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No. 4 Ohio State (12-1; 1-0 Big Ten)
at Purdue (10-5; 1-1 Big Ten)
7 p.m. Friday Jan. 29, 2010
Holloway Gymnasium, West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: Big Ten Network
(Tape Delay 11p.m. ET)

at No. 14 Indiana (12-1; 1-1 Big Ten)
2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 31, 2010
University Gymnasium, Bloomington, Ind.
Live Updates: www.iuhoosiers.com

Ohio State Probable Starters

Weight Name Eligibility Notes
125 No. 18 Nikko Triggas Jr.  2x NCAA qualifier … 19-13 
133 Ian Paddock Fr.  3x N.Y. state champ. … 16-6  
141 No. 2 Reece Humphrey Sr.  AA … won 100th match vs. NDC … Vegas Champ. … 21-2 
149 No. 3 Lance Palmer Sr.  Wrestled in All-Star Classic … 3x AA … 2nd in Vegas … 4-0 at National Duals … 18-1 
157 Tony Jameson Fr.  RS last season … seeing steady action in 2009-10 … 3-3 
165 No. 7 Colt Sponseller Jr.  2009 NCAA Champ. qualifier … 2nd in Vegas … 18-3 
174 No. 12 Dave Rella Sr.  2009 NCAA Champ. qualifier … beat #10 Patrovich from Hofstra … 16-6 
184 No. 9 Mike Pucillo Sr.  2008 NCAA & Big Ten Champ. … 3x AA … 2nd at Oklahoma Gold Classic … 13-4 
197 C.J. Magrum Fr.  Cracks starting lineup after RS last season … 13-8 
285 Corey Morrison Sr.   5th-year … NCAA Champ. qualifier … 14-8 

Purdue Probable Starters

Weight Name (Year) Record
125 Cashé Quiroga (Fr.) 19-7 
133 Akif Eren (R-Jr.)  19-9 
141 Juan Archuleta (R-Jr.)  22-8 
149 Sam Patacsil (R-Sr.)  18-10 
157 Colton Salazar (R-Jr.)  23-8 
165 Jason Marti n (R-Sr.)  6-12 
174 No. 6 Luke Manuel (R-Jr.)  32-2 
184 Nick Corpe (R-Sr.)  15-12 
197 No. 10 Logan Brown (R-Jr.)  26-6 
285 Roger Vukobratovich (R-Jr.)  2-2 
285 Adam Walls (Fr.)  11-18 

Indiana Probable Starters

Weight Name
125 No. 1 Angel Escobedo
133 Matt Ortega or Geno Capezio 
141 Danny Monaco or Max Ortega 
149 Matt Coughlin 
157 No. 6 Kurt Kinser 
165 No. 13 Paul Young 
174 Trevor Perry 
184 Eric Cameron 
197 Matt Powless 
285 No. 2 Nate Everhart 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (12-1; 1-0 Big Ten) will hit the road for its first Big Ten Conference away matches this weekend.
 First, the Buckeyes will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Purdue (10-5; 1-1 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Friday in Holloway Gymnasium. The match will be televised by the Big Ten Network on same-day tape delay at 11 p.m.
 Sunday, Ohio State will wrestle No. 14 Indiana (12-1; 1-1 Big Ten) at 2 p.m. in University Gymnasium. Live updates will be available at www.iuhoosiers.com.  

FOLLOW ON TWITTER
 In addition to the latest news and updates on the official website of Ohio State Athletics, OhioStateBuckeyes.com, Buckeye wrestling fans can now follow the Scarlet and Gray on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wrestlingbucks.
 Also, for general Ohio State athletics news and notes, visit http://twitter.com/Brutus_Buckeye.

THIS IS WHERE WE STAND
 The Buckeyes remain fourth in the latest InterMat rankings released Jan. 26. Six Buckeye wrestlers earned Top 20 rankings in the individual standings. 

InterMat Rankings – Jan. 26 
125: Nikko Triggas – 18
141: Reece Humphrey – 2
149: Lance Palmer – 3
165: Colt Sponseller – 7
174: Dave Rella – 12
184: Mike Pucillo – 9

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.
 This past Sunday, Palmer, third 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. 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.

RECAPPING THE BIG TEN OPENER
 After trailing 3-0 to start the match, Ohio State won five of the next six bouts en route to defeating No. 13 Penn State, 21-14, Jan. 24 in St. John Arena to open Big Ten Conference action.
  After junior Nikko Triggas lost a close 9-7 decision to No. 12 Brad Pataky at 125 pounds, freshman 133-pounder Ian Paddock began the winning stretch for Ohio State with his 13-2 major decision over Bryan Pearsall. The Buckeye from Warsaw, N.Y., nearly shut out Pearsall, but the Nittany Lion was able to record a last minute reversal.   After going 2-2 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals two weekends ago, No. 3 Reece Humphrey rebounded with an impressive 22-7 technical fall over Adam Lynch at 141 pounds. It was Humphrey’s team-leading fourth technical fall of the season. In the match, Humphrey, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., recorded nine takedowns, a 2-point nearfall and escape. He complemented that line with a 3:16 riding time advantage.
 Lance Palmer won the matchup at 149 pounds. In a bout that featured No. 3 vs. No. 5, 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.
 Up just 12-3, the Buckeyes’ Tony Jameson suffered a 10-2 setback to No. 5 Cyler Sanderson at 157 pounds. However, back-to-back wins at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively, would give Ohio State an 18-7 cushion.
 It was a battle of No. 7 vs. No. 8 at 165 pounds between Buckeye Colt Sponseller and Nittany Lion Dan Vallimont.  Sponseller, who hails from Glenmont, Ohio, edged Vallimont, 4-2. Sponseller was down early, 2-0, but consecutive escapes made the score even. Back-to-back stalling calls on Vallimont gave Sponseller a 3-2 lead and coupled with a riding time of 1:34, the 4-2 win.
 A 12-5 decision by No. 12 Dave Rella over Justin Ortega followed. After a scoreless first period, Rella recorded a pair of takedowns and an escape in the second period to Ortega’s lone escape for the 5-1 lead heading into the final frame. Three more Rella takedowns and a 1:35 riding time sealed the Buckeye victory.
 Penn State was able to cut Ohio State’s lead to seven after TC Pendleton lost a 15-2 major decision to No. 12 David Erwin
 However, at 197 pounds, C.J. Magrum recorded a 10-6 decision against David Crowell to put the Buckeyes ahead 21-11. The Buckeye from Oak Harbor, Ohio, had a 6-2 lead going into the second period, but Crowell made a comeback in the middle period as Magrum only owned a 6-5 lead. But a takedown, escape and a 3:53 riding time propelled him to his 13th win of the season.In the final match of the afternoon, No. 20 Corey Morrison lost, 10-4, to No. 11 Cameron Wade.

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, Ohio State only relinquished seven points in its 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 proceeded to win 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.

TEAM LEADERS
 Junior 125-pounder Nikko Triggas leads the team with eight pins. Senior tri-captain Mike Pucillo (184) is 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 four technical falls. Triggas is second with two.
 Junior 165-pounder Colt Sponseller sits atop of the team standings in major decisions with seven. Freshman Ian Paddock (133) is second with six, while Triggas and senior tri-captain Lance Palmer are tied for third with five. 

BONUS
 In 12 dual matches, Ohio State has amassed 104 bonus points. On eight pins against Cleveland State Nov. 22 in the Buckeye Duals, the Buckeyes collected 24 bonus points.

DECISIVE WINS
 Ohio State is outscoring its opponents, 416-109, 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.

SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
 With its 10-5 overall record and 1-1 ledger in the Big Ten, Purdue is paced by two Top 10 wrestlers in No. 6 Luke Manuel at 174 pounds and No. 10 Logan Brown at 197 pounds. The Boilermakers opened Big Ten action with a 41-6 setback to Iowa. Scott Hinkel is in his fourth season at Purdue.
 Led by No. 1 and NCAA champion Angel Escobedo at 125 pounds, Indiana owns a 12-1 overall record and 1-1 mark in the league. The Hoosiers placed third in the Southern Scuffle and sixth at the Vegas Invitational in December. Indiana opened Big Ten Conference action with a 21-18 loss to Wisconsin, but rebounded with a 31-9 win over Northwestern. Indiana is led by 18th-year head coach Duane Goldman.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
 Ohio State leads the all-time series against both Purdue and Indiana.

Ohio State leads series vs. Purdue, 46-23-7
2-8-2009 – Ohio State 28, Purdue 10
2-3-2008 – Ohio State 35, Purdue 6
1-14-2007 – Ohio State 28, Purdue 6
2-10-2006 – Purdue 19, Ohio State 15
1-28-2005 – Purdue 21, Ohio State 12

Ohio State leads series vs. Indiana, 44-34-2
1-30-2009 – Ohio State 18, Indiana 16
2-1-2008 – Ohio State 20, Indiana 13
1-28-2007 – Ohio State 19, Indiana 14
1-20-2006 – Indiana 31, Ohio State 7
1-30-2005 – Indiana 24, Ohio State 9

NOTING JAN. 3
 Then-third-ranked Ohio State began its preparation for the NWCA National Duals by wrestling three times Jan. 3 and its groundwork had positive results. The Buckeyes posted a 3-0 record on the day, first beating Hofstra, 32-6, in Hempstead, N.Y., before shutting out George Mason, 46-0, and Columbia, 37-0, in New York, N.Y. 
 In all, Ohio State recorded six major decisions, four technical falls and three pins to earn 23 bonus points. 
 Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer, a Columbia Station, Ohio, native had an exceptional afternoon, recording a pair of major decisions and a fall at 149 pounds. Fellow team captain Reece Humphrey (Indianapolis, Ind.) collected wins No. 16, 17 and 18.  
 
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. 3 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.

ALL-STAR CONTENDER
 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. 3 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).

IN CASE YOU WERE COUNTING
 Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer became the 14th Buckeye to participate in the All-Star Classic. In all, Ohio State has had a representative 17 times thanks to four-time All-American Tommy Rowlands’  four appearances from 2001-04.  
 As hosts of the 43rd NWCA All-Star Classic last year in St. John Arena, Ohio State also had two feature bouts with Reece Humphrey at 133 pounds and Colt Sponseller at 165 pounds. Humphrey dropped a 5-1 decision to Joe Baker of Navy and Sponseller suffered a 13-9 setback to Moza Fay of Northern Iowa.

A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE 
 With the National Letter of Intent early signing period having come and gone, InterMatwrestle.com released its early period recruiting class rankings for 2010. The Buckeyes are No. 9 out of 25 teams.
 Signing NLIs for Ohio State this past November were Josh Demas, Derek Garcia, Maxwell Gladstone, Logan Stieber and Drew Stone.
 Leading the standings were Iowa, Northwestern and Iowa State.    

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT!
 In 2009-10, fans who attend Ohio State home matches can expect to be a part of an exciting atmosphere in St. John Arena as they cheer on the Buckeyes.
  Feb. 5 vs. Michigan is Military Appreciation Night. Ohio State will take time to recognize those who are currently or were involved in the Armed Services. Also, the evening will feature a tribute to former Buckeye wrestler Ray Mendoza, who died of wounds sustained during Operation Steel Curtain Nov. 14, 2005 in New Ubaydi, Iraq. Mendoza is believed to be the first and only former or current Ohio State student-athlete to die in the war in Iraq.
 Past Buckeye wrestlers will be recognized as the evening also is alumni night.
 Following Ohio State’s match vs. Northwestern Feb. 7, fans will have an opportunity to meet their favorite Buckeye wrestler during a postmatch autograph session. 
 Finally, Feb. 14 is Senior Day. Five Buckeyes will be recognized prior to the match vs. Michigan State.
 For continued up-to-date information on Ohio State wrestling promotions, as well as all current news on Ohio State athletics, visit the official website, OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

NAME YOUR PRICE
 Tickets to Ohio State home matches in St. John Arena are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Groups of 10 or more can pre-purchase tickets for $4. Ohio State students are admitted free with a valid BuckID. 
 Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Schottenstein Center box office, online through ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster’s phone center, (614) 431-3600.
 Those interested in group sales also can call Kathleen Razinger in the Ohio State group sales department at (614) 292-4797.

CHECK IT OUT
 Ohio State will appear on the Big Ten Network three more times during the 2009-10 season. The Buckeyes will air on same-day delay at 11 p.m. Friday at Purdue,11 p.m. Feb. 5 against Michigan and again at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Iowa. 
 Ohio State and Purdue will wrestle at 7 p.m. Friday in West Lafayette. The Scarlet and Gray and Michigan will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Columbus. The Top 2 finishers at the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Championships, the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will meet in a conference showdown at 8 p.m. ET in Iowa City.

INSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE
 Zach Stolarsky, a 197-pound junior, will give fans an inside perspective of the Buckeyes’ season with his blog, “Weighing In with Zach Stolarsky.” With eight entries, Stolarsky offers a unique and humorous side to the up-to-date news and notes that can be found on the official website of Ohio State athletics, OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

UP NEXT
 It’s back to familiar territory as Ohio State returns to St. John Arena where it will host Michigan at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and Northwestern at 11 a.m. Feb. 7.