No. 4 Ohio State (14-1; 3-0 Big Ten)
vs. Michigan (4-10; 0-2 Big Ten)
7 p.m. Friday
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Television: Big Ten Network
PxP: Joe Miller
Analyst: Lee Kemp
vs. Northwestern (5-8-1; 0-3 Big Ten)
11 a.m. Sunday
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Web Streaming: BuckeyeVision (OhioStateBuckeyes.com)
Ohio State (14-1; 3-0 Big Ten)
|125||No. 20 Nikko Triggas||Jr.||Campolindo, Calif./Moraga||19-15|
|133||Ian Paddock||Fr.||Warsaw, N.Y./Warsaw||18-6|
|141||No. 2 Reece Humphrey||Sr.||Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North||23-2|
|149||No. 2 Lance Palmer||Sr.||Columbia Station, Ohio/St. Edward||20-1|
|157||Tony Jameson||Fr.||Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch||4-3|
|157||Sean Nemec||So.||Garfield Heights, Ohio/St. Edward||12-5|
|165||No. 6 Colt Sponseller||Jr.||Glenmont, Ohio/West Holmes||20-3|
|174||No. 12 Dave Rella||Sr.||Akron, Ohio/Penn State||18-6|
|184||No. 7 Mike Pucillo||Sr.||Strongsville, Ohio/Hofstra||15-4|
|184||TC Pendleton||So.||Hoover, Ala./Hoover||2-3|
|197||C.J. Magrum||Fr.||Oak Harbor, Ohio/Oak Harbor||13-10|
|285||Corey Morrison||Sr.||Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights||14-9|
Michigan (4-10, 0-2 Big Ten)
|125||Sean Boyle||Fr.||Lowell, Mass/Blair Academy||19-14|
|133||Zac Stevens||So.||Monroe, Mich./Monroe||18-12|
|141||Mark Weber||So.||Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich||13-20|
|149||Mark Boyer||So.||Battle Creek, Mich./Pennfield||3-10|
|157||Dave Johnson||So.||Jenison, Mich./Jenison||16-14|
|165||Aaron Hynes||Jr.||Mt. Morris, Mich./Flint Kearsley||14-12|
|174||Justin Zeerip||So.||Fremont, Mich./Hesperia||22-15|
|184||Hunter Collins||Fr.||Gilroy, Calif./Gilroy||15-10|
|184||Erich Smith||Jr.||Ishpeming, Mich./Westwood||3-13|
|197||No. 9 Anthony Biondo||Jr.||Clinton Twp., Mich./Chippewa Valley||26-3|
|285||Ben Apland||Fr.||Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South||10-12|
|285||Eddie Phillips||Jr.||Woodland, Mich./Lakewood||7-6|
Northwestern (5-8-1; 0-3 Big Ten)
|125||Levi Mele||Fr.||Vernal, Utah/Uintah||8-6|
|133||Eric Metzler||Sr.||Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg-Casco||9-7|
|141||Bobby Joyce||Jr.||Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator||1-12|
|149||No. 13 Andrew Nadhir||Jr.||Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central||19-4|
|157||Kevin Bialka||Fr.||Lockport, Ill./Lockport||9-11|
|165||Robert Kellogg||So.||Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North||8-12|
|174||Brian Roddy||RFr.||Highland Heights, Ohio/St. Edward||7-5|
|184||Aaron Jones||Jr.||Macomb, Ill./Macomb||8-12|
|197||John Schoen||So.||Homer Glen, Ill./Marist||11-9|
|285||Marcus Shrewsbury||Fr.||Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point||4-9|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (14-1; 3-0 Big Ten) returns to St. John Arena Friday where it will host Michigan (4-10; 0-2 Big Ten) at 7 p.m.
The Buckeyes will continue conference action at home against Northwestern at 11 a.m. Sunday.
MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEK
The Buckeye wrestling team will kick off Military Appreciation Week Friday when it hosts Michigan at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.
The initiative behind the week is to honor current and former members of the Armed Services. Additionally, fans have an opportunity to donate to Operation Buckeye. Fans are encouraged to bring various items for packaging at Ohio State sporting events throughout the week. Examples of needed individually packaged items include food, hygiene and entertainment supplies. Please log on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com and click on the “Military Appreciation Week” logo at the bottom of the homepage for more information.
Complete list of Ohio State sporting events during Military Appreciation Week:
Wrestling vs. Michigan
Friday, February 5; 7 p.m.
St. John Arena
Men’s Volleyball vs. St. Francis
Saturday, February 6th; 7 p.m.
St. John Arena
Men’s Basketball vs. Iowa
Sunday, February 7; Noon
Value City Arena
Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue
Thursday, February 11; 7:30 p.m.
Value City Arena
Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Alaska
Saturday, February 13; 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena
HONORING THE FALLEN
As part of Military Appreciation Week, the wrestling team will honor two fallen military personnel prior to its match vs. Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday.
First, the Buckeyes will recognize Major Ray J. Mendoza, a Buckeye wrestling letterwinner in 1992 and 1993. The 1993 Big Ten Conference heavyweight runner-up, Major Mendoza earn a bachelor’s of arts degree in history.
Following his graduation from The Ohio State University, Major Mendoza joined the Marine Corps in February 1995. However, he still strived for excellence in wrestling as he was the 1996 Central Region Olympic Trial Greco Roman Champion at 100kg and was second in the nation in the Armed Services National Wrestling Tournament. He capped his wrestling career as an Olympic Alternate at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Promoted to the rank of Major in 2005, on his third tour of duty in Iraq, Major Mendoza died of wounds sustained during Operation Steel Curtain Nov. 14, 2005 in New Ubaydi, Iraq. He is believed to be the only former or current Ohio State student-athlete to die in the war in Iraq.
Major Mendoza was later awarded the Purple Heart posthumously Jan. 27, 2006.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, his daughter, Kiana, and son, Aleksandr, as well as his brothers, Niola and Jermaine Mendoza.
Striving to Help Others:
In February 2008, the Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund was established. The purpose of the scholarship is to support Ohio families who have lost loved ones in the war in Iraq, support and encourage prospective Olympic athletes and develop future world leaders through education and leadership programs at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.
The 2009 recipient of the Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund is the Ivy Family in honor of Marine Staff Sergeant Kendall H. Ivy II. Enlisting into the Marine Corps in 1995 after graduating from Galion High School, Staff Sergeant Ivy was proudly known by his fellow Marines as a patient mentor who held others to the highest of standards. A true leader, Staff Sergeant Ivy was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal while assigned at the School of Infantry (SOI) at Marine Corps Base, SOI East. Following his tour at SOI, Staff Sergeant Ivy reported to Second Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division in Camp Lejeune and was later deployed to Iraq. Staff Sergeant Ivy was killed May 11, 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 28 years old.
Staff Sergeant Ivy is survived by his wife Lee Ann and four children, Caleb, Harrison, Reagan and Gabriel.
Wrestling Buckeyes Give Remembrance Too:
The Ohio State wrestling team also introduced the Ray Mendoza Leadership Award in 2008. The honor is given to the wrestling Buckeye who exemplifies excellent guidance in practice and competition. Alex Picazo (2004-06, 2008) was the award’s first recipient.
Major General Matthew L. Kambic will serve as the honorary coach Friday. Major General Kambic assumed the duties as the Assistant Adjutant General for Army, Joint Force Headquarters-Ohio, Ohio Army National Guard January 1, 2005. His duties include establishing policies, priorities and oversight for the readiness of more than 11,000 soldiers.
Major General Kambic joined the United States Army in 1974. Four years later, he enrolled at Youngstown State University and joined the Ohio Army National Guard as an enlisted soldier. He received his commission as an Armor Officer through the Army ROTC Program at YSU in 1981. He has commanded at the detachment, troop, battalion and brigade levels while serving in staff assignments at the regimental, brigade and Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQs-OH). Recent assignments include Chief of Staff (JFHQs-OH), Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans (JFHQs-OH), and Commander 37th Armored Brigade.
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Also, for general Ohio State athletics news and notes, visit http://twitter.com/Brutus_Buckeye.
THIS IS WHERE WE STAND
The Buckeyes remain fourth in the latest InterMat rankings released Feb. 2. Six Buckeye wrestlers earned Top 20 rankings in the individual standings.
InterMat Rankings – Feb. 2
125: Nikko Triggas – 20
141: Reece Humphrey – 2
149: Lance Palmer – 2
165: Colt Sponseller – 6
174: Dave Rella – 12
184: Mike Pucillo – 7
MAKE IT 3-0
The Buckeyes moved to 3-0 in the Big Ten Conference after their perfect weekend against Purdue and Indiana.
Ohio State opened weekend action Jan. 29 at Purdue and handed the Boilermakers a 35-6 defeat behind eight wins, including a forfeit at 174 pounds. In all, the Scarlet and Gray collected eight bonus points, as well as three because of the Purdue forfeit. In addition to senior Corey Morrison’s pin and junior Colt Sponseller’s technical fall, freshman Ian Paddock and seniors Lance Palmer and Mike Pucillo’s major decisions paced the Buckeyes to victory.
Two days later against No. 14 Indiana Jan. 31 in Bloomington, Ohio State downed the Hoosiers, 22-13. After trailing, 4-0, early in the match, the Buckeyes won six of the next seven matches en route to victory. Included in those wins were major decisions by senior Reece Humphrey and Palmer, as well as a technical fall by Pucillo.
In his young career, freshman Ian Paddock is 18-6 on the season. However, what is most impressive is Paddock is 3-0 in the Big Ten Conference.
In his first league match, Paddock posted a 13-2 major decision over Penn State’s Bryan Pearsall Jan. 24. He then collected conference wins Nos. 2 and 3 this past weekend when he beat Purdue’s Akif Eren, 8-0, and Matt Ortega of Indiana, 6-5.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
Senior tri-captain Lance Palmer has won 11-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, 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 eight pins. Senior tri-captain Mike Pucillo (184) is 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 four technical falls. Triggas and 165-pound junior Colt Sponseller are tied for second with two.
Three Buckeyes sit atop of the team standings in major decisions with seven – Sponseller, senior Lance Palmer (149) and freshman Ian Paddock (133). Triggas is second with five.
WIN, WIN, WIN
Three Buckeyes have hit the 20-win mark in 2009-10. Senior tri-captains Reece Humphrey (141) and Lance Palmer (149) are 23-2 and 20-1, respectively. Junior Colt Sponseller owns a 20-3 ledger.
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.
THE BEST OFFENSE IS DEFENSE
In Ohio State’s third-place matchup vs. No. 5 Minnesota in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10, the Buckeyes gave up only 12 points, six on a forfeit. Furthermore, the Buckeyes only relinquished seven points in their opening bout at National Duals vs. then-No. 15 Arizona State.
IT’S NOT HOW YOU START
In each of their three wins at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 9-10, the Buckeyes had to rally from early deficits. Ohio State overcame a 7-3 deficit against then-No. 15 Arizona State before rallying for the 32-7 win.
Against then-No. 8 Cornell, the Scarlet and Gray were down 7-6, but won five of its next seven matches for the 27-14 victory.
In the third-place matchup vs. No. 5 Minnesota, Ohio State was down early, 3-0, but won five consecutive matches en route to a 26-12 win.
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 14 dual matches, Ohio State has amassed 116 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, 473-128, 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.
After falling short of the Oklahoma Gold Classic team title by just .5 points in November, the Buckeyes had a reversal of fortune when they won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Collegiate Invitational by one point over Cornell Dec. 4-5 in Primm, Nev.
Ohio State won the tournament with 122.5 points courtesy of a championship run by Reece Humphrey (141) and runner-up finishes by Lance Palmer (149) and Colt Sponseller (165).
Humphrey, a senior tri-captain, scored six victories en route to the title. The native of Indianapolis, Ind., scored bonus points in three of his six wins, which included a pin, technical fall and major decision. His final three bouts came against seeded wrestlers in No. 8 Kenny Hashimoto of Northern Colorado, No. 4 Kyle Dake of Cornell and No. 6 Fil Novachkov of Cal Poly. Despite the tough competition, Humphrey was able to outscore his final three opponents, 24-11. Humphrey’s win over Dake proved pivotal in the team standings as well. The Big Red stood just 10 points behind the Buckeyes entering the second and final day of competition.
Palmer, another senior team captain, was second for the second consecutive year at 149 pounds, a weight class considered one of the toughest in the nation. The No. 2-seed from Columbia Station, Ohio, Palmer faced No. 1 Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin in the final and dropped a close 3-1 decision. Palmer had won nine-straight matches before his setback in the final.
Sponseller also was a runner-up for the second straight year at 165 pounds. Sponseller faced a Badger in the final in No. 1 seed Andrew Howe. The junior from Glenmont, Ohio, lost, 6-3, in the championship bout.
With Top 8 finishes, Nikko Triggas (125), Dave Rella (174) and Mike Pucillo (184) also were instrumental in guiding Ohio State to the team title. Triggas was eighth, Rella was seventh and Pucillo earned a fourth-place finish.
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.
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT!
In 2009-10, fans who attend Ohio State home matches can expect to be a part of an exciting atmosphere in St. John Arena as they cheer on the Buckeyes.
The match vs. Michigan Friday is Military Appreciation Night. Ohio State will take time to recognize those who are currently or were involved in the Armed Services. Also, the evening will feature a tribute to former Buckeye wrestler Ray Mendoza, who died of wounds sustained during Operation Steel Curtain Nov. 14, 2005 in New Ubaydi, Iraq. Mendoza is believed to be the first and only former or current Ohio State student-athlete to die in the war in Iraq. Additionally, the Ivy family, the 2009 Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund recipient, will be recognized in honor of Marine Staff Sergeant Kendall H. Ivy II. Staff Sergeant Ivy was killed May 11, 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund was created in February 2008 to support Ohio families who have lost loved ones in the war in Iraq, support and encourage prospective Olympic athletes and develop future world leaders through education and leadership programs at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.
Past Buckeye wrestlers will be recognized as the evening also is alumni night.
Following Ohio State’s match vs. Northwestern Sunday, fans will have an opportunity to meet their favorite Buckeye wrestler during a postmatch autograph session.
Finally, Feb. 14 is Senior Day. Five Buckeyes will be recognized prior to the match vs. Michigan State.
For continued up-to-date information on Ohio State wrestling promotions, as well as all current news on Ohio State athletics, visit the official website, OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
NAME YOUR PRICE
Tickets to Ohio State home matches in St. John Arena are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Groups of 10 or more can pre-purchase tickets for $4. Ohio State students are admitted free with a valid BuckID.
Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Schottenstein Center box office, online through ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster’s phone center, (614) 431-3600.
Those interested in group sales also can call Kathleen Razinger in the Ohio State group sales department at (614) 292-4797.
CHECK IT OUT
Ohio State will appear on the Big Ten Network one more time during the regular season after the match tonight vs. the Wolverines. The Buckeyes will air on same-day delay at 11 p.m. tonight and again at 10:30 p.m. ET Feb. 19 at Iowa.
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, will give fans an inside perspective of the Buckeyes’ season with his blog, “Weighing In with Zach Stolarsky.” With eight 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
Michigan enters the match vs. Ohio State with a 4-10 overall record and 0-2 ledger in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are paced by No. 9 Anthony Biondo at 197 pounds. Joe McFarland is in his 11th year as head coach of Michigan.
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series against the Wolverines, 15-61-3, but have won the last two: A 26-17 victory in Ann Arbor last season and a 16-15 triumph in Columbus in 2008.
Northwestern owns 5-8-1 and 0-3 records. The Wildcats are backed by No. 13 Andrew Nadhir at 149 pounds. Tim Cysewski has had a decade-long tenure as the Wildcats head coach. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series against the Wildcats, 38-28-1, including winners of four of the last five matches.
The Buckeyes will split their time between Champaign, Ill., and Columbus, Ohio, next weekend. Ohio State will face Illinois at 7 p.m. ET Feb. 12 on the road before returning to St. John Arena for its regular-season finale at 2 p.m. Feb. 14.