No. 4/3 Ohio State (18-1; 7-0 Big Ten)
at No. 1 Iowa (21-0; 6-0 Big Ten)
8 p.m. ET Friday
Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Television: Big Ten Network – Tape Delay 11 p.m. ET
Announcers: Tim Johnson and Lee Kemp
Live Stats: http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/live-updates.html
|125||Nikko Triggas||Jr.||Moraga, Calif./Campolindo||23-14|
|133||Ian Paddock||Fr.||Warsaw, N.Y./Warsaw||19-9|
|141||No. 2 Reece Humphrey||Sr.||Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North||26-2|
|141||Pat Harrington||So.||Sandusky, Ohio/St. Mary Central||4-3|
|149||No. 2 Lance Palmer||Sr.||Columbia Station, Ohio/St. Edward||24-1|
|157||Sean Nemec||So.||Garfield Heights, Ohio/St. Edward||14-5|
|165||No. 6 Colt Sponseller||Jr.||Glenmont, Ohio/West Holmes||24-3|
|174||No. 11 Dave Rella||Sr.||Akron, Ohio/Penn State||22-6|
|184||No. 7 Mike Pucillo||Sr.||Strongsville, Ohio/Hofstra||17-5|
|197||C.J. Magrum||Fr.||Oak Harbor, Ohio/Oak Harbor||16-10|
|285||Corey Morrison||Sr.||Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights||18-10|
Iowa Probable Lineup
|125||No. 3 Matt McDonough||Fr.||Marion, IA/Linn-Mar HS||27-0|
|133||No. 3 Daniel Dennis||Sr.||Ingleside, IL/Grant HS||14-2|
|141||No. 4 Montell Marion||So.||Des Moines, IA/Roosevelt HS||18-3|
|149||No. 1 Brent Metcalf||Sr.||Davison, MI/Virginia Tech||27-0|
|157||Aaron Janssen||Jr.||Emmetsburg, IA/Emmetsburg HS||11-4|
|157||Jake Kerr||Jr.||Oskaloosa, IA/Oskaloosa HS||8-7|
|165||No. 4 Ryan Morningstar||Sr.||Lisbon, IA/Lisbon HS||22-3|
|174||No. 2 Jay Borschel||Sr.||Marion, IA/Virginia Tech||26-0|
|184||No. 11 Phillip Keddy||Sr.||Vernal, UT/Uintah HS||19-6|
|197||Luke Lofthouse||Jr.||Avon, UT/Mountain Crest||18-12|
|285||No. 10 Dan Erekson||Sr.||Eagle, ID/Eagle HS||6-0|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a race for the Big Ten regular-season title, No. 4/3 Ohio State will face No. 1 Iowa at 8 p.m. ET Friday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Buckeyes (18-1; 7-0 Big Ten) and Hawkeyes (21-0; 6-0) are perfect in the conference and will battle for league perfection before the Big Ten championships March 6-7.
The match Friday will serve as Ohio State’s final regular-season match before the postseason.
IT’S A RACE
Ohio State has moved to the top of the Big Ten standings with a 7-0 conference record (18-1 overall). Iowa is a close second with a 6-0 ledger in the league, but the Hawkeyes also own a 21-0 overall record.
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BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The University of Michigan will serve as hosts of the 2010 Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 6-7 in Crisler Arena. Log on to www.mgoblue.com/tickets for more information.
The 2010 NCAA Championships will take place March 18-20 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. Co-hosted by the University of Nebraska and the Omaha Sports Commission, tickets to the championships officially went on sale Feb. 1. Log on to www.ncaasports.com for more information.
For the second time in four weeks, senior Lance Palmer was named Big Ten wrestler of the week the conference announced Tuesday. Palmer earned his first-career honor Jan. 26.
This past weekend, the 149-pounder posted back-to-back pins vs. Top 20 opponents. Palmer downed No. 18 Eric Terrazas of Illinois in 2:54 Feb. 12 before pinning No. 12 David Cheza of Michigan State in 4:54 Feb. 14 in St. John Arena on Senior Day.
With the impressive weekend, Palmer is second (tie) on the team in falls with seven in 2009-10. He enters his final regular-season match at Iowa with a 24-1 overall record and 7-0 ledger in the Big Ten.
THIS IS WHERE WE STAND
The Buckeyes remain fourth in the latest InterMat rankings released Feb. 16. Five Buckeye wrestlers earned Top 20 rankings in the individual standings.
InterMat Rankings – Feb. 16
141: Reece Humphrey – 2
149: Lance Palmer – 2
165: Colt Sponseller – 6
174: Dave Rella – 11
184: Mike Pucillo – 7
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Junior Nikko Triggas has scored 12 bonus points on four pins the last two weekends. His season total has increased to 12 on the season which leads the team. Triggas now has 34 career falls which is good for sole possession of fifth place in the program’s records book.
Triggas’ 14 pins last season moved him to sixth in the program’s single-season records.
THE CENTURY MARK
With his 12-6 decision over Curran Jacobs of Michigan State Feb. 14, senior team captain Mike Pucillo recorded his 100th career victory at Ohio State. He is the second Buckeye this season to reach the 100-win mark. Fellow senior captain Reece Humphrey won his 100th career match at the Buckeye Duals vs. Notre Dame College’s Adam Koballa.
PILING ON THE POINTS
For the 12th time this season, Ohio State compiled 30 or more points in its matches against Illinois and Michigan State. The Buckeyes downed the Illini, 38-3, Feb. 12 and beat Michigan State, 30-7, Feb. 14.
MAKE IT 19
With their 30-7 victory over Michigan State Feb. 14 in St. John Arena, the Buckeyes won their 18th match of the season. If Ohio State wins Friday at Iowa, it will be just the fifth time in program history, it has recorded 19 (or more) wins in a season.
UNDER THE RADAR
Ohio State owns a 13-match Big Ten win streak dating back to last season. The Buckeyes finished the 2008-09 conference campaign winning six-straight matches and have won seven-consecutive duals in the league in 2009-10.
GOING OUT ON TOP
Competing for the last time in St. John Arena against Michigan State Feb. 14, seniors Corey Morrison, Lance Palmer, Mike Pucillo and Dave Rella won their matches on Senior Day. Reece Humphrey did not compete because of injury.
In the heavyweight match, Morrison posted an 11-4 decision over Alan O’Donnell. Palmer pinned David Cheza in 4:54 at 149 pounds. Pucillo decisioned Curran Jacobs, 12-6, and Rella beat Ian Hinton, 3-1, in sudden victory.
MORE TIME NEEDED
Senior Dave Rella has wrestled in six overtime matches this season and is 5-1 in those bouts. In just his third match of the season, Rella secured a 3-1 sudden victory win over Daniel Rinaldi of Rutgers at the Oklahoma Gold Classic Nov. 14.
He then suffered a setback to Robert Hamlin of Lehigh that was based on riding time differential a week later.
Since then Rella has won four straight sudden victory matches – 11-9 vs. Chance Litton of West Virginia Dec. 4, 3-1 vs. Bagna Tovuujav of George Mason Jan. 3, 6-4 vs. Jordan Blanton of Illinois Feb. 12, 3-1 vs. Ian Hinton of Michigan State.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ohio State compiled a program-best 29 points against Michigan in its win Feb. 5 in St. John Arena. After dropping 14-straight matches to the Wolverines, the Buckeyes have now won three-consecutive.
Also, the 37 points recorded in the win over Northwestern two days later served as the third most points the Buckeyes have scored against the Wildcats. In 2004, Ohio State put up 40 points and in 1991, scored 39.
BY THE WAY
In the wins over Michigan and Northwestern, Ohio State outscored both teams, 66-15. The Buckeyes beat Michigan, 29-9, Feb. 5, before handing the Wildcats a 37-6 loss.
DOING IT OUR WAY
Four Buckeyes remain undefeated in the Big Ten. Lance Palmer (149), Colt Sponseller (165) and Dave Rella (174) have 7-0 records, while Reece Humphrey (141) is 6-0.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer has won 15-consecutive matches since dropping his championship bout in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Dec. 5, 2009.
WELL, THAT’S OUT THE WAY
Redshirt-freshman Tony Jameson earned his first Big Ten Conference win against Purdue Jan. 29 in West Lafayette. Jameson beat Colton Salazar, 5-2.
IT WON’T BE EASY
In the Buckeyes’ 2-0 weekend with wins over Purdue and No. 14 Indiana Jan. 29 and 31, respectively, senior tri-captains Lance Palmer and Mike Pucillo not only poured on the offense, but they presented a stifling defense as well.
Palmer gave up only one point on the weekend and Pucillo relinquished just three points – all on escapes.
Junior 125-pounder Nikko Triggas leads the team with 12 pins. Senior captains Mike Pucillo (184) and Lance Palmer (149) are second with seven falls. Rounding out the Top 3 is Reece Humphrey with five pins at 141 pounds.
Humphrey, also a senior tri-captain, paces the squad with five technical falls. Triggas and 165-pound junior Colt Sponseller are tied for second with two.
Sponseller sits a top of the team standings with nine major decisions. Palmer and freshman Ian Paddock are second with eight. Triggas and redshirt-freshman C.J. Magrum hold down the No. 3 spot on the team with 5 each.
IT’S A FIRST
Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer was named Big Ten co-Wrestler of the Week the conference announced Jan. 26. It is Palmer’s first-career conference weekly honor.
Palmer, second in the latest InterMat standings, defeated No. 5 Frank Molinaro of Penn State in the Buckeyes’ 21-14 win over the 13th-ranked Nittany Lions Jan. 24. The win was the 149-pounder’s third over a Top 10 opponent and fourth against a Top 20 wrestler.
The Buckeye from Columbia Station, Ohio, used a takedown and a reversal, as well as 1:28 riding time, to secure the 5-3 victory en route to handing Molinaro just his second loss of the season.
JUST SO YOU KNOW
With their 21-14 win over Penn State Jan. 24, the Buckeyes won their fourth-straight Big Ten opener.
In 2009, Ohio State beat Indiana, 18-16, to start Big Ten action. A 23-13 victory by the Scarlet and Gray began league play during the 2007-08 season and in 2007, the Buckeyes downed Purdue, 28-6.
MOMENTUM IS KEY
With its 10-0 start following its win over then-No. 8 Cornell, 27-14, in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10, Ohio State recorded its second-best start in program history. The Buckeyes would go on to finish third at the event.
Only Ohio State’s 15-match win streak to start the 2001-02 season bettered the 10-0 mark.
4 AND OH!
Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer was a perfect 4-0 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10. Of his four wins, two were a pin and a major decision.
In 19 dual matches, Ohio State has amassed 154 bonus points. On eight pins against Cleveland State Nov. 22 in the Buckeye Duals, the Buckeyes collected 24 bonus points.
Ohio State is outscoring its opponents, 607-153, in dual matches this season. The Buckeyes’ largest margin of victory in 2009-10 was a 48-point win (51-3) over Cleveland State Nov. 22 in the Buckeye Duals at St. John Arena.
MORE FOR THE MANTEL
Senior tri-captain Reece Humphrey was named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week Nov. 24.
The native of Indianapolis, Ind., won his 100th career collegiate match Nov. 22 at the Buckeye Duals in St. John Arena. He hit the century mark with his 5-3 decision over Notre Dame College’s Adam Koballa in session two.
Humphrey, the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds, went 3-0 at the Buckeye Duals, winning his other two matches on pins. He opened the event with a 4:58 fall against Josh Falk of Findlay. Humphrey then closed the day by pinning Cleveland State’s Ronald Butler in 4:06.
Humphrey began the weekend Nov. 20 with a 7-1 decision over No. 15 Seth Ciasulli of Lehigh in St. John Arena.
Humphrey shared the honor with Brad Pataky of Penn State and it was his second-career Big Ten weekly award. He also won Nov. 4, 2008.
Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer competed in the 44th NWCA All-Star Classic Nov. 22 in Titan Gym on the campus of California State Fullerton. Palmer, No. 2 at 149 pounds in the latest InterMat rankings, dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 5 Kyle Borshoff of American.
The native of Columbia Station, Ohio, is in the running to become Ohio State’s second four-time All-American. He would join Tommy Rowlands (2001-04). So far, Palmer has garnered a pair of fourth-place finishes at the NCAA championships during his freshman and junior seasons. He finished eighth his sophomore year. Palmer also has two third-place Big Ten championships finishes to his credit (2007 and 2009).
CHECK IT OUT
Ohio State will appear on the Big Ten Network one more time Friday vs. No. 1 Iowa. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will air on same-day delay at 11 p.m. ET.
The Top 2 finishers at the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Championships, the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will meet in a conference showdown at 8 p.m. ET in Iowa City.
Zach Stolarsky, a 197-pound junior, has been giving fans an inside perspective on the Buckeyes’ season with his blog, “Weighing In with Zach Stolarsky.” With 10 entries, Stolarsky offers a unique and humorous side to the up-to-date news and notes that can be found on the official website of Ohio State athletics, OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Iowa, ranked No. 1 in the country, has won 59-consecutive dual matches. With a 21-0 overall record and 6-0 ledger in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes are one match behind Ohio State in the conference race. The Buckeyes own a 7-0 mark in the league (18-1 overall). Nine of Iowa’s wrestlers are ranked in the Top 20, including No. 1 Brent Metcalf at 149 pounds. Also pacing the Hawkeyes in the rankings are No. 2 Jay Borschel (174), No. 3 Daniel Dennis (133) and Nos. 4 Matt McDonough (125), Ryan Morningstar (165) and Chad Beatty (197).
Tom Brands is in his fourth season as head coach of Iowa. He recently earned his 80th career win in the Hawkeyes’ 28-9 victory Feb. 14 in Williams Arena.
Ohio State will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the 2010 Big Ten Championships in Crisler Arena March 6-7.