COLUMBUS, Ohio The 26th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Friday and Saturday awaits the 16th-ranked Buckeyes at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Ohio State (4-1) is coming off a 37-0 win over Rutgers Monday night. The shutout served as the Buckeyes’ first blanking since 2001 when they shut out Clarion, 45-0.
PROBABLE LINE UP
125 Nikko Triggas (3-2)
133 Reece Humphrey (5-0)
141 No. 5 J Jaggers (5-0)
149 No. 4 Lance Palmer (3-1)
157 Jason Johnstone (3-2)
165 Robel Campbell (1-4)
174 Alex Picazo (3-1)
184 No. 3 Mike Pucillo (4-0)
197 John Weakley (2-1)
HWT No. 4 J.D. Bergman (5-0)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7 a.m. Weigh-in
9 a.m. Pigtail Round
Rounds 1 and 2
Consolation Round 1
7 p.m. Quarterfinals
Consolations Rounds 2 and 3
8 a.m. Weigh-in
9 a.m. Consolation Round 4
10 a.m. Semifinals
Consolation Round 5
Consolation Finals 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th
5 p.m. Championship Finals 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING
The 26th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational is not an open tournament. Only eligible wrestlers from each program can compete in the event. All schools are limited to one wrestler per weight class. For more information on the Las Vegas Invitational, log on to www.cklvwrestle.com.
OH WHAT A NIGHT
Ohio State had a memorable home opener in St. John Arena Monday night when it beat Rutgers, 37-0. The Buckeyes owned the lead in 28 of 29 periods contested in a match that featured two falls (Lance Palmer and Nikko Triggas) and a major decision (Mike Pucillo).
LET’S DO IT AGAIN
The Buckeyes’ 37-0 shutout over Rutgers was their first blanking since 2001 when they beat Clarion, 45-0, in the Clarion Duals. Later that season, Ohio State also shut out Eastern Michigan, 40-0, in the Buckeye Duals.
ONE FOR THE WIN COLUMN
True freshman Robel Campbell garnered his first collegiate win Monday night vs. Rutgers. Rallying from a 3-1 deficit, Campbell came out on top, 6-5, against Matt Rigogliosa. Hailing from Troy, Ohio, Campbell managed a reversal (:15) and a two-point nearfall (:02) back-to-back in the waning seconds of the second stanza to jump out to a 5-3 advantage. After an escape at the 1:24 mark in the third period, Campbell took a 6-3 lead, but Rigogliosa refused to quit as he recorded a takedown with 11 seconds left to cut Campbell’s lead to 6-5. However, Campbell held on for the win.
HOW THEY’RE GETTING IT DONE
Ohio State not only is winning, but winning convincingly. Three of senior J.D. Bergman’s five wins have come via a fall. Redshirt-sophomore Mike Pucillo has garnered two falls, a technical fall and major decision to compile a 4-0 record. Lance Palmer has two falls and a technical fall to his credit for a 3-1 mark.
GETTING OUT OF THE STARTING BLOCKS
Ohio State is off to its best start (4-1) since the 2003-04 campaign. During that season, the Buckeyes won five of their first six matches.
The best start to date for Ohio State was the 2001-02 season. That year, the Scarlet and Gray won its first 15 matches before falling to Minnesota in the National Duals.
“QUOTE, UNQUOTE” ON WIN VS. RUTGERS
“Tonight, it was the first time in our home gym, in front of our home crowd and it was a good performance,” Tom Ryan, head coach, said. “I think our team did a great job and certainly anytime you get 10 wins, it is a good night, but we still have plenty to work on.”
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State is 16th in the latest edition (Nov. 27) of the USA Today/InterMat/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes, which own a 4-1 record, has 315 points.
Individually, Mike Pucillo moved up a spot to No. 3 at 184 pounds. J Jaggers dipped to No. 5 in the 141 standings after a No. 3 ranking last week. Lance Palmer (149) and J.D. Bergman (HWT) remain fourth in their respective weight classes.
REWIND LAS VEGAS INVITE 2006
Mike Pucillo won the 184-pound weight class at the 2006 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational. En route to the title. Pucillo knocked off two Top 4 wrestlers in No. 4 Raymond Jordan of Missouri, 3-1, in the semifinals and No. 3 Tyrel Todd of Michigan, 12-6, in the final. In the opening rounds, Pucillo recorded two major decisions and a fall on his way to garnering Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors (Dec. 4, 2006).
Chris Vondruska finished third at 165 pounds and Lance Palmer was seventh at 149 pounds.
As a team, the Buckeyes compiled 66 points for a 10th-place finish.
JOINING THE ELITE
Senior J.D. Bergman earned his 100th Buckeye win Nov. 11 when he recorded a 3-0 day at the Chattanooga Duals in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bergman, who now owns a 101-33 record, is just one of 16 Buckeyes who have reached the century mark.
ANOTHER DAY ON THE JOB
In the Buckeyes’ match up against Chattanooga during the Chattanooga Duals Nov. 11, senior J.D. Bergman pinned Ben O’Neill in 28 seconds. That time ranks 13th all-time in the OSU records book for the quickest fall.
A GLIMPSE OF WHAT’S TO COME
Freshman John Weakley saw his first action as a Buckeye vs. Anderson Nov. 11. Wrestling at 197 pounds, Weakley recorded a technical fall over Logan Watson in 2:54 (16-0) to help Ohio State to a 44-3 win.
Fifteen freshmen were added to the wrestling team in 2007-08. This class was ranked the No. 1 incoming class in the nation by many wrestling publications, such as intermatwrestle.com and Amateur Wrestling News. The rookie class also earned a No. 2 standing in Wrestling International Newsmagazine (W.I.N.).
THE RETURN OF THE ALL-AMERICANS
Ohio State returns four All-Americans from a season ago. A pair of sophomores in Lance Palmer (149) and Mike Pucillo (184) garnered their first-career All-America honors as freshmen. Junior J Jaggers (141) also earned his first-career All-America accolade in 2007, while senior J.D. Bergman became a two-time All-American at 197 pounds.
Ohio State hosts No. 9 Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in St. John Arena. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students. Fans will have a chance to register online for the “Best Seats in the House” at a selected Buckeye wrestling home dual this season.