Ohio State remains at home vs. Minnesota at 11 a.m. Sunday in Value City Arena
COLUMBUS, Ohio It’s a big weekend for the fifth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team as it opens up Big Ten dual action at 7 p.m. Friday vs. Indiana in St. John Arena. The Scarlet and Gray will celebrate the great tradition of Buckeye wrestling, hosting Alumni Day at the league opener. On Sunday, Ohio State moves across the Olentangy River to Value City Arena where it will go to battle against conference-rival Minnesota at 11 a.m.
Ohio State, which owns a 9-1; 0-0 Big Ten ledger this season, will show its thanks to the program alumni Friday with a halftime recognition on the mat. The former Buckeyes will receive one complimentary ticket to the match and are invited to both a pre-match “Chalk Talk” with Ryan at 6:15 in St. John Arena and post-match social (location yet to be decided).
In addition, the first 1,000 fans will receive a free rally towel courtesy of Nationwide and the Buckeyes will host a postgame autograph session. The Buckeye-Hoosier dual also is the wrestling program’s “Scarlet and Gray” match, a marketing effort which encourages all Ohio State student-athletes and support staff to show support of their fellow Buckeyes.
After three weeks on the road, Ohio State follows the Indiana meet with its second-consecutive home meet vs. Minnesota at 11 a.m. Sunday in Value City Arena. Home of the Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as the men’s hockey team, Value City Arena also functions as the site of the Ohio high school wrestling state championships. The dual vs. the Golden Gophers marks the first time in program history the wrestling team will compete at the venue. Fifteen Buckeyes will return to the site where they won high school state titles previous to attending Ohio State, including four-time state champions J Jaggers and Lance Palmer, two-time titlists Pat Harrington, Jason Johnstone, Dave Rella and John Weakley, as well as three-time Division II winner Colt Sponseller.
Buckeye wrestling supporters are encouraged to wear white and “White Out” the Gophers Sunday.