January 31, 2023

Mendez Earns Co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Jesse Mendez, a 133-pounder from Crown Point, Indiana, was named Co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Tuesday after a pair of ranked wins last week against league rivals Michigan and Michigan State.

Mendez (11-1 overall, 5-0 vs. Big Ten foes) helped the Buckeyes sweep No. 7 Michigan 23-12 and Michigan State 36-3.

Against the Wolverines, Mendez, who now has two Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors, generated momentum for the Buckeyes with a 3-1 sudden victory win over No. 12 Dylan Ragusin. His extra session takedown put Ohio State up 6-0 early in the match.

Two days later, Mendez and the Buckeyes cruised to a home win over the Spartans. In the 133-pound match, Mendez earned a major decision (10-2) victory over No. 18 Rayvon Foley, his fifth win over a ranked opponent this season.

The No. 5 Buckeyes are home Friday vs. No. 1 Penn State in the sold out Covelli Center. Match time is set for 7 p.m. with the Big Ten Network providing the television coverage.