No. 4/3 Ohio State (18-2; 7-1 Big Ten)
at 2010 Big Ten Championships
Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Television: Big Ten Network
(2 p.m. ET Sunday)
Talent: Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons, Dan Gable
Ohio State Lineup
125 Nikko Triggas Jr. 2x NCAA qualifier … leads the team with 14 falls; 5th at OSU in career falls … 23-15
133 Ian Paddock Fr. 5x N.Y. state championships qualifier/4x champion … 19-10
141 Reece Humphrey Sr. AA … won 100th match vs. NDC … Vegas Champ. … 7-0 in Big Ten … 27-2
149 Lance Palmer Sr. Wrestled in All-Star Classic … 3x AA … 7-1 in Big Ten … 4-0 at National Duals … 24-2
157 Sean Nemec So. Consecutive Big Ten wins vs. Illinois/Michigan … 14-6
165 Colt Sponseller Jr. 2009 NCAA Champ. qualifier … 2nd at Vegas … 7-1 in Big Ten … 24-4
174 Dave Rella Sr. NCAA Champ. qualifier … beat #10 Patrovich from Hofstra … 6-1 in Big Ten … 22-7
184 Mike Pucillo Sr. 2008 NCAA & Big Ten Champ. … 3x AA … won 100th career match vs. MSU … 17-6
197 C.J. Magrum Fr. RS last season … won 3 straight Big Ten matches vs. NU,Illinois,MSU … 16-12
285 Corey Morrison Sr. NCAA Champ. qualifier … won 3 straight Big Ten matches vs. NU,Illinois,MSU … 18-11
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4/3 Ohio State wrestling team will set its sights on the Big Ten championship title this weekend when the team and its 10 counterparts travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the 2010 edition of the conference championships.
The championships will take place Saturday and Sunday in Crisler Arena. The University of Michigan is serving as the event’s host.
For complete championship information, log on to www.mgoblue.com.
2010 Big Ten Championships Schedule
Saturday, March 6, 2010
10 a.m. Doors open to the public
11 a.m. Session I (First Round, Quarterfinals)
4:30 p.m. Doors open to the public
6 p.m. Session II (Semifinals, Wrestlebacks)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
11 a.m. Doors open to the public
Noon Session III (Consolation Semifinals,
2:05 p.m. Championship Round (First, Third,
Fifth place matches)
TICKETS, WHO WANTS TICKETS?
Tickets to the 2010 Big Ten Championships went on sale Feb. 1. To order all-session tickets only, call the University of Michigan ticket office at 734-764-0247 or log on to www.mgoblue.com/tickets. Single session tickets will be on sale at Crisler Arena on competition days (March 6-7).
Ticket prices to the 2010 Big Ten Championships
$30, Reserved Seating
Single Day Tickets
Sessions 1 & 2
$15, Reserved Seating
$10, General Admission Seating
$8, Groups of 10+ (General Admission)
$20, Reserved Seating
$15, General Admission Seating
$8, Groups of 10+ (General Admission)
CAN’T MAKE IT?
The Big Ten Network will air the championship round of the Big Ten championships beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.
HOW THE CONFERENCE BREAKS DOWN
The Big Ten Conference released the championship pre-seeds Tuesday and all 10 Ohio State wrestlers are seeded in the Top 8.
Iowa joins the Buckeyes with 10 grapplers also earning Top 8 seeds. The rest of the conference is as follows:
Minnesota: 9 pre-seeds
Purdue: 8 pre-seeds
Wisconsin: 8 pre-seeds
Illinois: 7 pre-seeds
Penn State: 7 pre-seeds
Indiana: 6 pre-seeds
Michigan: 6 pre-seeds
Michigan State: 6 pre-seeds
Northwestern: 3 pre-seeds
STARTING 10, TOP 8
Senior team captain Reece Humphrey garnered the No. 1 pre-seed at 141 pounds. Humphrey went 7-0 in the Big Ten, including a 6-0 record against seeded opponents.
Fellow team captain Lance Palmer is the No. 2 pre-seed in the 149-pound bracket. Palmer posted a 7-1 record in the league and owned a 4-2 ledger against those seeded in the championships.
The No. 3 pre-seed at 165 pounds, Colt Sponseller, also went 7-1 in the Big Ten and carries a 3-2 mark into the championships against seeded competition.
The rest of Ohio State’s pre-seeded wrestlers are as follows:
125 pounds: No. 6 Nikko Triggas
133 pounds: No. 7 Ian Paddock
157 pounds: No. 7 Sean Nemec
174 pounds: No. 4 Dave Rella
184 pounds: No. 4 Mike Pucillo
197 pounds: No. 8 C.J. Magrum
285 pounds: No. 6 Corey Morrison
SCARLET AND GRAY 10
The 10 Buckeyes representing Ohio State at the 2010 Big Ten Championships are a combined 204-75 (.731) this season. The group owns a combined 48 pins, 12 technical falls and 48 major decisions entering the weekend.
Ohio State finished the Big Ten regular season with a 7-1 record. Last season, the Buckeyes also finished their conference ledger with a 7-1 mark. This is the first time in program history the Scarlet and Gray has recorded back-to-back seven-win seasons in the league.
Ohio State has compiled seven conference wins two other times: 1991-92 and 1980-81.
IT’S BEEN AWHILE
Ohio State has won two Big Ten championships titles, the last in 1951. That season, the Buckeyes were 7-0-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the conference.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2009
Ohio State finished sixth (80 points) at the 2009 Big Ten Championships at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Junior Reece Humphrey paced the Buckeyes with a runner-up finish at 133 pounds.
Humphrey, the fifth seed, met No. 2 seed Franklin Gomez of Michigan State in the final. The two battled through a sudden victory and tiebreaker before Gomez clipped Humphrey by a 7-4 score.
For the second-consecutive year, senior J Jaggers earned a third-place standing at 141 pounds, decisioning third-ranked Alex Tsirtsis of Iowa, 4-3.
No. 3-seed and junior Lance Palmer became the second Buckeye to garner a Top 3 finish in the 149-pound bracket when he beat Jake Patacsil of Purdue, 12-3.
After suffering his first defeat in 44 matches, No. 2 seed and 184-pounder Mike Pucillo rebounded with two victories for third place. A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Pucillo capped the afternoon with a 4-1 win over No. 4 Jordan Blanton of Illinois.
Colt Sponseller (165) and Dave Rella (174) finished the 2009 edition of the conference championships in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
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The 2010 NCAA Championships will take place March 18-20 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. Co-hosted by the University of Nebraska and the Omaha Sports Commission, tickets to the championships officially went on sale Feb. 1. Log on to www.ncaasports.com for more information.
For the second time in four weeks, senior Lance Palmer was named Big Ten wrestler of the week the conference announced Feb. 16. Palmer earned his first-career honor Jan. 26.
The 149-pounder posted back-to-back pins vs. Top 20 opponents from Illinois (Feb. 12) and Michigan State (Feb 14). Palmer downed No. 18 Eric Terrazas of Illinois in 2:54 Feb. 12 before pinning No. 12 David Cheza of Michigan State in 4:54 Feb. 14 in St. John Arena on Senior Day.
With the impressive weekend, Palmer is second (tie) on the team in falls with seven in 2009-10. He enters the Big Ten championships with a 24-2 overall record.
THIS IS WHERE WE STAND
The Buckeyes remain fourth in the latest InterMat rankings released Feb. 24. Five Buckeyes earned Top 20 rankings in the individual standings.
InterMat Rankings – Feb. 24
141: Reece Humphrey – 2
149: Lance Palmer – 2
165: Colt Sponseller – 6
174: Dave Rella – 10
184: Mike Pucillo – 11
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Junior Nikko Triggas scored 12 bonus points on four pins during back-to-back weekends (Feb. 7-Feb. 14). His season total has increased to 14, which leads the team. Triggas now has 36 career falls which is good for sole possession of fifth place in the program’s records book.
Triggas now has recorded 14 pins in each of the last two seasons. Those marks are sixth in the program’s single-season records.
THE CENTURY MARK
With his 12-6 decision over Curran Jacobs of Michigan State Feb. 14, senior team captain Mike Pucillo recorded his 100th career victory at Ohio State. He is the third Buckeye this season to reach the 100-win mark. Fellow senior captain Reece Humphrey won his 100th career match at the Buckeye Duals vs. Notre Dame College’s Adam Koballa. Senior Lance Palmer, who also earned team captaincy, hit the century mark Dec. 4 vs. Edinboro’s Torsten Gillespie, a 9-1 major decision.
PILING ON THE POINTS
For the 12th time this season, Ohio State compiled 30 or more points in its matches against Illinois and Michigan State. The Buckeyes downed the Illini, 38-3, Feb. 12 and beat Michigan State, 30-7, Feb. 14.
GOING OUT ON TOP
Competing for the last time in St. John Arena against Michigan State Feb. 14, seniors Corey Morrison, Lance Palmer, Mike Pucillo and Dave Rella won their matches on Senior Day. Reece Humphrey did not compete because of injury.
In the heavyweight match, Morrison posted an 11-4 decision over Alan O’Donnell. Palmer pinned David Cheza in 4:54 at 149 pounds. Pucillo decisioned Curran Jacobs, 12-6, and Rella beat Ian Hinton, 3-1, in sudden victory.
MORE TIME NEEDED
Senior Dave Rella has wrestled in six overtime matches this season and is 5-1 in those bouts. In just his third match of the season, Rella secured a 3-1 sudden victory win over Daniel Rinaldi of Rutgers at the Oklahoma Gold Classic Nov. 14.
He then suffered a setback to Robert Hamlin of Lehigh that was based on riding time differential a week later.
Since then Rella has won four straight sudden victory matches – 11-9 vs. Chance Litton of West Virginia Dec. 4, 3-1 vs. Bagna Tovuujav of George Mason Jan. 3, 6-4 vs. Jordan Blanton of Illinois Feb. 12, 3-1 vs. Ian Hinton of Michigan State Feb. 14.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ohio State compiled a program-best 29 points against Michigan in its win Feb. 5 in St. John Arena. After dropping 14-straight matches to the Wolverines, the Buckeyes have now won three-consecutive.
Also, the 37 points recorded in the win over Northwestern two days later served as the third most points the Buckeyes have scored against the Wildcats. In 2004, Ohio State put up 40 points and in 1991, scored 39.
BY THE WAY
In the wins over Michigan and Northwestern, Ohio State outscored both teams, 66-15. The Buckeyes beat Michigan, 29-9, Feb. 5, before handing the Wildcats a 37-6 loss.
Reece Humphrey (141) is the lone Buckeye who finished the Big Ten regular season undefeated with a 7-0 record.
IT WON’T BE EASY
In the Buckeyes’ 2-0 weekend with wins over Purdue and No. 14 Indiana Jan. 29 and 31, respectively, senior tri-captains Lance Palmer and Mike Pucillo not only poured on the offense, but they presented a stifling defense as well.
Palmer gave up only one point on the weekend and Pucillo relinquished just three points – all on escapes.
Junior 125-pounder Nikko Triggas leads the team with 14 pins. Senior captains Mike Pucillo (184) and Lance Palmer (149) are second with seven falls. Rounding out the Top 3 is Reece Humphrey with five pins at 141 pounds.
Humphrey, also a senior tri-captain, paces the squad with five technical falls. Triggas and 165-pound junior Colt Sponseller are tied for second with two.
Sponseller sits a top of the team standings with nine major decisions. Palmer and freshman Ian Paddock are second with eight. Redshirt-freshman C.J. Magrum holds down the No. 3 spot on the team with 5.
IT’S A FIRST
Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer was named Big Ten co-Wrestler of the Week the conference announced Jan. 26. It is Palmer’s first-career conference weekly honor.
Palmer, second in the latest InterMat standings, defeated No. 5 Frank Molinaro of Penn State in the Buckeyes’ 21-14 win over the 13th-ranked Nittany Lions Jan. 24. The win was the 149-pounder’s third over a Top 10 opponent and fourth against a Top 20 wrestler.
The Buckeye from Columbia Station, Ohio, used a takedown and a reversal, as well as 1:28 riding time, to secure the 5-3 victory en route to handing Molinaro just his second loss of the season.
JUST SO YOU KNOW
With their 21-14 win over Penn State Jan. 24, the Buckeyes won their fourth-straight Big Ten opener.
In 2009, Ohio State beat Indiana, 18-16, to start Big Ten action. A 23-13 victory by the Scarlet and Gray began league play during the 2007-08 season and in 2007, the Buckeyes downed Purdue, 28-6.
MOMENTUM IS KEY
With its 10-0 start following its win over then-No. 8 Cornell, 27-14, in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10, Ohio State recorded its second-best start in program history. The Buckeyes would go on to finish third at the event.
Only Ohio State’s 15-match win streak to start the 2001-02 season bettered the 10-0 mark.
THE BEST OFFENSE IS DEFENSE
In Ohio State’s third-place matchup vs. No. 5 Minnesota in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10, the Buckeyes gave up only 12 points, six on a forfeit. Furthermore, the Buckeyes only relinquished seven points in their opening bout at National Duals vs. then-No. 15 Arizona State.
IT’S NOT HOW YOU START
In each of their three wins at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10, the Buckeyes had to rally from early deficits. Ohio State overcame a 7-3 deficit against then-No. 15 Arizona State before rallying for the 32-7 win.
Against then-No. 8 Cornell, the Scarlet and Gray were down 7-6, but won five of its next seven matches for the 27-14 victory.
In the third-place matchup vs. No. 5 Minnesota, Ohio State was down early, 3-0, but won five consecutive matches en route to a 26-12 win.
4 AND OH!
Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer was a perfect 4-0 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10. Of his four wins, two were a pin and a major decision.
In 20 dual matches, Ohio State has amassed 154 bonus points. On eight pins against Cleveland State Nov. 22 in the Buckeye Duals, the Buckeyes collected 24 bonus points.
Ohio State outscored its opponents, 610-185, in dual matches this season. The Buckeyes’ largest margin of victory in 2009-10 was a 48-point win (51-3) over Cleveland State Nov. 22 in the Buckeye Duals at St. John Arena.
After falling short of the Oklahoma Gold Classic team title by just .5 points in November, the Buckeyes had a reversal of fortune when they won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Collegiate Invitational by one point over Cornell Dec. 4-5 in Primm, Nev.
Ohio State won the tournament with 122.5 points courtesy of a championship run by Reece Humphrey (141) and runner-up finishes by Lance Palmer (149) and Colt Sponseller (165).
Humphrey, a senior tri-captain, scored six victories en route to the title. The native of Indianapolis, Ind., scored bonus points in three of his six wins, which included a pin, technical fall and major decision. His final three bouts came against seeded wrestlers in No. 8 Kenny Hashimoto of Northern Colorado, No. 4 Kyle Dake of Cornell and No. 6 Fil Novachkov of Cal Poly. Despite the tough competition, Humphrey was able to outscore his final three opponents, 24-11. Humphrey’s win over Dake proved pivotal in the team standings as well. The Big Red stood just 10 points behind the Buckeyes entering the second and final day of competition.
Palmer, another senior team captain, was second for the second consecutive year at 149 pounds, a weight class considered one of the toughest in the nation. The No. 2-seed from Columbia Station, Ohio, Palmer faced No. 1 Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin in the final and dropped a close 3-1 decision. Palmer had won nine-straight matches before his setback in the final.
Sponseller also was a runner-up for the second straight year at 165 pounds. Sponseller faced a Badger in the final in No. 1 seed Andrew Howe. The junior from Glenmont, Ohio, lost, 6-3, in the championship bout.
With Top 8 finishes, Nikko Triggas (125), Dave Rella (174) and Mike Pucillo (184) also were instrumental in guiding Ohio State to the team title. Triggas was eighth, Rella was seventh and Pucillo earned a fourth-place finish.
MORE FOR THE MANTEL
Senior tri-captain Reece Humphrey was named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week Nov. 24.
The native of Indianapolis, Ind., won his 100th career collegiate match Nov. 22 at the Buckeye Duals in St. John Arena. He hit the century mark with his 5-3 decision over Notre Dame College’s Adam Koballa in session two.
Humphrey, the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds, went 3-0 at the Buckeye Duals, winning his other two matches on pins. He opened the event with a 4:58 fall against Josh Falk of Findlay. Humphrey then closed the day by pinning Cleveland State’s Ronald Butler in 4:06.
Humphrey began the weekend Nov. 20 with a 7-1 decision over No. 15 Seth Ciasulli of Lehigh in St. John Arena.
Humphrey shared the honor with Brad Pataky of Penn State and it was his second-career Big Ten weekly award. He also won Nov. 4, 2008.
Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer competed in the 44th NWCA All-Star Classic Nov. 22 in Titan Gym on the campus of California State Fullerton. Palmer, No. 2 at 149 pounds in the latest InterMat rankings, dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 5 Kyle Borshoff of American.
The native of Columbia Station, Ohio, is in the running to become Ohio State’s second four-time All-American. He would join Tommy Rowlands (2001-04). So far, Palmer has garnered a pair of fourth-place finishes at the NCAA championships during his freshman and junior seasons. He finished eighth his sophomore year. Palmer also has two third-place Big Ten championships finishes to his credit (2007 and 2009).
The Buckeyes will travel to Omaha, Neb., for the 2010 NCAA Championships at the Qwest Center March 18-20.