Dec. 31, 2015
|No. 11 Illinois||Sunday, Jan. 3/2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. CST)||Champaign Ill./Huff Hall||FightingIllini.com|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The curtain officially lifts on the 2016 portion of Ohio State’s schedule this Sunday, as the sixth-ranked Buckeyes (4-1, 1-0) meet 11th-ranked and unbeaten Illinois (8-0, 0-0) at 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. CST) inside Huff Hall.
Sunday’s dual will be streamed live on FightingIllini.com (subscription required). Live updates will also be available on the team’s official Twitter account, @wrestlingbucks.
BUCKYES IN A NUTSHELL
MARTIN TO MAKE DEBUT
Highly-touted freshman Myles Martin, who was the nation’s top-ranked recruit at 182 pounds last year and the No. 3 overall prospect, will make his 2015-16 varsity debut on Sunday, head coach Tom Ryan announced earlier this week.
Martin is currently 18-2 this season while wrestling unattached in open tournaments. He is a junior freestyle national champion who won 171 matches over four years at the McDonough School. Martin will wrestle at 174 lbs.
STIEBER EXPECTED BACK SOON
In addition to adding Martin to their lineup, the Buckeyes also expect Hunter Stieber, an All-American for the Buckeyes in 2013-14 at 149 lbs., to make his season debut shortly. Stieber, recovering from offseason surgery, has a career record of 85-14 was injured much of last year but returned for the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. At Big Ten’s, he scored key points for the Buckeyes while advancing to the 149-pound semifinals. In the quarterfinal round, his reversal as time expired in the third period secured a 5-4 decision.
THREE QUALIFY FOR U.S. OYLMPIC TEAM TRIALS
Logan Stieber, Nathan Tomasello and Reece Humphrey all punched their ticket for a trip to Iowa City, Iowa for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials by finishing in the top seven of their respective weight classes two weeks ago at the U.S. Senior Nationals/Olympic Trials Qualifier. They will officially continue on their Road to Rio later in 2016.
Stieber was second at 65kg, Humphrey finished third (65kg) while Tomasello was fifth at 57kg. The trio combined for seven tech falls in the 13 matches that they won.
Two Buckeyes – one current and one former – have already qualified for the Trials: Kyle Snyder (96kg) and JD Bergman (96kg). Bergman won the title this past November at the Bill Farrell/New York AC International while Snyder’s explosion onto the freestyle scene has been well-documented – in the last six months, he has won the US Open, Pan Am Games, World Team Trials and became the youngest American to earn gold at the World Championships.
Ranked 11th in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Poll, Illinois brings an 8-0 record into Sunday’s dual. The Illini have six wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 of their respective weight classes and four inside the Top-10. No. 1 Isaiah Martinez (14-0), No. 3 Zane Richards (13-0), No. 9 Steven Rodrigues (13-0) and No. 4 Zac Brunson (13-0) have combined for a perfect 53-0 record through the season’s first two months. Martinez was the national championship at 157 pounds last year, becoming the first undefeated freshman to win NCAA title since Cael Sanderson (Iowa State, 1999).
IN THE RANKINGS – INDIVIDUAL
IN THE RANKINGS – TEAM
|POLL||TOP 25||TOURNAMENT INDEX||DUAL INDEX|
125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (10-0) vs. Francis Edelen (1-7)
133: No. 8 Johnni DiJulius (10-1) vs. No. 3 Zane Richards (13-0)
141: No. 9 Micah Jordan (12-1) vs. Brock Ervin (6-2)
149: Cody Burcher (10-6) OR Hunter Stieber (0-0) vs. Kyle Langenderfer (4-4)
157: No. 13 Jake Ryan (11-0) vs. No. 1 Isaiah Martinez (13-0)
165: No. 2 Bo Jordan (7-0) vs. No. 6 Steven Rodrigues (13-0)
174: Myles Martin (18-2) vs. No. 4 Zac Brunson (13-0)
184: No. 11 Kenny Courts (11-4) vs. No. 16 Jeff Koepke (11-2)
197: Mark Martin (13-4) vs. Andre Lee (10-3)
285: No. 19 Nick Tavanello (13-2) vs. No. 13 Brooks Black (11-2)