Dec. 13, 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 7 Ohio State wrestling team (4-0) will open Big Ten Conference action vs. No. 1 Penn State at noon Sunday at Rec Hall in State College, Pa. The match will air live on BTN.

The Scarlet and Gray are 250-323-16 all-time in the league. Under eighth-year head coach Tom Ryan, the Buckeyes are 35-21 (.625).

Finishing third at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Dec. 7, the Buckeyes are returning to dual action for the remainder of the regular season.

Big Ten Wrestler of the Week
Johnni DiJulius was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. DiJulius had one of the more impressive outings at the CKLV Invitational Dec. 6-7, defeating the Nos. 5, 1 and 2 seeds en route to the title. After posting a 3-0 record on the first day of competition, DiJulius handed No. 1 seed Joe Colon of Northern Iowa a 6-2 loss before downing second-seed Cody Brewer of Oklahoma in 44 seconds. DiJulius improved to 14-1 on the season, including a 4-0 record in dual competition.

Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
Ohio State trails Penn State, 16-11, in the all-time series. The Buckeyes have dropped the last three meetings between the two teams, but have won four of the last seven match ups dating back to 2008.

No. 200
Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan earned his 200th-career win Nov. 24 vs. George Mason in the Davidson Duals. Ohio State defeated the Patriots 29-6 to improve to 4-0 on the season. In his eighth season at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray, Ryan has amassed a 91-34-0 (.728) Ohio State record en route to his 200-117-1 (.631) career ledger. Ryan is 35-21 (.625) in the Big Ten.

2013-14 Team Captains
Seniors Nick Heflin and Ian Paddock and redshirt junior Logan Stieber will represent the Buckeyes as the 2013-14 team captains, Tom Ryan head coach, announced.

Climbing the Record Books
Logan Stieber, a redshirt junior from Monroeville, Ohio, currently is in third place on Ohio State’s career winning percentage list (minimum 40 matches). Stieber’s .937 winning percentage (74-5) trails No.1 Mark Coleman (50-2; .962 in 1988) and No. 2 Rex Holman (69-3; .958 from 1992-93).

Hunter Stieber, a junior from Monroeville, Ohio, is sixth with 73 career victories vs. eight setbacks (.901). Stieber is redshirting the 2013-14 season.

Statistically Speaking
Nick Roberts paces the Buckeyes with 18 wins. Kenny Courts is second on the team in victories with 17, while Mark Martin and Ian Paddock have 16 wins each. Roberts leads the Buckeyes with seven major decisions and Courts leads the Scarlet and Gray in technical falls with four. Logan Stieber and Nick Tavanello’s six falls are a Buckeye best.