Scarlet and Gray, while others will wrestle unattached.
2010 UB Open
Nov. 7, 2010
University at Buffalo
Wrestling for Ohio State
Name Weight Ian Paddock 133 Randy Languis 141 PatZamaria 141 Mike Fee 149 Sean Nemec 149 Daniel Foley 157 ColtSponseller 157 Jared Kusar 165 Kirk Tank 165 Robel Campbell 165Nick Heflin 174 Max Sall 174 Peter Capone 184 Dominic Jontony 197C.J. Magrum 197 Zach Stolarsky 285
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BIG TEN NETWORK COVERAGE
As part of The Big Ten Network’s unprecedented wrestling coverage, the Buckeyes will be featured on either the television network channel or BigTenNetwork.com five times during the season.
A total of 41 events on television or online, including the addition of 18 live streamed events will take place. The Big Ten Network is available to approximately 75 million homes in the United States and Canada, and produces the most college wrestling of any network in the country.
Ohio State on the Big Ten Network or BigTenNetwork.com (All broadcasts are Live)
Sat., Jan. 22 Ohio State at Iowa 4 p.m. Big Ten Network
Fri., Feb. 4 Ohio State at Illinois 8 p.m. BigTenNetwork.com
Fri., Jan. 28 Michigan at Ohio State 7 p.m. Big Ten Network
Sat., Feb. 5 Minnesota at Ohio State 7 p.m. Big Ten Network
Sat., Feb. 19 Northwestern at Ohio State Noon BigTenNetwork.com
TICKETS TO HOME MATCHES ON SALE
Tickets for the 2010-11 season are currently on sale and are $8 for adults, $5 for students and $4 each with an advanced purchase of 10 or more tickets.
Fans can purchase tickets online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, through Ohio State Athletics Department Ticket Sales (614-292-0043/AthleticSales@osu.edu), at the Jerome Schottenstein Center Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com, at any authorized Ticketmaster outlet and Ticketmaster charge by phone (1-800-745-3000). (Note: service fees may apply). Tickets to the Buckeyes’ match vs. Michigan State Jan. 16 at West Holmes High School are sold out.
To purchase group tickets, fans should contact Kathleen Dean in the Ohio State Athletics Group Sales office (email@example.com).
OHIO STATE STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED FREE
Ohio State students with a valid Buck-ID will get into the wrestling matches for free. As part of the Student Rewards Program, students’ IDs will be swiped at a designated table in St. John Arena at each match and they will receive points for each match they attend. As students accrue points, they will become eligible to win certain prizes, including tours of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at the Les Wexner Football Complex and Ohio Stadium, as well as t-shirts, sweaters and coffee mugs.
JAGGERS, PUCILLO ADDED TO STAFF
Standouts J Jaggers and Mike Pucillo were added to the coaching staff in September head coach Tom Ryan announced. Jaggers and Pucillo joined Ryan and associate head coach Lou Rosselli to round out the 2010-11 group.
In addition to his integral role in the gym and his coaching duties during matches, Jaggers, a two-time NCAA champion in 2008 and 2009 at 141 pounds, will also assist the Ohio State Athletics Department’s Fan Experience and Promotions staff in marketing all home matches for the upcoming 2010-11 season. The 2009 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, Jaggers also will work heavily in securing fundraising dollars for a program that has grown tremendously in terms of competition status. In 2009 as the volunteer assistant coach, Jaggers helped mentor former teammate Reece Humphrey, who took over the starting spot at 141 pounds, following Jagger’s graduation. Humphrey went on to finish third at the NCAA championships, earning his second All-America laurel.
In his coaching capacity, Pucillo, the 2008 Big Ten and NCAA Champion at 184 pounds, also will create the team’s community service plan. In the past, the Buckeyes have worked closely with the 2nd and 7 Foundation, which is a program that strives to eliminate illiteracy, as well as volunteered at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Last season, the wrestling program generated 244 hours of community service under former assistant Joe Heskett. Pucillo will oversee the team managers, while also working on postseason travel information. Additionally, he will work closely with Jaggers in the fundraising department.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
In addition to earning the No. 12 and No. 14 (tie) rankings in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll and InterMat College Rankings respectively, four Buckeyes have been named to pre-season polls as well.
Amateur Wrestling News Preseason Rankings
Oct. 25, 2010
133-No. 11 Ian Paddock
157-No. 5 Colt Sponseller
197-No. 17 C.J. Magrum
InterMat College Preseason Rankings
Oct. 28, 2010
125-No. 5 Logan Stieber
133-No. 16 Ian Paddock
157-No. 5 Colt Sponseller
197-No. 14 C.J. Magrum
C.J. Magrum, Sean Nemec, Ian Paddock and Colt Sponseller were named captains for the 2010-11 season head coach Tom Ryan announced. All four captains were voted on by the coaching staff and team.
After redshirting in 2008-09, Magrum (197) owns a 36-22 career record. The native of Oak Harbor, Ohio, completed his first full year of competition with a 19-17 overall record, including an 11-8 dual mark and 4-4 ledger in the Big Ten. He earned his first bid to the NCAA championships this past spring.
Paddock (133), a sophomore from Warsaw, N.Y., made his first trip to the NCAA championships following a fifth-place showing at the Big Ten championships. In his first collegiate campaign, Paddock recorded a 24-14 overall record, including a 13-7 mark in dual action and a 4-4 ledger in the Big Ten.
Sponseller has dropped a weight class to 157 pounds after wrestling 165 pounds the previous three years. A two-time NCAA championships qualifier, Sponseller was the 2010 Big Ten Championships runner-up. The senior from Glenmont, Ohio, compiled a 30-7 overall record, 18-2 dual ledger and 7-1 mark in the Big Ten a season ago and kept busy following the college season, winning the 163-pound title at the ASICS University & FILA Cadet Nationals in Akron, Ohio.
The projected started at 149 pounds, Nemec went 14-8 last season at 157 pounds. The Garfield Heights, Ohio, native has had success in tournament action, finishing third at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic in 2009 and winning the Kent State, Cleveland State and Edinboro opens in a three-year span.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Reece Humphrey, a letterwinner from 2006-10, rallied from a first-round loss to win the bronze medal at the University World Championships in Torino, Italy, Oct. 28. Humphrey, an Indianapolis, Ind., native defeated Undrakhbayar Khishignayam of Mongolia 3-1, 5-2 in the 132-pound freestyle bronze medal matchup. After losing his first-round bout to Moldova’s Andrei Perpelita, who was the eventual runner-up, Humphrey rebounded with a 3-1, 2-0 victory in a repechage match against Jadshani Ghorbanine of Iran.
Tommy Rowlands, who lettered from 2001-04, won the prestigious Sunkist Kids International Open title Oct. 24. Rowlands wrestled in the 264.5-pound freestyle division at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Since returning to national and international competition earlier in 2010 after a brief 20-month retirement, Rowlands shut out Blake Gillis of Lehigh Valley AC 6-0, 5-0.
The home schedule will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 21 in St. John Arena when Ohio State hosts the Buckeye Duals. The Scarlet and Gray will host No. 14 Pittsburgh and No. 15 Nebraska. The Panthers and Cornhuskers will begin the day with a 10 a.m. match. Ohio State then will wrestle Pittsburgh at 11:30 a.m. before concluding the event against Nebraska at 1:30 p.m.
For fans who cannot make it to the match, live scoring updates will be available at the NWCA Stat Tracker link on www.nwcaonline.com.