COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team hits the road for a pair of top-12 battles with Big Ten brethren to begin February. The Buckeyes take on No. 12 Illinois Friday (Feb. 1) at 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network and No. 9 Northwestern on Sunday (Feb. 3, 1 p.m. ET) streamed via BTN Plus.
HISTORY WITH FIGHTING ILLINI
Ohio State holds a one-match edge in the all-time series, winners in 34 of 67 all-time meetings between the two B1G institutions which first faced off in 1922. The Buckeyes have topped Illinois four straight times and in six of eight tussles during the Tom Ryan Era.
HISTORY WITH WILDCATS
The Buckeyes own a 42-29-1 advantage over Northwestern all-time since 1924. Ohio State is riding a three-match winning streak and has taken seven of eight clashes with the Wildcats under the direction of head coach Tom Ryan.
THREE REMAIN UNDEFEATED
Myles Martin (11-0), Joey McKenna (14-0) and Kollin Moore (11-0) all enter the weekend with flawless season records. The trio is ranked No. 1, No. 2 and No. 2, respectively, in their individual weight classes.
FloWrestling maintains a `pound-for-pound’ Top-20 and Ohio State represents 20-percent of the group. The Buckeyes included are No. 7 Myles Martin, No. 8 Joey McKenna, No. 11 Kollin Moore and No. 14 Micah Jordan.
Martin can also be found in the “Hodge Watch List” rankings at No. 5.
MARTIN BOASTS BIG BONUS TOTALS
A last-second escape by Nick Reenan on Jan. 6 spoiled Myles Martin’s major decision bid. It was one of just two matches this season Martin has failed to notch bonus points and only the ninth decision out of 42 wins over the past two seasons combined. The Buckeye senior has secured bonus points in 33 bouts as an upperclassman with 15 tech falls, 11 major decisions and seven pins since the start of the ‘17-18 campaign.
BUCKEYES HOLD STEADY AT NO. 2
Despite the dual defeat to Michigan last week, Ohio State maintained its standing at No. 2 in all tournament-based rankings sans TheOpenMat.com, which has had the Buckeyes at No. 3 since Jan. 23.