COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ian Paddock, a sophomore on the No. 12 Ohio State wrestling team, was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week the conference announced Tuesday. It is the first weekly laurel for the native of Warsaw, N.Y.
This past Sunday, Paddock won the 133-pound division at the UB Open in Buffalo, N.Y. Paddock went 4-0 at the tournament, outscoring his opponents by a 35-6 margin en route to the title. Ranked 12th by Amateur Wrestling News, Paddock defeated Bloomsburg’s Jeremiah Biddle by a 17-2 technical fall in the opening round, followed by a 2-0 overtime decision over Edinboro’s Matthew Hasbrouck. He then took a 10-4 decision against Edinboro’s Mitchell Port to advance to the finals, where he defeated 14th-ranked Kevin Smith of Buffalo, 6-0, to earn the title.
Paddock and the Buckeyes will return to action at the Buckeye Duals Nov. 21 in St. John Arena. The Scarlet and Gray will host No. 14 Pittsburgh and No. 15 Nebraska. The Panthers and Cornhuskers will begin the day with a 10 a.m. match. Ohio State then will wrestle Pittsburgh at 11:30 a.m. before concluding the event against Nebraska at 1:30 p.m.
For fans who cannot make it to the Buckeye Duals, live scoring updates will be available at the NWCA Stat Tracker link on www.nwcaonline.com.