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Ohio State vs. Rutgers
7 p.m. Monday
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio
 
Live Web Streaming: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Probable Line Up Ohio State vs. Rutgers
125
Nikko Triggas (2-2) vs. Ryan Fisklin
133 Reece Humphrey (4-0) vs. Dan Hilt
141 No. 6 J Jaggers (4-0) vs. No. 20 Steve Adamscik
149 No. 4 Lance Palmer (2-1) vs. Jack Barrett
157 Jason Johnstone (2-2) vs. Chris Norell
165 Robel Campbell (0-4) vs. Matt Rigogliosa
174 Alex Picazo (2-1) vs. Mike Whalen
184 No. 4 Mike Pucillo (3-0) vs. Keith Dobish
197 John Weakley (1-1) vs. Lamar Brown/Karim Mahmoud
HWT No. 4 J.D. Bergman (4-0) vs. Karim Mahmoud/DJ Russo 

COLUMBUS, Ohio It is the 2007-08 home opener for the 15th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team as it welcomes Rutgers to St. John Arena for a 7 p.m. match up Monday. The Buckeyes enter the match 3-1 on the season, while the Scarlet Knights are competing in their first dual of the season when they come to Columbus.

LIVE WEB STREAM
Ohio State’s match up vs. Rutgers can be viewed live on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Log on to the official web site of Ohio State Athletics for more details on how to watch the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights at 7 p.m. Monday.

EXTRACURRICULARS
Fans can register online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com to win the “Best Seats in the House” at a selected Buckeye wrestling home dual this season.

HONORARY CAPTAIN
Former Buckeye Rex Holman will serve as Ohio State’s honorary captain Monday. Holman wrestled for the Buckeyes from 1992-93 and served as co-captain in 1993. He ranks No. 1 all-time in the OSU records book in season win percentage after recording a 29-0 mark in 1993. Holman also is second all-time at Ohio State in career winning percentage with a ledger of 69-3 (.958). 

THE MORE, THE MERRIER
Ohio State’s 44 points against Anderson at the Chattanooga Duals were the most points scored by the Buckeyes since a 45-0 win over Clarion at the Clarion Duals in 2001. During the 2001-02 campaign, Ohio State scored 40 or more points on three occasions, including the win against Clarion. The Buckeyes also defeated Eastern Michigan, 40-0, and Eastern Illinois, 41-3.

STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
The Buckeyes’ nine pins during the Chattanooga Duals Nov. 11 were recorded by eight different Buckeyes. Reece Humphrey, J Jaggers, Jason Johnstone, Lance Palmer, Alex Picazo, Mike Pucillo and Nikko Triggas each were credited with a fall, while J.D. Bergman tallied two.

JOINING THE ELITE
Senior J.D. Bergman earned his 100th Buckeye win Nov. 11 when he recorded a 3-0 day at the Chattanooga Duals in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bergman, who now owns a 100-33 record, is just one of 16 Buckeyes who have reached the century mark.

ANOTHER DAY ON THE JOB
In the Buckeyes’ match up against Chattanooga during the Chattanooga Duals Nov. 11, senior J.D. Bergman pinned Ben O’Neill in 28 seconds. That time ranks 13th all-time in the OSU records book for the quickest fall.

A GLIMPSE OF WHAT’S TO COME
Freshman John Weakley saw his first action as a Buckeye vs. Anderson Nov. 11. Wrestling at 197 pounds, Weakley recorded a technical fall over Logan Watson in 2:54 (16-0) to help Ohio State to a 44-3 win.

IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes remain ranked 15th in the USA Today/NWCA/InterMat Division I coaches poll. Ohio State dipped to the No. 15 spot from No. 8 following its loss to now No. 12 Chattanooga Nov. 11.

IN THE RANKINGS … PART II
Individually, Ohio State boasts four Buckeyes ranked in the Top 20 of the USA Today/NWCA/InterMat Division I coaches polls.

141 No. 3 J Jaggers
149 No. 4 Lance Palmer
184 No. 4 Mike Pucillo
HWT No. 4 J.D. Bergman

FRESH FACES
Fifteen freshmen were added to the wrestling team in 2007-08. This class was ranked the No. 1 incoming class in the nation by many wrestling publications, such as intermatwrestle.com and Amateur Wrestling News. The rookie class also earned a No. 2 standing in Wrestling International Newsmagazine (W.I.N.).

THE RETURN OF THE ALL-AMERICANS
Ohio State returns four All-Americans from a season ago. A pair of sophomores in Lance Palmer (149) and Mike Pucillo (184) garnered their first-career All-America honors as freshmen. Junior J Jaggers (141) also earned his first-career All-America accolade in 2007, while senior J.D. Bergman became a two-time All-American at 197 pounds.

TIME AWAY FROM THE MATS
Sophomore Mike Pucillo held a live online chat with fans last Tuesday. Click on the link above to read the latest about Pucillo and the wrestling Buckeyes.

50-50 CHANCE
The Buckeyes own a 34-34-1 record in home openers. Ohio State’s last win in a home opener was in 2005-06 when the Buckeyes scored a convincing 30-3 win over Pittsburgh Jan. 5 in St. John Arena. 

NICE TO SEE YOU
It is the first meeting between Ohio State and Rutgers since the 2001 season when the Buckeyes handed the Scarlet Knights a 33-4 loss at the Sheridan Duals in Bethlehem, Pa. The two teams’ only other prior meeting came in 1984, 24-24 tie.

A LOOK AT RUTGERS
Rutgers recently finished fourth with 86 team points in the Navy Classic Nov. 17 in Annapolis, Md. Twentieth-ranked Steve Adamscik paced the Scarlet Knights, winning the 141-pound weight class.

Seven other Scarlet Knights finished in the Top 10 of their respective weight classes at the Navy Classic in Karim Mahmoud (third 197), Lamar Brown (fourth 197), Chris Norell (fifth 157), Matt Rigogliosa (fifth 165), Jack Barrett (sixth 149), Keith Dobish (sixth 184) and Shawn Putnam (sixth 165).

Prior to competing in the Navy Classic, Rutgers sent several wrestlers to the Oklahoma-Brockport Gold Tournament in Brockport, N.Y. Three Scarlet Knights reached the finals in their respective weight classes Adamscik, Mike Whalen and Brown.

Rutgers is under the direction of first-year head coach Scott Goodale, who replaced John Sacchi, the Scarlet Knights all-time winningest wrestling coach. 

VS. THE EIWA
Ohio State is 18-9-2 all-time vs. teams from the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. In addition to its winning record vs. Rutgers (1-0-1), the Buckeyes have an above .500 record against American (1-0), Army (2-0), Brown (3-0), Bucknell (1-0), Cornell (5-4-1), Harvard (1-0) and Navy (2-1). Ohio State is 0-1 vs. Franklin & Marshall and Penn and 1-1 against Lehigh and Princeton. The Buckeyes have never competed against Columbia and East Stroudsburg in dual action.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will travel to Las Vegas for the 26th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Nov. 30Dec. 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Contact: Danielle Warner – warner.238@osu.edu